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Seattle shopping

Shopping in Seattle is not going to blow away fashionistas—the whole polar-fleece stereotype is kinda true—but cute boutiques have been popping up lately like so many fall mushrooms. Label-hounds should stick to Fifth Avenue and the surrounding blocks, where they'll find everything from Barneys and the flagship Nordstrom to Betsey Johnson. Belltown has more labels and high prices, along with a cluster of well-edited design stores. Capitol Hill, particularly the Pike–Pine corridor, is your best bet for hipster duds, vintage, and eclectic home decor. Fremont's assortment of shops includes both a bi-level vintage mart and one of the most expensive boutiques in the city. Ballard's lovely brick-building-lined shopping area has everything from pricey midcentury modern furniture to an apothecary. Other items to look for? Books—Seattle's passion for reading is strong enough to sustain one of the country's only two bookshops devoted to poetry. And, of course, food: Tempt the TSA by bringing home bottles of Washington wine, smoked salmon, and artisanal chocolates and cheeses.

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Alhambra, Seattle

This Moroccan-inspired space is a fitting showcase for unique women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories culled from established and up-and-coming international...more

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Asian Antiques, Seattle

Seattle is a port town, the end point for cargo ships chugging their way across the Pacific from Asia, so it's a prime spot to pick up antiques and other...more

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Chocolate Box, Seattle

The wine business has been cornered and premium coffee is old news,, so it was only a matter of time before Washingtonians found a new gourmet frontier to...more

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Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

You could easily spend hours here, wandering among the numerous wooden lofts and mezzanines piled high with books (more than 150,000 titles in all). The...more

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Juniper, Seattle

This loftlike boutique anchoring Madrona's quiet retail cluster sells high-fashion clothing with a conscience. In the hands of green designers like Stewart +...more

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Kuhlman, Seattle

An exceptional clothing store stocked with a wide selection of hip T-shirts, fine button-down shirts, and cult jeans for both men and women. Beyond...more

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REI, Seattle

REI's enormous flagship is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. You can try out the shop's astounding array of gear at various testing stations, such as the...more

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Sonic Boom Records, Seattle

This independent minichain knows rock 'n' roll. You won't find a better selection of Northwest artists and small, independent labels in the city. Listening...more

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Uwajimaya Village, Seattle

A highlight of the International District—a humongous grocery store and gift shop with good deals on Asian housewares, including beautifully glazed dishes,...more

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Velouria, Seattle

Designer Tes de Luna's label Zuzupop is sold in a dozen different boutiques from Seattle to Brooklyn. Her tiny Ballard storefront, Velouria, carries the first...more

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