If it's time to get your shop on, there are plenty of places to go near Seattle. Seattle malls are located in areas as far north as Tulalip and as far south as Tukwila. Depending on what you're looking for, you might go for the large and varied Bellevue Square or the very upscale Bravern. No matter what kind of shopping you're looking for, Seattle has a mall or shopping center for you within a half-hour drive of the city center.
Bellevue Square is a fantastic shopping center for just about anyone. The mall is anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom, but there are literally hundreds of stores here. Stores tend toward being upscale, but you will find many mall standards here as well. Along with shopping, Bellevue Square is also a place to find restaurants. P.F. Chang’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and The Cheesecake Factory are just a sampling of the choices here.
Bellevue Square is part of the larger Bellevue Collection and connected via sky bridges to Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. There's even a hotel (Hyatt Regency) within the Bellevue Collection where you can stay within steps of the shopping... perfect for Black Friday in Bellevue. Another special perk that you will not find in Seattle shopping centers—parking is free.
Southcenter is one of the largest malls in the Puget Sound area. All the major department stores are here, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Forever 21, as are a large array of smaller shops that include many well-known name brands. The restaurant selection here is also among the best of any mall in the area with places like BJ’s, Duke’s, and a full food court. Close by are even more options like Claim Jumper and the Cheesecake Factory.
Pacific Place is located downtown and is not far from the Convention Center. Pacific Place has the usual run of mall stores and a nice lineup of restaurants from sit-down places like Il Fornaio to casual bites like Johnny Rockets to coffee shops. There is a full AMC Theatre here, too.
Westlake Center is located right in the middle of downtown Seattle, making it perfect for city shopping trips. During the holiday shopping season when the streets are twinkling with Christmas lights and decorations, Westlake can be an especially festive place to shop. Any other time of year, it is a great place to find unique restaurants and some upscale stores.
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Seattle’s quintessential shopping spot is, of course, Pike Place. Both a shopping center and a historical attraction, Pike Place Market has been in operation since 1907. Here, you will find fresh produce, flowers, meats, and the famous fish throwers. Iconic storefronts include Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, which is well worth a stop.
The Shops at Bravern are an upscale shopping destination. What you won’t find here are dozens of the usual mall stores. What you will find are Neiman Marcus, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and more. Several cafes and restaurants are on-site, such as Wild Ginger.
University Village is an outdoor shopping center just north of Seattle’s core. U Village is anchored by Crate & Barrel, Barnes & Noble, and a large Gene Juarez. This is a great shopping center for clothing. There are a few places to eat here, too, including the famous Ram restaurant.
This is the largest outlet mall in the Seattle area and has stores to meet just about anyone’s shopping needs. Do be aware that some shops are labeled as outlets and some have almost average retail prices. However, you will not find such an array of designer names in the area as you will here. DKNY, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and more make this a great place for a shopping outing. Bonus—next door is the Tulalip Casino.
The Landing is a large outdoor mall. Roads lead between the areas of The Landing, making it a neighborhood of commerce. Here you will find a theater, restaurants, stores, and even apartments if you want to live right in the heart of the action. Top shops include Fry’s, PetSmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Staples, and more. Restaurants range from Panda Express to The Rock. There are also gyms, salons, and spas to indulge in a massage.
Factoria Mall is not quite as polished as many other shopping centers in the Seattle area. However, if you seek an affordable mall to go back-to-school or holiday shopping, Factoria Mall can be a fine place to go. It is anchored by Target, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, DSW, and Nordstrom.
Stores like IZOD, Coach, Under Armour, Factory Brand Shoes, and more offer very good deals and marked-down merchandise. Other shops at North Bend don’t seem much cheaper than non-outlet stores. You should also browse the Banana Republic Factory Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Nike Factory Store, or Gymboree Outlet.
Northgate Mall is convenient to those living in north Seattle and has many affordable stores. The mall is anchored by Macy’s (until 2020), Nordstrom, DSW, and Forever 21. Northgate is not a huge mall, but has a fair number of mid-level stores.
Redmond Town Center is an outdoor mall. It is bookended by stores such as REI and Bed Bath and Beyond. A nice range of restaurants includes Claim Jumper and Pinkabella Cupcakes. Marriott and Residence Inns are located in the complex, too.