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Do you ever long to flip through the pages of a good old-fashioned book? Believe it or not, right here at the epicenter of technological invention thrives Kepler’s Books and Magazines, one of the country’s most revered independent bookstores. Founded in Menlo Park in 1955, Kepler’s is a literary landmark, an intellectual and cultural hub drawing locals and visitors for A-list literary events, not to mention an extraordinary selection of books and magazines you won’t find in mainstream stores.

Kepler’s is a bookstore so beloved by the community that, when the spiraling economy threatened to force its closure in 2005, enthusiastic customers rallied around, raised funds, became shareholders and gave the store a new lease on life. Whether you go for a book-signing, to pick up a best-seller or just enjoy some low-key lingering alongside the local literati, afterwards head to Café Borrone, where a good book and a glass of wine in the courtyard ends a magical day in Menlo Park.

Address: 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park