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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

JUNO Restaurant
700 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8080
Website: http://thearcticclubseattle.com/dining-libations/juno-restaurant
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American $$$. JUNO showcases the regional cuisines of North America, their abundance and variety. HA

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.

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

Tulio Ristorante
1100 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-5500
Website: http://tulio.com
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Seattle's best Italian cuisine serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Private dining rooms available. All major credit cards. HA

TRACE
1112 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-6060
Website: http://traceseattle.com
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Northwest. $$$. TRACE restaurant and bar offers a "localist" menu highlighting farm-fresh produce, sustainably caught seafood, flirty handcrafted cocktails. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Hotel 1000
1000 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9454
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

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 774-6301
Website: http://grandseattle.hyatt.com
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457 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Setting the hospitality standard in the Pacific Northwest, one-of-a-kind hotel features stylish accommodations. 64 suites and 25,000 sq. ft. of event space. Only dogs allowed at additional fee. HA TDD

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 622-6400
Website: http://hotelsorrento.com
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76 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's finest small luxury hotel. Award-winning Hunt Club restaurant. Complimentary towncar service within downtown Seattle. Pets ok. HA

Best Western Loyal Inn
2301 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 682-0200
Website: http://bestwestern.com/loyalinn
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91 rooms, $$$. Walk to Downtown and Space Needle, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free high speed wireless Internet, fitness and business centers.

Best Western PLUS Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 448-9444
Website: http://bestwestern.com/executiveinnseattle
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121 rooms, $$$. Convention hotel by the Space Needle, Business Center, free high speed wireless Internet. Brella's Restaurant & Lounge.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Washington State Ferries
2901Third Ave, Ste 500 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 515-3918
Website: http://wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
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Operating 365 days a year; please call for fare and schedule information. Partial HA; please call for details. TDD

Pacific Place
600 Pine St, Ste 228 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 405-2655
Website: http://pacificplaceseattle.com
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Tiffany & Co., True Religion Brand Jeans, Coach, lululemon athletica, Williams-Sonoma, Barneys New York, restaurants, cinemas and much more. HA

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.

Scoot About
3035 First Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 407-3362
Website: http://scootabout.biz
    

Rent a scooter for fun or for your transportation needs. Get out and see Seattle. Rent by the hour, day or week. Scoot About also sells helmets, accessories, gift items, scooters and motorcycles.

Paradigm Communications Group
2701 First Ave, Ste 250 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 441-5871
Website: http://paradigmcg.com
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Publisher of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air in-flight magazines.

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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/