Situated just across the street from Valley Fair, Santana Row is one of the few outdoor shopping centers in the Bay Area. In fact, more of a micro city than an actual shopping center, casual and high end shops share space with condos and apartments. One of the most acclaimed nightlife spots in the South Bay, Santana Row’s numerous specialty shops are accompanied by a long list of nightclubs, restaurants, and even a hotel.
Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA, USA, 408-551-4611
Oakridge Shopping Center
Located in the Almaden neighborhood of San Jose, Oakridge Mall offers a variety of popular stores such as Forever 21, Macy’s, Sears, Express, Charlotte Russe, H & M, and so many more. After a long session of running the old credit card, grab a recharge at one of the mall’s numerous dining options, catch a movie at the theaters, or knock down some pins at Bowlmor Bowling Lanes.
Oakridge Shopping Center, Westfield Oakridge, 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA, USA, 408-578-2912
One of the largest commercial centers in the South Bay, Valley Fair boasts two full floors of big name brands such Guess, Lacoste, J. Crew, Levi’s, and Lane Bryant. For those favoring fancier shops, Coach, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo are just a few among the many options. An impressive food court with something for all tastes is also a part of the shopping experience at this South Bay shopping institution.
Valley Fair, Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, USA, 408-248-4451
In terms of sheer size and selection, the Great Mall is hard to beat. Here, shoppers can find virtually all of their favorite stores from Abercrombie to Victoria’s Secret, and everything else in between. For those strictly seeking amusement, the Great Mall is also home to Century Theaters and Dave & Buster’s. The extensive list of stores, combined with the impressive array of both food and entertainment options make the Great Mall the place to be in the East Bay.
Great Mall, 447 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas, CA, USA, 408-956-2033
Stanford Shopping Center
A commercial center with serene surroundings, walking around the Stanford Shopping Center could almost feel like strolling through the park. But don’t be fooled by the peace and tranquility of this outdoor mall. Here, you can find numerous high end clothing and jewelry stores, specialty shops, and even an imported food market. You can often find students from nearby Stanford University spending their time here.
By Ramman Kenoun