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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Aprie

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Pretty" is the word that springs to mind when you visit Aprie—a contemporary young women's boutique with brands like Free People, Kensie...

Area 51

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Anything might materialize in this 10,000-square-foot industrial space, from Eames replicas to clever coffee mugs, but the mix of retro-inspired...

Broadway Farmers Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

This small and lively market fills up a parking lot one block east of Broadway; there's fresh produce galore, plus music, samples, and...

Edie's Shoes

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Super-comfy, effortlessly cool shoes can be found at this small, carefully planned shop. Plop down on the big purple couch and try on...

Elliott Bay Book Company

  • Books/Stationery

A major reason to visit this landmark bookstore—formerly a longtime haunt in Pioneer Square, hence the name—is the great selection...

Everyday Music

  • Music Stores

For a huge selection of used CDs and vinyl, wander over to Everyday Music, where you'll find more than 100,000 titles in stock. They're...

Kobo

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This lovely store sells artisan crafts from studios in Japan and in the Northwest. What's here is similar to what's stocked at the International...

Le Frock

  • Clothing

It may look like just another overcrowded consignment shop, but among the racks of Seattle's classiest vintage and consignment store...

Melrose Market

  • Food/Candy

Seattle is famously foodie-friendly, and this historic triangular building packs several of the city's best culinary shops under one...

NuBe Green

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

An emphasis on recycled goods and sustainability is the mission of this well-presented store anchoring a corner of the Oddfellows Building.

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