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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

Caffe Ladro
801 Pine St Seattle WA 98101

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100% fair trade organic coffee. Voted Seattle's "Top Coffee House" by Seattle Weekly, Zagat Survey and USA Today! Open daily 5:30am-9pm.

icon Grill
1933 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-6330
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American $$-$$$. Elegant and richly whimsical, featuring "aroused Americana" dishes, reviewers report, "Seattle restaurants don't get much more visually or culinarily interesting than the icon Grill."

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.

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
1600 Pike Pl. Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 956-1964
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American $. Authentic, original, award-winning artisan cheeses made on-site, plus mac and cheese, sandwiches, soups, drinks. Open daily 9am-6pm.

AQUA by El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 956-9171
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Savory seafood, sinful desserts, stunning dining room, 4,000 sq. ft. deck. Open for dinner. Nightly piano music. Private dining rooms available.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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

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

Executive Hotel Pacific
400 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 777-7101
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153 rooms, $$-$$$. Walking distance to major attractions and shopping. Hosted wine tasting every evening. Complimentary high-speed Internet access. Pets ok. TDD

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle
1113 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 464-1980
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415 rooms, $$-$$$. Just off I-5 in downtown Seattle, walking distance from Convention Center and major shopping. Regatta Bar & Grille. Exercise facilities, gift shop, valet parking. Pets ok. HA TDD

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 613-2086
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195 rooms, $$-$$$$. Spacious two-room suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, evening reception weeknights, Internet.

Play in Downtown Seattle

The Seattle Times Company - Hotel Program
PO Box 70 Seattle WA 98111
Phone: 206 652-6361
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The Northwest’s best newspaper, independent and privately owned since 1896. Winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes.

Harried&Hungry Catering
1415 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-7900
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American $. Locally-owned 80-seat café just a block from Pike Place Market featuring delicious made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, drinks and snacks.

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 and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

Fran's Chocolates
1325 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-0168
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Celebrating 30 years of handcrafting artisan confections in Seattle. First and Union across from the Seattle Art Museum. Shipping available. Mon-Sat 9:30am-7:30pm. Sun 11am-6pm.

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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