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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  • 1. DeLaurenti Specialty Food and Wine

    Downtown | Wine/Spirits

    Attention foodies: clear out your hotel minibars and make room for delectable treats from DeLaurenti. And, if you're planning any picnics, swing...Read More

  • 2. Fran's Chocolates

    Downtown | Food/Candy

    A Seattle institution (helmed by Fran Bigelow) has been making quality chocolates for decades. Its world-famous salted caramels are transcendent...Read More

  • 3. Cupcake Royale


    Try the cupcake of the month or flavors like the peppermint patty and the tiramisu, made with Stumptown coffee. ...Read More

  • 4. McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants

    Queen Anne | Wine/Spirits

    One of the best wine shops in the city is attitude-free and offers an amazing selection of wines from around the world. Check out the selection...Read More

  • 5. Melrose Market

    Capitol Hill | Food/Candy

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

  • 6. Pike and Western Wine Shop

    Downtown | Wine/Spirits

    These folks have spent nearly four decades carving out a reputation as one of the best wine markets in the city. With more than 1,000 wines...Read More

  • 7. Seattle Best Tea Corporation

    International District | Food/Candy

    If you haven't been introduced to the wonders of Asian tea, you need to make a trip here, where the experience is as enriching as the tea itself...Read More

  • 8. The Shop Agora

    Phinney Ridge | Wine/Spirits

    Greenwood is often called "Greekwood" for its many Greek restaurants. The Shop Agora, just down the way in Phinney Ridge, offers all the ingredients...Read More

  • 9. The Tasting Room

    Downtown | Wine/Spirits

    When you're ready for a break from sightseeing, make a detour into this relaxing tasting room and wine store in the northern end of Post Alley...Read More

  • 10. World Spice Merchants

    Downtown | Wine/Spirits

    Many of the city's best chefs get their herbs, spices, and salts at this aromatic shop under Pike Place Market. Many teas are also available. ...Read More

  • 11. Stella Caffe


    A great place for Italian espresso after a trip to the art museum. ...Read More

  • 12. Teacup

    Queen Anne | Wine/Spirits

    Tea aficionados should not miss this aromatic shop on the top of Queen Anne. In a city full of coffee drinkers, Teacup boldly salutes the overlooked...Read More

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