For five years, I commuted down to Palo Alto for work so I got to know the city fairly well. I recently had lunch with a friend at Town & Country Village, where my coworkers and I would often take the short drive from Page Mill Road to grab lunch and way too often, bring back dinner to the office. A lot has changed in the 10+ years since I was a daily commuter. Town & Country has become home to a number of upscale boutiques and is now quite the destination for shoppers and diners alike.
Two recent additions are Diptyque and Hudson Grace. The Diptyque store is serene, elegant and somewhat surprisingly, not overwhelmingly fragrant. I was surprised to discover how many scents they offered and had trouble deciding on a favorite. The salesperson described the Coinc candle as similar to water (which I don’t think has a particular scent); it was crisp and freshening — perfect for spring.
Hudson Grace, well-known to design lovers in SF and beyond, opened a second outpost here too. The light-filled Palo Alto store displays its signature white wares and I added white sculptural pieces to my mental wish list.
For design enthusiasts, Cisco Home is a great place to peruse. And for the fashionistas, Intermix has a well-curated selection of warm weather clothing and chic, minimalistic jewelry. Margaret O’Leary, one of the best sweater shops, is also opening a shop there soon. Other favorites like Paper Source and Sur La Table have stores here, too. Next time you’re in the area, or even if you aren’t, be sure to visit Town & Country to grab a bite to eat (at Mayfield Bakery & Cafe, Gott’s Roadside or Tin Pot Creamery) and window shop.