SoFA District

The South First Area (SoFA) serves as downtown San Jose’s visual arts and entertainment district.  Cool, organic and creative, SoFA is a place where you can interact with some of the most eclectic and artistic people in the city.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 8.43.09 AMSpend the day enjoying rich architecture and galleries such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Anno Domini, Works and the one-of-its-kind San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  Do-it-yourself at Higher Fire and the Art Glass Institute.  For a delicious and aromatic respite, try Caffe Frascati or Cafe Stritch.

Return in the evening for a variety of music, a stage production at City Lights or San Jose Stage, symphony and opera offerings at the restored California Theatre, and exciting nightlife.

And with places such as Il Fornaio, Original Joe’s, Orchestria Palm Court Cafe and Blue Chip, SoFA is recognized as one of downtown’s major culinary destinations.

Plenty of fun events occur in SoFA during the year.  South First Fridays and STREET MRKTs enliven the district 10 times a year.  ZERO1 and CINEQUEST program in the SoFA District.  The renovated Parque de los Pobladores, now an “outdoor living room for the arts,” comes alive now more than ever.

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Come back often, because the artistic elements on the street and the landscape are ever-changing.  The unexpected is expected in SoFA.

SoFA Businesses and Galleries

A&C Grocery555 S. 2nd St.408-275-9811
The Agenda Lounge
399 S. 1st St.408-838-0393
AJ's Hot Dogs325 S. 1st St.408-204-4321
Anno Domini//the second coming of Art & Design
366 S. First St.408-271-5155
Athena's Hair and Nails404 S. Second St.408-287-6015
Beso Nightclub
417 S. 1st St. 408-992-5004
Beauty PT Full-service Salon92 E. San Salvador St.408-271-9578
Bo Town Seafood Restaurant409 S. 2nd St.408-295-2125
Cafe Stritch
374 S. 1st St. 408-280-6161
Caffé Frascati
315 S. First St.408-287-0400
City Lights Theater Company
529 S. 2nd St.408-295-4200
Camera 3 Cinemas
288 S. Second St.408-985-5233
China Chen Restaurant
400 S. Third St.408- 294-2525
CMV Cali Driving & Traffic School456 S. Second St.408-370-9696
Comedy Sportz
288 S. 2nd St408-985-5233
Dai Thanh Supermarket418 S. 2nd408-287-3744
Dakao Sandwiches and Polar Ice
98 E. San Salvador St.408-286-7260
Delia's Furniture
630 S. First St.408-279-0550
Dora Salon482 S 2nd Street408-297-3140
Downtown Yoga Shala
450 S. First St408-885-1000
Enterprise Rent A Car
598 S. 1st St.408-419-4900
First To Market
399 S 1st St408-600-2120
Heroes Martial Arts
455 S. First St408-288-8857
Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery
499 S. Market St.408-295-5765
Il Fornaio in the Sainte Claire Hotel
302 S. Market St.408-271-3366
Independent Auto Diagnostic Repair & ServiceWilliam and Second streets408-286-8989
Jersey's/The Blue Chip Restuarant & Sports Bar
325 S. First Street408-971-2898
La Penita Restaurant601 S. 1st St.408-295-0434
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 S. First St.408-998-2783
Market Auto428 S. Market St.408-292-9888
Miami Beach Club
417 S. 1st St. 408-425-7309
Milano Restaurant
394 S. 2nd St.408-297-0607
Miranda's Place clothing
599 S. Fourth St.408-971-4146
Motif Restaurant and Club
389 S. First St.408-279-1888
Opera San Jose at the California Theatre
345 S. First St.408-437-4450
Orchestria Palm Court Cafe
27 E. William St.408-288-5606
Original Joe's
301 S. First St.408-292-7030
Pho 69 Noodle House
321 S 1st St.408-289-8521
Poly Cleaners #2493 S. First St.408-298-6244
Psycho Donuts
288 S. 2nd St.408-533-1023
Ramada San Jose
455 S Second St
Ruby Jewelers
460 S 2nd St.408-297-4471
Sa By Thai Restaurant404 S. 2nd St.408-286-5807
Saigon Beauty Salon497 S. Second St.408-297-6485
The Sainte Claire
302 S. Market St.408-295-2000
Sainte Claire News Stand
311 S. First St.408-275-0242
San Jose Glass Alliance
New location TBA 408-292-7841
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
560 S. First St.408-283-8155
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First St.408-971-0323
San Jose Stage Company
490 S. First St.408-283-7142
Season Style Pure Water404 S. Second St. 408-292-2889
43 W. San Salvador408-792-7356
The Sliding Door Co.
355 S 1st St.888-433-1333
Stonelight Tile Co.
609 S 1st St.408-292-7424
South First Billiards Club & Lounge
420 S. First St.408-294-7800
The Studio Climbing by Touchstone
396 S. 1st St. 408-998-4000
350 S. Market St. 408-621-0425
The Swinging Hookah
386 S. 1st St.408-705-7967
Symphony Silicon Valley at the California Theatre
345 S. First St.408-286-2600
Tate Family Auto Care
477 S. Market St.408-293-8915
TechShop San Jose
300 S. Second St.408-916-4144
Thanh Bach Bakery486 S. 2nd St.408-297-7188
Works/San Jose
365 S. Market St.408-295-8378
ZERO1 Garage
439 S. First St.408-606-6803