Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The SoFA Market is Open!

A second urban market is currently in "soft-opening" mode in Downtown San Jose, and hopefully it will have the same transformative impact as the San Pedro Square Market on the opposite side of Downtown. The SoFA Market utilizes 7,500 SQFT at the ground floor of the Aedis building (owned by Thang Do, an architect, urban planner, and real estate developer). The goal is to have around 10 tenants, similar in size to what you would find at the San Pedro Square Market. Four have already been lined up:

  • The Fountainhead - Flagship craft cocktail bar where the drinks are inspired by architecture and you can learn about the designers that shaped our environment [Josh: this sounds really awesome and unique]
  • Falafel Bar (Open Now) - Serving what they claim to be the third best falafel in the world, all of their ingredients are all-natural and locally sourced
  • Vero's Coffee - Artisanal espresso and espresso-based drinks
  • An un-named Ramen Restaurant 

I'm obviously an optimist, but I have to say it anyway... this screams potential! Given what a catalyst the SPSM was for the San Pedro Area and Downtown as a whole, I can't wait to see how this will impact SoFA. As a foodie, I'm also looking forward to seeing which additional eateries this will bring Downtown. The icing on the cake is that the new market will likely be an anchor contributor to South First Fridays and other art-oriented events in SoFA.

The SoFA Market is located at 387 S. First St. and the grand opening is planned for early October. You can also learn more by visiting the SoFA Market website.

Source: SVBJ


  1. If that ramen place ends up being good this new market will change my life

  2. I ate at the falafel place today and boy is the food wonderful!

    1. I was there yesterday too, frickin loved it. I especially like how you can put the toppings and sauces on yourself and how they make everything but the bread in house (including the ketchup). The coffee place also has a great Mexican Mocha. I have a good feeling about the SoFA Market =)

    2. I had the agave soda (Vanilla Cream) and it was amazing. They ran out of strawberry rhubarb which he said was their best seller.