Have you been cooped up all Winter? Need a new vista? Try out my favorite “secret” place. The Cool Cafe on the Stanford campus is an oasis in a busy place. You have everything you need right here: a well tended huge green lawn, Rodin Sculptures, free museum, picnic benches, a cafe with outdoor and indoor seating. – Not just “any” cafe either! Jesse Cool has been a leader in the organic food movement in the Bay Area since the beginning. Her cafe is worth the trip, not a large menu, but always good food. You can get there from the bus on El Camino Real or Cal Train (University stop), and walking distance from Stanford Shopping Center. Parking is easy on weekends, and tough all other times.
328 Lomita Dr.
Stanford, CA phone: 650-725-4758
Hours: they close around 4 p.m. so go for lunch and lounge around after.
If you love the Cafe, then you’ll love Flea Street Cafe (nearby in Menlo Park) too. It has a complete menu and more variety in ingredients and preparation. (But the lawn and art are missing. )