Seattle Shopping

Seattleites are sometimes scorned for their fashion sense (polar fleece, sport sandals, and socks—oh my!), but as the city has grown and enough money has percolated through the ranks of retail, the city's style barometer has made a steady creep upward. Bibliophiles, foodies, wine aficionados, and design-centrists will also find plenty of shopping opportunities—Seattle is a hotbed of unique,

independent shops stocking one-of-a-kind treasures.

Shopping in Seattle is something best done gradually. Don't expect to find it all in one or two days worth of blitz shopping tours. Downtown is the only area that allows for easy daylong shopping excursions. Within a few blocks along 4th and 5th avenues, you'll find the standard chains (The Gap, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Anthropologie, Sephora, Old Navy), along with Nike's flagship store, and a few more glamorous high-end stores, some featuring well-known designers like Betsey Johnson. Downtown is also where you'll find department stores like Nordstrom, Macy's and Barneys New York. Belltown and Pioneer Square are also easy areas to patrol—most stores of note are within a few blocks.

To find many of the stores that are truly special to Seattle—such as boutiques featuring handmade frocks from local designers, independent record stores run by encyclopedic-minded music geeks, cozy used-book shops that smell of paper and worn wood shelves—you'll have to branch out to Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and northern neighborhoods like Ballard. Shopping these areas will give you a better feel for the character of the city and its quirky inhabitants, all while you score that new dress or nab gifts for your friends.

And don’t forget about Seattle’s culinary bounty, which includes the stalls at Pike Place Market; the flagship Sur La Table, which stocks every kitchen gadget known to man; and the city’s various weekly farmers' markets, where you’ll find enough locally made, artisanal offerings to fill a suitcase or two.

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Ballard Farmers Market

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Every Sunday, rain or shine, loads of vendors come to Ballard Avenue to set up colorful, welcoming tents and stands to sell produce as...

Blackbird

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This perfectly stocked and fashion-forward store is a favorite destination for stylish men. With choice clothes from designers such as...

Camelion Design

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This reasonably affordable, modern home-accessories store in Ballard is crammed, showroom-style, with furniture, accessories, and gift...

Clover

  • Clothing

What's easily the cutest children's store in town carries wonderful handcrafted wooden toys, European figurines, works by local artists,...

Dandelion Botanical Company

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Apothecary" is the term that this high-end but down-to-earth boutique gift stores uses to describe itself. Its brick walls are lined...

Habitude Salon, Day Spa and Gallery

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Plush furnishings and tropical scents relax you the moment you enter Habitude (in Ballard and Fremont). Indulge in a single treatment...

Horseshoe

  • Clothing

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll," Horseshoe offers girlie Western wear and hipster fare in its Ballard digs. Comfy,...

Laura Bee Designs

  • Clothing

If you have the design chops but can't find your way around a sewing machine, Laura Bee is the place for you. This fun studio shop gives...

Market Street Shoes

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

One of the best all-around shoe stores in town, Market Street stocks so many styles from so many brands that you're likely to find something...

Secret Garden Bookshop

  • Books/Stationery

Named after the Francis Hodgson Burnett classic, this cozy shop has been delighting readers for 34 years. A favorite of teachers, librarians...

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