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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

89 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-2101
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Experience European-influenced northwest food, made with local and seasonal ingredients, fresh local seafood, house-made charcuterie and hand-made pastas, with classic cocktails, beers and wines.

1400 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 971-7979
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Housing the latest talents of renowned Chef Billy Beach, Japonessa offers some of the best sushi Seattle has to offer. HA

Evergreens Salad
823 Third Ave, Ste 107 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 949-8633

All natural and delicious fresh salads made on demand.

Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-4340
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Seafood $$-$$$. Seattle waterfront - huge selection of fresh oysters, 21 foot oyster bar. Menu features fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner everyday. Valet available for dinner. HA

IL Bistro
93 Pike St, Ste A Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-3049
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Italian $$$. Traditional Italian Dining in the heart of the Pike Place Market. Dinner, late night menu, bar until 2am. HA.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 254-0500
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$-$$$. All suite hotel. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All rooms with sitting area including sofa sleeper, microwave, refrigerator, free high speed Internet access. Restaurant, lounge and room service. Complimentary downtown shuttle service. HA TDD

Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel
1531 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-2012
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151 rooms, $$-$$$$. A true Seattle landmark in the heart of downtown, surrounded by world class shopping, dining, entertainment and the Convention Center.

La Quinta Inn and Suites
2224 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 624-6820
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72 rooms, $-$$. Complimentary full breakfast, free local calls, fitness room, Wi-Fi, laundry room, complimentary USA Today. HA TDD

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.

W Seattle
1112 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-6103
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424 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Award-winning TRACE restaurant and bar, 24-hour in-room dining, fitness center, W signature bed, 32" LCD plasma screens with HSIA, Bliss spa products. Pets ok. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle



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The Bicycle Repair Shop
928 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 682-7057
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Your go-to destination for bicycle repair and rental. Self-guided tours offered. Located across from Coleman Dock and Washington State Ferry Terminal. Drop in or call today!

Made in Washington
400 Pine St, Street Level Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-9753
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Enjoy the best of Washington State. Handcrafted art, gourmet food and gift baskets, smoked salmon and wines. Retail locations/business gift services. HA

5657 42nd Ave SW Seattle WA 98136
Phone: 206 390-1028

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Starline Luxury Coaches
9801 Martin Luther King Jr Way S Seattle WA 98118
Phone: 206 763-5817
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Luxury coaches, mini-buses and executive vans. Wheelchair accessible vehicles. Event transportation management/shuttle specialists. Prices to fit your budget. 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.
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