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Downtown Seattle

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

Washington Beer Commission
1501 N 200th St, Ste 111 Shoreline WA 98133
Phone: 206 432-9373

Our mission is to promote Washington beer, benefit the state’s breweries, and increase awareness and demand.

Palace Kitchen
2030 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-2001
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Northwest $$$. Chef and author Tom Douglas' restaurant serves dinners nightly from 5pm-1am. All major credit cards. HA

Cantina de San Patricio
1916 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-2150

Serving signature Mexican dishes and cocktails in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Our atmospheric room and outside patio with lovely views of Elliot Bay, is designed for a relaxing dining experience. San Patricio is also ideal for large or small gatherings.

icon Grill
1933 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-6330
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American $$-$$$. Elegant and richly whimsical, featuring "aroused Americana" dishes, reviewers report, "Seattle restaurants don't get much more visually or culinarily interesting than the icon Grill."

Ivar's Acres of Clams
Pier 54 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-6852
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Seafood $-$$$. Since 1938, the spectacular waterfront view and fresh seafood have made this one of Seattle's favorite traditions. Lunch and dinner, outdoor fish bar. Banquet facilities. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Stay Alfred
Phone: 866 232-3864
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Amazing Locations! Amazing Prices! We host large groups! Call us today!

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 254-0500
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$-$$$. All suite hotel. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All rooms with sitting area including sofa sleeper, microwave, refrigerator, free high speed Internet access. Restaurant, lounge and room service. Complimentary downtown shuttle service. HA TDD

Inn at Virginia Mason
1006 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 583-6453
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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

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 695-1234
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346 rooms, $$$$. First LEED certified hotel in Seattle. Luxury accommodations including full service Elaia Spa and Urbane Restaurant. HA

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
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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 Symphony at Benaroya Hall
200 University St Seattle WA 98111
Phone: 206 215-4747
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200+ live performances from September-July with renowned guest artists. Classical, pops and children's programs. HA TDD

Seattle Cycling Tours
714 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 356-5803
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Bicycle rentals by the hour, day, week or longer. Rentals include bikes, helmet, lock, map. Ask about our local tours.

Simply Seattle
1600 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-2207
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Seattle's largest selection of souvenirs and gifts like: Sleepless in Seattle; Grey's Anatomy; Twilight; Deadliest Catch.

Mariners Team Store - Downtown at Westlake
1800 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 346-4327

Authentic Mariners merchandise straight from the ballpark! Get 10% off regular price merchandise the day you purchase Mariners tickets.

Copperworks Distilling
1250 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 504-7604

Copperworks Distilling is a distillery, tasting room and retail store located on the Seattle downtown waterfront. Tasting and distillery tours available.

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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.
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