The Best Places to Shop in Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle offers many great shopping opportunities for visitors. You have everything from shopping centers filled with well-known high-end retailers to the eclectic and funky mix found at Pike Place Market. Here are my top picks for places to shop in downtown Seattle.
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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 Market contains so many shops, stalls, eateries, galleries, and service providers that it is impossible to see everything in a single visit. Everyone enjoys wandering among the lavish displays of colorful flowers, plump produce, and fresh seafood that are found throughout the market.

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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
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    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. The downtown station of the Seattle Monorail and a major bus and light rail transit center are both located at Westlake Center. The blocks adjacent to Westlake Center include major department stores Nordstrom and Macy's and ​many other major clothing and sporting good retailers.

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    Located in Seattle's International District, Uwajimaya Village features Asian groceries, goods, food, and gifts. Uwajimaya's food court, particularly popular at ​lunch time, offers some of Seattle's favorite takeout. You'll also find a Kinokuniya Bookstore, Paris Miki Optical, and Savvy Cosmetics.

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    The historic downtown neighborhood of Pioneer Square is a great shopping destination for art lovers. You'll find excellent art galleries as well as a selection of antique stores. Pioneer Square is also home to a variety of unique boutiques and funky shops.