Welcome to the heart of Campbell, CA, where over 100 shops, restaurants and service providers create a vibrant atmosphere amongst touches of history that keep the roots of this city alive. While residents from all over Campbell make their way into downtown to have fun on the weekends, and even the weekdays, you’ll already be right in the center of the action … enjoying the fresh produce at one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the South Bay, taking in the picturesque historic district, tasting gourmet fare, and shopping at the stores, boutiques and galleries along the beautifully tree-lined Campbell Avenue. The borders of downtown Campbell stretch fromState Route 17 to the San Tomas Expressway, and from Hamilton Avenue to the north to approximately the intersection of the expressway and the original rail line to the south.
Campbell was defined when its land was sold to the railroad in 1878. The first subdivision of the downtown area was formed due to the demand placed on the area as a distributer of fruit to the surrounding areas. Fruit was shipped into Campbell where it was dried and then canned before distribution. The water tower that became a landmark of this area still stands today as the center of historic downtown Campbell. Architectural styles of downtown Campbell vary greatly, from Victorian to Spanish Colonial Revival, to Mission Revival, Neoclassical and Queen Anne. When looking for a home or apartment that puts you within steps of all the downtown excitement, you are just as likely to find restored original properties as you are new properties built to fit in with the historic feel of the area.
When it comes to shopping, dining and entertainment downtown everything is centered around East Campbell Avenue and spread out along First, Second, Third and Fourth Streets, as well as South Central Avenue. The Naschmarkt Restaurant tops most lists when it comes to dining, featuring Austria-centric cuisine such as Jager Schnitzel, Kraut Rouladen, and Hungarian Beef Goulash. Other popular dining establishments include the authentic Greek cuisine of Opa!, Tigelleria, which specializes in organic food served in a cozy atmosphere, Blue Line for pizza lovers, the gastropod Liquid Bread for something more eccentric, and Bellagio for classic italian fare.
Boutiques like Bombshell, Dutchess Intimates, and Elegant Design represent just a fraction of the shopping opportunities in downtown Campbell. When it comes to nightlife, the area doesn’t disappoint either with thriving establishments like The Spot Downtown, Khartoum, Katie Bloom’s, and Tesora’s Barra di Vino, billed as the ultimate wine bar experience in the South Bay.