Stanford Shopping Center

Great style and grand surroundings make Stanford Shopping Center a must-stop during your Northern California holiday. Lush flowering gardens line this elegant open-air centre, located in the heart of the Bay Area and near the tech mecca of Silicon Valley. Just 35 miles from San Francisco and less than 15 miles from San Jose, Stanford Shopping Center draws discerning shoppers from far and wide.


Soak up the famous California sun whilst browsing department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, plus more than 140 name-brand and luxury stores including Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Allen Edmonds, Anthropologie, Burberry, Cartier and Vince. Afterwards, celebrate your fashion finds with upscale California cuisine, cocktails and entertainment, all steps from the centre.

Restaurants and Dining

Where else can you pair world-class shopping with James Beard Award-winning cuisine? The dining at Stanford Shopping Center is quintessentially Californian, with extraordinary options for every taste. Savour farm-to-table fare at True Food Kitchen, Asian-fusion cuisine at Yucca de Lac and sensational platings by James Beard Award winner Marc Vetri at Terrain Cafe (located inside Anthropologie). Other dining choices at the centre include Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, K. Minamoto Japanese sweets and cult-favourite burgers at The Melt and Shake Shack.


Light, fresh bites can be taken on-the-go from eateries such as Go Fish Poke Bar, La Baguette Patisserie and Pressed Juicery. Hungry for more? The world-class dining destinations of San Francisco and San Jose are a short drive from the centre.

Things to do

Experience the exquisite beauty and culture of the Bay Area right here at Stanford ShoppingCenter. Stroll our award-winning gardens, or enjoy a quiet shopping break around our fountains and fire pits. You can even view a life-size trompe-l’oeil mural depicting an 18th-century Parisian street scene, painted by Bay Area artist John Pugh. For the wellness-minded, squeeze in a spin session at SoulCycle or yoga class at Turbo 26, followed by a shampoo and blowout at DryBar.


Beyond the centre, the Bay Area is ripe for exploring – from the must-see attractions of San Francisco to cliff-top golf courses to towering old-growth redwood trees. In the immediate area, don’t miss the Central Park Japanese Tea Garden, Rodin Sculpture Garden and beautiful Stanford University campus.

Where to stay

At this magnificent centre, the accommodations are just as luxurious as the shopping. Stanford Park Hotel, located adjacent to the centre, offers an exclusive American Girl package for our guests, while the Clement Palo Alto offers customised shopping experiences at Bloomingdale’s, complete with complimentary style advice, beauty consultations, transportation and special savings. Enquire with your hotel booking agent for details.


Other outstanding area hotels include:


  • Four Seasons Silicon Valley
  • Westin Palo Alto
  • Epiphany Hotel
  • Sheraton Palo Alto
  • Rosewood Sand Hill
  • Best Western Plus Riviera
  • Hotel Lucent

Getting Around

No matter where you’re travelling from, you’ll have no trouble finding Stanford Shopping Center. If you’ll be arriving by car, the centre offers plenty of free, covered parking.


By Car

101 Northbound:

Take exit 402 for Embarcadero Rd. Keep left, follow signs for Embarcadero Rd W and merge onto Embarcadero Rd. Turn right onto El Camino Real. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Quarry Rd. Stanford Shopping Centre is located on the right-hand side.

101 Southbound:

Use the right lane to take exit 406 for CA-84 E/Marsh Rd toward Dumbarton Bridge. Turn right onto Marsh Rd. Turn left onto Middlefield Rd. Turn right onto Ravenswood Ave. Turn left onto El Camino Real. Shopping centre is located on the right-hand side.

280 Northbound:

Take exit 22 for Alpine Rd. toward Portola Valley. Turn right onto Alpine Rd. (signs for Menlo Park/Atherton). Turn right onto Sand Hill Rd. Shopping centre is located on the right-hand side.

280 Southbound:

Take exit 24 for Sand Hill Rd. toward Menlo Park. Keep left, follow signs for Sand Hill Road E. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Sand Hill Rd. and merge onto Sand Hill Rd. Shopping centre is located on the right-hand side.



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 ispleased to offer currency exchange services at Travelex, located on Level 1 in the Fashion Café.

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