A Buyer's Guide to the Suburbs

A Guide to Shopping in and around Seattle's Suburban Malls

Suburbia may be known for retail hubs, but its small businesses are worth the drive, too.

By Zoe Sayler March 8, 2021 Published in the Spring 2021 issue of Seattle Met

Crow, Edmonds.

Image: Amy Vaughn

Looking for a more complete list of our favorite spots to shop in Seattle's suburbs? Look no further.


The Mall: On sunny days, it’s the outdoor shopping paradise of your California dreams, but the mall’s deceptively expansive inner workings won’t disappoint when the weather reminds you that this is the Pacific Northwest.

Check Out: Altar’d State, Washington’s only location of the youthful and boho—and, as the name suggests, Christian—clothing chain popular in the South. Ten percent of this brand’s Monday sales go to a local nonprofit (call ahead for details).

Shop Local: Make a day of it amid the cute shops and quiet bustle of downtown Edmonds. Try Crow, a boutique full of local and small-scale giftable art, or baby style destination Little Bipsy.


Southcenter Mall.

The Mall: The state’s largest mall conjures memories of sharing soft pretzels among friends and the feeling of finding the perfect look for the first day of school.

Check Out: Affordable basics for every shopper from I-5’s most convenient Uniqlo location.

Shop Local: Swing by Renton’s boutique plant shop, Urban Sprouts, for visually interesting planters and terrariums you won’t find in Seattle’s more minimalist landscape.

Urban Sprouts.

Bellevue Square

The Mall: The shopping center we spent hours trying to make on Mall Tycoon. A Cinnabon-scented labyrinth of exposed staircases and the impeccably well-dressed.

Check Out: Genuinely fresh footwear at prices well below the norm at nearby designer boutiques: It boasts the Seattle area’s only dedicated Camper store.

Shop Local: The entire experience at La Ree boutique feels intimate and luxurious, from its spacious fitting rooms to its calfskin leather boots.

Bellevue Square, La Ree.

Show Comments