When it comes to the shopping at Great Mall, the name says it all. World-class retail therapy awaits at the largest indoor shopping destination in Northern California. Situated in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, just 10 miles from downtown San Jose and less than one hour from San Francisco, the centre makes an easy addition to any itinerary.
Discover more than 200 designer, name-brand and specialty stores, including, Levi’s Outlet, Uniqlo, A/X Armani Exchange, Penguin, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Michael Kors, to name just a few. There’s more to explore in Milpitas, too. Stay for lunch or dinner, catch a movie and enjoy fun and games the whole family will love.
Restaurants and Dining
At Great Mall, the dining is as great as the shopping. After a long day at the shops, treat yourself to a savoury meal at dine-in restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Red Robin and Olive Garden. Craving something quicker? Charley’s Philly Steaks, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Hot Dog on a Stick and Andersen Bakery are among the delicious and diverse grab-and-go options.
If your palate is as adventurous as your fashion sense, venture beyond the centre to San Jose and San Francisco to experience two of the most dynamic food scenes in the world, from authentic Asian delicacies to mouthwatering Mexican dishes.
Things to do
Beyond the shopping racks, adventure abounds at Great Mall. Kids will love Bounce-a-Rama, an inflatable theme park located inside the centre. See a movie at Century Theatres, or choose from two different gaming experiences at PlayLive Nation and Dave & Busters, one of the most popular entertainment destinations in the U.S.
Some of California’s top attractions await just outside the centre. Three miles away, California’s Great America amusement park features dozens of roller coasters, thrill rides and a water park. Three nearby sports facilities play host to NFL football, Major League Soccer and NHL hockey. And multiple cultural centres, from the Tech Museum of Innovation to the Children’s Discovery Museum, are just a few minutes away.
Where to stay
Shop, sleep, repeat! There is so much to see and do at Great Mall, you may just want to stay the night. With more than 4,000 available hotel rooms within five miles, the choice is yours!
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Milpitas Silicon Valley and Courtyard by Marriott Milpitas Silicon Valley are both located within walking distance of the centre, and offer special incentives for Great Mall shoppers. Other outstanding local hotels include:
Other outstanding hotel chains with locations in the Pentagon City/Crystal City district include:
- Residence Inn by Marriott-Milpitas
- Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley
- Sheraton San Jose Hotel
- Hampton Inn Milpitas
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Milpitas Silicon Valley
- Sonesta Silicon Valley
- Larkspur Landing Milpitas
Many area accommodations offer Shop & Stay Packages for Great Mall guests. Enquire about special offers and deals at the time of booking.
Whether you’re visiting from San Francisco, San Jose, Silicon Valley or beyond, you’ll have no trouble navigating to Great Mall. If you’ll be driving here, the centre offers plenty of free and covered parking.
From San Jose:
- Get on US-101 N to I-880 N to Great Mall Pkwy in Milpitas. Take the Great Mall Pkwy exit from I-880 N. Continue on Great Mall Pkwy to Great Mall Dr.
- Get on US-101 N to I-680 N to Landess Ave/Montague Expy in Milpitas. Take the Montague Expy exit from I-680 N. Continue on Montague Expy to Great Mall Dr.
- Get on CA-87 N to I-680 N to Landess Ave/Montague Expy in Milpitas. Take the Montague Expy exit from I-680 N. Continue on Montague Expy to Great Mall Dr.
- Get on I-880 S to E Tasman Dr in Milpitas. Take exit 8A for Great Mall Pkwy/Tasman Drive from I-880 S. Continue on Great Mall Pkwy to Great Mall Dr.
- Get on I-680 S to Landess Ave/Montague Expy in Milpitas. Take the Montague Expy exit from I-680 S. Continue on Montague Expy to Great Mall Dr.
From Mountain View:
- Get on CA-237 E towards Calaveras Blvd/Milpitas. Continue on CA-237 E. Take S Main St to Great Mall Dr.
- Get on US-101 S to I-880 N to Great Mall Pkwy in Milpitas. Take the Great Mall Pkwy exit from I-880 N. Continue on Great Mall Pkwy to Great Mall Dr.
Take light rail to the Great Mall/Main Transit Station. View light rail schedules and fares here.
- VTA – Lines 46, 47, 66, 70,71, 77, 104, 180, 181 321 towards Great Mall
- AC Transit – 217 towards Great Mall
Cash Points & Currency Exchange
Stores at Stanford Shopping Center accept most major credit and debit cards, but there are two convenient cash point machines on-site if you prefer paying that way. For our international travellers, Stanford Shopping Center is pleased to offer a Travelex Currency Services location for any currency exchange needs you may have during your visit.