Forget New York City! San Mateo has its own Central Park that's home to the Bianchi mini train for kids of all ages. After your train ride you can relax in the granite pagoda of the Japanese Tea Garden, complete with bamboo grove, tea house and koi pond. The Tea Garden is especially idyllic during early spring when the first cherry blossoms are in bloom. Cheap hotels in San Mateo offer an affordable and sweet respite and with all the money you'll save, you can afford to visit nearby Hillsdale Shopping Center. If the 130 stores and restaurants wear you out, there are plenty of Hillsdale Shopping Center hotels where you can rest your feet or try on your new threads.
Once a place for wealthy San Franciscans to build their summer homes, San Mateo has come into its own as a formidable tourist attraction. The intimate size of downtown San Mateo makes it easy to try many restaurants. For an exotic dining experience that rivals anything in San Francisco, visitors can choose from authentic Indian, Mexican, seafood, Thai, or Burmese restaurants. And with Napa Valley nearby, these restaurants offer plenty of delicious wines in every varietal available.
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