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For a spot to hang out and take advantage of the free wifi, you can go to Sunnyvale Art Gallery Cafe at 251 W El Camino Real, Coffee and More at 100 S Murphy Ave, and Bean Scene at 186 S Murphy Ave. Murphy Ave is Sunnyvale's downtown area, so you can take a stroll around there.
recommended NASA Exploration Center - NASA Ames Research Center Visitor CenterSpace exploration has always fascinated me, and if I had the money, I'd definitely buy myself a ticket on the Virgin Galactic. The NASA Ames Research Center Visitor Center is a cool little museum. ... read moreCurrent exhibits include: REAL Moon Rock - REAL lunar sample retrieved by the crew of Apollo 15. Immersive Theater - Videos show in detail Mars missions, simulated flights through the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond, science contributions of scientists at NASA Ames Research Center, and much more. Mercury Redstone 1A (MR-1A) – This capsule, launched on December 19, 1960, attained an altitude of 130.7 statute miles. MR-1A was the last unmanned test flight before the Mercury 7 astronauts took flight. SOFIA - NASA developed the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - or SOFIA - as a world-class airborne observatory that will complement the Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and James Webb space telescopes and major Earth-based telescopes. Kepler – The Kepler Mission is designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy and has discovered over a thousand potential new planets orbiting near-by stars. Learn about this innovative mission from their knowledgeable docents. Living and Working in Space – Microgravity research has benefited our understanding of the universe. Take part in this fascinating field with the Living and Working in Space exhibit.Recommended for:Connie Pistilli
If space exploration interests you, NASA's visitor center offers a lot of cool exhibits.
- Ginger Cafe398 West El Camino Real #114, Sunnyvale, CA, United Statesrecommended Ginger CafeIt's easy to overlook Ginger Cafe. You'd never think such a nice looking place exists in a small strip mall in Sunnyvale. It reminds me of PF Chang's, but with more Thai and Vietnamese influences in ... read morethe food. In fact, there's a PF Chang's across the street. But if I were to choose between the two, I'd definitely come here. Gotta support local businesses! I've only been here for lunch, but their lunch specials are the way to go - for less than $10, you can choose from a variety of dishes, which comes with soup of the day and rice. The portions are really big, so it's definitely enough for two meals. The egg drop corn soup was a tad too starchy, but flavors were good. I got the basil chicken, which was a very tasty stir-fry dish that came with a lot of shiitake mushrooms - my fave! I also had the calamari and shrimp, cleverly served in shrimp chips (such a great idea for hors d' oeuvres to make at home). The seafood was very fresh, and the presentation was lovely. I also really enjoyed the Vietnamese ice coffee, which was not too sweet. Since I was dining solo, I sat at the bar, where the staff was super friendly and very attentive. While this is not a super authentic Southeast Asian restaurant, I still enjoyed the food!Recommended for:Connie Pistilli
Nice bar area to enjoy a meal, especially if you're flying solo.
- Adamson's French Dip806 West El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, United Statesrecommended Adamson's French DipWe stopped in at around 1:15pm, and the place was packed. There's not much seating, so we grabbed some seats at the counter by the window. By the time we got our sandwiches about 15 minutes later, a ... read morefew tables had cleared up. It seemed that to avoid the lunch hour crowd, you need to get there after 1:30pm. I had the $7.95 Prime Rib French Dip (with onions and cheese) and my friend had the $6.95 BBQ Tri Tip. I had some of each, and they were both mm'mm good! The meat was super tender and smoked perfectly, and the au jus made the prime rib that much more tasty. We both ate only half of our sandwiches and took the other half home. Though it might be small for most guys, it was plenty of food for us girls. The sides were all pretty cheap too, but we didn't end up getting any. You can also add fries and a soda for $3.50. This place is definitely for meat lovers, so if you are one, you better check it out!Recommended for:Connie Pistilli
My favorite spot for French Dip sandwiches!
- Bon Chon Chicken572 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CArecommended Bon Chon ChickenFor those who grew up around Sunnyvale in the 80's, you may remember that there was once a Pioneer Chicken located in the same strip of stores at this shopping center. I still dream about Pioneer ... read moreChicken and would do anything for just one more taste of their scrumptious fried chicken... Bon Chon is a nice replacement though! They serve up mm'mm good Korean style fried chicken. Drums are the way to go - perfectly crispy skin with a mild soy garlic flavor (which you can also get spicy) and juicy meat. I'd suggest getting a small order so you can order a few other items on the menu. My friend and I also had an order of their soy garlic potstickers, which were really delicious, and the bulgogi taco wraps - which are a meal in itself. While the wrap (one order comes with 2 wraps) was tasty, it wasn't a must order. The real star here is definitely the fried chicken, so everything else takes a bit of a backseat to it. Service was super friendly and attentive, the place is minimalist and very clean and there are tvs mounted around the room, so you can also enjoy a game and Hite beer as you tear through some drums.Recommended for:Connie Pistilli
Delicious Korean style fried chicken!
- Moon Zooom1630 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CArecommended Moon ZooomWho would have ever thought that the clothes we grew up wearing would become vintage some day? If I had only known, I would have kept my baby pink Members Only jacket... geez, how hot would that be to ... read moresport around these days?! When looking for some accessories to go with my 80's style prom dress, I stopped in here and left with a bag full of goodies. I got fingerless lace gloves, a long pearl necklace, a tiara and a rhinestone heart clasp belt, perfect for my 80's Madonna inspired outfit. Their selection of 40s-80s clothing is huge, but you just have to be patient about scouring through the racks. Rooms are nicely divided into eras, so it makes browsing a bit easier. It is hit or miss, but I definitely recommend stopping by to check out their selection if you're on a mission to find that perfect costume.Recommended for:Connie Pistilli
Also about 15 minutes from Sunnyvale.
- Black and Brown850 The Alameda, San Jose, CA, United Statesrecommended Black and BrownConsignment shops are always hit or miss, but if you have the patience to look through the racks (which are organized very well here), then you may just find some treasure. They're everything from ... read morevintage pieces to current collections here, and most everything is in great condition. I scored a pair of never been worn Miu Miu stiletto heels here for $90 and my friends have also had good luck finding some great designer pieces.Recommended for:Connie Pistilli
Black and Brown is about a 15 minute drive from Sunnyvale. I haven't been, but you should check out Nearly New Shop on 225 E Maude Ave and Lost & Found on 858 E El Camino Real - both in Sunnyvale.