Get Your Holiday Shopping Done at Stanford Shopping Center

With over 150 luxurious stores and restaurants, seasonal events and shoppers galore, the Stanford Shopping Center is a popular attraction in the Menlo Park area for visitors and locals alike. And with the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s the perfect place to find gifts for your loved ones!


About Stanford Shopping Center

Situated adjacent to the world renowned Stanford University, Stanford Shopping Center is Northern California’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 150 stores and restaurants. Shops range from luxurious brands to local favorites and dining options range from gourmet steakhouses to relaxed, fast-casual restaurants. The Center’s regular hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Note: the shops are open for extended hours during much of December and closed on Christmas day.


Holiday Gift Ideas for Men   

While most shopping centers seem to focus heavily on women’s stores, Stanford Shopping Center does a pretty good job at offering options for men. At Bloomingdale’s, you’ll find everything from men’s coats and sweaters to dress shoes and headphones. Gift a new pair of boots from Timberland or a luxurious watch from Cartier. For more ideas, take a look at the complete store directory, with store names, hours and contact info. Helpful tip: The directory also marks deals and events happening at their stores, so make sure to scroll and check those out.


Holiday Gift Ideas for Women    

At the Center, there’s a wide variety of stores (57 to be exact) geared towards women of all ages. If you’re shopping for teens, head to Abercrombie & Fitch for a sweater, kate spade new york for a purse or PINK for perfume and a pair of yoga pants. Other gift ideas for women include workout clothing and accessories from lululemon, jewelry from Tiffany & Co. or makeup from Macy’s. For more ideas, take a look at the complete store directory, with store names, hours and contact info.


Seasonal Events at Stanford Shopping Center

Throughout the year, especially during the holidays, you’ll find a variety of special events happening at the Center and its shops. Now through Dec 24, families can stop by the Santa Photo Experience to meet Santa and take photos. Pets are welcome to take photos with Santa Nov 24 through Dec 8. On Dec 1 and Dec 8, children with special needs are invited to schedule a private photo session with Santa in an environment suited for their needs. On Dec 7, shoppers can stop by the Center Pavilion from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit the Center’s news and events page.


Where to Eat at Stanford Shopping Center

Dining options at Stanford Shopping Center are about as diverse as the stores. Grab a cup of holiday-themed coffee in the morning from Blue Bottle Coffee, Starbucks (holiday cups are out now!) or Joe & The Juice. For lunch, keep things light at Go Fish Poke Bar or indulge at The Melt. Dinner spots include California Pizza Kitchen, the fancy Fleming’s Steakhouse and Pacific Catch, to name a few. And during this holiday season, don’t skip out on all the deals on sweet treats! Christmas chocolate boxes are now available at both See’s Candies and Godiva Chocolatier, while handcrafted cupcakes are available in holiday flavors at Sprinkles Cupcakes. Before you visit, take a look at the entire list of on-site restaurants.


Hotel Near Stanford Shopping Center

Let’s face it, holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. So, book a night or two at the nearby Park James Hotel and stay in the Menlo Park area until your holiday shopping is done! Known for its California style and eclectic atmosphere, at Park James, you’ll be met with unique design and comfortable amenities at every turn. (Bonus: This hotel is also pet-friendly!)


The Stanford Shopping Center is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the California area. Don’t miss your opportunity to get your holiday shopping done at its many stores and restaurants, then stay a night or two at the nearby Park James Hotel.




Park James Hotel
Park James brings California craft style and hands-on service to Silicon Valley. Expect a flexible and inspiring hub for working and an on-site California-style restaurant for cuisine and cocktails. 1400 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025. 650.304.3880