Tips for shopping in San Jose
Lining the southern edge of San Francisco Bay is California's third-largest city, San Jose. As the largest city in the world-renowned Silicon Valley, the tech industry plays a large role in the city's economy and culture – it is often referred to as the “Capital of Silicon Valley”. Long before the birth of Silicon Valley, however, San Jose was a farming community and part of the Alta California province of Mexico during the first half of the 19th century. Only after World War II did San Jose begin to rapidly expand as soldiers returning from the war required housing and the emerging tech industry settled in the valley. Now, with about 1 million inhabitants, San Jose has a booming economy, with such tech giants as Adobe, Cisco, IBM, eBay and Hewlett-Packard headquartered in the city. With well over a dozen shopping malls, there are numerous options for the San Jose shopper. Capitola Mall is the city's largest, and the only enclosed shopping mall in the area. With 100 stores, all major retailers can be found here. The top-rated Santana Row shopping area in central San Jose is the place to be for those looking for a more unique, outdoor shopping experience.