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Campbell is a bedroom community in Silicon Valley located south and west of San Jose.

Understand[edit]

Campbell is part of Silicon Valley. It is the home of the giant online e-commerce company eBay [1].

The local community newspaper is the weekly Campbell Reporter [2].

Get in[edit]

  • I-880 south of I-280 becomes Highway 17; the Hamilton Ave exit takes you to Campbell.
  • VTA [3]'s Mountain View – Winchester Light Rail line [4] has a Downtown Campbell stop. Buses are also available.


Get around[edit]

  • Downtown Campbell is eminently walkable, being only four blocks long.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Campbell Ave. East of Winchester and west of Bascom. To the west, the Historic Downtown District offers a variety of small independent shops and restaurants. To the east, the Pruneyard Shopping Center offers a variety of well-known franchise chains. In between, the Los Gatos Creek Trail [5] distends into Campbell Park.
  • The Winchester Mystery House [6]
  • The Original Campbell House [7] is not open to the public, but is nice to eyeball as you walk or drive by.
  • The Historic Museum and Ainsley House [8]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Prunefest. Annual.
  • Farmers' Market [9] Every Sunday 9AM–1PM, Main Street downtown is closed to traffic; free parking is available on-street and in a multistorey edifice.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Pruneyard [10]. The local open-air yuppie mall. Has a number of restaurants, as well as a Barnes & Noble and an arthouse multiplex.
    • Camera 7 move multiplex [11]
    • The Coffee Society [12] is the stage for a cast of musically inclined chain-smoking bohemians, laptop-toting grad students, fast-talking dot-com biz nerds, and other colorful locals.
  • Rasputin Records. An excellent record shop featuring hard to find new and used CDs, DVDs, clothing, etc. If for some reason you can't find it there, try Streetlight Records up Bascom Avenue to the north. The Tower Records to the south went out of business (as did the chain of stores) as of January 1, 2007, and the building currently remains empty.
  • Fry's Electronics. At Hamilton Ave. and CA-17. Locally famous electronics superstore. Customer Service Number Ten, Product Variety Number One. Looks like an Aztec temple, complete with a ramp where the sacrifices...er, shopping carts line up. Check the back of the Mercury News front section for specials.
  • Recycled Books. At 241 Campbell Ave. in downtown Campbell. This branch of San Jose's best used book store opened in 2004. The original store is still in business on the Alameda. This location has a little of evertything. Good sci-fi selection, but much more too.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Stacks. Go there for breakfast.
  • Royal Taj. Excellent Indian food
  • Taco Bravo. Mexican fast food you could build a hacienda out of - that's a compliment, by the way.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Motel 6 San Jose- Campbell, 1240 Camden Avenue, +1 408 371-8870 (fax: +1 408 879-0236), [13].  edit
  • Residence Inn San Jose Campbell, 2761 South Bascom Avenue, +1 408 559-1551 (fax: +1 408 371-9808), [14].  edit
  • TownePlace Suites San Jose Campbell, 700 E. Campbell Avenue, +1 408 370-4510 (fax: +1 408 370-4511), [15].  edit
  • Larkspur Landing Campbell, 550 West Hamilton Avenue, 408.364.1514, [16]. All suites have a FeatherBorne bed and a fully equipped kitchen. You can find freshly made cookies in the lobby, a fitness center and a library!  edit
  • The PruneYard Plaza Hotel, 1995 South Bascom Avenue, 800.559.4344, [17]. Complimentary breakfast, fitness center, heated pool and spa, scenic jogging trail and more.  edit


Contact[edit]

Free wi-fi may be found at the following locations:

  • Sonoma Chicken Coop, on Campbell Ave
  • Orchard Valley Coffee on Campbell Ave
  • Coffee Society, Pruneyard
  • The King's Head Pub, on Orchard City Dr at 1st St

Get out[edit]

The next town to the south is Los Gatos. Los Gatos boasts a larger downtown area, fancier shops, and richer residents.

Continuing south on Hwy 17, one goes over the hill and arrives in Santa Cruz (California).

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