Malls In New Jersey: 10 Places To Shop, Eat And Spend The Day


Malls in New Jersey are a Garden State rite of passage—even if you weren’t born in the state, you probably have heard that New Jersey is known for its malls. And considering we are host to malls that are ranked as the best in the country (The Mall at Short Hills), one that’s the 2nd largest in the US and boasts an indoor ski slope (American Dream), and one that has the distinction as being the first indoor shopping center on the East Coast (Cherry Hill Mall), we’ve got a lot to show off. Likewise, NJ malls are one-stop destinations, thanks to gourmet restaurants, fast casual food, entertainment, and events, so the whole family can find fun beyond shopping. Scroll down for malls in New Jersey where you can indulge in some retail therapy with or without the kids. (featured image credit: @mallatshorthills)

American Dream
You won’t find anything like American Dream anywhere in the state—with entertainment, an amusement park, a water park, and even a ski mountain (the only one in North America) under one roof, it’s a place to come for and stay for hours. And the shopping? It’s got loads of options from all the store favorites, including an extensive Zara and huge Toys ‘R Us, along with  The Avenue, a luxury space anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue (the sole NJ location), and high-end designer brands. There is also valet parking and a roster of shopping events happening every week. 
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(833) 263-7326

Bridgewater Commons
With over 150 stores and restaurants, including Lululemon, Pottery Barn, Apple Store, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales, this is a classic NJ mall where you can shop and make a pit stop for lunch or dinner. Kids can find plenty in the food court, or if you want to sit down, stop by Redstone Grill or The Cheesecake Factory. Or better yet, have dinner served seatside while watching a movie at the AMC Dine-In Theatre.
400 Commons Way, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807
(908) 218-1166

Cherry Hill Mall
This Mall in New Jersey opened in 1961 and was reported as being the first indoor, climate-controlled shopping center east of the Mississippi River. Today, it’s a popular South Jersey spot for browsing the racks and finding the latest styles at trendy spots like Aldo, American Eagle, and Armani Exchange. Stop for a meal when you need to refuel for more shopping, or stay and attend one of the many events at the mall.
Suite 514, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 662-7440 ext 7047

Deptford Mall
Not far from both Philadelphia and Atlantic City, you can spend time shopping and eating at the food court. With stores ranging from staples like Sephora to teen favorites like Garage and kid stores like The Children’s Place, you can hit it all at this mall. Check out their events, where they host monthly shows in the Kid’s Mini Theater, where characters like Daniel Tiger, Blue’s Clues, and Maisy the Mouse come to life. 
1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, NJ 08096
(856) 848-8100

Freehold Raceway Mall
This mall in Central New Jersey has something for everyone in your family. Stop into Brio Italian Grill for wood-fired flatbreads and homemade pasta, and then shop whatever your budget and style at the 237 stores located in the mall, including Apple, LL Bean, Express, and Lululemon. Kids can create their own plushie at the Build a Bear Workshop and then take a ride on the Carousel located on Level 2.
3710 US-9, Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 577-1144

Menlo Park Mall
This 2-level mall in Edison is host to fashion-forward retailers like Hollister, Michael Kors, and Nordstrom. Beyond the shopping, kids can be entertained at Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio, the Disney Junior Play Zone, an interactive play space with Disney friends, and Slime Factory, where kids can get slimy and create the slick stuff in a “lab”.  If you work up an appetite, stop by #NJMOM favorite Bang Cookies for a delicious treat.
55 Parsonage Road, Edison, NJ 08837
(732) 494-6255

Quaker Bridge Mall
Boasting well-known brands, including Coach, Michael Kors, and Sephora, this two-level supermall has over 90 stores and so many stores to shop in, including Macy’s and JCPenney. The best part? Stop at the Old York Cellars Wine Bar & Gift Shop to taste some of their delicious wines. Download their family perks to receive deals in stores and free samples from retailers. 
3320 US-1, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 799-8177

The Mall at Short Hills
One of the top malls in the country, The Mall at Short Hills, is like having Fifth Avenue on this side of the Hudson (and you don’t have to pay tax on shoes or clothing). With exclusive designer boutiques (many with the only NJ location) like YSL, Tiffany, Cartier, Ferragamo, Gucci, and Chanel, among others, and the most sought-after retailers like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom all in one place, you’ll feel luxurious shopping the day away in the bright, marble, posh surroundings. Make dinner plans at Ruth Chris Steakhouse or Legal Seafood and relax after shopping.
1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 376-7350

The Mills at Jersey Gardens
Want a spot to scope out some of the best deals? Head to New Jersey’s largest outlet destination, where you will find a mix of brand factory stores and discounted retailers for everyone’s taste, including Tory Burch, Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren, and Saks Off Fifth. Catch a movie or stay for an event when you are all shopped out.
651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 436-3005

Westfield Garden State Plaza
With convenient valet parking and luxury stores like Versace, MCM, Burberry, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus, this is a premier shopping destination in Bergen County. Beyond the designer boutiques, you’ll find plenty of mall favorites like Adidas, Gap, and J.Crew. Once you are done filling your arms with bags from the 300 stores, have a bite to eat at notable eateries like Grand Lux Cafe and Capital Grille or get a blowout at Drybar. And don’t miss their monthly events, including DIY workshops, shows, and a Sunday Farmer’s Market. 
One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 843-2121

If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, take a trip to Willowbrook and shop ’till you drop. Look for trendy fashion spots like Zara, H&M, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s to the standbys like Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and Gap, as well as unique places like Japanese retailer Uniqlo—there are plenty of places to shop for the whole family. Ready for a bite? Their food court offers sushi, pizza, cheesesteaks, and cajun, or sit down at Buffalo Wild Wings, The Cheesecake Factory, or PF Changs. 
1400 Willowbrook, Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 785-1616

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Karen lives in Central Jersey with her two dogs, one cat, husband and daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she has been writing and working in the social media field for a few years. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a mom, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and watching the Real Housewives.