Los Gatos Travel Guide

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Los Gatos Highlights

  • Pro
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     rich community 

  • Con
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     Pricey real estate, parking issues 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great city to live in...if you can afford it... 

Los Gatos Things to Do

  • Get your Wonka on at Powell's

    Powell's Sweet Shop in downtown Los Gatos is right in the middle of N Santa Cruz, between the Apple store and the Los Gatos Cinema. It's a chain and set up like the old-time candy stores you might remember from watching Willy Wonka& the Chocolate Factory. They also serve gelato. The movie (WW&TCF) is constantly playing on a flat screen TV at the...

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  • Redwood Forest on Summit Rd - nature...

    From San Jose, we decided to go to a nice hilly forest residential community in Los Gatos. It is a nice afternoon ride - just make sure your car's tires are well-inflated and that you have enough gas. On I-17S, just take the Summit Rd exit and follow this road going up into the mountain. The views are nice and the trees get bigger as you go in...

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Los Gatos Restaurants

  • Fancy Schmancy

    This place is one of those typical Californian places that serves a fairly wide variety of food, though much of it is seafood. Everything I had was rich and well prepared and I was more than ready for a nap after eating there. the chowder is very good

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  • French on Los Gatos

    Cafe Marcella is actually a very nice restaurant in Los Gatos serving French cuisine. The food is fairly interesting in combinations and their wine list is extensive (heavier on the French side). Service there isn't as great as it could be, and not everyone is exactly at the top of their professional game, but overall it is a nice place to have...

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  • Authentic French Patisserie. Taste...

    Limited seating space but heavenly desserts. It's more than a bakery... it's a patisserie. Aside from divine cakes available by the slice or as a whole, they also offer assorted gelatos/sorbets, chocolates, lunch sandwiches, soups, coffee, french food specialties like violet petals, nougats, etc. The owner is a French pastry chef who actually has...

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  • For those with a very sweet tooth

    When you walk in to Icing on the Cake, there is no way your sweet tooth can walk out without at least getting a cookie. All the desserts in there are visually appealing, many have been designed specially. It is a high end bakery, so although their prices are good for Los Gatos, they are high for what you get. But the desserts are tasty. You can...

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  • Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches

    Your typical Italian-American (American influenced Italian food) eatery. It is a chain, although i did not know it at the time I ate there. They boast their wood-fired pizza and it seemed to be really popular by the other patrons. They have outdoor eating patio in front with a view of a small park/grass area. The indoor is not huge, but quite...

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  • Superb Beer, and great food

    This is a great place for lunch or dinner. If you just want to sit at the bar and drink you can but the food is well worth getting a table for and the place is large.Ambience is a cunning mix between old and trendy but is just darned pleasant. It's child friendly too and despite being a large building it still feels somewhat cozy.They brew their...

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Los Gatos Transportation

  • Free Los Gatos Shuttle Bus

    There are several bus stops around Los Gatos and the free shuttle bus gets you in & around Los Gatos pretty good. Just be sure to ask if the bus you're boarding is the free one as there are other buses around that stop at the same time.

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  • Take a good look

    Take a good look at the display at "Ferrari of Los Gatos"...they have a wide variety of Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Lotus. Chances are, we'll never be able to afford one of those but in the crazy years of the DotCom, they had a 5 years waiting list and people were reserving car to the sell their reservation with profit. They also have on display a...

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Los Gatos Local Customs

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    by ChuckG Written Apr 10, 2003

    Quite interesting to have a coffee on that main street and watch the locals (and Siliconians) show their roadster, sport car, convertible or beaten-up truck to i-don't-know-who... I still haven't got used to this tradition after years and years...

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Los Gatos Off The Beaten Path

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    by jumpingwithnorman Written Apr 14, 2009

    St Joseph's Hill is a walking loop that winds up and down within easy reach of the town of Los Gatos. You can choose to park at the Alma Bridge Road and take a vertical walk up the slopes to the very top or park somewhere off Main Street/N Santa Cruz Avenue and meander over to the trail which starts over between the library and the post office. It's a great walk that's do-able and sweat-inducing. Bikes do use the trail too so watch out for them as you go up the steep roads. Dogs also share your path along with their owners who are pretty conscientious about leaving "no trace" behind.

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Los Gatos Favorites

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    by Shaft28 Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: While in Los Gatos (if over 21) you have to go to the Black Watch 141 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 408.354.2200 for kamis.
    Or shall I say a kamikazi.
    They make the best ones in the area, not to mention a few other choice drinks.
    Used to be a biker bar, no crowded with you name it. Scottish charm at its best.
    Grap 3 friends, 4 kamis' and some dice for liars dice and roll the night away.

    Fondest memory: Trying to convince the bartender my buddy Ford was napping not passed out while playing dice.

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