BigMallRat's Rating: 10 out
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
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
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.