While in California, one of the places I visited with my husband, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew was Santana Row in San Jose, California.
Santana Row is an upscale shopping area and to name a few of their designer stores are Salvatore Ferragamo, BCBG Max Azria, and Burberry. There are also familiar stores, such as, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Ann Taylor LOFT. I had a lot of fun window shopping.
I certainly missed out on all the great restaurants since I ate beforehand and didn’t quite know what to expect.
We visited Santana Row the day after Thanksgiving so all the Christmas lights were up. It was so festive and a great family outing for just strolling and breathing the fresh and crisp California air.
BAKERY REVIEW: COCOLA BAKERY
Since we weren’t super hungry, we settled for dessert at Cocola Bakery, a charming French bakery that offers sweets, salads, and sandwiches. Just look at the plethora of desserts.
LOCATION: 333 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128 (other CA. locations)
MENU: Cocola Bakery Menu.
RECOMMENDED TO: Everyone.
My sister, brother-in-law, and I went for a cup of English Breakfast (forgot the picture). My husband skipped.
For desserts we ordered a Crème Brulee (on the right) which I found to be very average, however my sister and brother-in-law really enjoyed it. We also ordered a Crème Feuillete (on the left), a puff pastry filled with vanilla crème. This was delicious! OMG, I think I ate majority of the dessert.
My nephew, Nikhil, loves chocolate and requested the Dome (on the left) which was Banana Crunchy Mousse. Very yummy, I especially love the banana & chocolate combination. Next up is the Le Sultan (on the right) (Hazelnut Cake) which was layers of coffee and hazelnut mousse. This was definitely above average, but I can’t say I loved it.
Surprisingly I found out my niece, Neha, isn’t a fan of sweets. Can you believe that? I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t like sweets, and well, Neha decided to order herself a salad with kalamata olives. This kid also LOVES olives like there is no tomorrow. I have to say it is sort of a blessing to have a kid who doesn’t like sweets. Very strange, but cute.
VERDICT for COCOLA BAKERY: 3.5 / 5
Overall I liked the Cocola Bakery, but it wasn’t amazing or anything. The desserts are sort of hit or miss, you’ll either encounter an awesome dessert or something above average. Definitely a good bakery for people watching and a relaxing hangout in Santana Row. The cost of desserts here are almost $5 a piece which is expected given the location.
Honestly, I had never heard of Santana Row until my sister mentioned it to me, so I didn’t even know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised since I’m a huge fan of eating and shopping, you really can’t go wrong with the vibe here. It’s a great place to hangout and people watch since most “women” are very well-dressed. And the best part is, it is located within San Jose so it’s fairly close to the residents. Santana Row is a great family hangout and I would totally go back there for a real meal next time, just sayin’. 🙂
TELL ME: Have you been to Santana Row? IF so, where did you dine and shop?