Scattered among the massive skyscrapers, office, and apartment buildings ,dozens of fashion boutiques and brand-name stores line the avenues and streets of downtown Seattle. Wander the streets and window shop from the sidewalk. The best boutiques can be found while strolling to and from various stores. Or if you prefer to shop indoors to escape the rain, stop by the Westlake Center, Rainier Square, or Pacific Place – all with great retail variety.
Brand-name clothing stores such as Urban Outfitters, Gap, Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, Niketown, Old Navy, or H&M can be found in the retail core of Seattle, between 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street to 7th Avenue and Yeslery Way. There are also quite a few designer fashion stores such as Betsey Johnson, AllSaints, Free People, Sway & Cake, and Barney’s New York.
Neighboring the Olympic Fairmont Hotel on Fifth Avenue, the Rainier Square shopping mall offers a handful of quality clothing stores, including Brooks Brothers, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Nancy Meyer Fine Lingerie, St. John Boutique, Gucci and Louis Vitton. Along Fifth Avenue moving toward the center of the retail core, visitors can find more intimate boutiques, as well as more recognizable brands like Aldo Shoes, Anthropologie, and Clutch.
Pacific Place Shopping Center is an indoor shopping area with a variety of stores, restaurants, an AMC Movie Theater, and an underground parking garage. This shopping center also has a sky bridge that connects to the flagship Nordstrom store and the Nordstrom Café, which is perfect for wet, rainy days. Pacific Place has three floors of retail shops that range from high-end designer to everyday casual apparel while the fourth floor holds a selection of restaurants offering anything from Thai food to Mexican to all-American burgers. The retail stores branch from Express, Coach, MaxMara, J. Crew, Williams-Sonoma, Michael Kors and Ann Taylor, to Helly Hansen, Restoration Hardware, L’Occitane, Tiffany & Co, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
If you are heading down to the Pike Place Market, don’t forget to stop by Macy’s, a building is seven stories tall that takes up an entire city block. Nordstrom Rack, Columbia Sportswear, Border, and Ross, as well as smaller boutiques, such as De Medici Ming Fine Paper, Metsker Maps, Schmancy, and Left Bank Books Collective, are located in this area, too.
Across the street from Macy’s, is the Westlake Center shopping mall hosting dozens of retail stores and a large food court. The mall also provides access to the Seattle Monorail, which runs between Seattle Center and downtown Seattle, and the King County Metro bus tunnel. Unique stores inside the Westlake Center that cannot be found in other parts of Seattle include Fireworks Gallery, Bad Reputation, Daiso Japan, Made in Washington, and Tibetan Gift Shoppe. The food court, located on the top floor, consists of Thai, Italian, BBQ, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese Indian, and American fast food chains. And if those worldy choices don’t satisfy your appetite, sneak a treat at Candy Tyme, Mrs. Fields Cookies, or Bobachine after your meal.
- Pacific Place Shopping Center: Monday through Saturday: 9:30am to 9pm, Sunday: 10am to 7pm
- Westlake Center: Monday through Saturday: 10am to 8pm, Sunday: 11am to 6pm
- Rainier Square: www.rainier-square.com/index.aspx
- Pacific Place: www.pacificplaceseattle.com/home.aspx
- Westlake Center: www.westlakecenter.com
- Downtown Seattle Shopping Guide: www.nwsource.com/shopping/guides/neighborhoods/downtown.html