Newcomer's Handbook Seattle

Shopping for the Home

Shopping is good in Seattle and made even better in recent years with the addition of upscale stores to newly remodeled malls and shopping squares. Bellevue Square and University Village in particular have become destinations for the fashionable and affluent. Seattle’s downtown shopping core also has been made more cosmopolitan with the arrival of stores like AllSaints Spitalfields, Coach, and Tiffany & Co. Heady espresso stands, swank cocktail lounges, and trendy eateries complete the day out. Most of the shopping locations listed in this chapter are found in Seattle or in nearby towns such as Lynnwood, Tukwila or the Eastside, but some may be in surrounding communities just a bit farther away, like the bargain-filled outlet malls in North Bend and Mount Vernon. Unless otherwise noted, all of the following are Seattle addresses.

Shopping Districts

While nearly every neighborhood in Seattle has its own small retail core, the following Seattle districts are well known for their shopping opportunities.

  • If you are in a spending mood, some of the best shopping downtown can be found in and around the soaring Pacific Place mall at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Pine Street, and just west is the equally impressive Nordstrom flagship store. Westlake Center at 4th Avenue and Pine Street offers four floors of shopping and dining as well as a popular outdoor plaza. For over a decade this area of downtown has been undergoing a concerted and expensive retail makeover as many upscale, locally owned retailers, as well as big names in international fashion and entertainment, have located here.
  • Originally a simple farmers’ market, the popular and famous Pike Place Market is located downtown at 1st Avenue and Pike Street. In addition to the traditional fish, meats, fruits and vegetables, stalls are filled with local arts, crafts, flowers, teas, and clothing. Surrounding the marketplace, unique clothing shops, gardening and home decorating stores, antique malls and importers share space with tiny restaurants and fragrant bakeries.
  • Located at the north end of Fremont Bridge, the Fremont shopping district is known for unique boutiques, vintage clothing stores, funky bakeries, and the Theo Chocolate factory. Fremont is a great location to visit for a strong cup of coffee and enjoyable windowshopping. Every Sunday the Fremont Market offers a European-style flea market that attracts treasure hunters from all over the city.
  • Capitol Hill’s busy Broadway shopping district runs along Broadway, from East Roy Street to Madison Street. Usually crowded until late at night, the district has almost as many restaurants, cafés, and bakeries as retail stores. Shops cater to a young crowd, with several new and used music stores, bookstores such as the popular Half-Price Books, costume jewelry and bead shops, tattoo and body-piercing parlors, movie theaters, and funky clothing stores.

Malls

Most Seattle-area malls offer a combination of shopping options, from reasonably priced, practical stops, to high-end department stores, to one-of-a-kind boutiques—though not much in the way of discount stores. In the last decade, specialty retailers and popular national chains replaced many of the malls’ bargain-oriented shops and dollar stores, which are now often located outside the malls.

  • Alderwood Mall, I-5 and Alderwood Mall Blvd; 184th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-771-1121, alderwoodmall.com
  • Bellevue Square, NE 8th St and Bellevue Way; 302 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-454-8096, bellevuesquare.com
  • Crossroads Shopping Center, NE 8th St and 156th Ave NE; 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, 425-644-1111, crossroadsbellevue.com
  • Everett Mall, I-5 and Everett Mall Way; 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, 425-355-1771, everettmall.org
  • Lakewood Towne Center, 5731 Main St SW, Lakewood, 253-584-6191, shoplakewoodtownceter.com
  • Marketplace @ Factoria, I-405 and I-90; 4055 Factoria Mall SE, Bellevue, 425-641-8282, factoriamall.com
  • Northgate Mall, I-5 and Northgate Way; 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, 206-362-4778, northgateshoppingctr.com
  • Pacific Place, 6th Ave and Pine St; 600 Pine St, Seattle, 206-405-2655, pacificplaceseattle.com
  • Redmond Town Center, NE 74th St and 164th Ave NE; 7525 166th Ave NE, Redmond, 425-867-0808, shopredmondtowncenter.com
  • Tacoma Mall, 4502 S Steele St, 253-475-4566, simon.com
  • The Commons at Federal Way (formerly Sea-Tac Mall), S 320th St and Pacific Highway S; 1928 S Commons, Federal Way, 253-839-6156, tcafw.com
  • University Village, 25th Ave NE and Montlake Ave NE; 2673 NE University Village St, Seattle, 206-523-0622, uvillage.com
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter (formerly named and still referred to as the Southcenter Mall) , I-5 and I-405; 2800 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, 206-246-7400, westfield.com/southcenter
  • Westlake Center, 4th Ave and Pine St; 400 Pine St, Seattle, 206-467-1600, westlakecenter.com

Factory Discount Stores and Outlet Malls

Great bargains can be found in factory discount stores, which often stock overruns and imperfect goods. Pay attention to price and merchandise quality. Most of these malls are quite a drive from Seattle, so check the locations on a map or call ahead for directions before you leave the city.

Warehouse Stores

Warehouse stores now offer good deals on just about anything, from clothing and groceries to furniture and appliances. One caveat: you have to buy many items in bulk, so unless you have room for 36 rolls of toilet paper… Both of the warehouse chains listed here have membership requirements; call for more details.

  • Costco, 4401 4th Ave S, 206-674-1220; 1175 N 205th St, 206-546-0480; 10200 19th Ave SE, Everett, 425-379-7451; 35100 Enchanted Parkway S, Federal Way, 253-874-3652; 3900 20th St E, Fife, 253-719-1950; 1801 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, 425-313-0965; 8629 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, 425-827-1693; 19105 Hwy 99, Lynnwood, 425-640-7700; 1201 39th SW, Puyallup, 253-445-7543; 10000 Mickelberry Rd NW, Silverdale, 360-692-1140; 2219 S 37th St, Tacoma, 253-475-5595; 400 Costco Dr, Tukwila, 206-575-9191; 24008 Snohomish-Woodinville Rd SE, Woodinville, 425-806-7700, costco.com
  • Sam’s Club, 13550 Aurora Ave N, 206-362-6700; 1101 Super Mall Way, Auburn, 253-333-1026; 901 S Grady Way, Renton, 425-793-7443, samsclub.com

Department Stores

Nordstrom (not Nordstrom’s) originated in Seattle, and still dominates the local market for high-end clothing and shoes. However, Seattle offers many alternatives for both home and personal shopping. A few of the largest stores are here:

  • Macy’s, 1601 3rd Ave, 206-506-6000; 7400 166th Ave NE, Redmond, 425-498-6000; Alderwood Mall, 425-712-6000; Bellevue Square, 425-688-6000; Northgate Mall, 206-440-6000; Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter, 425-656-6000, macys.com
  • Nordstrom, 500 Pine St, 206-628-2111; Alderwood Mall, 425-771-5755; Bellevue Square, 425-455-5800; Northgate Shopping Center, 206-364-8800; Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter, 206-246-0400; Tacoma Mall 253-475-3630; nordstrom.com
  • JC Penney, Alderwood Mall, 425-771-9555; Bellevue Square, 425-454-8599; Northgate Shopping Center, 206-361-2500; Puyallup, 253-845-6669; Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter, 206-246-0850; Tacoma Mall, 253-475-4510; jcpenney.com
  • Sears Roebuck & Co., 76 S Lander, 206-344-4830; 15711 Aurora Ave N, 206-364-9000; Everett, 425-355-7070; Federal Way, 253-529-8200; Lynnwood, 425-771-2212; Puyallup, 253-770-5700; Redmond, 425-644-6749; Tukwila, 206-241-3400, sears.com

Discount Department Stores

Discount chains, such as Kmart, Target, and Walmart, do business throughout the Seattle area. Check the Yellow Pages or online for the nearest location of your favorite. Below are a few of the discount department stores in the region.

  • Fred Meyer, 18325 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, 206-546-0720; 100 NW 85th St, 206-784-9600; 915 NW 45th St, 206-297-4300; 13000 Lake City Way NE, 206-440-2400; 2041 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-865-8560; 14300 1st Ave S, Burien, 206-433-6411; 12221 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, 425-820-3200, fredmeyer.com
  • Kmart, 13200 Aurora Ave N, 206-363-6319; Everett, 425-353-8103; Kent, 253-852-9071; Tacoma, 253-752-3584, 253-531-6824; kmart.com
  • Marshalls, 15801 Westminster Way N, 206-367-8520; 2600 SW Barton St, 206-933-3055; Lynnwood, 425-771-6045; Redmond, 425-644-2429; Renton, 425-203-9177; marshallsonline.com
  • Ross Dress for Less, 301 Pike St, 206-623-6781; 13201 Aurora Ave N, 206-367-6030; 330 NE Northgate Way, 206-364-2111; Bellevue, 425-644-2433; Everett, 425-356-9970; Federal Way, 253-941-2122; Kent, 253-852-6442; Kirkland, 425-814-9798; Issaquah, 425-313-9616; Tukwila, 206-575-0110, rossstores.com
  • Sears, multiple locations, sears.com
  • Target, 302 NE Northgate Way, 206-494-0897; 2800 SW Barton, 206-932-1153; Bellevue, 425-562-0830; Everett, 425-353-3167; Federal Way, 253-733-7520; Issaquah, 425-392-3357; Kent, 253-850-9710; Lynnwood, 425-670-1435; Redmond, 425-556-9533; Renton, 425-207-0067; Tukwila, 206-575-0682; Woodinville, 425-482-6410, target.com
  • T.J Maxx, 11029 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-363-9511; Bellevue, 425-373-0071; Edmonds, 425-774-5001; Woodinville, 425-398-0714; Everett, 425-348-5939; Kent, 253-852-8100; Federal Way, 253-946-2887; Tacoma, 253-272-4422; tjmaxx.com
  • Walmart, Auburn, 253-735-1855; Bremerton, 360-698-2889; Everett, 425-923-1740; Federal Way, 253-835-4965; Lynnwood, 425-741-9445; Renton, 425-227-0407, walmartstores.com

Household Shopping

Appliances/Electronics/Computers & Software

For your stereo, television, cellular phone, home theater, and technology purchases, there are a wide variety of electronics and computer stores in Seattle. Large department and warehouse stores such as Sears and Costco are worth a visit when shopping for home audio or video options and major appliances. All of the big box chain stores are represented, such as Best Buy (www.bestbuy.com), Radio Shack (www.radioshack.com), Magnolia Audio Video (www.magnoliaav.com), and Fry’s Electronics (www.frys.com). One Seattle location well known for its concentration of electronics stores is just north of the University District on Roosevelt Way NE, between NE Ravenna Boulevard and NE 65th Street. The following list is a sampling of specialty electronics and appliance stores in the area:

  • Albert Lee Appliances, 1476 Elliott Ave W, 206-282-2110; 1038 166th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-451-1110; 404 Strander Blvd, Tukwila, 433-1110; 18620 33rd Ave W, Lynnwood, 425-670-1110; 4124 Tacoma Mall Blvd, 253-471-1110, albertleeappliance.com
  • The Apple Store, 2656 NE University Village St, 206-892-0433, apple.com
  • The Audio Connection, 5621-A University Way NE, 206-524-7251, audioconnectionseattle.com
  • Car Toys, 307 Broad St, 206-443-2726; 12815 Aurora Ave N, 206-364-5534; check website for many other locations
  • Definitive Audio, 6206 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-524-6633; 14405 NE 20th, Bellevue, 425-746-3188; 6450 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, 253-472-3133; definitive.com
  • Hawthorne Stereo, 6303 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-522-9608, hawthornestereo.com
  • The Mac Store, 815 NE 45th St, 800-689-8191; 7501 166th Ave NE, 800-689-8191; themacstore.com
  • Metropolitan Appliance, 1749 1st Ave S , 206-623-8811, directbuyingservice.com
  • Re-PC, 1565 6th Ave S, 206-623-9151, repc.com
  • Resolution Audio Video, 5459 Leary Ave NW, 206-784-4434, resolutionaudiovideoseattle.com
  • SpeakerLab, 6220 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-523-2269, speakerlab.com
  • Stereo Warehouse, 13728 Aurora Ave N, 206-365-5622, superstereowarehouse.com
  • Wiseman’s Appliance & TV, 2619 California Ave SW, 206-937-7400, wisemanappliance.com

Beds Bedding & Bath

Some area department stores sell bedding as well as beds. For their names, locations and phone numbers, see the previous entries under Department Stores.

Carpets & Rugs

Carpet and flooring companies abound. Check the Yellow Pages or online for a complete listing. If it’s an Oriental rug you need, a fun place to begin your search is in the many galleries and shops in the Pioneer Square area of downtown.

Furniture

A home furnishings store may be one of the first places you visit as you try to fill your new home or apartment. For a huge selection of reasonably priced contemporary furnishings, check out the IKEA store in Renton, south of Seattle. Many department stores offer good selections of traditional home furnishings. Call ahead for details, or check the newspaper for sales and special promotions. Catalog favorites, such as Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Crate and Barrel, allow consumers to shop in-person, by mail, or online.

  • Area 51, 401 E Pine St, 206-568-4782, area51seattle.com
  • BoConcept, 901 Western Ave, 206-464-9999, boconcept.us
  • Capers Home, 4525 California Ave SW, 206-932-0371, caperscapers.blogspot.com
  • Dania Home and Office, 825 Western, 206-262-1001; 6416 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-524-9611; 12230 NE 116th St, Kirkland, 425-823-9160; 19801 40th Ave W, Lynnwood, 425-673-1588; 1251 Andover Park W, Tukwila, 206-575-1918; daniafurniture.com
  • Design Within Reach, 1918 1st Ave, 206-443-9900, dwr.com
  • Ethan Allen Home Interiors, 2209 NE Bel-Red Rd, Redmond, 425-641-3133; 4029 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood, 425-775-1901; 17333 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, 206-575-4366, ethanallen.com
  • IKEA Home Furnishings, 601 SW 41st St, Renton, 425-656-2980, ikea.com
  • Kasala, 1505 Western Ave, 206-623-7795; 1018 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-453-2823; 17275 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, 206-436-8553; kasala.com
  • Ligne Roset, 112 Westlake Ave N, 206-341-9990, ligne-roset-usa.com
  • Masins Furniture, 220 2nd Ave S, 206-622-5606; 10708 Main St, Bellevue, 425-450-9999, masins.com
  • McKinnon Furniture, 1201 Western Ave, Ste 100, 206-622-6474, mckinnonfurniture.com
  • Norwalk Furniture, 304 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, 253-284-3150, norwalkfurniture.com
  • Pottery Barn, 4627 University Village, 206-522-6860; 212 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-451-0097; 3000 184th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-774-5441; potterybarn.com
  • Restoration Hardware (at University Village), 4619 26th Ave NE, 206-522-2775, restorationhardware.com
  • SKARBOS Furniture, 5354 Ballard Ave, 206-529-3830; 16705 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, 206-575-3730

Housewares

  • Bed Bath & Beyond, multiple locations, bedbathandbeyond.com &
  • City Kitchens, 1527 4th Ave, 206-382-1138, citykitchensseattle.com
  • The Container Store, 700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-453-7120, containerstore.com
  • Cost Plus Imports, 2103 Western Ave, 206-443-1055; 10300 NE 8th St, Bellevue, 425-453-1310; 4036 Tacoma Mall Blvd, 253-475-3500; 7214 170th St NE, Redmond, 425-883-8863; 13990 NE Mill Pl, Woodinville, 425-424-3214; worldmarket.com
  • Crate and Barrel, 2680 NE 49th St, 206-937-9939; 555 Bellevue Square NE, Bellevue, 425-646-8900, crateandbarrel.com
  • Mrs. Cooks, 2685 NE Village Ln, 206-525-5008, mrscooks.com
  • Pier 1 Imports, multiple locations, pier1.com
  • Pottery Barn, 4627 University Village, 206-522-6860; 212 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-451-0097; 3000 184th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-774-5441, potterybarn.com
  • Restoration Hardware (at University Village), 4619 26th Ave NE, 206-522-2775, restorationhardware.com
  • Sur La Table, 84 Pine St, 206-448-2244; 90 Central Way, Kirkland, 425-827-1311; 11111 NE 8th St, Bellevue, 425-450-4010; surlatable.com
  • Williams Sonoma, 600 Pine St, 206-624-1422; 2530 NE University Village, 206-523-3733; 216 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-454-7007; williamssonoma.com

Lamps & Lighting

  • Antique Lighting Company, 8214 Greenwood Ave N, 206-622-8298, antiquelighting.com
  • Hansen Lamp and Shades, 10706 Lake City Way NE, 206-363-1635, hansenlamp.com
  • Harold’s Lighting, 1912 N 45th St, 206-219-4341, haroldslighting.com
  • Lamps Plus, 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-775-4320; 16839 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, 206-575-9110, lampsplus.com
  • Lighting Supply Inc., 2729 2nd Ave, 206-441-5075, lightingsupply.net
  • Light Matters, 905 Western Ave, 206-382-9667, lmatters.com
  • Rejuvenation, 2910 1st Ave S, 206-382-1901, rejuvenation.com
  • Seattle Lighting, 222 2nd Ave S, 206-622-4736; 14505 NE 20th St, Bellevue, 425-455-2110; 1811 Hewitt Ave, Everett, 425-252-4151; 6710 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, 253-475-8730; 300 Andover Park W, Tukwila, 206-575-6224; seattlelighting.com

Hardware & Garden Centers

For paint and wallpaper, light fixtures, landscaping supplies, and anything else you might need for your Saturday projects, the following list might be useful.

Secondhand Shopping

Secondhand shopping is a favorite pastime of many Seattle residents. What better way to spend a drizzly afternoon than digging for treasures that cost so little? There are many antique and vintage stores in Seattle, particularly near the Pike Place Market and in the Greenwood, Ballard, and Fremont neighborhoods. Several towns beyond the city limits, most notably Duvall, Issaquah, and Snohomish, are known for their many antique stores. Also, check the Sunday newspapers and on craigslist for estate sales or auctions. Most are open to the public, and some also hold previews so you can judge whether to arrive early.

Food

Now comes the fun part, eating! Seattle has a great selection of eateries, ranging from greasy spoons to elegant seafood restaurants. Almost every neighborhood in Seattle has at least one espresso stand, a café or bakery, and a local pub or micro-brewery. Ask your neighbors for recommendations, check the newspapers for restaurant write-ups, or visit one of the websites offering reviews by locals, such as Yelp (www.yelp.com), Judy’s Book (www.judysbook.com), or Citysearch (www.seattle.citysearch.com).

At-home chefs are in luck too. In addition to the well-stocked supermarkets common in any city, Seattle has a nice selection of specialty grocers, food co-ops, farmers’ markets, and fresh seafood markets.

Grocery Stores

Many of the large grocery stores in the city are open 24 hours, and most feature well-stocked delis and on-site bakeries. The current trend in the new and remodeled stores is to offer an in-house floral department, espresso stand, and a take-out food counter with sandwiches, salads, sushi, and hot entrees. Many have adjoining businesses such as bakery, bagel or coffee shops, and small bank branches. Trader Joe’s (www.traderjoes.com), Thriftway (www.thriftway.com), and Albertsons (www.albertsons.com), each have several locations throughout the city, but the predominant chains are QFC (www.qfconline.com) and Fred Meyer (www.fredmeyer.com), both owned by food giant Kroger, and Safeway (www.safeway.com). Selection, good sales, and convenience are consumers’ oft-cited reasons for shopping at large chains; some even have in-store pharmacies. But don’t miss out on the unique offerings at the smaller grocers. Ballard Market and Greenwood Market ( http://townandcountrymarkets.com), both owned by Town and Country Markets, Inc., are popular for their large bulk selections, organic goods, and great weekly specials.

Two warehouse stores in the Seattle area offer good deals on bulk foods and other household items. These are Costco (www.costco.com) and Sam’s Club (www.samsclub.com). See above under Warehouse Stores for locations. Both have membership requirements. Call ahead for details.

Specialty/Health Food Grocers

  • Central Co-op (formerly Madison Market), 1600 E Madison St, 206-329-1545, madisonmarket.com
  • Central Market, 15505 Westminster Way N, Shoreline, 206-363-9226, shoreline.central-market.com
  • Metropolitan Market, 1908 Queen Anne Ave N, 206-284-2530; 2320 42nd Ave SW, 206-937-0551; 5250 40th Ave NE, 206-938-6600, 100 Mercer St, 206-213-0778; 2420 N Proctor St, Tacoma, 253-761-3663; 10611 NE 68th St, Kirkland, 425-454-0085; metropolitan-market.com
  • Small Potatoes Urban Delivery, 8 S Idaho St, 206-621-7783, spud.com
  • Whole Foods, 2001 15th Ave W, 206-352-5440; 2210 Westlake Ave, 206-621-9700; 1026 NE 64th St, 206-985-1500; 888 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-462-1400; 17991 Redmond Way, Redmond, 425-881-2600; wholefoods.com

Another grocery shopping option is the food cooperative. With nine neighborhood stores, Seattle’s largest is PCC (Puget Consumers Co-Op), which offers a wide selection of natural and organic foods. Visit pccnaturalmarkets.com or call your nearest store for membership information.

  • PCC Edmonds, 9803 Edmonds Way, 425-275-9036
  • PCC Fremont, 600 N 34th St, 206-632-6811
  • PCC Greenlake, 7504 Aurora Ave N, 206-525-3586
  • PCC Issaquah, 1810 12th Ave NW, 425-369-1222
  • PCC Kirkland, 10718 NE 68th St, 425-828-4622
  • PCC Redmond, 11435 Avondale Rd NE, 425-285-1400
  • PCC Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 206-723-2720
  • PCC View Ridge, 6514 40th Ave NE, 206-526-7661
  • PCC West Seattle, 2749 California Ave SW, 206-937-8481

International Districts and Markets

Small grocery stores specializing in delicacies from other parts of the world are scattered throughout the Seattle area and surrounding communities. Immigrants and natives alike are attracted to these unique stores.

African

  • J&B African Market, 10327 3rd Ave S, 206-915-5178 &
  • Kilimanjaro Market, 12515 Lake City Way NE, 206-440-1440
  • Superior Import Market, 12528 Lake City Way NE, 206-397-3519, superiorim.com
  • West African Market, 5997 Rainier Ave S, 206-723-6218
  • Zuma Grocery & Deli, 129 NW 85th St, Ste A, 206-781-8600

Asian

There are numerous Asian markets in Seattle’s International District, also known as Chinatown. Start at the intersection of 4th Avenue South and Jackson Street and head east. Don’t miss Uwajimaya, the biggest Asian store in the West. You will also find a collection of Asian groceries along Aurora Avenue in North Seattle and on Beacon Hill.

  • Center Oriental Grocery, 9641 15th Ave SW, 206-762-5620
  • Foulee Market, 2050 S Columbian Way, 206-764-9607
  • Hau Hau Market, 412 12th Ave S, 206-329-1688
  • Hop Thanh Supermarket, 1043 S Jackson St, 206-322-7473
  • HT Oaktree Market, 10008 Aurora, 206-527-5333
  • Hung Long Asian Market, 9988 15th Ave S
  • Lam’s Seafood Market, 1221 S King St, 206-720-0969, lamsseafood.com
  • Mekong Rainier, 3400 Rainier Ave S, 206-723-9641
  • Phnom Khiev Super Market, 9841 16th Ave SW, 206-764-1009
  • Phnom Penh Market, 7123 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, 206-723-4341
  • Uwajimaya, 4601 6th Ave S, Seattle, 206-624-3215; 15555 NE 24th, Bellevue, 425-747-9012; 501 S Grady Way, Renton, 425-277-1635; uwajimaya.com
  • Vientian Asian Grocery, 6059 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, 206-723-3160
  • Viet Wah Super Foods, 1032 S Jackson St, 206-329-1399; 6040 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, 206-760-8895; 2820 NE Sunset Blvd, Renton, 425-336-6888; vietwah.com
  • Vina Supermarket, 6951 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, 206-722-3918

Greek-Middle Eastern

  • Byblos Deli, 14220 NE 20th St, Bellevue, 425-455-4355, simplymedi.com
  • Pacific Market, 132332 Lake City Way NE, 206-363-8639
  • Persepolis Specialties, 13112 NE 20th St, Bellevue, 425-462-8987
  • The Shop Agora, 6417-A Phinney Ave N, 206-782-5551, theshopagora.com
  • The Souk, 1916 Pike Place #11, 206-441-1666

Indian-Pakistani

  • Apna Bazar, 2245 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-644-6887; 20710 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, 425-485-9900
  • Bharat Groceries, 14340 NE 20th St, Bellevue, 425-746-0857
  • Imran’s Market, 11501 Highway 99, Everett, 425-610-4215
  • K. K. Market, 23805 SE 104th Ave, 253-854-5236
  • Mayuri Food & Video, 2560 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, 425-881-6284
  • Pakistani and Indian Grocery, 12325 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-368-7323
  • R&M Videos and Grocery, 5501 University Way NE, 206-526-1793
  • Ravi Sweet and Snacks, 23609 104th Ave SE, Ste 102, Kent, 253-850-3333
  • Ravi Video and Grocery, 23613 104th Ave SE, Kent, 253-850-6885
  • Sunny Supermarket, 25414 SE 104th Ave, Kent, 253-373-0028

Italian

Spanish/Mexican/Latin American

Many local supermarkets such as QFC and Metropolitan Market carry a sizeable selection of ingredients and fresh produce used in Mexican and Latin American cooking, as do many of the Asian markets listed above. In addition, you can check the following sources:

  • ABC Supermarket, 2500 Beacon Ave S, 206-323-2050
  • Carniceria Azteca, 1265 S Main St #108, 206-323-1267
  • Carniceria El Paisano, 9629 15th Ave SW, 206-767-5526
  • Castillos Supermarkets, 10426 16th Ave SW, 206-988-4903
  • El Habanero Products, 14830 1st Ave S, Burien, 206-244-3443
  • El Mercado Latino, 1514 Pike Pl #6, 206-623-3240, latinmerchant.com
  • Guadalupe Market, 1111 SW 128th St, Burien, 206-901-1529
  • La Benedicion Tienda Mexicana, 2544 Beacon Ave S, 206-329-1039
  • La Conasupo, 8532 Greenwood Ave N, 206-782-0533
  • Mendoza’s Mexican Mercado, 7811 Aurora Ave N, 206-245-1089
  • Mexican Grocery, 1914 Pike Pl, 206-441-1147
  • Plaza Latina, 17034 Aurora Ave S, 206-533-9440
  • Salvadoran Bakery, 1719 SW Roxbury St, 206-762-4064
  • The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Ave, 206-682-2827, spanishtable.com
  • Tienda Mi Ranchita, 7636 Rainier Ave S, 206-725-9582

Scandinavian

As Seattle’s demographic shifts, many Scandinavian specialty shops have closed their doors. Here are some of the survivors.

  • Larsen’s Bakery, 8000 24th Ave NW, 206-782-8285
  • Nielsen’s Pastries, 520 2nd Ave W, 206-284-3004, nielsenspastries.com
  • Scandinavian Specialties, 6719 15th Ave NW, 206-784-7020, scanspecialties.com
  • Svedala Bakery (by appointment), 501 2nd Ave W, 206-407-4092, svedalabakery.com

Farmers’ Markets

If you’re searching for the highest quality in fruits and vegetables, your best bet is to buy right from the growers. During the summer, you can often find corn, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, and peaches sold from truck beds on city street corners. For a bigger selection, try one of the many farmers’ markets in Seattle. The largest is Pike Place Market, in downtown Seattle at the west end of Pike Street. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Pike Place is a popular tourist attraction; it is also a year-round destination for locals in search of fresh produce—succulent nectarines, perfect tomatoes, or flavorful Walla Walla sweet onions. You can also find fresh fish and shellfish, homemade jams, jellies and honey, and brilliantly colored tulips, daffodils, and dahlias. Neighborhood farmers’ markets are open either on weekends or on an assigned weekday, and offerings include fresh produce from local farmers, and arts and crafts. The Pike Place Market, Fremont Market, Ballard Market, West Seattle Market, University District Market, and the Vashon Island Market are all open year-round; most of the other markets here are open from late spring to early fall.

Seattle

  • Ballard Farmers’ Market, Ballard Ave, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Broadway Farmers’ Market, Broadway and Pine St, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cascade Farmers’ Market, Minor Ave between Thomas and Harrison St, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Columbia City Farmers’ Market, Edmunds St and 37th St, Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Fremont Sunday Market, 400 N 34th St, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Georgetown Farmers’ and Flea Market, 6000 Airport Way S, Saturdays, 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Interbay Farmers’ Market, 2001 15th Ave W (Whole Foods parking lot), Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Lake City Farmers’ Market, NE 125th and 28th NE, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Madrona Farmers’ Market, Martin Luther King Way and Union St, Fridays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Magnolia Farmers’ Market, 33rd Ave W and W Smith St, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Mercer Island Farmers’ Market, 77th Ave S and SE 32nd, Sundays, 10 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pike Place Market, 1st Ave and Pike St, Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Queen Anne Farmers’ Market, W Crocket St and Queen Anne Ave, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • University District Farmers’ Market, NE 50th St and University Way NE, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wallingford Farmers’ Market, Meridian Ave N and N 50th St, Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 44th Ave SW and SW Alaska St, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Surrounding Communities

  • Bellevue Farmers’ Market, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bothell Country Village Farmers’ Market, 23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Fridays, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Crossroads Farmers’ Market (Bellevue), NE 8th St and 156th Ave NE, Tuesdays, noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Edmonds Museum Summer Market, Bell St at 5th Ave N, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Everett Farmers’ Market, Everett Marina at Port Gardner Landing, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Issaquah Public Market, 1730 10th Ave NW, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Juanita Friday Market (Kirkland), 9703 NE Juanita Dr, Fridays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kirkland Farmers’ Market, Park Ln E, between 3rd and Main, Wednesdays, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • North Bend Farmers’ Market, Main and Park at State Route 202, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Redmond Saturday Market, 7730 Leary Way NE, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sammamish Farmers’ Market, 801 220th Ave SE, Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Vashon Island Growers Association Farmers’ Market, 1/2 block north of Bank Rd on Vashon Hwy SW, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Woodinville Farmers’ Market, 17301 133rd Ave NE, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Gardens

For the ultimate in freshness you could grow your own herbs and veggies. It doesn’t take much space; a window box will do for many herbs. If you prefer a little more growing room when you garden, but don’t have the space in your own backyard, consider a community garden. In Seattle, residents of 75 neighborhoods share “P-Patches,” community gardens that boast more than 4,400 plots on 23 acres of land. P-Patch gardeners supply more than twelve tons of fresh organic vegetables to Seattle food banks each year. Many gardens have waiting lists—some up to three years long. According to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, only 10% to 20% of plots turn over each year, so you might want to get on the list as soon as you are settled into your new neighborhood. To sign up, or for more information, call the P-Patch Program at 206-684-0464, or visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch.

Restaurants

Depending on your degree of interest in food, dining out here can be a convenience, a diversion, a hobby, a sport, a religion, or a vocation. The city’s dynamic restaurant scene offers diners every cuisine imaginable. Award-winning chefs such as Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell, Maria Hines, and Matt Dillon have helped transform Seattle into a food mecca with restaurants such as the Dahlia Lounge, How to Cook a Wolf, Tilth, and Sitka & Spruce. The Herbfarm, widely considered one of the best restaurants in America, is in nearby Woodinville. To find popular eateries in your neighborhood, visit seattle.citysearch.com, yelp.com, or zagat.com. For helpful printed guides, consider buying the Zagat Survey, Seattle/Portland Restaurants or the Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown.

Thanks to a cookbook from authors Cynthia Nims and Kathy Casey, Seattle’s cooks can reproduce their favorite restaurant meals at home: Best Places Seattle Cookbook: Recipes from the City’s Outstanding Restaurants and Bars features 125 recipes and 24 essays about local food and drink.

If you’re tired after a long day of work and prefer to eat in without the hassle of cooking, consider picking up some food to go. Nearly all restaurants and most local grocery stores and specialty food shops offer take-out. If you can’t even muster the energy to pick up a meal, a company called Restaurants on the Run (www.rotr.com) will pick up a meal you order online from area restaurants and deliver it to you. Minimum orders and delivery fees apply, but it can be convenient, especially if you’re craving food from a restaurant clear across town. Call 800-510-3663 for more information, or visit the website to place your order.

Food Trucks

Another grab-and-go alternative for busy Seattleites are the food trucks that have recently become a fixture of the street scene, where you can pick up everything from a gourmet hamburger (Skillet) to a shrimp po’ boy (Where Ya At Matt). The website For Truck’s Sake (www.facebook.com/fortruckssake) may be able to help you find out which trucks frequent your neighborhood, or where to go for the chow you’re craving.

Make-and-Take Meal Assembly

An option that might be more of a bargain than you’d expect is make-and-take meal assembly, where the store does the prep and all you do is the assembly. The now popular national concept actually originated in Seattle in 2002. A few of the more popular companies, all with multiple Seattle-area locations, follow. You can also go to the Easy Meal Prep Association’s website, easymealprep.com, for updated lists and locations.

Drinking Water

Many Seattle residents drink plain tap water, though some use a simple home filtering system, such as a Brita water pitcher. Less trusting souls can find companies that will deliver drinking water to a home or business:

Wines

If you want to experience a wine country tour without traveling to California, you’re in luck: the cup of Washington’s wine industry overfloweth, with more than 700 licensed wineries, and counting. Just north of Seattle, the Woodinville area is home to more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms, including Chateau Ste. Michelle (www.ste-michelle.com), voted 2004 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. To arrange for tours or tastings, visit woodinvillewinecountry.com. Eastern Washington has its own wine country, as well, with a multitude of nationally and internationally known wineries. Visit the website of Wines Northwest (www.winesnw.com) to plan your trip.

Most grocery stores in the city carry an extensive selection of wine (and now liquor as well, following the success of a 2011 ballot measure to privatize liquor sales). Some, such as Metropolitan Market, make selections that are sold under the store’s label for a limited time. If you prefer to buy your wines from a specialty store staffed with knowledgeable merchants who can offer suggestions about which wines pair best with salmon, visit one of Seattle’s many wine stores. The following list offers just a taste:

  • Champion Wine Cellars, 108 Denny Way, 206-284-8306, championwinecellars.com
  • City Cellars Fine Wines, 1710 N 45th St, 206-632-7238, citycellar.com
  • Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 4th Ave S, 206-682-7374, esquin.com
  • Fremont Wine Warehouse, 3601 Fremont Ave N, 206-632-1110, fremontwines.com
  • Madison Park Cellars, 4227 E Madison, 206-323-9333
  • McCarthy & Schiering, 2401 Queen Anne Ave N, 206-282-8500; 6500 Ravenna Ave NE, 206- 524-9500; www.mccarthyandschiering
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E Lynn St, 206-322-2660; 134 105th St NE, Bellevue, 425-454-1100; peteswineshop.com
  • Pike and Western Wine Merchants, 1934 Pike Pl, 206-441-1307, pikeandwestern.com
  • Portalis Wine Shop, 5205 Ballard Ave NW, 206-783-2007, portaliswines.com
  • Seattle Cellars Ltd., 2505 2nd Ave, #102, 206-256-0850, seattlecellars.com
  • University Wine/La Cantina Wine Merchants, 5436 Sandpoint Way NE, 206-525-4340
  • West Seattle Cellars, 6026 California Ave SW, 206-937-2868, wscellars.com
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