Shop till You Drop at Seattle's Sprawling Malls and Intimate Boutiques

Go for convenience, accessibility and selection. Those are the perks of Seattle's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and experience tons of shopping success in the meantime. Local retail options range from high-brow to low-brow stores, along with food offerings, should you need a drink or a bite along the way. (Shopping, after all, can be a tiring sport!)

A great place to start to get an overview of available local goods: downtown's iconic Pike Place Market; here you'll find gifts for yourself or others that include crafts, jewelry, clothing and home decor goods made by local artisans as well as culinary treats representative of the region (think smoked salmon, bins of tea and chocolate-covered Rainier cherries). Afterward, consider heading to Seattle's quaint neighborhoods, where you'll get a dose of the local flavor along with your retail experience (head to Wallingford Center, the youthful and vibrant University District or the Asian-centric International District, for example). If you need a one-stop-shop complex in which to visit as many stores as possible in the shortest amount of time, head to malls in Everett or Northgate. Here you'll also find parking, restaurant options and sometimes even a cinema in which to unwind after the shopping's complete.  

Westfield Southcenter Shopping Mall

Westfield Southcenter calls itself "the Northwest's foremost destination for abundant choice." Think fashions, accessories and jewelry from a "premium blend of national and regional brands," all with a Northwest twist. One of the largest indoor...  Read More

Everett Mall is a 673,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor shopping mall located in Everett, Washington. The mall, planned in the late 1960s, began with the construction of two anchor stores--Sears and White Front. Today, shops range from Aeropostale,...  Read More

The International District, or the "ID," was originally settled in the 1880s by a group of Chinese railroad workers. Since that time, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures have come together to form the Asian-American district of...  Read More

The University District, as full of young faces as you would expect, features plenty of shopping venues, restaurants, cafés, and cultural centers. The area was also the site of the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition in 1909; a few of the buildings...  Read More

Financial District
Pacific Place
Photo courtesy of subactive_photo

In the heart of downtown, Seattle, 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.,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Show Pony

Entering this neighborhood, you're greeted by a sign that says, "Welcome to the Center of the Universe." Thanks to its bohemian culture, Fremont is often considered a sister to Paris's Left Bank. Some of Seattle's most famous public artwork can...  Read More

Featuring anchor stores Nordstrom, Macy's, and JCPenney, as well as more than 60 specialty shops, Northgate is one of the area's more popular malls. Broad corridors and a wide-open central atrium, punctuated by high white columns and...  Read More

Wallingford Center
Photo courtesy of Wallingford Center

Wallingford Center carries the tagline "Life's necessities and little luxuries." This venue offers a pleasant and intimate shopping experience (in a former schoolhouse) and features more than 17 local and regionally based retail boutiques, many...  Read More

Pike Place Market

It could be argued quite persuasively that Pike Place Market is Seattle's heartbeat. Sure, it's on everyone's must-see list, but believe us, it's worth the hype. Situated along the water, the market was originally founded to allow produce...  Read More

The hub of the Seattle's University District shopping scene, University Village is an attractive open-air complex that features popular hometown outdoor clothier Eddie Bauer along with chains such as Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn, Crate...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

comments powered by Disqus

Build your own lists that you can easily reference or share stories with your friends.

Login ×

Forgot login/password?
Don't have an account? Create Your Account!

Enter your username or email in the box below and click
"Remind Me".

Remind Me ×
Create Account ×
Create Account ×

Already have an account?

Add to List ×
Save ×

Go to Lists Close Window ×