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Where to Shop in San Jose - Specialty Boutiques, Imported Japanese Gifts and Handmade Handicrafts

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San Jose is one of those cities that seems to have a little something for everyone, including first-class shopping to satisfy your urge for retail therapy. You can peruse imported Japanese gifts, like home ware and handmade crafts, in Japantown, or go boutique-shopping for something extra special at Santana Row. IBISS is a local secret, where you'll find funky, stylish clothing and fashion accessories.

Boutique Shopping


San Jose's boutique stores are for when you're looking for something extra special. A stylish outdoor shopping mall surrounded by palm trees, Santana Row is known for high-end retailers, like Anthropologie and Gucci. After choosing your outfit, head to celebrity favorite Drybar to get your hair styled. IBISS in Willow Glen is a local gem, with fun and sophisticated clothing and accessories at affordable prices.


  • Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128; Tel: +1 408 551 4611; Website: Santana Row

  • IBISS, 1100 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125; Tel: +1 408 295 8200; Website: IBISS

Shopping Malls


For a variety of stores to suit different budgets and easy parking, San Jose's shopping malls are an excellent choice. Less than a 10-minute drive from downtown, Westfield Oakridge Mall has 2 floors of popular retailers and restaurants, like Bath & Body Works, The Apple Store, The Cheesecake Factory, and California Pizza Kitchen. Downtown, the Plant Shopping Center has over 60 stores and casual restaurants, including big names like Target and Toys "R" Us. It's relaxed, comfortable vibe makes it a popular spot for family and friends to get together for retail therapy.


  • Westfield Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123; Tel: +1 408 578 2912; Website: Westfield Oakridge Mall

  • The Plant Shopping Center, 1 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125; Tel: +1 408 404 0400; Website: The Plant Shopping Center


Market shopping


San Jose's markets are popular with both locals and tourists thanks to quality vendors and exciting special events. If you want to experience a quintessentially relaxed Californian atmosphere, head to San Jose Flea Market. You'll find handcrafted fashion accessories, clothing, and handicrafts. Foodies will be in heaven thanks to the freshly prepared dishes on offer from chefs who take pride in using locally sourced ingredients. Plus, there's a vintage carousel, ferris wheel, and inflatable slides, making it a real hit with kids too.


  • San Jose Flea Market, 1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95133; Tel: +1 408 453 1110; Website: San Jose Flea Market


Japanese treats


The city's Japanese village, also known as “J-Town,” is a must when you're in the area, especially to shop for imported gifts and authentic treats. Shuei-Do Manju is a small shop serving up big taste, specializing in manju, a delicate cake with delicious fillings, and sweet, colorful rice cakes called mochi. At the Japantown Farmers' Market, you'll not only find handmade artwork and crafts, but also fresh Japanese produce, like daikon (white radish), and hearty meals from the Kushiyaki Kuishinbo food truck.


  • Shuei-Do Manju Shop, 217 E. Jackson Street, San Jose, CA 95112; Tel: + 1 408 294 4148; Website: Shuei-Do Manju Shop

  • Japantown Farmers' Market, Jackson Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, directly in front of Miraido Village, San Jose, CA 95112; Tel: + 1 408 298 4303; Website: Japantown Farmers' Market


Painted pottery


Paint-your-own pottery is all the rage in San Jose. It's a fun, family-friendly activity and the best part is you get to take home your special creation. Just 4 km from downtown in Willow Glen is Petroglyph, where you can make your own ice-cream bowls, mugs, and more in a fun atmosphere. They have a great selection of choices and friendly staff is on hand to help if needed. At Color Me Mine, you can choose from kids and adult pieces, including platters and dinnerware. Thursday is ladies’ night, when you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.


  • Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge, 1140 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125; Tel: +1 408 971 4278; Website: Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge

  • Color Me Mine, Westfield Oakridge Mall, 5337 Prospect Road, San Jose, CA 95129; Tel: +1 408 865 1833; Website: Color Me Mine