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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Clover

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

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

The name of this shop baffled Greenwood residents for months until it was revealed that it was part of 826 Seattle, the amazing national...

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,...

Queen Anne Book Company

  • Books/Stationery

This beloved Seattle bookstore is well known for its friendly, knowledgeable staff and extensive book selection. Pop in for children's...

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...

The Bellevue Collection

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

In this impressive trifecta of shopping centers, you'll find just about any chain store you've heard of (and some that you haven't).

Schmancy

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Weird and wonderful, this toy store is more surreal art funhouse than FAO Schwarz. Pick up a crocheted zombie (with a cute little bow),...

Metropolis/Rising Stars Children's Store

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

These popular adjacent stores provide a one-stop gift shop for nearly anyone on your list. Metropolis has handpicked finds, ranging from...

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