Places of Interest
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Spanish settlers moving north from Mexico colonized San Jose, and the city continues to reflect its origins. Historic sites like St. Joseph's Cathedral are well preserved and are still used for contemporary religious celebrations and masses. The cuisine also reflects Mexican and Spanish origins, although in recent years an influx of Ethiopian, Japanese, and French establishments has added depth and diversity. Hotels in San Jose range from budget economy inns to luxury accommodations.
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The San Jose McEnery Convention Center is surrounded by several San Jose hotels and for easy access is even physically adjoined to a San Jose hotel. The Center provides a venue for events like the MADD Gamers Expo and the Harvest Festival.
San Jose chefs often emphasize the city's Mexican and Spanish heritage and California's tradition of fresh, organic ingredients. Family-style restaurants like Aqui Cal-Mex are popular purveyors of San Jose cuisine.
Major Point of Interest
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Northern California, including a full-scale Egyptian temple replica and an impressive number of mummies. Also visit the famous Winchester Mystery House located on Winchester Boulevard.
Visitors to hotels in San Jose should visit the Eastridge Mall on Eastridge Loop, the city's largest mall and the location of an in-house movie theater. For high-end boutiques, travelers should visit Santana Row Shopping Center.
San Jose has a strong background in athletics. The NHL San Jose Sharks fight for the puck at HP Pavilion, while Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes feature young talent in games at Buck Shaw Stadium.