A hidden gem in the heart of Seattle, most people don't know you can rent a kayak, canoe, or rowboat from the UW waterfront activity center. If you've never seen the Arboretum by water, it's well worth it. Pack a picnic basket and make it a great summer date. It's only $7.50 per hour for the public, less if you're a UW student.
PROS: Good location, excellent prices, great summer date material
CONS: There can be a line
Barnes & Noble is one of the better chain book stores. This location in particular is a very pleasant space to sit and read or get a snack at the attached Starbucks.
The Seattle Repertory Theater, or "The Rep" for short, is truly a world class theater. Not every play is a masterpiece -- I tend to avoid the single actor pieces -- but it's always an interesting and worthwhile experience. Students get discounts, and if you're feeling lucky, you may get unsold tickets at the last minute for a good price.
Everyone in Seattle knows of Uwajimaya, and for good reason. It is THE place to shop for SE Asian ethnic groceries and other products. Uwajimaya has more floor space and a larger selection than most neighborhood chain grocery stores. The attached deli has a selection of 10 different ethnic restaurants (Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, etc.) and the attached bookstore likewise has a large selection of foreign language products.
As the name implies, Pier 1 Imports carries things you don't find elsewhere. Products for the home from around the world can add a splash of ethnic color to a room. This is also a shop I frequent when I want a housewarming gift for someone whose tastes I don't know very well; there's always something suitable.
Bed Bath and Beyond is becoming one of my favorite places to shop for home products. I like their selecting of bedding, towels, sheets, and kitchen gadgets. The only drawback is they are a bit overpriced.
This store has it all. Models, rockets, remote control vehicles, games, toys, you name it. A great place to shop for children or adult hobbyists.
The UW Book Store is for everyone, not just students. Anyone in school at any level will find all their school supply needs and a lot more. The store also features an excellent variety of stationery and gifts. And of course, books on all subjects.
I'm a Mac addict, and I'm very glad Apple has opened an Apple Store in my neighborhood. I couldn't live without my Powerbook + Airport Express combination, which lets me play my entire jukebox of songs wirelessly on my home stereo system, as well as allowing me to print wirelessly. Combine with a Bluetooth wireless mouse for a truly liberating computer experience. In terms of software availability, Apple has everything you need to be more productive than on a Windows machine (including flawless Office interoperability), but the one hole is that few video games are published for Apple. However, at least all the best games are available on Apple (World of Warcraft and all Blizzard products), and most of the best games are for console machines now anyway.
Cheapass Games isn't the kind of game company that you'd want to go and browse. In fact, I've never been to this address in person. The company specializes in alternative games. Their philosophy is that you already own all the pieces you need to play a new game -- coins, dice, cards, play money, and other things you can get from other games -- so why should you pay for them again? What you really need is the rules. Cheapass Games therefore sells you only the bare bones of what you need to play a new game. Games are frequently sold in an envelope and cost around $5. Not every game is a grand slam, but some are great, like Kill Dr. Lucky. Makes for a perfect stocking stuffer for the game player.