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Stanford Shopping Center review

680 Stanford Shopping Center • Palo Alto, CA 94304

(650) 617-8200

Website: Stanford Shopping Center

BigMallRat's Rating: 10 out of 10

Stanford Shopping Center is one of the Bay Area's premier malls. Don't miss it!

It's worth exploring everything here, including across the street for an excellent Crate & Barrel and Nordstrom.

Everything you can want and more.


The owners are proud to display award-winning gardens, and rightfully so. According to their Website, they have 35 varieties of trees, 1,300 individual specimens, and gorgeous flower-filled planters.


While you are here, enjoy the works of well-known California artists, such as David Gilhooly’s “Merfrog Fountain,” Albert Guibara’s bronze “fat men” sculptures, Larry Binkley’s “Flying People,” and trompe l'oeil artist John Pugh’s mural of an eighteenth century Parisian street scene (this is the same artist that also worked on the I-680 Amador Valley and Dublin Boulevard underpasses in Dublin CA).


Here you'll find the finest collection of department stores outside Union Square, including the Bay Area's first Bloomingdale's. This is one mall you should take the time to walk around each building so you can browse each shop. Some stores face the mall, others the parking lot. Most are high-end and fun to browse.

Of course, you'll find a Burberry, the Apple Store, Coach, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Polo by Ralph Lauren, Wilkes-Bashford, and Aldo shoes, among other exclusive retailers. Don't miss the Sigona's Farmers Market for a variety of fresh vegetables.

The Bay Area's only Williams-Sonoma Home store opened April 2006. It features high-end home products on par with Neiman Marcus.


You'll find some excellent choices, such as California Pizza Kitchen ASAP, Max's Opera Cafe, McDonald's, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, and Playa Grill.


True shoppers know this mall and can tell you the best place to park and where to eat. It's a secret best kept by preferred shoppers. For me? I prefer the garage by Macy's.


Stanford Shopping Center can be accessed through multiple entrances off El Camino Real, Sand Hill Road, or Quarry Road. Or, that "secret" entrance from Stanford University. Getting in and out is a breeze and you don't have to cut between the mall and Nordstrom where you wait FOREVER at that light!

For the true opulenteur

Even McDonald's has a piano in the grand Nordstrom style.

Anchor Stores


Macy's (223,000 sq. ft.)

Macy's Men (96,000 sq. ft.)

Neiman Marcus



Mondays - Fridays

10 AM - 9 PM


10 AM - 7 PM


11 AM - 6 PM

Mall Stats

Stores: 130

Type: Superregional center

Enclosed: No (Open Air)

GLA: 137,087.725 m2 (1,475,600 sq. ft.)

Levels: 1

Architect: John Field and David Paoli (1974 remodel)

Owner: Simon Property Group

Management Company: Simon Property Group

Grand Openings: 1956 (mall, The Emporium, and I. Magnin); 1961 (Macy's); 1963 (Saks Fifth Avenue); 1972 (Bullock's) 1985 (Neiman Marcus); June 1995 (Macy's [from I. Magnin]); 1997 (Bloomingdale's)

Anchor Closures: 1983 (Bullock's); 1996 (The Emporium)

Renovated: 1974, 1978, 1983, 2001


Size: Large

Architectural Appearance: Chic

Cleanliness: Hospital clean

Occupancy: Bursting at the seams!

Stores: Upscale/Unique to area

Store Quality: Flagship

Parking: Parking Jihad! (-1)

Services: Website, WiFi, printed directories, free wheelchair and stroller rental, gift cards, security, bus schedules and transportation assistance, event and attraction information.

Location: bring a map, compass, and provisions.

Uniqueness: One-of-a-kind gem!

+1 Personal Opinion Point for being the best mall in Northern California.

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Review date: 1 Sep 2008

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picture of stanford mall

picture of stanford shopping center

picture of macys

picture from Neiman Marcus