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“An Upscale Outdoor California Mall”

The Stanford Shopping Center
Ranked #3 of 40 things to do in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to Stanford Shopping Center, Northern California's premier open-air shopping and dining destination with Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Wilkes Bashford and more than 140 world-class specialty stores, ranging from luxury brands to local favorites. Enjoy an extraordinary mix of restaurants and cafes from Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Max's Opera Café and The Melt, to Yucca de Lac and so many more. Shop the European Street Market for the freshest California produce and gourmet specialty foods. Breathtaking gardens, sculptures and fountains accent the garden environment that people come from all over the world to see. Stanford Shopping Center truly is a one of a kind experience. Whatever the season, it's always magically in bloom! Experience the garden of everything. Stanford Shopping Center. Stanford Shopping Center is located between El Camino Real and Sand Hill Rd. The Center situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley adjacent to the world renowned Stanford University Campus. Stanford Shopping Center serves the nearby affluent communities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, and Atherton.
Sunnyvale, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An Upscale Outdoor California Mall”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Located between Stanford University and Venture Capital row, this is what you would expect with Bloomy's, Nieman-Marcus, Macy's, an Apple Store, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and the like. Perhaps the unique would be some of the groceries and eateries and that might justify going there unless you just need to shop and can't find parking in downtown Palo Alto or San Francisco. Unless a part of a visit to Stanford, you would do better to hit, say, Union Square in San Francisco for shopping, to my way of thinking.

Visited November 2012
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Mijas, Spain
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194 reviews
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“Shopping Visit”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We enjoyed the day going in the shops, having a break to chat and visit and enjoying the Christmas Feeling.

Visited November 2012
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San Jose, CA
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Not that impressed”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Actually what did not impress me was the attitude of the customer service folks in most of the stores. A few couldn't be bothered to even speak to me (small store w/no customers) because they were more interested in talking to their friend on the cell phone. I also don't like to have people talk to me while they are chewing gum or eating a bagel. If I wanted that type of service I could go to Wally World. It is a 40 mile drive (RT) for me to go there, I wasted my time and won't go back again. Besides, most of the stores they have in their main area are the same ones we have in SJ. The only difference is NM, Saks, Bloomies.

Visited October 2012
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Los Osos, California
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7 reviews
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“Need a place to calm nerves before a Doctor's visit...”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Great place to walk the kids around before Doctor's visits. Waterfalls, fountains, flowers, and great shops.

Visited November 2012
Thank Kristyn M
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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“a favourite shopping mall”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

From the very first visit (when I had less than 1 day in Palo Alto) to my most recent visit, the mall has always been on my list. From the variety of stores, to the variety of cafes, places to sit and people watch, can't miss this one. Always end up with far too many bags from shopping trips and add mega weight to my luggage. A definite must do.

Visited October 2012
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