Bell's Books is a family-owned bookstore in Palo Alto that's been passed down from generation to generation. Lot of people will tell you that this bookstore is a treasure. If you love reading or you are a book collector, this is definitely a place to go and stay for hours. Do not expect to find People Magazine or the latest New York Times best-seller; this store only sells used books. They offer an important selection of antique books and historic documents.
Downtown Palo Alto Farmer’s Market has a charm of its own. With bustling stands of vegetable vendors, meat sellers as well as food stalls and food trucks lined around the Gilman Street this is a place for meeting friends, stocking up groceries and strolling under the bright sun. Founded in 1981, this market is an important part of the city. Over 50 farmers from the neighboring cities bring their produce here for sale and the market has been a source of livelihood for all of them. From flowers, fruits, fresh herbs, dried fruits, nuts or honey you can shop to your hearts content. If you are hungry after a long shopping haul take a break and enjoy homemade crepes, pastries, pancakes and more at the food stalls.
This sophisticated mall is a magnet for discerning shoppers from all over the Bay Area, both North and South. Its European-style gardens and outdoor markets exude elegance, and the many cafes and bakeries offer welcoming spots to relax over a light snack and a cup of coffee, before resuming the shopping frenzy. It houses department stores like Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom along with the outlets of Apple, Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works, Hugo Boss, Gap, Janie and Jack, Louis Vuitton and Victoria's Secret among many others.
Located in the heart of downtown, the San Pedro Square Market is frequented by tourists and locals alike. This is the place to get, up-close and personal with the city; its people, food and all the enthusiasm. This is an adorable place to sit with a large glass of beer and watch the day go by. There are over 20 vendors who sell farm fresh produce, food as well as kitchen wares. The market is graced with restaurant, bars and cafes and once you walk through the market aromas of freshly brewed coffee and roasting meats are bound to feel your senses. Weekly entertainment such as shows and live performances are also hosted by the market. Here, you can explore and appreciate beautiful art created by local artists. The market is a great place to enjoy casual dining, shopping or even for a quiet stroll.
Bella James is popular among the beautiful ladies of San Jose for their elegant dresses and pretty shoes. Every piece of accessories or clothing item on their rack is an immaculate juxtaposition of contemporary styles woven into conventional textures and fabric. Dresses, tops, skirts, pants try anything here, they have got it all right. This is the place to find unique pieces that you will otherwise not find any place else. The employees here are very friendly; trust them on their opinions like you would trust a good friend. At Bella James you will find clothes that you will actually wear and not just hang inside your closet.
Santana Row is an urban district, a magnet for shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodations in North San Jose. There is something for the entire family: 14 full service restaurants; twice-weekly farmers market; WiFi Internet access zones; Hotel Valencia, a world-class boutique hotel; outdoor cafes, public parks, gardens, plazas and courtyards; and a six screen CineArts complex. Developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust, Santana Row is a project that successfully combines the best elements of an urban plaza with the convenience and variety of a mall. It is a place like no other.
The Town & Country Village has been around for more than five decades now, and has ever since offered the residents and visitors of Palo Alto a shopping destination like no other. The vast facility is home to several specialty shops, clothing and accessories stores and service stations. With boutiques like Nanoo, Athleta, Patrick James and Jarbo, to name a few, Town & Country Village is also where some of the most popular eateries in the city - like Tava, Lulu's and Scott's Seafood - are located. Apart from these, some health and wellness establishments like Snip-its, LaBelle Day Spa are available on site. Perhaps you're looking for great dress, and want to enjoy some local cuisine and your hair needs a cut as well - well, Town & Country Village Center has got you covered!
Mollie Stone's Markets are best known as ideal go-tos for all your grocery needs. Established in 1985, this family-run chain of department store has outlets all over America. Their Palo Alto outlet is located on the California Avenue and presents a multi-purpose shopping venue for your daily grocery and specialty shopping. You'll find an amazing range of products here - be it fresh produce, packaged food products, deli meats and poultry, home accessories, utensils, health-care and cosmetic products - a plethora of alternatives are available at Mollie Stone's. Although the prices may seem a little higher than the usual stores, their service staff, the convenience offered and the wide collection, makes it worth the deal.
Whole Foods Market Palo Alto is a part of the Whole Foods Market chain and it sells nutritious and healthy grocery products. Its location in the downtown, Palo Alto also lets patrons grab quick lunches while on a break from work. They also have great breakfast specials which are highly filling and friendly on your pocket. The place is also a perfect place to stock up your pantry with fresh condiments, herbs, different types of sauces, cheeses, wines and more and their baked goods are delectable. The place also sells beautiful fresh flowers.
Kimura Gallery is an antique store in the downtown area of Palo Alto that sells a number of Japanese inspired prints and artifacts. This hidden gem is a pleasant surprise for those looking to incorporate some oriental decor in their homes, with several elegant vases, intricate chinaware, porcelain and wooden shelves on display. Those fond of art will also like to spend time browsing through the paintings adorning the walls, and you can also get your prized pictures framed by the experienced staff here.
If designer and couture brands are your dream, but you don't have the kind of resources to be buying a Chanel every other day, then some rummaging around at this store might help. Fillmore & 5th is a designer consignment store, with the main outlet in San Francisco and another in Palo Alto. You are bound to find a great collection of garments, as well as accessories and shoes at this store, with most of them being available at very good rates. See it to believe it.