San Mateo is home to a wide variety of shopping options—shopping malls, boutiques and specialty stores are all located in San Mateo. Whether looking for gifts or just shopping for yourself, San Mateo's jewelry shops, florists, clothing stores and malls are sure to have something for everyone. Downtown San Mateo's top shopping area is located along 3rd and 4th Avenues and includes several restaurants and a large movie theater. Shopping centers in San Mateo include Hillsdale and Bridgepointe, home to many large chain stores and local shops. When looking for great shopping, San Mateo is sure to leave everyone satisfied.
Find local San Mateo shops, shopping districts and retailers.
San Mateo Shops and Shopping Districts
Bridgepointe Shopping Center
Since the Bridgepointe Shopping Center first opened its doors in 1997, it has been a favorite of San Mateo residents for a wide array of shopping destinations that range from office supply stores like Staples to moderately priced clothing retailers like Marshalls. Bridgepoint Shopping Center covers enough bases with the shops located here that someone could easily build an addition onto their home (with the aid of Home Depot), decorate their new home (ala Ethan Allen or Pier 1 Imports) then buy a new outfit to wear to their "I just remodeled my house" party (see Old Navy).
Downtown San Mateo
With the highest congestion of shops is along 3rd and 4th Avenues, downtown San Mateo is a cozy square defined by Tilton Avenue, 9th Avenue, El Camino Real and Delaware Avenue. This beautiful, pedestrian-friendly nook of San Mateo offers ample parking to manage the crowds that visit to buy something special, eat something amazing or just to catch a movie. Having set up shop in an eye-catching mix of modern facilities and historic buildings, over 800 businesses ply their trades and sell their fineries to happy buyers. In addition to the Century 12 movie theaters
and a plethora of incredible restaurants
, unique shops specializing in everything from Tibetan rugs to floral arrangements can be found dotting the charming streets. Downtown San Mateo also features an impressive selection of ethnic markets.
Hillsdale Shopping Center
60 31st Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.345.8222
Hillsdale Shopping Center boasts one of the paramount collections of stores in the Bay Area. High-end retailers, such as Nordstrom and Macy's, are appealingly balanced by department stores like Mervyn's and Sears. For the quintessential shop-a-holic in every woman, there are also more than enough women's apparel shops and shoe stores to sate any craving. For the man inevitably being dragged along by said female shop-a-holic, there are plenty of music, electronic and men's apparel shops, as well as a variety of restaurants where tasty food helps to kill the time.
25th Avenue, Downtown San Mateo, CA 94403
Exuding small-town charm and boasting a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, 25th Avenue offers a quaint blend of the necessary and the frivolous. Charming art galleries, jewelry stores, children's boutiques and antique dealers are scattered amid neighborhood restaurants and sidewalk cafés. A key element for any city, 25th Avenue is where you'll find shops catering to traditional daily needs. This is the area of town where locals can find pharmacies, grocery stores and hair salons, as well as professional services like dental, real estate and chiropractic. San Mateo's 25th Avenue is also home to an outstanding Farmer's Market where some of the best local produce and goods are found.
Laurelwood Shopping Center
1206 West Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403
Laurelwood Shopping Center is a staple in the lives of both the College of San Mateo students and local residents; a comfortable, all-purpose neighborhood spot where basic needs are fulfilled. No matter which responsibility or necessity beckons, be it pharmaceutical, banking, dry-cleaning or dental, chances are high that it can be met with relative ease. There are also a variety of restaurants in Laurelwood Center, many of which cater to those eking it out on a college student budget. Additionally, this all-purpose shopping center in San Mateo includes a Martial Arts studio, a UPS store, a florist, a pet shop and a liquor store.
SMCCVB Featured San Mateo Businesses
Blossoms Flower Shop
147 Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.574.1625
Offering traditional arrangements and unique bouquets for every occasion.
211 12th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 650.348.5040
From wine and cheese pairings to full seven course meals, Cheese Please offers gourmet catering and artisan cheeses that are sure to make any event memorable.
Cookies by Design
116 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.522.8887
Suitable for almost any occasion, these adorable, intricately prepared cookie bouquets are bound to please anyone.
Fast Signs - San Mateo
2130 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.345.0900
Offering high-quality products for all of your businesses sign and graphic needs.
Fortune Nut Cookies
P.O. Box 6135, San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 650.292.4909
A unique option for finishing any meal, these gourmet fortune cookies feature personalized messages and are available dipped in a variety of chocolates and nuts.
Marianne Kent Music
P.O. Box 25083, San Mateo, CA 94402; Tel. 415.665.4000
Offering everything from DJ's to 9-piece bands to Jazz ensembles, Marianne Kent Music is the place to go for live entertainment at very reasonable rates.
Ovations Fan Fare
2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.571.8500
Providing fresh local ingredients and wonderful catering services for all events.
147 S. B St., San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel. 650.348.5520
Recognize special moments, people and events with badges, awards, signs and certificates.
San Mateo Florist
2341 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403; Tel. 650.574.7227
A full service flower shop that will brighten any day with tropical flowers, Zen arrangements, rare flowers and luxurious bouquets.