The Best Places to Shop in Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle offers many great shopping opportunities for visitors. If you're planning a vacation to this Washington city and are looking for a place to pick up some new clothes, home goods, or local craft in the downtown neighborhood, be sure to check out these shopping centers, malls, and farmer's markets.

With everything from shopping centers filled with well-known high-end retailers to the eclectic and funky mix found around the Pioneer Square neighborhood, downtown Seattle is a shopping haven for the Pacific Northwest.

While most of these markets and shopping centers are open year-round, several of them close for certain holidays. Be sure to check each venue's website for hours of operation, directions, and parking information before you plan your shopping trip.

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    Shoppers at Seattle's Pike Place Market © Angela M. Brown (2008)
    Shoppers at Seattle's Pike Place Market. Shoppers at Seattle's Pike Place Market

    Covering over 9-acres, the Pike Place Market contains so many shops, stalls, eateries, galleries, and service providers that it is impossible to see everything in a single visit. Pike Place is one of the oldest continually-operating farmer's markets in the United States and was originally opened in 1907. The Market is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, so you can enjoy wandering among the lavish displays of colorful flowers, plump produce, and fresh seafood that are found here almost any time of year.

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    Uwajimaya Asian Food & Gift Market in Seattle.

    Located in Seattle's International District, Uwajimaya Village features Asian groceries, goods, food, and gifts. Uwajimaya's food court is particularly popular at lunchtime and offers some of Seattle's favorite takeout menus from places like Aloha Plates, Beard Papa's Cream Puffs, and Tako Kyuuban Takoyaki. You'll also find a Kinokuniya Bookstore (Japan's largest literary retailer), Paris Miki Optical, and Savvy Cosmetics.

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    Shops at Pacific Place © Angela M. Brown (2008)
    Shops at Pacific Place. Shops at Pacific Place

    Pacific Place is located at 6th and Pine, making it a convenient place for business travelers in town for a conference at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center. Your shopping options include Kate Spade New York, Tiffany & Co., and Barneys New York. In addition to several stories of high-end shopping, Pacific Place has a movie theater and several great restaurants, such as Il Fornaio and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

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    Westlake Center
    Westlake Center

    Westlake Center offers multiple levels of shopping and a great food court. The shops include nationally-known retailers like Zara and Pandora as well as local boutiques and gift shops such as Made in Washington and Fireworks. Additionally, the downtown station of the Seattle Monorail and a major bus and light rail transit center are both located at Westlake Center. In 2018, Westlake began a major multi-level renovation that will bring new amenities, shops, and restaurants—including a brand new food court—to the Center over the course of several years.

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    Pioneer Square. Eater Seattle

    The historic downtown neighborhood of Pioneer Square is a great shopping destination for art lovers. Home to the first art walk in the United States, which still happens every first Thursday of the month, Pioneer Square has served as a cultural meeting point for Seattle residents since its establishment in 1852. Here, you'll find excellent art galleries as well as a selection of antique stores, and Pioneer Square is also home to a variety of unique boutiques and funky shops.

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    Melrose Market in Seattle. Melrose Market

    Located on Seattle's Capitol Hill just a few blocks away from the downtown shopping district, Melrose Market is an indoor collection of restaurants, retailers, and event spaces. You could spend a whole day browsing through the local vendors and enjoying Northwestern favorite foods. At Melrose Market, you can buy locally-made home goods at Butter Home, enjoy a cocktail at Still Liquor, or dine at chef Matt Dillon's Sitka and Spruce.