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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

Il Fornaio
600 Pine St, Ste 132 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-0994
Website: http://ilfornaio.com
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Italian $-$$$. Authentic Italian restaurant and bakery. Lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night dining. Conveniently located downtown at Pacific Place.

RN74
1433 Fourth Ave at Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 456-7600
Website: http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rnwa.php
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RN74 is an urban wine bar by Michael Mina celebrating Burgundy and the Pacific Northwest. HA

Indi Chocolate
1501 Pike Pl, Ste 527 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 243-2089
Website: http://indichocolate.com
    

Delicious artisan small-batch dark chocolate made from the beans we directly source. Try our chocolate bodycare too (lotions, lipbalms, scrubs).

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.

Shuckers
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
Website: http://fairmont.com/seattle/dining/shuckers
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Seafood $$$$. The friendly pub-style setting at Shuckers is an ideal way to experience local seafood. Open daily for dinner; lunch Mon-Sat.

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.

Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121

Website: http://edgewaterhotel.com
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223 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's only waterfront hotel. Northwest cuisine at its freshest. Complimentary downtown shuttle on availability, exercise room, access to health club. HA TDD

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

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

Sea To Sky - Seattle's Vacation Rentals
118 N 36th St, Ste A Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 632-4210
Website: http://seattlesvacationrentals.com
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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

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.

1900 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-5116
Website: http://fedex.com/us/office/services/conventions/locations/westin-seattle.html
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Visit the on-site FedEx Office Print and Ship Center conveniently located at The Westin Seattle Hotel and access a nationwide network of printing and shipping solutions.

Vida Spa, The Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
900 Lenora St, Ste 200 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 264-8432
Website: http://vidaspas.com
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Because every guest has unique needs, Vida offers a range of body therapies, wraps, exfoliations and facials. Open daily 9am-9pm.

OSKA Seattle
1322 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 209-5401
Website: http://oska-seattle.com
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OSKA is an internationally recognized designer label for women's clothing. Creativity, quality and sustainability are trademarks of the OSKA brand. Located on Fifth Ave between Union and University.

Cowgirls Inc.
421 First Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 340-0777
Website: http://cowgirlsinc.com
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Located in Pioneer Square, this dance saloon opens weekly from Thu-Sat, including before and after all sporting events. 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/