Living in Tacoma means finding some of the best venues in Washington State to sate your shopping itch. The cool thing about these is that you have thousand- and-one options not just for buying stuff but also for eating out, getting your
indoor recreation fix, having some me-time, watching a movie, or even trying out a new hobby here. There’s no need to venture all the way to Seattle just for a Coachella getup or the newest edition of Nikes – everything you’ll ever need is right here in Tacoma’s shopping centers.
If shopping is on top of your list of things to do in Tacoma, we got your back. Here’s our list of 5 must-visit retail hotspots in and around the area:
- Tacoma Mall
- Capital Mall
625 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia
- South Hill Mall
3500 South Meridian, Puyallup
- Freighthouse Square
2501 E D Street, Tacoma
- Tacoma’s antique stores
4502 S Steele Street, Tacoma
An unparalleled shopping experience awaits in Tacoma Mall, the largest shopping center in Tacoma. Some of the biggest names in retail can be found here like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JCPenney. Brand outlets like H&M, Apple, and Bath & Body Works can also be found here.
Hungry? No worries. There are several restaurants and food stalls where you can grab some grub. Enjoy a delicious poke bowl at MIX Poke Bar, bite into melt-in-your-mouth cheese pizza at Sbarro, or sip on soothing-hot ramen at Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. For dessert, get creamy frozen yogurt at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt or have one of the must-try cheesecakes at J Louis Cakes, Gelator, & More.
This family-friendly mall offers a diverse blend of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. There’s no shortage of stores here as there are more than 100 of them to choose from. They run the whole gamut from the standard Macy’s department store to the more eclectic Tokyo Anime. You don’t have to worry about getting hungry here as this mall offers so many food choices from restaurants like i.talia pizzeria, Applebee’s and Chipotle. And since mall-visiting also extends to family-sized fun, Capital Mall’s got your fam with great movies at Century Theaters and gaming stations like PLAYlive Nation.
Two unique offerings here are Live 360° and ONESPACE. Live 360° is a series of community-hosted and store-sponsored programs that mall visitors and interested parties can join to learn and get inspired. ONESPACE, meanwhile, is an event and co-working space for any kind of special gathering or work requirement.
Tacoma’s neighbor-city, Puyallup, has its own shopping mecca that draws in both its residents and Tacoma’s – South Hill Mall. Opened in 1988, this mall also comes complete with big-name stores and boutiques like JCPenney, Target, Macey’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Their food court has delectable choices ranging from fresh-off-the-grill steaks to meaty Chinese dumplings. For fun and entertainment, this mall doesn’t disappoint. It offers the latest movies, as well as children’s play places like Wiggleworks Kids.
And the discoveries don’t stop there. Step outside the mall to Meridian Avenue and you’ll come across an entire stretch of stores and restaurants leading all the way to the Silver Creek area.
The name itself reveals this shopping center’s origins. It was an old freight warehouse that was repurposed into a unique retail hub. This massive space is now home to a wide variety of artisanal vendors selling items you may not find in your standard shopping mall. It’s impossible to leave without picking up a piece or two (or three or more) of the cool stuff you’ll find here from original art pieces and rare antiques to stylish clothing and cute home décor.
You need not go hungry either because their International Food Court has anything and everything you’re craving for. Whether you’re craving a juicy hamburger or a hot bowl of ramen, this place has what you’re looking for.
Smart antique collectors of the West Coast know that Tacoma and its surrounding areas are the best places to shop for antiques and other curios.
Head over to Antique Row downtown and you’ll find yourself surrounded by many unique antique stores selling everything from home décor to vintage collectibles. Some must-visit stores here include Broadway’s Best, Mandarin Antiques & Pianos, and Shepard House Antiques.
There’s also the Puyallup Antique District in Downtown Puyallup, where over 25 antique stores and their retail treasures await. Among the more popular stores here are Victoris Sells Antique Mall, King’s Row Antiques & Collectibles, and Her Shabbu Chateau.
Still other antique stores to check out are South Tacoma Antique Mall, Pacific Run Antique Mall, and Hidden Treasures Antiques.
Shopping is just one of the many activities you can do in Tacoma. From outdoor fun to nightlife thrills, there still are more things to do in Tacoma for adults and kids.
If you want to move to this amazing city, I, top Realtor Lori Lewandowski, will be more than happy to help you find the right home here. Give me a call today at 253.617.5922 or send me an email at lorilewandowski(at)gmail(dotted)com. You can also leave me a message here.