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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

Maximilien in the Market
81 A Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7270
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French $$$. Spectacular views - private dining, view patio. Lunch, dinner, Sun brunch. Rated excellent from Zagat.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro - Seattle
Westlake Center Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 393-0070
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Chinese $$-$$$. P.F. Chang's China Bistro - Unforgettable Chinese cuisine, attentive service and delicious desserts in a stylish bistro setting. Reservations accepted. HA

Brasserie Margaux Restaurant & Bar
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 777-1990
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Northwest Nouveau $$-$$$. It's fresh, it's fun, it's definitely Northwest. Margaux's innovative menu tempts you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. HA

1112 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-6060
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Northwest. $$$. TRACE restaurant and bar offers a "localist" menu highlighting farm-fresh produce, sustainably caught seafood, flirty handcrafted cocktails. HA

NYC Hyatt Deli Market
1520 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7011
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Deli $-$$. Eat in or take out. Breakfast and lunch. Sandwiches, soup and salad, beer and wine, snacks. Half a block from Convention Center.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 694-4941
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553 rooms, $$$-$$$$. In the heart of the city, spectacular views, concierge, business center, health club, indoor pool, whirlpool. Club floor. Wired and wireless Internet in all rooms. HA, TDD.

Hotel Andra
2000 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 694-7260
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119 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's ultimate address for urban luxury, located in the thriving Belltown neighborhood. HA

Hotel Vintage - Seattle
1100 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8000
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125 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, European-style hotel with winery theme. Hosted wine tasting each evening. Complimentary HSIA, luxurious amenities, superior service. Pets ok. HA TDD

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

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 Fifth Ave N Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 213-3571
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is open 10am-5pm Tue-Sat and admission is free.

FedEx Office - Seattle Sheraton Business Center

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Professional, full service, printing and convention services: programs, flyers, agendas, signs, banners, installation, fulfillment, location consultation, shipping, packaging, special requests. HA

Totally Seattle Tours Inc
PO Box 30833 Seattle WA 98113
Phone: 206 755-4109

Private and custom Seattle and regional tours. Any size group. Multi-lingual. Tell us what you want and we'll create it!

Pacific Place
600 Pine St, Ste. 228 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 405-2655
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Tiffany & Co., True Religion Brand Jeans, Coach, lululemon athletica, Williams-Sonoma, Barneys New York, restaurants, cinemas and much more. HA

Seattle By Foot
Phone: 206 553-9024

Explore Seattle with these unique and entertaining walking tours: Seattle's Original Coffee Crawl, Seattle Kids Tour, City Pub Tour and Scenic Emerald City.

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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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