Shop Till You Drop Once Your Ship Pulls into Seattle's Port

Thanks to the location of Seattle's cruise ports near the downtown and Belltown neighborhoods, visitors can find a wealth of shopping gems within minutes of pulling ashore. While the residential Magnolia zone does not have many businesses, neighborhoods like downtown, South Lake Union and Queen Anne offer dozens of choices for those looking to pursue a little retail therapy. Other prime shopping neighborhoods (a bit farther from the cruise ports, but still accessible by taxi, Uber or bus) include Capitol Hill, Fremont and Ballard.

Downtown shops cover the gamut from clothing and art stores to souvenir hubs stocking local goods (like culinary treats–cheeses from Beecher's, chocolate-covered cherries, smoked salmon and more). Pike Place Market proves a great place to find a bit of everything (and to support local artisans), while shops up the hill cater to fashionistas and active folks wanting to get properly outfitted for the Great Outdoors. This list helps visitors find every vacation need from sportswear and beachwear to formalwear and Seattle-specific gem (been craving a "Frasier" t-shirt or "Sleepless in Seattle" nightgown? You're in luck!). Cruise passengers will also benefit from learning where to find a pharmacy, a camera shop and a couple spots where other vacation needs can be met. Shop on, cruisers! 

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Photo courtesy of Beecher's Handmade Cheese

In 2003, Kurt Beecher Dammeier put his passion for artisan cheese into action as he opened the first Beecher's shop in the heart of Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Visitors now delight in the store's tempting smells, tastes and sights...  Read More

Rite Aid Pharmacy
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This drugstore with pharmacy is conveniently located in Belltown, not far from the cruise ports. The store prides itself on offering everyday products and services to help families "lead healthier, happier lives." Although there are several...  Read More

Located beneath the clock in Pike Place Market, where a bordello once operated, Market Spice features an exquisite line of teas, including black, blended, flavored, loose-leaf and decaffeinated. Each tea is noted for its robust flavor and rich...  Read More

This shop is easy to find, hard to leave. Items featuring global flavors range from women's clothing and accessories to home decor merchandise like aromatic candles and exotic duvets. Find stunningly simple or delightfully intricate pieces for...  Read More

Betsey Johnson
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If you're seeking funky, high-fashion apparel, there's no better place to shop than at this hip establishment. Betsey Johnson is known for brightly-colored corsets and dresses, along with street-smart tops. A lot of fun party wear is available...  Read More

Simply Seattle
Photo courtesy of Simply Seattle

Looking for a souvenir or gift idea that really smacks of the Pacific Northwest? Gift baskets stocked with goodies, smoked salmon, Christmas ornaments, art prints, books, and specialty items are available from the folks at Simply Seattle....  Read More

Pike Place Market

Shop till you drop at one of the country's best-known markets. 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 sell...  Read More

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 and women, including PRADA and...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Patagonia

No doubt, Seattle is known for its outdoor enthusiasts and incredible scenery. This well-stocked supplier of outdoor clothing and camping gear has something for the entire family and makes sure that you experience the outdoors in comfort and...  Read More

Financial District
Pacific Place
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This extravagant mall is one of the city's newest. Five floors are filled with high-quality shops, excellent restaurants and an eleven-screen movie theater. Tiffany & Co., Barneys New York, J. Crew, and Williams-Sonoma only hint at the...  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

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