Paramus is a major shopping town in New Jersey. Many people from all over the New York metropolitan area (especially people from New York City and Westchester) come here to shop at the many stores along New Jersey state routes 4 and 17, as well as at the Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus Park Mall, Bergen Town Center, Fashion Center, and (by extension, because it's actually in Hackensack) The Shops at Riverside malls. This is because New Jersey has a lower sales tax than New York overall and because New Jersey does not tax clothing.
It is important to note that Paramus is in Bergen County, New Jersey, which still continues its traditional blue laws on Sundays. Nearly every shopping destination is closed on Sunday except for restaurants. This is to have at least one day a week where the traffic is light.
There are many ways to get in to Paramus. Many from New York City take the George Washington Bridge straight onto New Jersey state route 4. Overall, Paramus is extremely accessable due to a large network of major highways surrounding it, including U.S. Interstates 80 and 95, the Garden State Parkway, and New Jersey state routes 4, 17, and 208.
For fast traveling, everything is accessible via car or bus. The main highways are a direct route to all the shops, dining and entertainment locations. Bus stops can be located every one or two miles apart on every main road within the town. Everything is within about 3 square miles, maybe even a bit less.
For scenic, or leisure traveling, a bike is a also a form of transportation. There are side walks lining all side streets of Paramus and as well as most main roads. There is also the Saddle River Area Bike Path, that connects Paramus to surrounding towns, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook and Rochelle Park along the Saddle River and Ho-Ho-Kus Brook.
A most common misconception about Paramus is that the only thing to do is to go shopping at the plethora of shopping malls/centers. In the Fox produced, comedy series 'Glee' Paramus is even mentioned and referenced as "the land of malls". However, there are a multitude of other attractions within the Borough of Paramus for natives and visitors to do.
Paramus has the highest per-year retail sales in the United States, at more than five billion dollars. There are three major malls: the Westfield Garden State Plaza, the Paramus Park Mall, and the Bergen Town Center. Along with those more popular shopping centers, there is also the Paramus Towne Square outdoor shopping mall, and the Fashion Center.
Many major department stores actually have locations at more than one of these malls for shopper convenience.
The malls themselves are eating meccas. The Westfield Garden State Plaza has many dining choices, including Grand Lux Cafe (a more upscale and larger offshoot of The Cheesecake Factory), Legal Sea Foods, Napa Valley Grille, Ruby Tuesday, Joe's American Bar & Grill, Papa Razzi, California Pizza Kitchen, On The Border, and Chili's.
The Shops at Riverside, recently underwent a huge renovation that included the addition of Rosa Mexicano, PF Changs, and Maggiano's Little Italy, to go along with The Cheesecake Factory, Houston's, Thai Kitchen, McCormick and Schmick's, and Morton's Steakhouse. Ironically, on any given weekend night except Sunday, the wait at each restaurant is at least one hour long. Overall, Houston's seems to have the longest right now, as I've waited there for two hours before being seated. So, in essence, the three new restaurants haven't eased the strain on the old ones.
The Paramus Park Mall has a food court.
-Houlihans | Route 4 West | Most places in New Jersey cease to serve alcohol shortly before 2. Houlihans on Route 4 West operates solely as a bar from 2am to 3am.
-Orange Lantern | 15 E Firehouse Ln | The Orange Lantern is a pub that has been known as the "best sports bar in Bergen County".