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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Agate Designs

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Amateur geologists, curious kids, and anyone fascinated by fossils and gems should make a trip to this store that's almost like a museum...

Arundel Books

  • Books/Stationery

Since 1984, this bastion of bibliophilia has offered new, used, and collectible titles to discerning shoppers. Its shelves are especially...

Betty Lin

  • Clothing

At Seattle's answer to the sample sale, big-ticket designer labels at deep discount prices are snapped up quickly. This fashion-forward...

Chidori Antiques

  • Antiques/Collectibles

So packed full of stuff it looks more like a curio shop than a high-end antique seller, Chidori deals in high-quality Asian antiques,...

Cuttysark Nautical Antiques

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Named for the famous Scottish tea clipper, Cuttysark is filled to the brim with nautical memorabilia: antique navigational instruments,...

Filson

  • Clothing

Seattle's flagship Filson store is a shrine to meticulously well-made outdoor wear for men and women. The hunting lodge–like decor...

Flury and Company

  • Antiques/Collectibles

View one of the largest collections of vintage prints by the Western photographer Edward S. Curtis, along with Native American antiques,...

Glass House Studio

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Seattle's oldest glassblowing studio and gallery lets you watch fearless artisans at work in the "hot shop." Some of the best glass artists...

Laguna Pottery

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Watch your step as you navigate through this colorful, crowded shop; it's wall-to-wall collectible 20th-century American dinnerware,...

Magic Mouse Toys

  • Toys

Since 1977, this two-story, 7,000-square-foot shop in the heart of Pioneer Square has been supplying families with games, toys, puzzles,...

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