One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the United States and one of the world's top 50 most visited attractions. Pike Place opened in 1907 as the city's first public market, expanding to keep up with its growing popularity as a convenient option for both shoppers and merchants. The market remains a veritable cornucopia of culinary and artisanal options, its crowded aisles and bustling halls thronged with customers jostled between vendors of fresh produce and gourmet eats, alongside fishmongers and craftsmen. The street level is dominated by the food and produce stalls, while the lower levels house a fantastic variety of shops including antique dealers, head shops, florists, and local artisans. A whirlwind of sights, sounds and aromas, Pike Place Market is nothing short of paradise for foodies and connoisseurs of unique wares.
Fremont, which up until 1891 used to be a city in itself, is now a neighborhood of Seattle bordered by others like Queen Anne and Ballard. The statue of Lenin and the Fremont Troll are two of the main attractions of this area, and there is lots more to see and do as well. If you're in the mood to shop, you would definitely like to check out the many, varied stores in the area. The Sunday street market is another highlight of the area.
Opened as a shoe store in 1901, Nordstrom is now one of the nation's leading fashion retailers, offering fine apparel and accessories for everyone in the family. Nordstrom Rack Downtown Seattle, located in Seattle's Downtown neighborhood, is surely a one stop destination for fashion lovers and shopaholics, with many brand names housed on their shelves. Shoes remain the specialty, with a huge selection that includes unusual sizes. Designer labels like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein fill the clothing racks. You're sure to find something suitable for every occasion.
Located about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle, immediately off Interstate 5, this mall features major department stores that include Nordstrom, the Bon Marche, Gottschalks and JC Penney, as well as a large variety of smaller retail shops. In addition, the mall has a large food court and a cinema with one of Seattle's largest screens. You can park the car for free and spend the day indoors without worrying about inclement weather.
Nestled in downtown, Westlake Center is a pure delight for any shopaholic. As you enter through the doors of this mall, you can wander around the light, airy floors and browse for clothing, books, jewelry and other accessories. From designer labels to department stores, all kinds of shops are housed under one roof. When hunger pangs set in, ride the escalators to the top floor and gorge on meals at the food court with its views of the city. This is a great place to spend a rainy day.
This independent bookstore is one of the best in the city. Its inventory boasts a fabulous range of books on Seattle and the Northwest, and if you're lucky you may come across limited editions or signed books. The bookstore also frequently hosts poetry readings, book signings and literary events for contemporary authors.