Best Seattle, WA Shopping

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    10. Barneys New York

    If you forgot your formalwear at home, this might be a great pit stop to find some decadent duds for fancy cruise evening events! This shop carries a stellar lineup of international ready-to-wear designers for men...

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    9. Pacific Place

    This extravagant mall is five floors filled with high-quality shops, some standout restaurants and an eleven-screen movie theatre. Among the trendy retail outlets offering their wares: Tiffany & Co., Barneys New...

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    6. Elliott Bay Book Company

    What better way to pass the time on a rainy Seattle afternoon than browsing for that latest thriller or travel guide? You could do so online, but nothing beats that new-book smell. For that, you actually have to step...

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    5. REI

    Sure, there are multiple REI locations across the country these days, and of course you can shop for their gear online, but the Seattle location is a destination in itself. Whether you're gearing up for a planned...

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    4. Show Pony

    When shopping for female friends and family members, consider a charming, neighborhood shop that guarantees unique gift options that won't match anyone else's. This welcoming Fremont women's boutique in one of...

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    3. Pike Place Market

    Why not start your shopping adventure here? It could be argued quite persuasively that Pike Place Market is Seattle's heartbeat. Situated along the water, the market was originally founded to allow produce growers to...

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    2. Shops at the Bravern

    Occupying multiple levels on the basement, street and mezzanine of a massive combination Microsoft office tower-and-condo complex in downtown Bellevue, the Shops at the Bravern is tony and upscale to a fault. This...

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    1. Zara

    The hottest new store to hit Seattle's retail scene? Spain's beloved Zara finally comes to this West Coast town, making its debut in Westlake Center, not far from Pike Place Market and the heart of the city. The...

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About Seattle, WA Shopping

With a thriving public market, ethnic-enclave neighborhoods, tony shopping galleries, funky arts and crafts, and cultural diversity to spare, Seattle shopping is a wide-ranging proposition that’s sure to turn up unique finds. For the ultimate “only-in-Seattle” shopping, check out storied Pike Place Market, a historic community market with a wide selection of foods and produce, crafts, arts and antique. In Pioneer Square,  one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, the renovated storefronts in historic brick buildings now sell art, music, books, home decor, antiques, jewelry, and gifts. National chain retailers are dispersed among several different shopping destinations throughout the wider metro area and downtown, such as the City Centre, Westlake Center and Pacific Place. Several of the suburbs offer interesting shopping, too. Known for its free and artistic spirit, the funky Fremont neighborhood has numerous specialty stores and a weekly Sunday market that features a variety of used and vintage goods. On the other end of the spectrum, the relatively new, ultra-upscale Shops at the Bravern in Bellevue has brought luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus to the Northwest.

About John Ferri

A native of Tacoma, Washington - Seattle’s smaller sibling to the south - journalist John Ferri has lived everywhere in and around the Pacific Northwest. He started college in Bellingham, lived in the San Juan Islands, and finished college in Pullman, Washington, before living and working for a time in Spokane. He then moved to Florida, where he lived and...  Read more »

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