Nestled on top of Seattle’s tallest hill at 456 feet and neighboring Seattle Center, Queen Anne is a magnificent neighborhood with historic 19th century architecture and spectacular views of Seattle’s skyline. The area is a popular residential destination because of its thriving thoroughfare, Queen Anne Avenue North. This street is lined with trendy restaurants and bars, upscale hotels, eclectic boutiques, and a variety of coffeehouses. The Queen Anne neighborhood is split into two districts; lower Queen Anne, home to Queen Anne Avenue North, and upper Queen Anne, which is mostly residential.
Downtown Seattle may be the central area for shopping at popular chain and department stores, but it is in lower Queen Anne where a large cluster of independent businesses and boutiques can be found. There is an abundance of specialty stores such as Monkey Love Rubber Stamps, which stocks rubber stamps, of course, as well as ribbon, a variety of paper, and other crafty items; Once Upon A Time, a children’s boutique; and Rhinestone Rosie, a vintage women’s clothing store. Silver Platter, Easy Street Records, The Homing Instinct, Four Winds, and B-Bam! are unique stores as well.
Dining options abound here with over 100 restaurants, cafes, bars, and fast-food chains in lower Queen Anne. Some of the most popular destinations include Pagliacci Pizza, Dick’s Drive-In, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, The Melting Pot, Ozzie’s Diner, and Mecca Café. You can grab a cup of coffee and a pastry at TeaCup, El Diablo, Bustle, and, of course, Starbucks.
Browse the shelves of the many new-and-used book stores in Queen Anne that have a relaxing atmosphere not typically found in larger bookstores. If you are looking to find vintage, unique, and uncommon clothing stores, check out Pink Ginger, Meadow, Threadshow, My Dressing Room, and Adelita. These stores and others sell a variety of items, but specialize in men and women’s clothing.
Shopping in Queen Anne offers a chance to explore the local and independent businesses that give this neighborhood its reputation for being trendy and charming. Visiting this neighborhood also allows a glimpse of picturesque views that made this the premier residential area as Seattle took form.
- North of Seattle Center and south of Fremont neighborhood
- Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce: www.qachamber.org
- Go North Queen Anne Shopping Guide: http://www.gonorthwest.com/Washington/seattle/Queen_Anne/shopping.htm
- Queen Anne on Yelp: www.yelp.com