Shopping in Seattle is underrated. Famed for Grunge music and
Seattle coffee companies, this city also has excellent retail
outlets. The prime spots include Downtown Seattle, Fremont, the
International District, Pike Place and the University District.
Downtown Seattle is a square of several blocks with large outlets
such as Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Gap. This is also the site
of Westlake Center Plaza and Pacific Place, both large malls. The
International District encompasses a vast area featuring numerous
Asian shops, while Pike Place Market is a waterfront shopping area
offering local produce, fresh fish and various restaurants. There
are many bargains to be found at the retro and vintage stores of
the Fremont Market on Sundays, and districts like Fremont, Ballard,
Capitol Hill, Wallingford and West Seattle, all of which have
independently owned shops and specialty stores to entice shoppers.
Tax refunds can be applied for by foreign visitors.