Welcome to Menlo Park
Upscale home of Facebook and gorgeous neighborhood parks
Most famously known as the home to Facebook, Menlo Park has earned a thumbs up from its residents. From the beautiful community parks and walkable neighborhoods to the Silicon Valley culture and upscale vibe, this city has so much to offer.
Originally a village for railroad and estate workers, the population of Menlo Park today is one of the most educated in the country. Most residents are highly paid tech industry employees, doctors, or lawyers who value the serenity of sleepy Menlo Park. With an easy, 30 minute commute to San Francisco and neighboring areas, Menlo Park leaves the bumping nightlife at the door. This is a place to relax, live a healthy lifestyle, and make your professional dreams come true.
What to Love
- Quiet community
- City sophistication in a suburban setting
- Gorgeous green space
- Walkable neighborhoods
People & Lifestyle
Menlo Park residents love this neighborhood for the sleepy, peaceful atmosphere and strong community feel. This is a place that supports small businesses, and locals love to visit the downtown area’s independently-owned shops and boutiques.
You’ll often find residents walking their dogs, enjoying the area’s beautiful parks, and being active on the tennis courts, walking trails, and skate zones. With Facebook being the top employer in the area, you’ll often see joggers sporting company gear.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Menlo Park may be valued by residents for its serenity, but that doesn’t mean it’s sleeping on the culinary job. The upscale Madera offers an elegant hotel dining experience with ingredients sourced from nearby farms. This Michelin-starred bistro serves a refined menu of American fare and is considered one of Silicon Valley’s best restaurants.
The casual cuisine at gastropub Refuge will knock your socks off. The mouth-watering pastrami is a must-try, and the weekend brunch is a local favorite. For a true Parisian cafe experience, Mademoiselle Colette is the place to go. Treat yourself to a slow morning of coffee and croissants at this French pastry shop. They also offer classics like quiche and Croque Monsieur.
Elevate your grocery shopping at Draeger's Market. This high-end supermarket has an incredible selection of upscale food, wine, housewares, baked goods, and gorgeous desserts.
Sharpen your cooking skills at their on-site cooking school, or sit back and relax while they cater your special event.
Things to Do
While the bustling bar and nightlife scene is in nearby San Francisco and neighboring Valley towns, Menlo Park has its fair share of culture and events. Relax at the Allied Arts Guild, a beautiful spot with a walking garden and lots of artist studios. Grab a light lunch, like the wild mushroom and gruyere panini with truffle oil, at the Guild’s Cafe Wisteria before heading out to browse the selection at Kepler's Books.
A fixture in the San Francisco area for over 65 years, Kepler's is considered an intellectual and cultural hub. Known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, and a huge selection of books and magazines, this community gathering spot is a must-see. Once you’re finished pursuing, take your new book stack and relax at one of the town’s many parks. Known as the City of Parks, Menlo Park has plenty of gorgeous green spaces to choose from. Nealon Park, with its playgrounds, dog parks, and tennis courts, is a local favorite.