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.
What may be the world's largest flea market (that is the claim, anyway) covers nearly 120 acres (48.56 hectares) and offers lots of parking space. Browse goods from more than 2,000 sellers, some commercial, some private. Everything is here: arts and crafts, produce, clothing, furniture, tires, bicycles, music, electronics, collectibles, shops, markets, barbecues or knick-knacks. It is a great destination for the bargain hunter.
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.
One doesn't expect much from supermarkets and department stores, but this Target location in downtown San Jose is, well, bang on target! The store is quite extensive, with everything neatly organized and easy to locate on the aisles, but if you're still having the trouble, the helpful staff is right there to sort it out for you. The groceries are fresh, with stock updated on a frequent basis. There are also other services such as a pharmacy, photo center, a Starbucks outlet, a pizza place, as well as a liquor store that sets this place apart from the rest.
The Sharks Store is located at the SAP Center of San Jose. This store is a heaven for the fans of San Jose Sharks where you can find anything and everything related to the beloved team. As you enter the store you will see a huge rack of baseball caps and beanies, as you walk further in you will see signed photographs, license plates, scarves, socks, Keychains, trinkets everything adorning the name, San Jose Sharks. Then you can indulge in buying jerseys for the next season, if you want your jersey custom made the wait period is of three weeks. If you have a little one, the infant and toddler collection is a great way to nurture a budding San Jose Sharks fan.
If you have to shop for a variety of things within a limited time frame, then Marshalls is one of the most convenient places. This departmental store has a number of locations all over, with everything from garments for men, women and kids, to gift items, toys, funky home decor articles and more available. You have it all under one roof, and the prices are quite affordable as well.
For all your grocery needs, Grocery Outlets across the city present a very good option for affordable and regular home shopping. Located on Santa Clara Street, a few minutes from San Jose State University, the Grocery Outlet, near Downtown San Jose, is open all week from 7a onwards. Offering a wide range of food products including fresh produce, wine and milk, along with a plethora of packaged items, this supermarket is known for the rock-bottom prices and discounts it offers. The family-owned brand of grocery stores are located across the country.
Cost Plus World Market is a one stop shop for all your decor needs, as well as food shopping. This superstore in downtown San Jose is a good place to shop for yourself, as well as for gifting for all occasions. They have a variety of furniture apt for every room of your home or workplace, with dining tables, couches, desks, beds and more available, along with cushions, bedding, doormats, lamps and a lot more. The food section has all your supermarket regulars, as well as several exotic ingredients.