The streets of the Chinatown-International District offer a glimpse into Seattle’s past—and the many shops lining them abound with a diversity that reflects its residents. Take (1) Uwajimaya (*600 Fifth Ave S; uwajimaya.com), a one-stop shop for groceries, Asian munchies, and imported trinkets. The neighborhood staple also houses (2) Kinokuniya Books (525 S Weller St; kinokuniya.com), which offers an astonishing collection of Asian-language books, fashion magazines, and the like. East meets West in homey boutique (3) Momo (600 S Jackson St; momoseattle.com), stocked with pieces from local lines like Prairie Underground as well as styles fresh off Parisian runways. And next door, (4) KOBO (602-608 S Jackson St; koboseattle.com) boasts a selection of contemporary home goods and vintage Japanese wares.
Under the shadow of the Space Needle, the ever-chic Belltown neighborhood boasts a staggering range of goods, from trademark names to high-end frames. Start with (1) Moorea Seal (2523 Third Ave; mooreaseal.com), the brick-and-mortar store from the Pinterest phenomenon of the same name. Seal’s namesake boutique is dotted with tiny air plants, cowhide clutches, and geode-strewn necklaces. A few blocks south, (2) Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique (2121 First Ave, Ste 101; sellyoursoleconsignment.com) isn’t afraid to name names—Jimmy Choo, Prada, and Alexander Wang, that is. Some frocks run for little more than $100. Strides away, (3) Ottica (2025 First Ave; otticaseattle.com) is happy to match one of its Japanese or European sunglasses perfectly to your face.
Locals have a reason for calling Fremont the “Center of the Universe.” Filled with eclectic boutiques, this neighborhood has a quirky, seductive atmosphere that draws visitors and locals alike. Start at (1) Pipe + Row (611 N 35th St; pipeandrow.com), a beautiful space stocked with price-conscious threads that transcend trends. On either side, find sister stores (2) Essenza (615 N 35th St; essenza-inc.com) and (3) Les Amis (3420 Evanston Ave N; lesamis-inc.com). While Essenza allows shoppers to mix scents until they discover their perfume nirvana, Les Amis offers a high-end shopping experience that’s as cozy as it is luxe. For treasure hunters, the (4) Fremont Vintage Mall (3419 Fremont Pl N; fremontvintagemall.com) is an outpost for all things bygone, from taxidermy to tchotchkes.
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