680 Stanford Shopping Center • Palo Alto, CA 94304

(650) 617-8200

Score (10 out of 10!)

Stanford Shopping Center is one of the Bay Area’s premier malls. Don’t miss it!

It’s worth exploring everything here, including across the street for an excellent Crate & Barrel and Nordstrom.

Everything you can want and more.


The owners are proud to display award-winning gardens, and rightfully so. According to their Website, they have 35 varieties of trees, 1,300 individual specimens, and gorgeous flower-filled planters.


While you are here, enjoy the works of well-known California artists, such as David Gilhooly’s “Merfrog Fountain,” Albert Guibara’s bronze “fat men” sculptures, Larry Binkley’s “Flying People,” and trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh’s mural of an eighteenth century Parisian street scene (this is the same artist that also worked on the I-680 Amador Valley and Dublin Boulevard underpasses in Dublin CA).


Here you’ll find the finest collection of department stores outside Union Square, including the Bay Area’s first Bloomingdale’s. This is one mall you should take the time to walk around each building so you can browse each shop. Some stores face the mall, others the parking lot. Most are high-end and fun to browse.

Of course, you’ll find a Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Polo by Ralph Lauren, Wilkes-Bashford, and Aldo shoes, among other exclusive retailers. Don’t miss the Sigona’s Farmers Market for a variety of fresh vegetables.

The Bay Area’s only Williams-Sonoma Home store opened April 2006. It features high-end home products on par with Neiman Marcus.


You’ll find some excellent choices, such as California Pizza Kitchen ASAP, Max’s Opera Cafe, McDonald’s, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, and Playa Grill.


True shoppers know this mall and can tell you the best place to park and where to eat. It’s a secret best kept by preferred shoppers. For me? I prefer the garage by Macy’s.


If you haven’t been to Stanford Shopping Center in a few years, you’ll definitely notice the improvements to parking and access. Instead of that single entrance where you had to be in the right lane to go left (heading northbound on El Camino Real), or that “secret” entrance from Stanford University, you now have access from multiple entrance all around the mall. Getting in and out is a breeze and you don’t have to cut between the mall and Nordstrom where you wait FOREVER at that light! Oh, and now you have to be in the LEFT lane to enter from northbound El Camino.

For the true opulenteur

Even McDonald’s has a piano in the grand Nordstrom style.


Mondays – Fridays

10 AM – 9 PM


10 AM – 7 PM


11 AM – 6 PM

Anchor Stores

  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Macy’s (223,000 sq. ft.)
  • Macy’s Men (96,000 sq. ft.)
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom


Stores: 130

Type: Superregional center

Enclosed: No (Open Air)

GLA: 137,087.725 m2 (1,475,600 sq. ft.)

Levels: 1

Architect: John Field and David Paoli (1974 remodel)

Owner: Simon Property Group

Management Company: Simon Property Group

Grand Openings: 1956 (mall, The Emporium, and I. Magnin); 1961 (Macy’s); 1963 (Saks Fifth Avenue); 1972 (Bullock’s) 1985 (Neiman Marcus); June 1995 (Macy’s [from I. Magnin]); 1997 (Bloomingdale’s)

Anchor Closures: 1983 (Bullock’s); 1996 (The Emporium)

Renovated: 1974, 1978, 1983, 2001


Size: Large

Architectural Appearance: Chic

Cleanliness: Hospital clean

Occupancy: Bursting at the seams!

Stores: Upscale/Unique to area

Store Quality: Flagship

Parking: Parking Jihad! (-1)

Services: Website, printed directories, free wheelchair and stroller rental, gift cards, security, bus schedules and transportation assistance, event and attraction information, mall restaurant menus and reservations.

Location: bring a map, compass, and provisions.

Uniqueness: One-of-a-kind gem!

+1 Personal Opinion Point for being the best mall in Northern California.

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