Downtown San Mateo, California











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Things to do in San Mateo, California

Main Street of old Downtown San Mateo speaks to once what was and what could be once again. As San Mateo the community gathers, it leaves a pocket of opportunity for small business owners to come in and set up shop.Take a few minutes to explore what each downtown has to offer by viewing our directory below.

Downtown San Mateo offers on-the-go dining when you visit your favorite food truck. Pick up some corn tortilla tacos with freshly made pico with a fresh squeeze of lemon to give your day a boost. Food trucks can offer a wide variety of niche ethnic blends.

Downtown San Mateo brings meaning to leisure time while enjoying the local yarn shop and wandering through in amazement with the different fibers and vast array of colors. Signing up for a class is easy and fun and serves as a great getaway for a few hours to enjoy the company of fellow knitters.

Downtown San Mateo is the place to go when you want to freshen up or replace your nails. Call ahead to schedule an appointment, pick your colors and style and let the transformation begin. Some salons offer hair styling and coloring as well as lashes and eyebrow coloring.

Downtown San Mateo helps you expand your skills and learn some new ways to expand your artisan flare? Sign up for classes at your kitchen supply store, yarn shop, art and craft shop and photo gallery. You'll be having great fun with your new friends as you you take on that next project.

Why do you love downtown?

Bob Puthoff
I'm sending some clients there this Summer and want to get them a discount card to shop. Thanks!

Catherine Payne
Great vibe! Low key. Feels like old time Hawaii.

Molly MacTaggart
Always love quaint, historic downtown areas, late April will be our first visit to Dillon.

Mary Warszynski
I have not been there yet. I am planning a family outing for March.

Susan Sunday
Adorable - been 1x and going back tomorrow with my friends

Restaurants in San Mateo, California


Bel Mateo Snack Bar

4330 Olympic Avenue
Downtown San Mateo



231 Ellsworth

231 South Ellsworth Avenue
Downtown San Mateo



Bianchi Railroad CO

224 Aragon Boulevard
Downtown San Mateo



Bay Watch Restaurant

201 2nd Avenue
Downtown San Mateo



Bean Street Cafe

55 West 3rd Avenue
Downtown San Mateo



Bay View Cafe

2121 South El Camino Real # B100
Downtown San Mateo



Big Boy Janitorial

3555 South El Camino Real
Downtown San Mateo



213 Bistro

213 East 3rd Avenue
Downtown San Mateo



Beard Papa Sweet Cafe

959 De Leon Lane
Downtown San Mateo



Al Sultan Restaurant

460 South Norfolk St
Downtown San Mateo




Downtown San Mateo Hotels

Finding the best hotel in Downtown San Mateo can make or break the experience of your entire trip. Take a few minutes to explore what each hotel has to offer by viewing our directory below. Here are some tips to consider:

Bring an actual credit card to avoid deposits and pre-authorizations consuming money in your checking account which will reduce your available balance. Hotels that accept paper cash often ask for a hefty deposit to cover potential damages in your room leaving you scrambling to find an ATM.

Other sources of noise can be opening and closing trash dumpsters and also during collection by garbage trucks. Another great question is if they have any renovation plans, or underway that could affect your ability to relax. Pack earplugs and eyeshades!

Not all online booking systems are fully integrated with hotel reservations systems so there is a chance that smaller hotels are hand entering your stay from a fax machine which leaves room for errors. Book directly with hotel to avoid any problems and ask for a price match if you find a better price online.