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.
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.
If you're tired of shopping for the usual American foods at your usual supermarket, then this store sure is a big treat. Stocking up on European food products not only from the usual suspects such as France and England, but also Poland, Germany and even Eastern European countries such as Russia and Ukraine, in addition to Middle Eastern and Greek influences, this place is akin to a happening party. Although the store is small, one can find plenty of jams and jellies, pita bread, Greek yogurt, hummus, feta cheese varieties, gelato, German cookies and exotic chocolates at this hidden gem.
Palo Altonians flock to Tea Time to purchase tea leaves, to eat Sunday brunch, or to enjoy a relaxing yet elegant full tea service. A variety of scones, pastries, elaborate tea sandwiches, and salads are available, along with a wide selection of teas, of course. Teas run the gamut from basic earl grey, black and green teas, to the more exotic pomegranate white tea, apricot brandy, and Japanese cherry. Iced teas and chai lattes are also available. It's the perfect place to grab a drink to go, or step inside and spend a couple of tranquil hours in conversation with friends amidst the bustle of downtown Palo Alto.
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.
Books Inc is the quintessential book shop. Situated near Stanford University, it caters to students, parents and children. They'll help you find the book you're looking for, or the one you did not expect to read. It's a perfect place to find the classics, along with all types of other reading, from local to foreign, from bestsellers to cook books, from romance novels to horror stories.
For your grocery shopping, all you need to do is visit the Trader Joe's outlet at the Town & Country Village. This shop sells an amazing variety of products ranging from bread, organic juices to Sauvignon Blanc wine. Those who want to opt for ready to eat meals can go for the frozen varieties and patrons who like to whip up a gourmet, everything is available here. So go ahead and enjoy a hassle-free shopping experience.
This is an adorable little boutique located at the Waverley Street inside an old Victorian style house. Everything in the store is eclectic and they have given a designer touch to your conventional house pins, chop sticks, plates, bowls, toasters, clocks, etc. The items on their racks are one-of-a-kind and become a great gift or conversation piece. Be it a baby shower or a house warming party of a friend pick up something at the Five Ten Gifts; the recipient will love the gift and will never want to return or exchange it.