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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

Lecosho
89 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-2101
Website: http://lecosho.com
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Experience European-influenced northwest food, made with local and seasonal ingredients, fresh local seafood, house-made charcuterie and hand-made pastas, with classic cocktails, beers and wines.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
727 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8524
Website: http://ruthschris.com
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Steakhouse $$$. Serving US prime steaks, live Maine lobster, fresh King salmon and vegetarian friendly. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour daily. Valet parking available.HA

Dahlia Lounge
2001 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 682-4142
Website: http://tomdouglas.com
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Northwest $$$. Dining at the Dahlia Lounge, Chef Tom Douglas' imaginative and inventive restaurant, has become synonymous with a visit to Seattle. HA.

Top of the Hilton Restaurant
1301 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98111
Phone: 206 624-0500
Website: http://thehiltonseattle.com
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Continental $$$. Spectacular water, mountain and city views. Breakfast and lunch daily. HA.

Purple Café and Wine Bar
1225 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 829-2280
Website: http://purplecafe.com
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Northwest, $$-$$$. An urban retreat with stylish rustic elements featuring a Northwest inspired menu paired with an extensive global wine list. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Warwick Seattle Hotel
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-4300
Website: http://warwickwa.com
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231 rooms, $$-$$$$. Stylish and sophisticated hotel with view of the Space Needle/skyline. Walk to attractions, shopping and theatre district. Juliet balconies, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna. HA TDD

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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High-quality sightseeing assistance, tour referrals and visitor information. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle.

Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 727-5915
Website: http://westinseattle.com
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891 rooms, $$$-$$$$. AAA Four Diamond award. Westin's signature "Heavenly Beds and Showers," Jacuzzi, indoor pool, Westin Workout. Restaurants, lounge, business center. Water views. Small pets ok. HA TDD

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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High-quality sightseeing assistance, tour referrals and visitor information. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle.

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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High-quality sightseeing assistance, tour referrals and visitor information. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Events, A Non Profit Corporation, Producers of Seattle Hempfest
Hempfest Central-12351 Lake City Way NE, Ste 102 Seattle WA 98125
Phone: 206 364-4367
Website: http://hempfest.org
    

Three day festival celebrating all thing hemp and cannabis w/400 vendors and six stages w/bands and speakers. Stop by our Hemp Boutique and 420 Culture Store Hempfest Central and experience the Hempfest magic now!

Sandbox Sport Seattle
5955 Airport Way S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 624-2899
Website: http://sandboxsports.net
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Seattle's only indoor beach with beach volleyball, kids' sandbox, tiki lounge with TVs and meeting rooms. Great for parties! HA

The Seattle Weekly
1008 Western Ave, Ste 300 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 623-0500
Website: http://seattleweekly.com
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The Seattle Weekly is the definitive source for information on news, music, movies, restaurants, reviews, and events in Seattle.

Azumano International Seattle
1511 Third Ave, Melbourne Tower, Ste 1006 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-7060
Website: http://azumanointernational.com
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Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Exceptions: American holidays. HA.

Husky Central
1319 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 685-9920
Website: http://ubookstore.com
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Our Husky Central store in downtown Seattle carries a variety of University of Washington and Husky insignia apparel and souvenirs.

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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/