Welcome to Burlingame
A charming quaint city with a stunning shoreline
Burlingame is a gorgeous small city with an excellent location. Downtown San Francisco and Silicon Valley are well within reach. Its close proximity to the San Francisco International Airport makes it a great location for those who travel a lot. It is a highly affluent city, meaning there is no shortage of high-end restaurants or shopping, and it’s well-known as one of the most desirable areas to live in the Bay Area.
What to Love
- The downtown area is highly walkable
- Full of mature eucalyptus trees
- Excellent public schools
- Plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities
- Comfortable Mediterranean climate
Burlingame has a small population of a little over 30,000. The charming city makes it an excellent place to raise a family. At the same time, the downtown area is lively and offers numerous boutique shops. The summertime presents plenty of family-friendly festivals, such as jazz concerts and art walks.
Dining, Entertainment, Shopping
The Bay area is full of world-class restaurants, and the most popular spot in Burlingame is the Broadway Grill
. This restaurant routinely gets high rankings in neighborhood polls. They serve American cuisine focusing on meats cooked over a wood-fired grill.
Have a craving for Italian? We recommend Stella Alpina Osteria
. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Matteo Ferrari, who shares the flavors of his native home. Whether you're craving risotto, pasta, or braised meats, you're sure to have your appetite filled at Stella Alpina Osteria.
If you're looking for a more laid-back place to enjoy a meal, The Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe
is an excellent choice. True to its name, this eatery is a European-style cafe and bakery. They also make fantastic specialty cakes.
For a fun weekend afternoon, we recommend the area around the Burlingame Train Station
. Just south of the station is a shopping district that offers upscale restaurants, boutique shopping, and a gourmet grocer. North of the station is Washington Park, one of the best green spaces for kids.
Also north of the train station is Burlingame Avenue
. The Avenue is often considered the downtown area of the city. This is a very pedestrian-friendly area with a wide range of stores and restaurants.
Things to Do
is another commercial district with a historical appeal. The area was constructed in the 1950s, and still has an old-fashioned charm that is hard to replicate. Many storefronts still use vertical neon signs. There is a mix of restaurants, including the aforementioned Broadway Grill.
For special events, there are few better locations than the Kohl Mansion
. The Mansion is over 100 years old and is made from gorgeous red bricks. It is a popular estate to book weddings, but many corporate events are also scheduled in the mansion.
One of the best things about this city is the Burlingame Fresh Market
(commonly called the Downtown Farmers Market). Located just south of the train station, the fresh market offers locally sourced produce and meats. The market is open every Sunday for 11 months of the year and on Thursday afternoons in the summer. It is one of the few farmers' markets in California that is community owned.
Burlingame public schools are often considered one of the best in the entire country. Niche gives the public schools in Burlingame an A+ grade.
- Mercy High School. Grades 9-12. All-girls catholic school that focuses on college prep.
- Burlingame High School. Grades 9-12. Has an A + grade from Niche.
- Franklin Elementary. Grades K-5. Has an 8/10 score from Great Schools.
- McKinley Elementary. Grades K-5. Has a 9/10 score from Great Schools.
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