Whether you’re a “shop til you drop” aficianado, a “get in and get out quick” strategist or a minimalist looking for the basics of life, there’s something for everyone on Bike to Shop Day. Clothing, shoes, home furnishings and toys. Books, coffee, quick lunch or dinner out. Even groceries and a hair cut. And bike gear, of course.
For Book Lovers
The Recycle Bookstore on The Alameda in San Jose specializes in used books of all genres (photo below), while in Mountain View you’ll find three bookstores in the same block of Castro Street: Books Inc, Book Buyers and East West Bookstore. If you prefer to borrow instead of buy, stop at the Mountain View Public Library or Redwood City Public Library. Both are offering free book bags to library card-carrying patrons who arrive by bike.
For Homebodies with Style
Stop in at Villa Rouge in Mountain View for home furnishings with flair extraordinaire (photo below). Or head to downtown San Jose where MUJI offers clean-lined, Japanese-style basics, then roll over to Japantown for more traditional Japanese items at Nichi Bei Bussan. While you’re there check out Petite Galleria for art, jewelry and gifts handmade by dozens of local artists. And for those who like to put a little plant life into their homes, the flowers and decorative plants at the Botanist in Los Altos are works of art.
For Coffee Connoisseurs
Coffee and bikes have a special relationship, from Italians downing espresso shots during hard rides to American club rides rolling out of the same coffee shops for decades. In San Jose, there’s Roy’s Station in Japantown, Bel Bacio in Little Italy and La Lune Sucree downtown. How about a coffee pedal-crawl to hit all three?
In downtown Mountain View you’ll find Red Rock Coffee, Dana Street Roasting and Peets spaced close enough together that you can please all the coffee snobs in your peloton. And if you’re up in Palo Alto, stop in at John’s Cafe (photo below). Be sure to say “hi” to John for us.
Dresses, pants, blouses, accessories, and knowing how to put it all together. Our ladies’ boutiques offer style options and fashion advice at Leaf & Petal in Palo Alto, and Boutique 4 (photo below) and Empire Vintage Clothing in Mountain View. Meanwhile at Brooks Brothers at Stanford or JorCal Hats in Willow Glen, you’ll find dashing styles for both women and men. Did you know that male fashionistas are still called fashionistas?
For Those On the Go 24/7
If the line between activewear and regular clothing is often blurred for you, ride to downtown Palo Alto where you’ll find active lifestyle sandals and shoes (including SPD-compatible sandals) at Keen, and women’s clothing that can take you from the office to the bike to the beach or yoga studio at Title 9. And at Patagonia (photo below) you’ll find fashionable styles for men and women that are durable enough to bag a few peaks and still look sharp.
Kid Stuff for Your Little Sweeties
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and candy at Powell’s Sweet Shop in Willow Glen, the Sweet Shop in Los Altos and Yoogl and SnoZen in Mountain View. Then ride over to Diddams (photo below) in San Mateo, San Carlos, Mountain View, Cupertino and San Jose for toys, games, stickers and bike license plates!
For Shoe Hounds
Are you the type that has shoes for every occasion? Keen in Palo Alto and On Your Mark in Los Altos have you covered on the sporty side while European Cobblery in Palo Alto and Footwear etc (photo below) in San Mateo, San Carlos, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Cupertino, West San Jose and Willow Glen have you covered everywhere.
For Foodies and Big Eaters
So many options that you’ll be stuffed for days! In Mountain View check out Morocco’s, Chef Liu, Cijjo, Asian Box, Cascal and Posh Bagel. In Redwood City, there’s Amie Wine Bar. In Willow Glen, you can grab a bite at Lou’s Village, The Table and Round Table Pizza, then roll downtown to the Paseo de San Antonio to relax with a glass of wine at Vyne Bistro. Get up early for the real deal at Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels in Palo Alto or stop in anytime at Forest on First in Los Altos (photo below).
For Your “Me” Time
Need a makeover or just a little down time treating yourself? Ride over to Willow Glen where All Natural Day Spa, Salon de la Vie, Strada Salon or to Great Clips downtown for some pampering. All have special offers waiting for you and you’ll cruise back home a new man or woman. No sprinting to make the green light allowed!
Bikes, bikes, bikes!
Of course, what would Bike to Shop Day be without bike shops participating! Roll on down to Cognition Cyclery in Mountain View, La Dolce Velo, IMinUSD (photo below) and Rock Solid Bikes in San Jose, REI in San Carlos and Mountain View, Mikes Bikes in Palo Alto, San Jose and Los Gatos and A Street Bike Named Desire and Palo Alto Bicycles in Palo Alto. You’ll roll away with some cool bike schwag and fine accessories.
For the Non-Shoppers
Hate, hate, hate shopping? Well, you have to eat don’t you? Grocery Outlet in Redwood City is the place to stock up. And if you’re hopping off Caltrain in downtown Mountain View and need to pick up something for dinner, Ava’s Market on Castro Street is just a few blocks away.
Finally, Silicon Valley is home to some one-of-a-kind businesses offering unique products for you, your home, your kids or your pets. You never know what’s waiting for you when you shop by bike!