San Mateo is a traditional Peninsula city with a long history and wide spectrum of neighborhoods, offering a great deal of variety and style. There is the elegant and wooded San Mateo Park, the tree-lined streets and large pre-war homes of Aragon, and the Highlands with its collection of Eichlers, just to name a few. The town is home to many well-equipped parks, including Coyote Point Park, offering picnic areas, trails for walking and bicycling, and CuriOdyssey, a hands-on science museum and native animal zoo, while the nearby Sawyer Camp trail at Crystal Springs Reservoir offers great hiking. The town is also a hub for retail on the Peninsula, with the large Hillsdale Shopping Center, as well as the new Bay Meadows. The classic horse racing track has been redeveloped to combine residential, office, and retail spaces in a large communal area.
The College of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Expo Center, home of the county fair and other major events, serve the entire region, and downtown pulls in shoppers and diners from up and down the Peninsula. Downtown features everything from fine dining and cozy wine bars to a large movie theater, and also plays host to local art, wine walks, and community events including Summerfest with its seven blocks of booths, music, food, and activities. San Mateo is also home to one of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area. On a foggy day on the Peninsula, it doesn’t get much better than a big bowl of ramen from Santa Ramen on El Camino Real. You’ve probably never heard of this hole in the wall, but a dedicated clientele keeps Santa Ramen hopping, and it often has a line out the door. Don’t worry though, the excellent food makes it well worth the wait.
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