Visit downtown San Mateo

a city in two stories

Your perfect getaway comes together in Downtown San Mateo. Here, innovation buzzes from historic buildings, colorful streets lead you to award-winning restaurants, and long-time locals make new arrivals feel welcome – all in a day’s walk.

far afield from the fog

Downtown San Mateo is conveniently located in the heart of the Peninsula, yet worlds away from the hustle of the rest of the Bay. Explore the many sides of our five square blocks brimming with over 100 dining destinations, shopping experiences and local art, in ideal weather day or night.

destinations don’t get more delicious

getting to dtsm

From local streets: From El Camino Real, turn east on any of the streets between Baldwin and 5th Avenues.
From the freeways: From the 101, exit at 3rd Avenue and head west just five blocks. Cross the railroad tracks and you have arrived.
From Interstate 280, take Route 92 East, then 101 North to 3rd Avenue.
By train: Caltrain runs frequent service to San Mateo Station, located on Transit Center Way between 1st Avenue and North B Street.
By Samtrans bus: Routes ECR, 250, 252, 292 and 295 serve Downtown San Mateo.
By bike: You’ll find bike racks at the Caltrain station, and on 3rd and 4th Avenues at both Ellsworth Avenue and B Street.

Parking: There are nearly 3000 public parking spaces in the downtown district.