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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

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.

The Elephant and Castle Pub & Restaurant
1415 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-9977
Website: http://elephantcastle.com
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British $$. An authentic taste of Britain. Great pub food, extensive beer and Scotch selection and all the atmosphere of the old country.

Blue C Sushi - Downtown Seattle
1510 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-4022
Website: http://bluecsushi.com
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Whether it's sit down, build your own, or grab-and-go, we're ready to satisfy your sushi craving.

Café Campagne
1600 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 728-2800
Website: http://cafecampagne.com
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French. $$-$$$$ Award-winning cuisine in the heart of Pike Place Market. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch and private dining. Daily summer breakfast (Memorial Day to Labor Day.)

Andaluca Restaurant & Bar
407 Olive Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 382-6999
Website: http://andaluca.com
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Mediterranean $$$-$$$$. Warm, upbeat atmosphere featuring fresh seasonal Northwest foods combined with Mediterranean flavors and techniques. All major credit cards. Reservations recommended. HA

Stay in Downtown 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.

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.

Inn at Virginia Mason
1006 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 583-6453
Website: http://innatvirginiamason.com
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79 rooms, $$. Featuring deluxe queens and some suites with fireplaces, jetted tubs and city views. Easy walk to shopping, Convention Center. HA

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-9000
Website: http://sheraton.com/seattle
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1,258 rooms, $$$-$$$$ In-room movies, room service, concierge, full service restaurant, gift shop, business center, lounge, valet, jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna. Sr. citizen discount. Pets ok. HA TDD

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 613-2086
Website: http://HomewoodSuitesSeattle.com
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195 rooms, $$-$$$$. Spacious two-room suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, evening reception weeknights, Internet.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Food Tours
12721 Renton Ave S Seattle WA 98178
Phone: 206 725-4483
Website: http://seattlefoodtours.com
    

Taste Seattle’s dynamic culinary scene on a delicious walking food tour of Pike Place Market, Belltown or Capitol Hill. Our progressive dinners offer an opportunity to experience multiple restaurants in 2.5 hrs.

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 and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
2227 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-2181
Website: http://seattleglassblowing.com
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Watch live glassblowing and visit our glass gallery featuring hand-blown artwork, sinks and lighting made on-site. Classes and workshops available. Mon-Sun 10am-6pm. HA

Mario's
1513 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 674-4294
Website: http://marios.com
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One of Seattle's premier men's and women's specialty stores, Mario's features Hugo Boss, Prada, Brunello Cucinelli, and more. HA

Mountain Hardwear
250 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-7639
Website: http://mountainhardwear.com
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Great technical clothing and award winning gear for alpine climbing, snow sports, running, hiking, camping, and everyday adventures. Plus Montrail footwear. HA

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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/