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Seattle’s University Village in the University District

Nestled in the heart of the University District and right across from the University of Washington playfields, University Village has become a hubbub for locals and visitors, and a mecca for your shopping and dining adventures.

University Village

Much of the 24-acre shopping center offered strictly local shops and eateries until the 1990s, when it was sold, and future development plans started. Despite many of its original tenants moving out near-after the sale, some 61% of the U-Village merchants are still local.

It’s located a short 10-minute drive from downtown Seattle and offers a healthy balanced between boutique and national retailers. It also has a variety of locally-owned and national and internationally recognized restaurants and eateries.

This outdoor shopping center offers over 120 stores and restaurants with tons of parking.

It’s become a fixture and go-to for nearby neighborhoods, including Laurelhurst, Ravenna, and Bryant. With local and national stores, it’s a great accumulation of 65+ years of local history. University Village is home to the second-ever Starbucks, which opened in 1972.

Shopping at University Village

There’s a wide array of books, beauty, fitness, children’s, apparel, computers and electronics, home and garden, jewelry, and shoes and accessories stores spread throughout the shopping center.

Many local favorites include Ben Bridge Jeweler / Pandora, Eddie Bauer, Fireworks, FrogLegs, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, glassybaby, Impress, Kid’s Club, Mercer, Metropolitan Pilates, Microsoft, Mrs. Cook’s, MudBay, Oiselle, Paint the Town, Ravenna Gardens, Sole Food, Something Silver, Storables, The Art Study, Tommy Bahama, TWIST, Village Maternity, and Zovo Lingerie.

Check out their entire list of shops here.

Dining at University Village

With a variety of cuisines, including Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, American, and more! With so much variety, the question will be more like where are we going, instead of not that again!

Local favorites include Ba Bar, Blue C Sushi, Delfino’s Chicago Style Pizza, Elemental Wood Fired Pizza, Evergreens, Fran’s Chocolates, FrogLegs, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Pasta & Co., Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Starbucks, the Confectionery, and Trophy Cupcakes & Party.

Find their full directory here.

And don’t think it’s all fun (although it is a ton of it!) University Village has practical services, too, including childcare institutions, nail and hair care establishments, banks, drugstores, grocery stores, additional learning, vision care, shipping stores, shoe repairs, and wireless carriers.

So, whether you’re looking for a fun night out, need to pick up a rad gift, or you’re just picking up your weekly groceries, University Village has options for you! This also makes it uniquely situated for nearby college students!

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