Shopping in Seattle

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Seattle boutiques that specialize in locally-made gifts and clothing tend to focus on the sustainable and the outdoorsy, and the art is cerebral or d... Read More

Seattle boutiques that specialize in locally-made gifts and clothing tend to focus on the sustainable and the outdoorsy, and the art is cerebral or darkly funny. The most impressive stores sell hiking boots and mountain bikes, not fashion labels. But don’t think it’s just REI—the best shopping in Seattle includes Baby & Co., a store for adult women who lust after modern, minimalist designer pieces at high-end prices; Metsker Maps, devoted to the fine art of map-making; Watson Kennedy, the ideal emporium to stock your dream home; and Fran’s Chocolates for their world-famous salted caramels, which you might seek out for souvenirs, but are so irresistible you could end up polishing them off yourself.

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  • Archie McPhee

    Life's a joke at Archie McPhee, a store made for the prankster in everyone. This is where one goes to buy rubber chickens and crazy wigs, bacon-printed... Read More

  • Baby & Company

    Anyone looking for pacifiers and crib blankets here is be out of luck; this downtown boutique isn't for babies. Womenswear is its forte (think: Kenzo,... Read More

  • Elliott Bay Book Company

    In an era where physical book-buying seems to be on the wane—thanks to Seattle company Amazon, of course—this hometown independent bookstore is going... Read More

  • Filson

    Little has changed in Filson's products over a century; it's still the same hardy canvas and flannel, sewn into outdoor-ready gear. The vintage style... Read More

  • Fran's Chocolates

    Fran's salted caramels, sold in tidy little boxes tied with beautiful ribbon, have fans around the country, and in high places—President Obama is... Read More

  • Glasswing

    As the gift shop in Capitol Hill's chic Melrose Market, Glasswing specializes in high-end Northwest-inspired pieces, like smooth deerskin gloves and... Read More

  • Metsker Maps

    Anyone flying into Seattle might think Metsker looks familiar; it's one of the local shops with an outpost in the Seattle-Tacoma airport. At the main... Read More

  • Monster Art and Clothing

    Located on Ballard's busy main shopping street, Monster is a colorful collection of goofy paintings and fun t-shirts with a heavy presence of handmade... Read More

  • REI

    In the 1930s, a small group of Seattle adventurers grew frustrated by the difficult process of importing European sports equipment, so they formed... Read More

  • Watson Kennedy Fine Home

    Some stores are perfect when you need something specific; Watson Kennedy is for when you don't know what you need, but you want it to be lovely. Gifts... Read More

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