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Shopping in San Jose


Like other cities in the Bay Area, San Jose offers few bargains. However, the outlet malls (found along Interstate 880 to the north and those in Gilroy to the south) provide some good options. One place to search for a bargain is the sprawling San Jose Flea Market, which is also a good place to shop for produce picked fresh that morning.

Willow Glen is a small but charming collection of shops and restaurants. It's a popular area for strolling and offers a better selection of retail outlets than downtown San Jose. Shop for books, jewellery, apparel, home decor, antiques and collectibles, and then spend the afternoon painting pottery or relaxing in a coffee shop. To start exploring, head to Lincoln Avenue between Coe Street and Minnesota Avenue (south of downtown).
If you are interested in antiques, try the 700-1900 blocks of West San Carlos Street, where you will find several antiques stores. Some items are expensive, but there are some bargains there, too.

If price isn't an issue, head to the Santana Row. Its stores, which cater to an upscale clientele, are worth visiting for the atmosphere and window shopping.

Shopping hours are generally Monday-Friday 8 or 9 am-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 or 11 am-6 pm.

Places to Shop

Santana Row

Santana Row is San Jose's premier shopping district. Home to a number of exclusive stores like Gucci, Burberry, Tommy Bahama, Brooks Brothers and many more, Santana Row in San Jose is paradise to those who love to shop. Enjoy Santana Row's combination of old-world ambiance and modern amenities like beautifully landscaped parks and plazas, delicious restaurants and plenty of outdoor entertainment. Santana Row is easily accessible from I-280 and I-880 freeways. Visit Santana Row in San Jose and experience what everybody is talking about.

Westgate Shopping Mall

Home to family favourites like Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less and Nordstrom Rack, Westgate Shopping Mall in San Jose is conveniently situated near Saratoga, Campbell and Cupertino. Westgate neighbours El Paseo de Saratoga and Westgate West shopping plazas for more elaborate shopping outings and provides plenty of parking during heavy shopping seasons.

Gilroy Premium Outlets

With Gilroy's year-round soft Mediterranean climate, shopping is a breeze at the Gilroy Premier Outlets. Discover a sprawling factory outlet shopping centre consisting of 145 stores in southern Silicon Valley. Everything from designer clothing, sporting equipment, specialty shops, and much more is located 30 miles mile from Downtown San Jose. Levi's, Nike, Coach, Farberware and Sony are a few brand name outlet stores awaiting shoppers at the Gilroy Premium Outlets.

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