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.
Here, where the streets of downtown's business district angle down around Elliott Bay to the south, are the flatlands where Seattle was first built. Nightclubs, art galleries, tourist shops, design firms and restaurants dominate Pioneer Square. The area's First Thursday art walk draws huge crowds to the studios, galleries and street performers, and the nightclubs keep the neighbourhood buzzing with activity till wee hours of the morn'. The kitschy Underground Tour explaining Seattle's early history is a perennial tourist favorite, as is the more sober Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which details the Yukon gold fever that made Seattle richer. Yesler Way, which slices the neighbourhood in half, has a footnote in history as the original "skid row". There are also several small parks in the area, including the quiet Waterfall Park, the shady cobblestones of Occidental Park, and the totem-pole decorated triangle at First and Yesler, Pioneer Place Park. The neighbourhood also marks the popular shopping destination of the city, famous for all kinds of knickknacks such as tapestries, rare artworks, books and what-nots!
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.
Show Pony is a very trendy fashion store aimed at reaching out to the vivacious divas who love to dress up in full swagger. Pick from an exhausting collection of dresses, tops, trousers, skinny jeans and more. You can also find a bunch of funky accessories such as eye wear, earrings, necklaces, belts and scarves. This have-it-all chic fashion store will wow you with its clothing options available at a great price.
Located in the bookstore-rich University District, this old shop buys and sells general, scholarly and academic used books. Look for complete sets by single authors, encyclopedia sets and other keepsake volumes. Magus Books buys and trades around 1000 used books each week, so it's always a new adventure to see what you can find. The staff will also do a personal search for your desired book if you email them with your request. The shop has specific book buying hours and private libraries and collections by appointment.
K. Alan Smith Jeweler is a personalized, intimate jewelery salon far from the usual and offers a large and we mean large, and a beautiful array of assorted jewelery boasting of remarkable craftsmanship. Situated away from the hustle bustle of a mall, this salon is on the 9th floor of The Joshua Green Building, that immediately takes you a step closer to a glittering paradise! For diamonds, rare gem stones, wedding rings, new and antique timepieces, this place offers the most intimate setting to make your selection with utmost care. Definitely not your run-off-the mill jewelry store, this place offers extremely friendly, unhurried service, as the staff help you choose just the right item according to your budget.
As the name Ye Olde Curiosity Shop suggests, this place heightens your curiosity before you even step in. After all, it has been acknowledged as a "must visit" store by National Geographic, Vogue Magazine and many others. You can easily spot a gift for your friend or something to decorate your house with. Just browse through the Northwest native art, as well as souvenirs, jewelry and memorabilia from around the world. Don't be shocked to find mummies, shrunken heads or some totemic art.
The Raven's Nest Treasure has been there since 1989. It shelves authentic and rare native art that one would love to display in their homes. Their collection ragens from hand painted toys to sculpted animal bones.
Located on Seattle's coastline, Seattle Antiques Market is a haven for an antiquarian. Founded in 1978 by Ken Eubank, this store offers a variety of essential antiques, ranging across, wardrobes, sofa sets, coffee tables, trunks, vanity tables and more. They also offer beautiful adornments like vases and counter pieces, that will add to the beauty of your room. Their range of collectables from the 1800s and early 1900s accompanied by the amicable service, makes this a wonderful place to stop by for antiques or just to browse through their shelves.
Made in Washington offers a selection of souvenirs special to Washington and the Northwest. Examples of products include Blown Art gifts, jewelery and books. There is also a nice selection of food products, including artisan chocolates, smoked salmon products and gourmet foods. Made in Washington is also especially known for their gift baskets.