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There is no shortage of shopping in Seattle. Downtown blends major department stores and small boutiques, while smaller neighborhoods offer independently-owned shops. The crown jewel of downtown shopping centers is Pacific Place, with its shops, restaurants, and cinema. The lively Pike Place Market sells items from 190 businesses.

Shopping in Seattle

Archie McPhee

Pop culture reigns at this 1983 Seattle shopping landmark. More than 10,000 items (everything from wacky toys to novelty items) are on sale from 5 cents to $1,000.

2428 NW Market St., WA, 206-297-0240,
Tags: family | shopping | souvenirs


Lefse and lutefisk vendors have been replaced by such hip shops as Blackbird (a men’s clothing boutique) and Re-Soul (Euro-footwear for men and women). Sonic Boom Records carries new and used records and CDs.

Ballard, WA,
Tags: shopping | trendy | local favorite | walking district

Fran's Chocolates

One of the nation's top chocolatiers (the First Family are devotees), Fran Bigelow has handcrafted her confections for more than two decades. She recently opened an elegant, Parisian-style shop in the Four Seasons Seattle.

1325 1st Ave., WA, 800-422-3726,
Tags: shopping | chocolate


This is the flagship store of the Seattle retailer, complete with a piano player on the main floor, two restaurants, and a coffee bar. After shopping, pop into Spa Nordstrom for a pedicure.

500 Pine St., WA, 206-628-2111,
Tags: family | shopping | expensive | things to do | department store

Peter Miller – Architectural & Design Books & Supplies

You don’t have to be an architect to shop this classy bookstore – Miller will assess what you’re looking for and steer you to the right shelves.

1930 First Ave., WA, 206-441-4100,
Tags: shopping | moderate | books


REI’s flagship store is also one of Seattle’s top attractions. In addition to all the outdoorsy apparel and gear, there’s a mountain bike test trail and a 65-foot climbing wall.

222 Yale Ave. N, WA, 206-223-1944,
Tags: family | shopping | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | adventure

West Edge

Sandwiched between Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, this area focuses on women’s clothing and specialty shops. Visit two of our First Avenue favorites: fashion-forward Tulip and Medici Ming Fine Paper.

Downtown, WA,
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | walking district

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