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Downtown Seattle can be defined a few different ways. While many will lump in nearby neighborhoods, the core of central downtown extends from the Waterfront to Interstate 5, with Pioneer Square, Belltown, the International District and Seattle Center neighborhoods bordering it.

 
Pike Place Market, Seattle
Eric Sheckler
This means that downtown includes some of the city’s key attractions, namely Pike Place Market, the massive open-air bazaar with hundreds of stores and vendors selling fresh fish, handmade cheeses, souvenirs and much more. No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to Pike Place to take in the food, flowers, buskers and assorted vendors. From the market, visitors can descend the Harbor Steps to explore the waterfront, with its shops, seafood-inspired menus and the Seattle Aquarium.
 
Other notable downtown attractions include the Seattle Art Museum, which holds a fascinating permanent collection and brings in notable exhibitions from all over the world; the architecturally stunning Seattle Public Library; the Seattle Center Monorail, which zips passengers to nearby Seattle Center; and the Westlake Plaza and Robert Maki-designed water features at 4th Avenue and Pine Street.
 
 
Downtown Seattle’s geographic center – the blocks just east of the Pike Place Market and west of the Washington State Convention Center – is commonly referred to as the retail and entertainment district.Here, major shoppers will find endless distractions ranging from the Nordstrom flagship store to independent boutiques to shopping centers such as Westlake Center, City Centre and Pacific Place. Numerous brand and boutique hotels, as well as some of the city’s most notable restaurants, make this an excellent area for visitors to stay, play and dine.
 
The financial district lies at the southern end of downtown Seattle, roughly from University Street to the International District and Pioneer Square. Many of the cities tallest highrises are here, including the Columbia Center, which opened in 1989 and is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (measured by number of floors – 76). In its shadow, the historic Smith Tower, at 42 floors, held the same distinction for some 50 years after it opened in 1914.
 

Eat in Downtown Seattle

NYC Hyatt Deli Market
1520 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7011
Website: http://grandseattle.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/NYCDeliMarket.html
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Deli $-$$. Eat in or take out. Breakfast and lunch. Sandwiches, soup and salad, beer and wine, snacks. Half a block from Convention Center.

Dragonfish Asian Cafe
722 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-7777
Website: http://dragonfishcafe.com
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Pan-Asian $$$. Critics' choice Seattle "Top 10" restaurant, contemporary Pan-Asian cafe, full bar, private dining, late-night dining until 1am. HA

Evolution Fresh
517 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7740
Website: http://evolutionfresh.com
     

Evolution Fresh serves handcrafted juices, smoothies and meals that are nutrient-dense and naturally delicious for health-minded people to enjoy in the store or on the go. Catering and Delivery available.

Indi Chocolate
1501 Pike Pl, Ste 527 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 243-2089
Website: http://indichocolate.com
    

Delicious artisan small-batch dark chocolate made from the beans we directly source.Try our chocolate bodycare too (lotions, lipbalms, scrubs).

Shuckers
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
Website: http://fairmont.com/seattle/dining/shuckers
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Seafood $$$$. The friendly pub-style setting at Shuckers is an ideal way to experience local seafood. Open daily for dinner; lunch Mon-Sat.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Moore Hotel
1926 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-4851
Website: http://moorehotel.com
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120 rooms, $. Historic hotel celebrating a century serving Seattle near Pike Place Market, shopping, waterfront. Restaurant, cocktail lounge.

Hotel 1000
1000 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 957-1000
Website: http://Hotel1000Seattle.com
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120 rooms, $$$$. Seattle's premiere luxury destination. BOKA KITCHEN + BAR, full service spa, virtual golf club and fitness center with dry saunas. Wired-to-serve technology. Pets ok. HA

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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High-quality sightseeing assistance and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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High-quality sightseeing assistance and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

La Quinta Inn and Suites
2224 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 624-6820
Website: http://436.lq.com
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72 rooms, $-$$. Complimentary full breakfast, free local calls, 24-hour spa, fitness room, wireless Internet connection, laundry room, complimentary USA Today. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Show Me Seattle Tours
PO Box 30833 Seattle WA 98113
Phone: 206 633-CITY (2489) Reservations
Website: http://showmeseattle.com
 

Seattle as the locals see it! Professional, passionate guides. City and Boeing Tours, only 14 guests per tour. Experience the real Seattle!

Pike Place Fish
86 Pike Pl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7181
Website: http://pikeplacefish.com
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Fish and Seafood. 120 varieties of seafood, from shellfish to salmon. Delivery to hotels, 7am-10pm. We ship fish anywhere in the US. Open daily. HA.

Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Ave Miami FL 33178
Phone: 305 599-2600
Website: http://carnival.com
    

The most popular cruise operation with 22 funships offering a wide variety of exciting itineraries from 3-12 days in length. HA

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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High-quality sightseeing assistance and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

A/NT Gallery
2045 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 233-0680
Website: http://antgallery.org
   

Welcome to Seattle's longest running All Volunteer Run Art Gallery! Founded in 1988, A/NT Gallery is the place to find authentically original art by local artists.

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Quick Info


The Link Light Rail services downtown from the Sea-Tac Airport. There are numerous bus lines going through much of this part of the city,  while the Seattle Center Monorail leaves from Westlake Center and arrives at Seattle Center in just two minutes.
 
Other links:

http://www.letstalkdowntown.com/