Though the first thing that may pop in your mind at the name ‘Sacramento’ may be its contemporary culture, diversity, or pristine rivers and lakes, one of the best things about California’s capital city involves taking a trip to the mall. In the late 1840s, the California Gold Rush led to this city becoming a major commercial center, so it is no surprise that spending money remains one of the best ways to spend time here. However, any veteran shopper knows that a mall is more than just shopping; it’s about the atmosphere, the variety of shops, the cleanliness, and the food to chow down on while you rest your feet after hours of browsing. This city has a medley of malls to please the most ardent of shopaholics, so read on to find out about the best shopping malls in Sacramento, California.
1. Lyon Village Shopping Center
Though small, Lyon Village Shopping Center is beloved by locals. It has everything you need in one place. This shopping mall has unique boutique shops, so it’s a lovely shopping mall to poke around and find hidden treasures. Locals rave about Peet’s Coffee, which is amazing for an afternoon pick-me-up. Miyagi is also well-known for its sushi, and, if you’re fond of frequenting dessert spots, there’s also a great frozen yogurt and candy store here to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just a warning though, parking can get pretty bad on weekends.
Lyon Village Shopping Center
Address: 2580 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95825
Opening hours: 6am - 8pm (daily)
2. Florin Towne Center
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With a Walmart Supercentre, JCPenney, Mervyn’s and Sears, a trip to Florin Towne Center can check off all the basic necessities on your list, so making a quick stop here on your way home is extremely convenient. Florin Towne Center also has a Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores for your budget groceries and 24 Hour Fitness to work off those calories. There’s also a PetSmart for you to pick up some toys and yummy treats for your beloved animals.
Florin Towne Center
Address: Florin Rd & Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95823
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 24 hours
3. Park Place 2 Shopping Center
Though it may seem to be just another neighborhood shopping center, Park Place 2 stands out from the rest with its focus on being an environmentally-friendly mall. There’s a great diversity of stores, so there’s something for every member of the family, and for every occasion. It’s the perfect shopping center to visit if you’re hankering for a good meal because the food options will have you spoiled for choice. From Cold Stone for an indulgent scoop or two of ice cream to Jack’s Urban Eats with healthy salads, sandwiches, and burgers. There are also department stores, a thrift store, a supermarket, and specialty stores so you’ll never get bored. This is an excellent place to hang out with some friends. Do note that parking can get a bit bad sometimes, but the trip will be worth it.
Park Place 2 Shopping Center
Address: 4690-4790 Natomas Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95835
Website: Park Place 2 Shopping Center
Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)
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4. The Promenade
An open-air shopping center, The Promenade is clean and well-maintained, with a cheery, inviting atmosphere. It’s a rather large shopping center, so there’s a plethora of stores for your picking, like Super Target, Barnes & Noble, Michael’s and Best Buy. There’s an even greater number of food choices, like Buffalo Wild Wings, Panda Express, Beach Hut and more. There’s also a Daiso for fans of the cheap-but-good Japanese dollar store. Parking can get slightly crowded, but not enough to turn people away. As an added bonus, there’s a vehicle charging station for those driving electric cars.
Address: 3642 N. Freeway Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834
Website: The Promenade
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm
5. Natomas Marketplace
With an In-n-Out, Walmart, and Starbucks, Natomas Marketplace is the classic go-to mall for all your shopping needs. Natomas Marketplace is also situated quite conveniently in Sacramento, so it’s the perfect meet-up location for you and your friends to stop by Applebee’s or Hooters for a good, filling meal before heading over to the movie theatre to catch a screening. There’s also a Staples, PetSmart, and Bath & Body Works. Some of the new stores are exciting as well: Cheesesteaks, Deluna Dessert Cafe, and Koshi Ramen Bar are nothing short of enticing. Aside from messy traffic, Natomas Marketplace is a fantastic mall to visit.
Address: I-80 & Truxel Road, Sacramento, CA 95834
Website: Natomas Marketplace
Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)
6. Pavilions Shopping Center
Pavilions is on the higher end of shopping malls. With stores like Hamilton Jewellers and Talbots, Pavilions is home to upscale and exclusive brands for a taste of the upper-class lifestyle. Pavilions also has stores like Studio 55, a medical spa for cosmetic surgery and Dr Gregory W. Evrigenis, an expert in dental care for all ages. The Madam Butterfly boutique caters to the ladies and Patrick James to the gentlemen. The dining options at Pavilions are tantalizing, with restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Wildwood Kitchen & Bar that will truly set your taste buds tingling. An outdoor shopping mall, with pretty flower-lined walkways and a lively but classy atmosphere, Pavilions makes for a lovely day stroll.
Pavilions Shopping Center
Address: 563 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento, CA 95825
Website: Pavilions Shopping Center
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
7. Town & Country Village
This mall is small but endearing. An outdoor shopping center with a village atmosphere, you can wander peacefully through the number of specialty stores for an enjoyable afternoon. Town & Country Village features well-known favorites like Ulta Beauty, Trader Joe’s and Starbucks, but it also has hidden gems like Capital Confections, a vintage candy shop specializing in truffles, molded chocolate gifts and housemade gelato.
Town & Country Village
Address: 2651 El Paseo Lane, Sacramento, CA 95821
Website: Town & Country Village
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
8. DOCO - Downtown Commons
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
DOCO is a wonderful shopping center for people of all ages. Recently renovated and revamped with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, DOCO offers visitors fantastic shopping, food, and entertainment options. The shopping center was constructed with the community in mind; there are plenty of places to sit and talk with friends, family-friendly play areas, beautiful landscaping, and wide walkways. What makes DOCO special is that it is the ideal shopping stop before heading to the Golden 1 Center to cheer on NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Some stores here include RareTea, Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar, Andy’s Candy Apothecary, Identity Boutique, and Jimboy’s Tacos. There is no doubt that DOCO is fresh and full of interesting things for every shopper.
DOCO - Downtown Commons
Address: 405 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: DOCO - Downtown Commons
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 8pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm
9. Southgate Plaza
Southgate Plaza is a strip mall with an impressive selection of stores for visitors. Situated on the corner of Florin Road and Franklin Boulevard, this mall is incredibly convenient to stop by for a spontaneous shopping trip. People adore the 99 Cent Only store here, but there are other favorites like Baskin Robbins and Taco Bell, among more unique restaurants like Falafel & Shawarma Planet, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, and Spicy Dragon to add diversity to your palate.
Address: 4242 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95823
Website: Southgate Plaza
Opening hours: 6am - 10:30pm (daily)
10. Arden Fair
Arden Fair Mall is the largest shopping mall in Sacramento. In this two-level mall, there are 165 stores ranging from mid to high-end. With Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JCPenney, Arden Fair offers shoppers enough department stores to wander around for a week. For the children, there is an indoor carousel to cheer them up after a long day of shopping, and free Wi-Fi for the teenagers so that they can stay connected to their social media throughout the shopping trip. There is also wheelchair and stroller rental, as well as valet parking. Huge and diverse, there’s bound to be something for every family member at Arden Fair.
Address: 1689 Arden Way Suite 1167 Sacramento, CA, 95815
Website: Arden Fair
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm
Enjoy shopping in Sacramento
Whether you are in a mood for some retail therapy, desperately need to satisfy your cravings, or just want a place to hang out with your friends, a trip to the mall is your answer. After all, shopping is America’s favorite pastime. Make good use of this list of shopping centers in Sacramento for your next shopping spree! If you get hungry, there are plenty of dive bars and vegetarian restaurants around to satisfy your cravings.
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