Seattle Shopping Proves as Eclectic and Unique as the City's Neighborhoods

Seattle’s renowned Pike Place Market is just a starting point for unique Northwest shopping finds. Here, local vendors sell beautiful, varied goods amongst the hustle and bustle of this invigorating bazaar. The region's Asian influence is on display and for sale in the International District, while progressive neighborhoods promote local arts and crafts.

Weekend markets prove a great way to check out some of the local talent; vendors' merchandise ranges from clothing and accessories to wall hangings, furniture (often made from the area's luscious wood) and eclectic art pieces for the home or office. Both Fremont and Ballard host Sunday markets that are well worth a visit (think delicious food and coffee plus exotic wares and wears to take with you).

Luxury goods are showcased in tony shopping gallerias both urban and suburban. Find luxurious malls downtown (Pacific Place and its surrounding streets) or out east in Bellevue. The recent arrival of Spain's ZARA has the downtown buzzing and promises to revitalize Seattle's core shopping zone. (Travel even farther to the suburbs to find more traditional malls offering a cornucopia of shopping choices.)

Whichever type of shopping scene you happen to fancy–sleek megastores or intimate boutiques, this town surely promises to deliver.

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

Financial District
Pacific Place
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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 York, J. Crew, Brookstone,...  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



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



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 into a book store. Seattle...  Read More

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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 hike at Mt. Rainier National...  Read More

Show Pony
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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 Seattle's most popular, artsy...  Read More

Pike Place Market
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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 sell directly to consumers....  Read More

Shops at the Bravern
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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 collection of high-end...  Read More



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 sleek European "fast fashion"...  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