The San Francisco Peninsula is a true celebration of diversity, and our multi-cultural communities have shaped our vibrant culture, cuisine, and view on life. Our region is home to people from all walks of life, with no single ethnic group making up a majority. Imagine a place where nearly 30% of the population is Hispanic or Latino, 28% is Asian, 23% is white, and a significant portion identifies as multiracial or of other ethnicities.

This rich mix of cultures is a testament to our region's long history of welcoming immigrants from around the world. Many of these immigrants came to the Peninsula seeking opportunities during the Gold Rush, the building of the railroads, and the growth of agriculture and industry in the area. After World War II, a significant number of Asian immigrants, particularly from China, Japan, and the Philippines, made their way to the Peninsula, enriching the region with their unique cultures and traditions. Others arrived more recently as Silicon Valley became the birthplace of technology and innovation, bringing with them the entrepreneurial spirit of their homelands.

7-Mile House Vanessa 

Photo Credit: Karl Mondone / Bay Area News Group

As you explore the Peninsula, you'll see this diversity reflected in every aspect of daily life, especially in the food scene. Take, for example, the historic 7 Mile House in Brisbane. This beloved women-owned restaurant by Vanessa Garcia, serves up a mouthwatering fusion of American and Filipino cuisine.Their adobo wings and lumpia are a must-try! Or head to  Mazra in charming downtown Redwood City, where you can savor delicious Middle Eastern dishes like shawarma, falafel, and baba ghanoush. Owners and brothers Jordan and Saif Makableh bring authentic flavors from their native Amman, Jordan, with welcoming vibes of Mediterranean hospitality. Mazra means Farm in Arabic and Eat Mazra truly embody our region's farm-to-table philosophy, mirroring the rich agricultural history of their homeland.

Mazra Team 

Photo Credit: Mazra 

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The Peninsula is home to a vast array of ethnic eateries, from Mexican taquerias and Chinese dim sum spots to Italian delis and Indian curry houses. Beyond dining, the Peninsula's businesses and shops also reflect the multicultural nature of the region. You'll find Latino grocery stores, Asian markets, and Middle Eastern bakeries alongside traditional American establishments around every corner. 

As for community, our region is known for its inclusive and welcoming spirit. People from all backgrounds come together to celebrate their shared experiences and unique traditions. From the Tongan cultural festivals in East Palo Alto, to Salsa Festivals in Redwood City, to the LGBTQ+ Pride events in Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and more, there's always an opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with others. You can also learn more about our many immigrant communities and their history in the San Mateo County History Museum, and we highly recommend exploring their Land Of Opportunity exhibit which tells the stories of the diverse people who came to our area.  

Land of Opportunity Exhibit

Photo Credit: San Mateo County History Museum

So, whether you're a local or just passing through, we invite you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of cultures that call this place home.