Seattle has a wonderful mixture of large department stores and smaller independent shops where you can always find something interesting. The best shopping is concentrated in downtown, belltown, and between Pike's Market and Pioneer Square.
No visit to Seattle would be complete without a stop at Pike's Market - even if you're not in the market for fish, fruit or flowers enjoy walking through.
Nordstrom 1617 6TH Ave
Nordstrom started in Seattle and has a huge flagship store downtown. The shoe department is the real gem in this store - expect to find brands like Prada, Gucci, Channel and more. The personal shopper department is their busiest - stop in for some personal attention.
Mario's Seattle 1513 6th Ave (206) 223-1461
High end men's and women's fashion. Expect to find Hugo Boss, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada and more.
222 Yale Ave N (206) 470-4020
Like Nordstrom, REI started in Seattle and has a flagship store just off of the Stewart Street exit of I5. This store has become a tourist destination in itself. Not only does it have gear for every imaginable sports activity, but it also has a huge multi-story climbing rock that literally stopped traffic on I-5 when it was first unveiled.
1115 1st Ave (206) 292-1767
You'll find lots to try on in this funky little shoe store between Pike's market and Pioneer Square.
Elliot Bay Bookstore 101 S. Main St (206) 624-6600
Forget the big chain stores and head to a store where the staff actually reads. Second in my heart only to Powell's (in Portland) it's easy to spend an hour or more browsing through the stacks at Seattle's largest independent bookseller.
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