The blend of business, residential and vibrant leisure activities defines Palo Alto’s unique character. A charming mixture of old and new, tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect the city’s California heritage. Influenced by the university and upscale tech demographics, downtown Palo Alto provides great shopping, coffee spots, eateries and outdoor dining.
University Avenue Shopping
Downtown Palo Alto is a charming combination of small-town accessibility and urban ambience. Outdoor cafes, tiny coffee shops, bookstores, mom-and-pop specialty shops, national chains, art galleries, two movie theaters and numerous restaurants attract shoppers, eaters and entertainment-seekers of all ages.
Stanford Shopping Center
This upscale open air shoppping mall is on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto. The mall includes four major department stores: Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Luxury retailers include Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Wilkes Bashford, Juicy Couture, and Michael Kors.
Union Square Shopping District
The popular shopping destination boasts six major department stores and several famous upscale boutiques. It is also home to the country's first Goyard boutique. There are more stores located inside the newly renovated Westfield San Francisco Centre just south of Union Square along Market Street.