Whether you need a new outfit for your vacation or you're hoping to take home some of the city's latest high-end fashions, there are plenty of places to go near Seattle for shopping. 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. However, you may also want to check out Tacoma-area malls of the South Sound, including Tacoma Mall, South Hill Mall, and the huge Lakewood Towne 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, which tend to be more on the upscale side of shopping. However, you will also find many mall standards at Bellevue Square including restaurants like P.F. Chang’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and The Cheesecake Factory.
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, which is perfect if you're planning a Black Friday trip to Bellevue. Additionally, free parking on-site is another special perk that you will not find in many other Seattle shopping centers.
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 is 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, and you'll find even more options like Claim Jumper and the Cheesecake Factory nearby.
Pacific Place is located in downtown Seattle, not far from the Convention Center. With five levels of exceptional food, fashion, and fun, you're sure to find something you want to take home with you at this gorgeous mall.
It has the usual run of mall stores and a nice lineup of restaurants, including sit-down places like Il Fornaio, casual eateries like Johnny Rockets, and even a few decent coffee shops. If you're in the mood for a movie, catch a flick on the giant screens at the AMC Theater on-site. Alternatively, you can also usually catch a concert or event on a stage set up in the center of the mall throughout the year.
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 some upscale stores and unique restaurants. Popular stores at Westlake Center include Nordstrom Rack, Pandora, and Macy's as well as Seattle's flagship ZARA location while food vendors include Matcha Maiko, Pressed Juicery, and Lolli & Pops.
Known to many as a spot on the Monopoly Board, Pike Place Market is both a historical attraction and a shopping center in Seattle. In operation since 1907, this unique market offers visitors the chance to buy fresh produce, flowers, meats, and crafts or witness the famous fish throwers bringing in the day's catch. Iconic storefronts at Pike Place Market include Beecher's Handmade Cheese, which is well worth a stop, and you won't want to miss the daily farmer's market while you're there, either.
If you're hoping to spend the afternoon browsing through upscale boutiques in the comfort of a shopping center, head to The Shops at Bravern in Bellevue. This upscale shopping destination lacks the usual mall stores but makes up for it with dozens of boutique vendors and designer outlets including Neiman Marcus, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and more. Several cafes and restaurants are on-site such as Wild Ginger, so you can take a break from shopping to enjoy a casual cocktail with your lunch.
University Village is an outdoor shopping center just north of Seattle’s downtown core. Also known as U Village by locals, this small shopping destination is anchored by Crate & Barrel, Barnes & Noble, and a large Gene Juarez. However, the highlight of University Village is that it's the city's "only outdoor lifestyle shopping center," where you'll find locally-owned boutiques alongside signature retailers. This is a great shopping center for clothing, and there are a few places to eat here, too, including the famous Ram Restaurant.
Seattle Premium Outlets is the largest outlet mall in the Seattle area, and it has stores that meet just about anyone’s shopping needs. Be aware that some shops are labeled as outlets while some others have almost average retail prices. However, Seattle Premium Outlets feature one of the biggest arrays of designer labels you'll find in the area, with brands including DKNY, Coach, and Ralph Lauren among the stores represented. As an added bonus, you can end your day shopping next door at the Tulalip Casino.
The Landing is a large outdoor mall in Renton, Washington, divided by roads that make the venue feel more like a neighborhood of commerce than a shopping destination. 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, and there are also gyms, salons, and spas where you can go to get even more relaxed while you're on vacation.
Factoria Mall in Bellevue is not quite as polished as many other shopping centers in the Seattle area. However, if you seek an affordable mall for 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 and features a wide variety of department stores, name-brand outlets, and even a few discount stores. While you're there, eat at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers or the Dim Sum Factory, indulge in a cup of bubble tea from Boba T, are grab a coffee from one of the mall's two cafes.
Stores like IZOD, Coach, Under Armour, Factory Brand Shoes, and more offer very good deals and marked-down merchandise at this premium outlet mall in North Bend, Washington. Other shops at the North Bend Premium Outlets don’t seem much cheaper than non-outlet stores, but you should also browse the Banana Republic Factory Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Nike Factory Store, or Gymboree Outlet while you're there.
Convenient to those living in north Seattle, Northgate Mall is home to many affordable stores and 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 as well as a number of restaurants including Bluefin Sushi, Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Charley's Philly Steaks, Red Robin, and Prioshky Piroshky.
Another outdoor mall near Seattle, the Redmond Town Center is bookended by stores such as REI and Bed Bath & Beyond. A nice range of restaurants including Claim Jumper and Pinkabella Cupcakes provide for a respite from all the shopping you'll do here, and the mall occasionally hosts family-friendly events throughout the year. If you want to stay near the shopping action, both Marriott and Residence Inns are also located in the complex.
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