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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

BOKA Restaurant & Bar
1010 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9554
Website: http://bokaseattle.com
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American $$$. Nearly 100% organic. Hand crafted cocktails, new and old world wines; open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch and daily happy hour. HA

Ivar's Acres of Clams
Pier 54 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-6852
Website: http://ivars.com
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Seafood $-$$$. Since 1938, the spectacular waterfront view and fresh seafood have made this one of Seattle's favorite traditions. Lunch and dinner, outdoor fish bar. Banquet facilities. HA

Yard House
1501 Fourth Ave Seattle WA
Phone: 206 682-2087
Website: http://yardhouse.com
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Great food, classic rock and 130 tap handles of craft ales and lagers. Open daily 11am for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.

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

Caffe Ladro
801 Pine St Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://caffeladro.com
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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.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Executive Hotel Pacific
400 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 777-7101
Website: http://executivehotels.net
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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

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8700
Website: http://mayflowerpark.com
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161 rooms, $$$$. Beautifully appointed hotel in heart of Seattle's shopping district. Restaurant, room service, concierge, valet/laundry, fitness room. Member of Historic Hotels of America. HA TDD

W Seattle
1112 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-6103
Website: http://wseattle.com
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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

Hotel 1000
1000 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9454
Website: http://Hotel1000Seattle.com
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120 rooms, $$$$. Seattle's premiere luxury destination. BOKA KITCHEN + BAR, full service spa, virtual golf club and fitness center with dry saunas. Wired-to-serve technology. Pets ok. HA

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Children's Theatre
201 Thomas St Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 859-4054
Website: http://sct.org
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SCT performs September-June and provides children of all ages access to professional theatre with a focus on new works and theatre education. HA VISA MC AMEX

Sandbox Sport Seattle
5955 Airport Way S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 624-2899
Website: http://sandboxsports.net
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Seattle's only indoor beach with beach volleyball, kids' sandbox, tiki lounge with TVs and meeting rooms. Great for parties! HA

A/NT Gallery
2045 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 233-0680
Website: http://antgallery.org
   

Welcome to Seattle's longest running All Volunteer Run Art Gallery! Founded in 1988, A/NT Gallery is the place to find authentically original art by local artists.

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

Northwest Pendleton
1313 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-4430
Website: http://indianblanket.com
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Made in the USA, a great Northwest tradition since 1909. Experience the colors, plaids, virgin wool separates, Indian pattern, throw blankets - all "authentic Pendleton." 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.
 
Other links:

http://www.letstalkdowntown.com/