San Jose’s shopping scene pretty much follows the city’s repute as Silicon Valley’s prosperous capital. Even so, it caters to a wide gamut of shoppers. The latest indoor and outdoor malls in San Jose are quite luxury-oriented, while the older ones continue to cater to mid-range and budget shoppers who've been shopping there for decades.

    Besides the malls, there are also several farmers' markets dotted in each area around San Jose – some seasonal, some others run year-round. All the markets provide San Jose residents and visitors with a beautiful selection of locally sourced organic fresh produce, artisanal baked goods, and hot food. From the cheap to the expensive, there's something for almost every budget when shopping in San Jose.

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    Westfield Valley Fair

    An upscale mall with 250 boutiques

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    Westfield Valley Fair on Stevens Creek Boulevard is an upscale shopping mall that houses 30 luxury retailers the likes of Balenciaga, Burberry, Cartier, Prada, and an Apple flagship store. With over 250 boutiques in the mall, you’ll also find mass-market retailers with products ranging from fashion to tech to health and beauty, as well as the Macy’s department store.

    Integrating fashion, food, and entertainment, this mall also attracts mall-goers to its movie theatres and the food court serving a wide variety of dishes from different cuisines. Standalone dining options here include several fast-food restaurants, American eateries, 2 ramen restaurants, and a Din Tai Fung outlet, as well as several bakeries and dessert kiosks.

    Location: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 408-248-4451

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    Westfield Oakridge

    Have some family fun on a shopping trip

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    Westfield Oakridge is a family-friendly mall that caters to mid-range budgets. Anchored by Macy’s and Target and with stores like Forever 21, H&M and Nordstrom Rack, fashion shoppers will find something that suits their budget here.

    Besides shopping, you can catch the latest blockbusters at the movie theatre. Kid-friendly spots here include a jungle gym, and Fun Factory, an arcade where children can play their favourite video games. You’ll also find several dining options including restaurants and food courts with a variety of cuisines, ranging from Asian to American.

    Location: 925 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, CA 95123, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 408-578-2912

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    San Jose Market Center

    An outdoor plaza with a relaxing atmosphere

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    San Jose Market Center, located in downtown San Jose and close to the airport, is a small and cosy outdoor plaza featuring big box stores, casual restaurants and grocery shops. Visitors usually come for stores like Target, Michael’s, and Trader Joe’s for their shopping needs.

    Although it’s a chain store, Cost Plus World Market is an interesting shopping option especially for visitors to San Jose. It has a diverse selection of products from around the world, ranging from food and drinks to fashion and jewellery to cute gifts for friends and family back home.

    Location: 543 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110, USA

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    Santana Row

    Shop, walk and grab a bite at this luxury shopping village

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    Santana Row offers a mix of brand-name shops, local boutiques, restaurants and a hotel, and attracts shoppers with its trendy stores and lively atmosphere. This outdoor mall features restaurants and bars on the left bank and several stores on the right ranging from homeware to fashion. Bibliophiles will love the Amazon bookstore's incredible selection of titles, while those looking to squeeze in some self-care time can take their pick from several onsite spas and salons. 

    Lined with palm trees, Santana Row exudes a laidback tropical vibe in the summer. In the evening, you can watch live musicians perform as they get people moving and dancing to their tunes.

    Location: 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 408-551-4611

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    San Jose Flea Market

    Spend a day hunting for treasures

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    San Jose Flea Market spans 120 acres with 13-km-long aisles with space for over 2,000 vendors to sell their goods. Open since the 1960s, the market ground also contains a vintage carousel, an arcade, 3 playgrounds, and carnival rides for children.

    Along with beer and soda, the flea market also features travelling food carts and restaurants selling Mexican and American food. This flea market still attracts loyal customers who’ve been coming since childhood to buy produce in bulk from California’s farmers, as well as plants, fabric, electronics and thrift finds. If something catches your eye, feel free to bargain with the vendors for a lower price.

    Location: 1590 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA 95133, USA

    Open: Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 5 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 408-453-1110

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    Eastridge

    The neighbourhood mall for budget shoppers

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    Eastridge in East San Jose is the go-to mall for residents in the area, known for its low-priced shopping options at major American chain and department stores like Macy’s, JC Penney, and Aeropostale, to name a few.

    Apart from the retailers, the arcade, multiplex cinema, roller rink and bowling alley offer some entertainment and fun for visitors with kids looking to kill some time. Most of Eastridge's dining options are limited to fast food and restaurant chains like Subway, McDonald’s, and Olive Garden. For a special occasion, head to Tomi Sushi & Seafood Buffet where you can enjoy dozens of Asian-influenced entrees and desserts.

    Location: 2200 Eastridge Loop #2062, San Jose, CA 95122, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 408-238-3600

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    Downtown San Jose Farmers Market

    A market that’s small but packs a punch

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    Downtown San Jose Farmers Market may be small, but you can sample great selections of local produce, from fruits and veggies to honey, baked goods, and handmade sweets. The seasonal fresh produce here comes from more than 20 regional growers handpicked by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. 

    Focusing on organic products, handmade goods, fresh flowers and handicrafts, vendors and items on sale at the market change weekly. On some weeks, food vendors sell fresh sweet-salty kettle corn, Mexican food, Indian naan wraps, and rice bowls.

    Location: W St John St, San Jose, CA 95110, USA

    Open: June–December: Friday from 11 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 408-279-1775

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    Berryessa Farmers' Market

    Your friendly neighbourhood farmers’ market

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    Berryessa Farmers’ Market features a selection of fresh Asian fruits and vegetables like bitter melon and wing beans that you won’t usually find at Asian supermarkets. There’s also a wide variety of apples, grapes and peaches of different kinds when they’re in season.

    Other produce at this market includes honey, almonds, stuffed potatoes, kettle corn, hummus, and fresh fish. Most shoppers come here to buy fruits as samples are offered to customers before purchase. In the summer, you can even enjoy live music performances as you shop.

    Location: 1376 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA 95132, USA

    Open: Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +1 925-825-9090

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    Alum Rock Village Farmers' Market

    A year-round market with fresh produce

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    Alum Rock Village Farmers' Market in San Jose runs year-round, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables from regional farms. Here, you can also find fresh-cut flowers, delicious baked goods, and other high-quality local products like fresh eggs, local honey, and fresh fish caught from Monterey Bay.

    The fresh produce is seasonal and you’ll come across a mix of American and hard-to-find Asian fruits and vegetables sold at competitive prices. Come early morning for the freshest goods and bring cash as most booths don’t accept card payments.

    Location: 23 N White Rd #1, San Jose, CA 95127, USA

    Open: Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm

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    Evergreen Farmers' Market

    A bustling market nestled in a village square

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    Evergreen Farmers’ Market in South San Jose runs year-round but unsurprisingly offers a wider variety of produce in spring and summer. Besides fresh fruits, veggies and seafood, you can also purchase speciality products like fresh farm eggs, organic honey, and tasty snacks at reasonable prices.

    Shoppers at this market love the toasted peanuts, freshly made kettle popcorn, artisanal bread, and homemade pies. Occasionally, there will be live music entertainment at the market on Sundays, which adds to its lively atmosphere. Come early for choice picks or after 12.30 pm for products at reduced prices.

    Location: 4055 Evergreen Village Square, San Jose, CA 95135, USA

    Open: Wednesday and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +1 925-825-9090

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    Cindy Tan | Contributing Writer

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