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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

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.

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.

JUNO Restaurant
700 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8080
Website: http://thearcticclubseattle.com/dining-libations/juno-restaurant
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American $$$. JUNO showcases the regional cuisines of North America, their abundance and variety. HA

Tap House Grill
1506 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 816-3314
Website: http://taphousegrill.com
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American $$$. Featuring progressive urban cuisine consisting of steak, seafood, sushi and 160 beers on tap. Lunch, dinner, late night. HA

The Pike Brewing Company
1415 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 812-6606
Website: http://pikebrewing.com
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American $$. Seattle’s classic shrine to beer featuring ales brewed on premise, local wines, cheeses, and sustainable pub fare. Free Wi-Fi . Daily 11am-12am. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 622-6400
Website: http://hotelsorrento.com
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76 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's finest small luxury hotel. Award-winning Hunt Club restaurant. Complimentary towncar service within downtown Seattle. Pets ok. HA

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-5000
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/seawf-seattle-marriott-waterfront/
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358 rooms, $$$. Steps away from Pike Place Market. Most guestrooms have stunning water views. Balconies, 24-hour room service, restaurant, lounge. No pets. HA TDD

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

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 694-4941
Website: http://renaissanceseattle.com
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553 rooms, $$$-$$$$. In the heart of the city, spectacular views, concierge, Fitness Center. Club floor. Wired and wireless Internet in all rooms. HA, TDD.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Seattle
305 Harrison St Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/seattle/default.aspx
    

Turn Seattle into a giant game board with these fun Scavenger Hunt Tours. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour tour. Solve challenges, see sights and enjoy on your schedule.

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

Big Air Soaring
4811 49th Ave SW Seattle WA 98116
Phone: 206 391-0359
Website: http://bigairsoaring.com
    

Big Air Soaring offers tandem Paragliding flights and tours of Tiger Mountain. Passenger can see views of the Puget Sound, the Cascades, and Rainier!

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.

Shark & Yeti Photography
2655 Eighth Ave W Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 302-9778
Website: http://sharkandyeti.com
    

Shark & Yeti Photography specializes in photography for events big and small. From national corporate conferences to small private parties, we make sure your event is fully covered with memorable images and fun photographers. 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/