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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

Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant
1401 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 838-4336
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Seattle's best Asian restaurant featuring authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, and a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list. HA

Andaluca Restaurant & Bar
407 Olive Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 382-6999
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Mediterranean $$$-$$$$. Warm, upbeat atmosphere featuring fresh seasonal Northwest foods combined with Mediterranean flavors and techniques. All major credit cards. Reservations recommended. HA

Thai Ginger
600 Pine St, Pacific Place, Fourth Fl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-9100
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Thai $$.The freshest ingredients, brilliantly prepared in an environment reminiscent of Thailand. Open daily for cocktails, lunch and dinner. HA

Steelhead Diner
95 Pine St, Ste 17 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 625-0129
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Northwest $$$. Diner evolved. Smart-casual restaurant in the heart of the Pike Place Market featuring Pacific Northwest food and wine. Private dining available. HA

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.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton
700 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8040
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120 rooms, $$$. Pets welcomed and pampered. JUNO Restaurant and bar plus lobby Polar Bar. Suites with whirlpools and rooftop terraces. HA

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-7000
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147 rooms $$$$. Luxury guest rooms, signature restaurant/lounge with spectacular views of Puget Sound. Spa, fitness center and infinity pool. HA

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 B Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 340-1222
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23 dorm rooms, three private rooms, $. Best location in the heart of downtown Seattle across from the Pike Place Market. Free breakfast. Free Internet. 24-hour check-in. Large common area/communal kitchen.

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 695-1234
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346 rooms, $$$$. First LEED certified hotel in Seattle. Luxury accommodations including full service Elaia Spa and Urbane Restaurant. HA

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 622-6400
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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

Play in Downtown Seattle

Columbia Sportswear
290 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-7719
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Columbia has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938.

Downtown Seattle Association
1809 Seventh Ave, Ste 900 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-0340
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The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) is a member-based non-profit organization that champions a healthy, vibrant urban core. By advocating on behalf of businesses, non-profit, arts and residential interests throughout Downtown Seattle, DSA ensures that Downtown is a world-class place to live, work, shop and play.

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

1900 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-5116
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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.

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

Explore Seattle with the free STQRY mobile app – discover art, culture, history, attractions – then continue using the app inside venues!

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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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