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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

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.

O'Asian Restaurant
800 Fifth Ave, Ste Plaza 1 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 264-1789
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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

Tulio Ristorante
1100 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-5500
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Seattle's best Italian cuisine serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Private dining rooms available. All major credit cards. HA

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

ART Restaurant and Lounge
99 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-7070
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ART Restaurant and Lounge celebrates authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine with unique global influences. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Best Western PLUS Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 448-9444
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121 rooms, $$$. Convention hotel by the Space Needle, Business Center, free high speed wireless Internet. Brella's Restaurant & Lounge.

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-9000
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1,258 rooms, $$$-$$$$ In-room movies, room service, concierge, full service restaurant, gift shop, business center, lounge, valet, jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna. Sr. citizen discount. Pets ok. HA TDD

Motif Seattle
1415 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 971-8000
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319 rooms, $$-$$$. Spectacular views in downtown Seattle. Newly remodeled. Fitness center, restaurant, lounge. Refrigerators, robes. Small pets ok. HA TDD

Hilton Seattle
1301 Sixth Ave at University Seattle WA 98101

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237 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Cable TV, room service, concierge, fitness center, restaurant, lounge, valet/laundry service, sr. citizen discount, family plan. 1 1/2 blocks from Convention Center. HA TDD

Warwick Seattle Hotel
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-4300
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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

Play in Downtown Seattle

Mountain Hardwear
250 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-7639
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Great technical clothing and award winning gear for alpine climbing, snow sports, running, hiking, camping, and everyday adventures. Plus Montrail footwear. HA

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 654-3100
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Seattle Art Museum (SAM) collects and exhibits objects from across cultures. SAM’s three locations include the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Nordstrom Downtown
500 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 628-1690
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We offer customers the best quality, selection and value. Mon-Sat 9:30am-8pm; Sun 11am-7pm. HA TDD

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

The Walking Company
1428 Fourth Ave, First Level Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-9215

The Walking Company mission is to help you walk in comfort in all aspects of your life.

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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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