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Best Seattle Neighborhoods for Stylish Local Shopping
Our go-to guide to the best locally owned clothing and accessory shops.
| September 2012
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Whether the cash is burning a hole in your pocket, you’re in desperate need of a designer date-night outfit or you just feel like gazing into pretty windows, at some point, you, ever the intrepid urban explorer, crave the small-town, boutique shopping experience: no-hassle (sometimes free) parking, a charming little main drag to stroll, shops with bells jingle-jangling as you open the front door and friendly owners behind the counter.
Thankfully, as a region defined by neighborhoods, the Seattle area is bursting with dozens of “small towns” with shops offering myriad clothing finds, luxurious shoes and colorful accessories wrapped in the embrace of charismatic city blocks.
From funky Fremont to refined Madison Park to old town Bellevue, we’ve sussed out the 15 best neighborhoods in which to while away an afternoon, with a go-to guide to the best locally owned clothing and accessory shops, and (secret) parking spots.
We’ve even added the enticements of special deals, gift ideas and beauty steals in each district.
Along the way, discover the fall’s latest accessory trends and designer labels to watch for as you shop.
Whether it’s combing for consignment finds in Kirkland or adventuring through world goods in the International District, pick your particular style poison, pop on your flats and revel in a grand shopping day out.