The Midtown Palo Alto shopping area, on Middlefield Rd. just south of the busy Oregon Expressway, is a popular neighborhood-serving commercial district. It features Long's and Walgreens drug stores, a small Safeway, several cafes and restaurants and many independent businesses.
Midtown is a favorite among residents of south Palo Alto due to its convenience and the easy availability of parking. It is also home to the Winter Lodge, a popular outdoor ice skating facility.