An uphill jaunt from the Space Needle, the Upper Queen Anne neighborhood marries an urban locale and sprawling city views with a small-town vibe. The area boasts more than just architectural eye candy, with Queen Anne Avenue featuring spunky homegrown boutiques and chic eateries. Take one-stop shop Queen Anne Dispatch (2212 Queen Anne Ave N; queenannedispatch.com), where you can snag anything from locally crafted jewelry to greeting cards—and mail them, too. There’s a certain European sensibility in Stuhlbergs’s (1801 Queen Anne Ave N; stuhlbergs.com) home accessories and even its large selection of children’s clothes and toys. Farther south, My Dressing Room (1817 Queen Anne Ave N, Ste C; mydressingroomboutique.com) houses a curated selection of high-end styles in an intimate space.
Downtown’s shopping core packs the big names into about a five-block radius. Here you’ll find the flagship Nordstrom (*500 Pine St; shop.nordstrom.com) store, a towering structure packed with all the latest styles and encompassing almost an entire city block. Mere steps away are two more full-scale shopping centers. Westlake Center (*400 Pine St; westlakecenter.com) offers a wide variety of shops, from the likes of fast-fashion leader Zara (zara.com), kitschy-cool dollar store Daiso Japan (daisollc.com), and natural beauty line Lush (lushusa.com). Pacific Place (*600 Pine St; pacificplaceseattle.com) adds higher-end shopping to the mix with Barneys New York (barneys.com) and designed-in-Seattle styles from 8telier (8telier.com).
There’s an air of cool at the intersection of Alaska Street and California Avenue. Known simply as “The Junction,” this spot in the West Seattle neighborhood is a blend of eclectic shops and cafes, where you can brush shoulders with families and hipsters alike. Sip a latte from neighborhood anchor Easy Street Records (4559 California Ave SW; easystreetonline.com) and peruse its selection of new and used vinyl. Functionality and style abound at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California Ave SW; clickdesignthatfits.com), a shop that showcases contemporary sundries and house-made jewelry. And for treasure hunters, the Antique Mall of West Seattle (4516 California Ave SW) is a mecca for all things bygone, from mink coats to random tchotchkes.
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