Shopping in San Jose, CA

San Jose, Calif. is rich in history while showcasing a number of premier shopping districts including everything from traditional malls and a historic downtown to the locally popular Santana Row.

By Raven Petty on April 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm EST
Santana Row


If you're visiting San Jose, Calif., you may want to bring high energy and walking shoes. The area is rich in history while showcasing a number of premier shopping districts including everything from traditional malls and a historic downtown to the locally popular Santana Row.

Malls in San Jose
Westfield® Oakridge Mall
Cruise through more than 200 stores at the indoor Oakridge Mall. Anchor stores include Sears, Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, Old Navy, Borders and Target. You'll have plenty to do and see while enjoying the convenience of having hundreds of options. Check out retailers Hollister or New York & Co. for apparel, Bare Escentuals for health and beauty, or Ethan Allen for home furnishings and accessories, and many more specializing in anything you need. End the day by grabbing dinner in the food court and catching a movie at Century 20 Oakridge theater.
Westgate Mall
The two-story, indoor/outdoor Westgate Mall makes shopping a breeze with plenty of selection and parking. Barnes & Noble, Ross and Burlington Coat Factory are some of the anchor stores, while specialty stores Justice, GameStop and Famous Footwear add to the list. Enjoy the weather outside while you grab coffee or a snack at one of the many outdoor seating areas.
El Paseo de Saratoga
Located across from the Westgate Mall, El Paseo de Saratoga features a collection of shops, home décor stores, restaurants, cafés and the AMC Saratoga 14 movie theater. Enjoy chain stores such as the Hallmark Store and smaller boutiques, a bookstore and cigar shop. There are affordable dining options available with restaurants such as Pizza My Heart and Red Robin on site.
Other Must-See Districts
Downtown San Jose
The historic district is full of clothing boutiques, eclectic shops and a wide variety of retailers scattered through the area. Downtown San Jose is split into four districts, all of which offer you something different. The San Jose MarketCenter is one of the area's newest shopping areas that includes popular businesses such as Michael's, Trader Joe's, and dozens more stores and restaurants. Walk through St. James Historic, the Convention and Cultural District, or San Pedro Square and experience something special within each one. Downtown San Jose offers excitement and entertainment while you find that perfect item to take home.
Santana Row
Shop in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood that blends living with dining and shopping for an experience that's hard to match. Santana Row sits on 42 acres of landscaped parks and plazas, and includes 70 retail shops and boutiques, 20 restaurants, and nine spas and salons. You'll find high-quality names such as Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Anne Fontaine, along with a number of other stores ranging in merchandise and services. For a full list, visit their directory.
Located on site is Century's CineArts 6, an art and indie house, which showcases independent documentaries, foreign and art films with advanced technology. Enjoy gourmet coffees, French pastries, European chocolates, and traditional popcorn, candy or soda while relaxing in the stadium-style seats to heighten your movie-viewing pleasure.
Store Listing Info:
Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Rd.
Westgate Mall, 1600 Saratoga Ave.
Michael's, Saratoga Ave. # 433

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