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 Gucci . 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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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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On the campus of the University of Washington, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture houses thousands of Coast Salish artifacts...

Chidori Antiques

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

Flury and Company

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

Fremont Vintage Mall

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Goods from about 25 vendors are crammed into every conceivable corner of this bi-level space, so you'll likely score at least something...

Johnson & Johnson Antiques

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This family-owned shop provides 1900s American oak furniture in craftsman and mission styles, as well as plenty of other decorating knickknacks...

Seattle Antiques Market

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For antiques lovers, this market should not be missed. A funky warehouse offering everything from modern furniture to gemstones and bicycles...

Kagedo Japanese Art

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Museum quality works from the early 20th century and Japanese art in a variety of media are on display in this influential gallery. Among...

Deluxe Junk

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Looking like an old Hollywood movie prop shop, this labyrinth of vintage furniture, retro cameras, turn-of-the-century photos, and racks...

Cuttysark Nautical Antiques

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

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