Global Marketplace: Mountain View’s Castro Street
By Susan Lam

Who needs cookie cutter shopping malls or upscale, unaffordable stores when you have both character and class in neighborhoods such as Castro Street, the downtown nerve center of Mountain View?

My thoughts on Castro Street is that it's truly diverse and international, with foods, bookstores, shops, and more. On this one long street with extra wide sidewalks purposely designed for strollng, you’ll find friendly niches such as: Tap Plastic in case you need to cut a sheet of plastic for a school or home improvement project, a goldfish and tropical fish store, Meyer Appliances for kitchen and bath remodeling, a long-standing music store, Eddie’s Quilting bee, and more.

Anchoring the street is the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts and next to it is the handsome, well-designed two-story Mountain View Library with fireplaces and comfy lounge chairs for power napping. Hoory for bond measures!

Here’s a list of my favorite places and things to do, plus a calendar for your convenience.


Mountain View is less than one hour south of San Francisco, one hour north of Gilroy. You’ll find Castro Street between Evelyn Street and Church Street. CalTrain stops on Evelyn, and if you stop here with the kids, this spot is a perfect day trip.


Castro Street is sure to fulfull any type of international cravings you have!

Gelato Classico Italian Ice Cream
Address: 241 Castro St # B
Phone: (650) 969-2900
Mon.-Fri. 11AM-10PM; Sat. noon-11PM; Sun. noon-9PM

TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt)
Address: 650 Castro St # 180,
Phone: (650) 962-9970

Restaurants – Indian, Irish, Pizza, Thai, Vietnamese - Pho, Chinese, Malaysian, Filipino, coffee houses, on El Camino, – KFC, Clarke’s Burgers.

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
Address: 790 Castro St
Phone: (650) 961-6666

Sue's Indian Cuisine
Address: 216 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 969-1112

King Of Krung Siam Thai Rstrnt
Address: 194 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 960-7077

Mountview Tea Village
Address: 275 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 988-1939

Pasta Q Trattoria Italiana
Address: 160 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 938-4147

Red Rock Coffee Co .
Address: 201 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 967-4473

Arts and Crafts/Hobby

Global Beads (650) 967-7556
345 Castro St.
Huge selection of all kinds of beads. Lots of wooden beads to choose from. The only con is that it is more expensive that most other loose bead shops.

Eddie’s Quilting Bee
264 Castro St.
(650) 969-1714
Sells quilting equipment, fabrics and sewing machines. Hosts sewing camps and classes for all ages.


Address: 317 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 968-7323

East West Bookshop
Address: 324 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 988-9800

Books Inc.
Address: 301 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 428-1234


Easy Foods Co- Chinese groceries
299 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 969-5595


Kitchens By Meyer
278 Castro St.
Phone: (650) 968-7866


Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts  (map/downtown MV)  (calendar)

TheatreWorks presents

April 5 through April 30
Tues at 7:30 pm
Wed through Fri at 8 pm
Sat at 2 and/or 8 pm
Sun at 2 and/or 7 pm
Brilliant. Attractive. Hilarious. Three American sisters meet in London for the 54th birthday of Sara, a fast-track banker who’s left her romantic hopes and her Jewish heritage far behind. Joined by Pfeni, a globe-trotting journalist, and Gorgeous, a dervish of a suburban housewife, this sisterhood revisits long-lost roots, newfound love, and a woman’s place in a changing world. Nominated for five Tony Awards, this warm and witty comedy is a tribute to America’s premiere female playwright, Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein. "An abundance of humor, heart and wisdom." (Newsday)

Audio-described performances on April 28 & 29 at 8 pm and April 30 at 2 pm.
MainStage - April 5, 6 & 7 previews – $32 adults; $20 youths (25 & under); $20 fulltime students with ID. Saturday 8 pm – $54 adults; $20 youths (25 & under); $20 fulltime students with ID. Friday – $54 adults; $34 seniors; $20 youths (25 & under); $20 fulltime students with ID. Saturday 2 pm, Sunday and Thursday – $48 adults; $34 seniors; $20 youths (25 & under); $20 fulltime students with ID. Tuesday & Wednesday – $42 adults; $34 seniors; $20 youths (25 & under); $20 fulltime students with ID.
TICKETS: Call 650-903-6000 or Order Tickets ON-LINE

Golden Gate Geographic Society presents

Monday, April 10 at 2 & 7:45 pm
Discover Slovenia & Croatia in this GGGS travel film. Produced and presented in person by Frank M. Klicar.
MainStage - $10 adults; $5 youths (14 & under)
TICKETS: Call 650-903-6000 or Order Tickets ON-LINE

Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents

Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 5 at 2 pm
Carnival of the Animals is a delightful zoological romp. "Lowe and Alonzo have taken the famous music by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens…and turned it into a visual feast of movement and costume and saturated it in whimsy and humor." (Keith Kreitman, San Mateo County Times). Other audience favorites make for an enchanting theatre experience.
MainStage - $33 adults; $28 seniors/ students: $23 children (12 & under)
TICKETS: Call 650-903-6000 or Order Tickets ON-LINE

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents

March 11 through March 19 - Thursday at 9:30 am
Friday at 9:30 am & 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 12 at 2 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 19 at 2 pm
Jellicle cats come out at midnight for their annual ball, where they vie to be chosen for rebirth into a new life. Innovative, evocative and packed with exuberant choreography, this international award-winner is truly the cat’s meow.
MainStage - $18 adults; $15 seniors/children (12 & under). 9:30 am performances—$7.
TICKETS: Call 650-903-6000 or Order Tickets ON-LINE

Peninsula Youth Theatre Stories on Stage presents

Friday, April 21 at 9:30 & 11 am
Saturday, April 22 at 11:30 & 1:30 pm
If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to need something to drink to go with it…there’s no end to a mouse’s demands once he tastes a treat in this charming play based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff.
SecondStage - Friday – $6; Saturday – $7

TheatreWorks presents

April 27 through May 7
This ten-day event includes staged readings and workshops that showcase new plays and musicals in all stages of development. From inception to production, the New Works Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover the hits of tomorrow…today.
SecondStage - Details & ticket prices available in March on and 650.903.6000

City of Mountain View Recreation Division presents

Wednesday, May 10 at 5 & 7:30 pm
The City of Mountain View Spring Dance Recital features youth and teens performing various dance styles. MainStage - $2; call 650-903-6000

Peninsula Open Space Trust Wallace Stegner Lecture Series presents

Thursday, May 11 at 8 pm
Join the Peninsula Open Space Trust for an evening with award-winning author Barry Lopez. Author of Arctic Dreams, Lopez’s writings have been compared to those of Henry David Thoreau. He brings a depth of knowledge to his works by immersing himself in his surroundings, deftly integrating his environmental and humanitarian concerns. MainStage - $20. Call 650-903-6000 or Order Tickets ON-LINE

Pacific Ballet Academy/SJ Ballet Association presents

Saturday, May 13 at 1 & 6 pm
Sunday, May 14 at 1 pm
Pacific Ballet Academy of Mountain View and Los Altos presents its annual concert featuring student dancers and performers from Pacific Theater Ballet. Featured ballet will be Fokine’s Les Sylphide and new choreography by staff members.
MainStage - $12. Call 650-903-6000 or Order Tickets ON-LINE

Peninsula Youth Theatre Stories on Stage presents

Friday, May 19 at 9:30 & 11 am
Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 & 1:30 pm
Things just start getting sticky when Alexander awakens with gum in his hair…and they go downhill from there! Judith Viorst’s beloved children’s story comes to life in this charming adaptation. SecondStage - Friday – $6; Saturday – $7. Call 650-903-6000.


Susan Lam last wrote an article about traveling with pets. She lives in the Bay Area with her family and two dogs.

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