North New Jersey Shopping Mall Guide

••• Courtesy of The Mall at Short Hills

You may have heard that New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with a large concentration of them within a 25-mile radius. So, just in case you want to spend your next Saturday mall-hopping, here's a handy guide. 

Garden State Plaza
One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: Closed
Anchors: JC Penney, Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom
What We Love: Too much to love—the massive carousel on Level 2, AMC Garden State 16, and NYC eateries like Aroma Espresso Bar, Baked by Melissa, Max Brenner, and Shake Shack.

Willowbrook Mall

1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ 07470
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: 11am-7pm
Anchors: Sears, Macy's, Lord and Taylor, and Bloomingdales
What We Love: Willowbrook is where you end up when the Garden State Plaza parking lot is a nightmare. Just kidding! Kind of. It's very much a local hangout with all the classic/favorite stores—not one but two Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, Claire's, PacSun, Spencer's, Wet Seal, Sunglass Hut, and much more.

The Mall at Short Hills (pictured above)
1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Anchors: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue
What We Love: Fancy a pair of Jimmy Choos? A new Louis Vuitton or Chanel bag? Some flashy new bling from Tiffany & Co. or Cartier? You can nab it all here. This Mall is chock full of high-end shops and boutiques—no commute to 5th Avenue necessary.

The Mills at Jersey Gardens
651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: 11am-7pm
Anchors: Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Century 21, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall's, Cohoes, Forever 21, Lord & Taylor Outlet, VF Outlet, and Bed Bath & Beyond
What We Love: It's NJ’s 'largest outlet and value retail center' with over 200 stores.

Are you a Tommy Hilfiger fan? Jersey Gardens boasts the largest store of its kind in the US.

Rockaway Townsquare
301 Mount Hope Ave, Rockaway, NJ 07866
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Anchors: Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney and Sears
What We Love: This one's similar to Willowbrook in that it's a great alternative to some of the busier malls in the area and offers up a lot of the classics. Bonus, though: a Target in one of the community centers that surround the mall.

Newport Centre
30 Mall Dr. W, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Anchors: JCPenney, Kohl's, Macy's and Sears
What We Love: The newly renovated Dining Pavilion on Level 3 boasts 19 eateries. Plus, the mall features 3 1/2% Sales Tax at participating stores and tax-free shopping on apparel.

Livingston Mall
112 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston, NJ 07039
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: 11am-7pm
Anchors: Macy's, Sears, Lord & Taylor, Barnes & Noble
What We Love: The proximity to Routes 10, 80, 280, and 287, making it the local hangout for Essex and Morris county residents. There's also a great play area for the kids on the lower level outside of Sears.

The Outlets at Bergen Town Center
Route 4 East & Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: Closed
Anchors: Century 21 Department Store, Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Marshall's, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Target, Nordstrom Rack, Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, Nike Factory Store, REI
What We Love: Grab a healthy snack at Whole Foods to fuel your shopping excursion.

Paramus Park
700 Paramus Park, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: Closed
Anchors: Sears and Macy's
What We Love: The huge metal statue of a wild turkey on the 2nd floor, gifted to the Paramus community in 1974 when the mall opened. It symbolizes the meaning of the word "Paramus", given to the land by the Lenni Lenape Indians—"a fertile land where corn was grown attracting wild turkeys."

The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-9:30pm; Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: Closed (restaurants, spa, salon and Barnes & Noble are open)
Anchors: Bloomingdale's
What We Love: The dining options: Morton's The Steakhouse, Houston's, and The Oceanaire Seafood Room all rival Manhattan's best. The selection of luxury brand shops is also impressive: Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Kate Spade, and more.

Fashion Center
17 W Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-10pm
Anchors: Lord & Taylor, Fairway Market, Best Buy, Loehmann’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx and Toys R Us
What We Love: Who doesn't love Fairway Market? Also, this is probably Paramus' least trafficked mall, so you can shop in peace.