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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

Tougo Coffee
800 Convention Pl, Ste 403 Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://tougocoffee.com
    

Sharing time at Tougo Coffee will always mean great service, coffee, tea, and baked goods. We are a host to our community and the families of Seattle. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm. Tougo brings coffee to all of your special occasions. Our coffee events and catering services are available for your next function.

O'Asian Restaurant
800 Fifth Ave, Ste Plaza 1 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 264-1789
Website: http://oasiankitchen.com
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$$ Upscale, modern Chinese cuisine: delicious dim sum, lunch specials, all-day menu. Sophisticated bar. Open daily. Private dining/meeting space for 6-420. HA

Caffe Ladro
801 Pine St Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://caffeladro.com
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100% fair trade organic coffee. Voted Seattle's "Top Coffee House" by Seattle Weekly, Zagat Survey and USA Today! Open daily 5:30am-9pm.

Cutters Crabhouse
2001 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-4884
Website: http://cutterscrabhouse.com
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Seafood $$-$$$. Fresh seasonal seafood, sushi and Pike Place Market inspired creations with views of Elliott Bay and the Olympics. Large parties welcome. HA

Etta's
2020 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-6000
Website: http://tomdouglas.com
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Seafood $$$. Etta's expansive menu features Seattle's freshest seafood. Near the Pike Place Market. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm. Weekend brunch 9am-3pm.

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.

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 Oasis Vacation Rentals
644 Strander Blvd, Ste 206 Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 456-5251
Website: http://seattleoasisvacations.com
    

Beautiful vacation homes in the heart of Seattle. Walking distance to the sights and exceptional prices. Easy access from Sea-Tac. HA

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

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.

Northwest Folklife
158 Thomas St, Ste. 32 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 684-7300
Website: http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/
    

Northwest Folklife is a year round non-profit dedicated to creating opportunities to share and participate in the traditions of the Northwest.

TASTE Restaurant and Events
Seattle Art Museum Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 903-5291
Website: http://tastesam.com
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Northwest $$$. Simple yet upscale, reasonably-priced foods created with fresh from the market ingredients. HA

Gucci
1302 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-1730
Website: http://gucci.com/us
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Since 1921 Gucci has represented timeless style that is current. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm.

Washington State Wine Commission
1201 Western Ave, Ste 450 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 667-9463 ext. 2020
Website: http://washingtonwine.org
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Representing licensed wineries and wine grape growers in Washington State; providing marketing to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry.

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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/