If you are going to visit Seattle (or live there) and want to know all the alternatives to go shopping, you are in the right place. Here we will talk about the best malls in Seattle. You will get to know the best of each one, what makes them special, their best shops, restaurants and more.
Best Malls in Seattle
Although the years go by and new malls open in Seattle, Southcenter continues to be the king in the city. None has taken it away from the throne of being the largest shopping center in Seattle, or the one with the most stores. And in addition to having many, the stores in this mall are great. There is a lot to choose from so no matter what your fashion style is or what you are looking for, you will surely find something that you like. And it will not be difficult to find something in stores like Uniqlo, Lucky Brand, Forever 21, Coach or Abercrombie & Fitch.
It is the only mall in Seattle that has four department stores: Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Sears. For all sports fans, there is one place you must visit in the mall: Seattle Team Shop. Here you can buy official products from all the professional sports teams in the city. Their alternatives to eat are so wide that you will have to spend a lot of time choosing between The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garde, BJ’s, Joey Kitchen and several others.
- Address: 2800 Southcenter Mall, Seattle, WA
- Other Stores: Aldo, Apple, Dr.Martens, FYE, H&M, Lululemon, MAC, Michael Kors, Papaya, Skechers, Soma
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 11AM to 7PM
The Shops at The Bravern
With so many malls in Seattle, how is it possible for one as small as The Shops at Bravern to stand out as one of the best in the city. The answer is very easy: it is one of the best designed as well as having several of the most famous luxury fashion brands. Although it suffered the closure of the Neiman Marcus department store, it still has several excellent stores. These are big European brands like the French Louis Vuitton and Hermès, two iconic firms in the world of fashion.
Also the best of Italian fashion is here with brands like Prada, Tod’s, Moncler, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Also in this mall you can go to the Olivers People eyewear store or the Omega watch store. And although the dining options are quite limited, here is John Howie Steak one of the best steakhouses in Seattle.
- Address: 11111 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 11AM to 7PM, Sunday 12PM to 6PM
A short walk from the previous mall you can reach Bellevue Square. It is another of the malls in Seattle with the best fashion brands and it is also larger than The Shops at Bravern. This shopping center does have department stores: Nordstrom and Macy’s. And there are also dozens of clothing stores, also with luxury brands such as Hugo Boss and Burberry. Highly prestigious brands such as Vince, Tory Burch, Ted Baker, Anthropologie, Johnny Was and Eileen Fisher also stand out. And if you don’t want to spend that much check out Nordstrom Rack, this particular store is considered to be one of the stores of its kind that has better products from major brands at a good price.
That’s not all, as there are also fast fashion brands (such as Uniqlo and Zara), as well as the best athleisure stores (including Lululemon, Fabletics and Athelta), among many others. This mall, which has been open since 1946, also has various entertainment options. You can watch a movie in the most comfortable way possible in a reclining chair at Cinemark Reserve or go bowling at Lucky Strike. Another of the best places that Bellevue Square has is Forum Social House, where you can not only have a drink or something to eat but also play mini golf.
- Address: 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
- Other Stores: Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple Store, Banana Republic, Coach, Ecco, Indochino, MaxMara, Suitsupply
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 11AM to 7PM
The Washington University area is also good for shopping. No matter if you are a student or just hanging out, you must go to University Village. Many consider it one of the best malls in Seattle because besides being pretty nice, it has excellent fashion brands as well as several locally owned stores and restaurants. Starting with clothing stores we have to talk about stores like Bonobos, Aritzia, Tommy Bahama, Brandy Melville and Scotch & Soda. That’s not all as there are also stores like Sundance (owned by actor Robert Redford and where you can buy clothing, jewelry and gifts from artisans and small businesses), the Apple Store or Kiehl’s.
Several furniture stores are here too, highlighting national chain stores such as Crate & Barrel (which also has its own CB2 store, which sells furniture with a more modern design), Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. If you get hungry, no problem, as there are excellent restaurants like Homegrown, Elemental Wood Fired Pizza or if you want Chinese food you should go to Din Tai Fung. To finish, go for a good ice cream at Frankie & Jo’s or Holly Moon’s or also for a cookie at Hello Robin.
- Address: 2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA
- Other Stores: Allbirds, Anthropologie, Evereve, GAP, H&M, Levi´s, Paper Source, Sephora, Vans
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM to 8PM, Sunday 11AM to 6PM
Shopping options are abundant in Alderwood, a big mall in Seattle which is more than 40 years old. It has three anchor stores: Nordstrom, Macy’s and JCPenney. There was also a Sears, but after its closure that area has been converted into a mixed-use development that will include, in addition to more stores, an apartment tower. At the time it opened it was just an indoor mall, but in recent years they have opened up outdoor areas like where Nordstrom and REI are. In the rest of the mall there are stores like Altar’d State, H&M, Miniso, White House Black Market, Urban Outfiters and the Lego Store.
If you want to support local businesses, you should go to the Made in Washington store. They sell a wide variety of products (all from small local producers) ranging from mugs, souvenirs and sweets to blown glass products and smoked salmon. Claim Jumper, The Cheesecake Factory or Anthony’s Seafood Grill are some of the places in this mall in Seattle where you can satisfy your hunger and savor delicious dishes.
- Address: 3000 184th St SW, Lynnwood, WA
- Other Stores: Build-a-Bear, Express, Hot Topic, J.Jill, Michael Kors, New Balance, Sephora, Victoria´s Secret, Zara
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 11AM to 8PM, Sunday 11AM to 7PM
The Marketplace at Factoria
Bellevue is one of the areas with the best malls in Seattle and its metropolitan area. But not everything is malls with luxury stores in this area since in addition to Bellevue Square and The Shops at Bravern there is another mall with stores where you can get very good discounts on clothes, shoes and accessories. Its name is The Marketplace at Factoria, a site where its various outlet stores stand out. The main ones are Nordstrom Rack and T.J.Maxx, two of the most famous options to get cheap clothes from good brands.
Also don’t forget to check out the Nike and Restoration Hardware outlet stores. The latter is one of the most famous furniture stores in the country and here you can get several discounted products. Another of the great attractions of this mall is Amazon Fresh. You can find fresh produce, meats, groceries and more and the best thing is that you can leave without going to the checkout, since the things you have put in your cart are charged directly to your Amazon account (plus there are several Alexa speakers all over the shop in case you can’t find something). And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, there’s also a Target and a Walmart.
- Address: 4055 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA
- Other Stores: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Famous Footwear, Old Navy, Torrid, Ulta Beauty
- Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM to 9PM, Sunday 11AM to 6PM
Best Outlets in Seattle
Seattle Premium Outlets
With more than 100 stores, the Seattle Premium Outlets are one of the favorite shopping destinations in this city. And it is that in one place you can find luxury brands, fast fashion clothing stores, sports brands, accessories stores, all with good discounts. If you’ve always wanted to buy clothes, a bag or shoes from one of the big luxury brands, this may be your chance since the Jimmy Choo, Armani, Burberry and Prada outlet stores are here.
The outlet also hosts other great brands such as Puma, Michael Kors, Lacoste, Coach, Ecco and AllSaints. One of the most popular stores in the outlet for children is the Disney Store Outlet where they can find stuffed animals, toys and clothing of their favorite characters. And if after an afternoon of shopping, you want to spend a fun afternoon, you can go to Tulalip Hotel & Casino. It’s right next to the outlet and is a great option if you want to gamble a bit or just go eat or have a drink at one of its many restaurants and bars.
- Address: 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA
- Other Stores: Asics, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Lucky Brand, The North Face, Tory Burch
- Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10AM to 7PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 8PM
The Outlet Collection
But if you are in the south of the city, there is no problem since there is another outlet in Seattle. The Outlet Collection is in Auburn, about a 40-minute drive from Downtown. It’s a bit smaller than the Premium Outlets but there are excellent fashion stores. Starting with the sports stores, in The Outlet Collection you can not only visit the Nike and Adidas stores but also have the outlet version of Dick’s Sporting Goods.
There are also the outlet stores of some of the most popular brands in the US such as Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, GAP and Guess. In case you are missing something to buy, you should visit the popular outlet stores Burlington and Nordstrom Rack. In both they sell products of various famous brands, also with excellent prices. One good thing about this outlet in Seattle is that unlike the Premium Outlets there are several places to eat including a food court and some national-chain restaurants such as IHOP, Red Robin and Wendy’s.
- Address: 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA
- Other Stores: American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kate Spade, Skechers
- Hours: Monday to Thursday 11AM to 8PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM to 8PM, Sunday 11AM to 7PM
Best Places to Go Shopping in Seattle
Downtown: Although there are many malls in Seattle, Downtown continues to be one of the traditional places to go shopping. There are not only good museums, restaurants and hotels but also several outstanding stores. The largest store in the area is Nordstrom. This department store chain is based in Seattle, and this is one of their biggest stores. Nearby are several others such as The North Face, Old Navy, AllSaints, Sephora and Nike.
Westlake Center: Also in Downtown is this small shopping center. There are very few stores but three stand out: Saks off Fifth, Nordstrom Rack and Zara. The first two are the outlet stores of the famous luxury department stores. They are good options to get offers, although there are not the luxury brands that you would find in your normal stores, there will be some designer brand products and at much lower prices. On the other hand, Zara is one of the most famous European fashion brands, thanks to its good and modern designs and not high prices.
Parkway Super Center: Very close to Westfield Southcenter, there is this other mall that, although it does not compare in number of stores or in size, does have several interesting businesses. They are mainly “big box stores” such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels, Best Buy and HomeGoods. It is also famous as it has several discount stores making it a good place to buy cheap clothes in Seattle. Another of its important stores is buybuyBaby, here you can buy everything a baby needs, be it strollers, diapers, toys and more.