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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

The Hunt Club Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 343-6156
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Northwest $$$$. Hunt Club offers a refreshing approach to fine dining, featuring award-winning Northwest cuisine. HA

Crab Pot
1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600
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Seafood $$-$$$. Home of the famous Seafeast and featured on Man vs. Food. Offering fun, family style dining serving fresh local seafood. HA

Copperworks Distilling
1250 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 504-7604
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Copperworks Distilling is a distillery, tasting room and retail store located on the Seattle downtown waterfront. Tasting and distillery tours available.

96 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-3590

Italian restaurant with waterfront views, dinner and happy hour. Jason Stratton creates a menu of fresh in house made pastas, antipasti and desserts. Private parties for 10-150.

1433 Fourth Ave at Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 456-7600
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RN74 is an urban wine bar by Michael Mina celebrating Burgundy and the Pacific Northwest. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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.

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 340-1222
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23 dorm rooms, three private rooms, $. Best location in the heart of downtown Seattle across from the Pike Place Market. Free breakfast. Free Internet. 24-hour check-in. Large common area/communal kitchen.

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave at Madison Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-4844
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121 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, luxury boutique hotel. Evening wine tasting, valet, concierge, newspaper, 24-hour room service, HSIA, steam-room, fitness room, full day spa. Pets ok. HA

Hotel Monaco Seattle
1101 Fourth Ave at Spring St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1770
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189 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Stylish and sophisticated, the eco-friendly Hotel Monaco has been acclaimed as one of the World's Best Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler. Pets ok. HA TDD

Sea To Sky - Seattle's Vacation Rentals
118 N 36th St, Ste A Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 632-4210
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$-$$$$. Homes, condos, apartments. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. Units adjacent to Convention Center or tucked away in quiet residential neighborhoods. Three night minimum.

Play in Downtown Seattle

On Call Nanny
Phone: 206 890-8898

On Call Nanny provides vetted nannies, 24/7, for your childcare needs while visiting Seattle. Our nannies are experienced, interviewed and background checked. On Call Nanny is licensed and bonded.

Westlake Center
1601 Fifth Ave, Ste 610 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 802-0930
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Four levels of shopping excitement and dining options! With direct access to the Seattle Monorail and Seattle transit tunnel. HA

Exclusively Washington
1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-2600
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Gifts and Souvenirs. Selected Fine Products from Washington State. Pottery, art glass, specialty foods and wines, apparel, books, personalized gift baskets and Ivar's memorabilia and chowders!

Tillicum Village, Native American Show & Salmon Bake
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Ste 201 Seattle WA

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Enjoy the quintessential Northwest Island experience with a cruise, salmon bake and native-inspired show. HA

Wells Fargo


Wells Fargo has 11 branches in Seattle with an International Teller Site where you can purchase foreign currency in person. Please contact the location for specific currency availability and to confirm store hours.

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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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