Shop Around at Seattle's Sprawling Malls, Charming Centers & 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-end to more casual stores, along with food offerings, should you need a drink or a bite along the way to refuel.

A great place to start for 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 Bellevue, 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.  

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Wallingford Center
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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

Financial District
Pacific Place
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In the heart of downtown Seattle, this extravagant mall features 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

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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. This collection of high-end merchants and...  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 traditional shopping malls. Broad corridors and a wide-open central atrium, punctuated by high white...  Read More

Pike Place Market
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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



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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