Antiques & Collectibles
If antiques are your passion, don't miss the opportunity to spend a day browsing the many antiques stores in the historic farm town of Snohomish, roughly 30 miles north of Seattle. The town has hundreds of antiques dealers and is without a doubt the antiques capital of Washington state.
The Pioneer Square area is Seattle's main gallery district, and anyone interested in art should be sure to wander south of Yesler Way. Note: Some galleries are closed on Monday.
You'll find more than a half-dozen Barnes & Noble locations in the metro area, including one downtown in the Pacific Place shopping center at 600 Pine St. (tel. 206/264-0156). A Borders is downtown at 1501 Fourth Ave. (tel. 206/622-4599).
Coffee & Tea
All over the city, on almost every corner, you'll find espresso bars, cafes, and coffeehouses. And even though you can get coffee back home, you might want to stock up on whatever local coffee turns out to be your favorite. If you're a latte junkie, you can even make a pilgrimage to the shop that started it all: the Pike Place Market Starbucks that was once the only Starbucks in the world.
The Northwest is a magnet for skilled craftspeople, and shops all around town sell a wide range of high-quality and imaginative pieces. At Pike Place Market, you can see what area craftspeople are creating and meet the artisans themselves.
In addition to the special stores in our listings, you'll find quite a few familiar names in downtown Seattle, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Eddie Bauer, and Gap.
Pike Place Market is Seattle souvenirs central, with stiff competition from the Seattle Center and Pioneer Square areas.
Unique artist-crafted jewelry can be found at Ragazzi's Flying Shuttle. And Fremont's Frank and Dunya.
If you think that the fish at Pike Place Market looks great but that you could never get it home on the plane, think again. Any of the seafood vendors in Pike Place Market will pack your fresh salmon or Dungeness crab in an airline-approved container that will keep it fresh for up to 48 hours. Alternatively, you can buy vacuum-packed smoked salmon that will keep for years without refrigeration.
Because the relatively dry summers, with warm days and cool nights, provide an ideal climate for growing grapes, Washington has become one of the nation's foremost wine-producing states. After you've sampled some Washington vintages, you might want to take a few bottles home.
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