The pace of life in San Ramon is relaxed, making it an ideal place to live in. There are many local attractions and recreational areas around San Ramon making it a popular place to visit. A nice number of boutiques and clothing stores make it fun to spend a relaxed weekend morning shopping and browsing for new buys. Although San Ramon doesn’t have a downtown area yet, there are several small shopping centers where you can shop and dine. There are also many chain supermarkets and hardware stores for supplies and groceries.
Shopping in the smaller boutiques can give you a flavor of the local businesses while supporting local designers. Local favorites like Just a Little Something Gift Shop is full of fun and rare gifts which you may not find again the next time you visit. Looking for Hello Kitty? Sanrio Surprises has Badtz Maru and Keropi among all the other Sanrio favorite characters.
If you are shopping for clothes, be sure to check out Honeybee Fashions for trendy and seasonal styles.
Bishop Ranch Business Park
Bishop Ranch, San Ramon’s most prominent business complex houses several corporations and some retailers. Bishop Ranch is just off the 680 Freeway on Bollinger Canyon Road and is a popular lunch spot. There is a Whole Foods Market, Jamba Juice, Rice Garden, Target, Cingular, Baja fresh, Pasta Pomodoro, Wells Fargo Bank, Super Cuts, and a Magnolia hi-fi. For a full list of businesses, click here.
Bishop Ranch, 1 Annabel Lane, Suite 105, San Ramon, CA 94583 (925) 866-0100
The Market Place Shopping Center
The Market Place Shopping Center is a convenient place for shopping, dining, and finishing your chores. The Center has warm, red brick-lined open spaces and buildings where the restaurants and shops are housed. There’s a small courtyard where you can dine, read, meet friends or just relax. You can plan your shopping from this list of tenants.
The Market Place Shopping Center, 433 Market Pl, San Ramon, CA (925) 277-3000
San Ramon Farmers Market
San Ramon Farmers Market is open on Saturdays between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. year-round and Thursdays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April-October. Since the Market moved from its old location in Forest Home Farms, the expanded parking has encouraged many more vendors to join and visitors to shop conveniently.
From the site:
"The San Ramon Farmers’ Market is certified by the Contra Costa County Agricultural Commissioner as a direct marketing outlet to sell certified agricultural products and non-certifiable agricultural products. The market is managed and operated by Local Roots, a non-profit located in San Ramon."
There’s plenty of parking and the Market is fully wheelchair accessible. Fresh fruits, local seasonal and organic produce, gourmet street foods, artisan breads, specialty cheese, kettle corn, and entertainment are just some of the items you can purchase and enjoy at the San Ramon Farmers Market.
Bishop Ranch 2, 150 Sunset Dr., San Ramon, CA 94583 (925) 361-8480
There are two premium outlets within an hour’s drive north of San Ramon. Plan for at least a half day to shop and dine.
The Vacaville Premium Outlets have several shops in each of these areas: designer stores, sportswear, children’s clothing and shoes, fine leather and luggage, accessories, jewelry, house wares, home furnishings, gifts, and specialty Items. Check here for directions to the Vacaville Premium Outlets.
Napa Premium Outlets has a number of upscale clothing, designer fashion, sportswear, children’s, shoes, luggage, leather, gifts, accessories, and jewelry stores. For a full listing of all the stores and directions to the Outlets, check out the Napa Premium Outlets site.