Best Shopping

From all the shops and stores in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best offerings. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore San Jose shopping on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Best Shopping list for San Jose. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Los Gatos

Manaz is a trendy Los Gatos ladies' boutique. Owner Manaz Tankamani carries apparel from French and Italian designers, as well as such popular name brands as Donald J. Pliner and Ivan Grundahl. The sweaters, overalls, and dresses you'll find here are among the most stylish in town. Manaz also has ladies' shoes and accessories.

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Bella Rosa – which is actually named after a golden retriever – carries a wide array of designer apparel for women. Among the brand names you'll find are Tibi, Jill Stuart, Eugenia Kim, and Rebecca Taylor. Bella Rosa's clothes range from classics to trendy and include everything from denim and cotton to cashmere and chiffon.

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Stevens Creek

Recreational Equipment Incorporated advertises itself as the world's biggest outfitter, and it may well be. This huge store carries anything you might need for camping, hiking or climbing. REI's book and map section spans the globe and covers just about every subject pertinent to the outdoors. The store also features "The Wall," a sheer structure that allows you to test your climbing ability indoors without getting into trouble.

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Willow Glen Books is a marvelously quaint little bookshop that any neighborhood would be proud of and every neighborhood should have. Offered are a good selection of local authors and national favorites. Plus, the staff is extremely friendly, and they're happy to enlighten visitors about books and about the area.

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This shop is located in what was once a large bakery. Briarwood Antiques and Collectibles features more than 30 dealers who specialize in everything from antique china and silver to radios and furniture. One Briarwood dealer also sells old pieces of hardware and antique signs.

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This shop on The Alameda carries a large selection and all types of antiques. From pocket watches and Depression glass to estate jewelry and dinnerware, this store indeed has a bit of everything. Particularly interesting are their collections of Japanese and Pacific Rim furniture.

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San Carlos Street Antiques, located on Antique Row, is the place to find old toys, signs, western memorabilia and paintings, and jewelry. Occasionally, you'll run across a true gem, like a vintage roll-top desk, old quilts or even some pottery. In the back yard is a terrific assortment of garden odds and ends, including fountains, birdbaths and statuary.

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Paying a visit to the San Jose Flea Market is a true experience. There are almost 2,000 different venders here who sell everything from comic books to pruning shears. This is the state's largest such market, covering 100-plus acres of Silicon Valley real estate, and their "Produce Row" is a truly a sight to behold – almost a quarter of a mile of fresh produce from California and around the world.

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Some of the San Jose area's best pottery can be found southwest of downtown at Trent Pottery and Tile. Trent Thompson, a master potter, specializes in stonework and porcelain. From kitchen and bath tiles to goblets, vases and plates, Trent's work is at once distinctive and classy.

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Stevens Creek

Shopping, dining and partying, all in one location. Santana Row has it all. Shops like Z Gallerie, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ann Taylor Loft, Anthropologie, Gucci, Burberry and Tommy Bahama. Restaurants serving everything from fast food burgers and subs to elegant Indian, French, Asian and Italian cuisine. And nightlife options abound whether you're into casual Irish pubs, sophisticated wine bars or trendy dance clubs.

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