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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

Morton's The Steakhouse
1511 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 223-0550
Website: http://mortons.com
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Steakhouse $$$$. Dine on sumptuous USDA Prime steaks to the ageless sounds of Sinatra. Select your favorite wine from our award-winning list. Complimentary private Boardrooms available. HA

Harried&Hungry Catering
1415 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-7900
Website: http://orderhh.com
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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.

Buffalo Wild Wings
1624 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://buffalowildwings.com
    

Buffalo Wild Wings Mezzanine is the ultimate gathering place for wings, beer and sports. Perfect for informal groups, receptions, or welcoming parties.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Pacific Place Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 405-4205
Website: http://gordonbiersch.com
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American $$. Authentic German-style lager beers brewed on-site and contemporary American cooking with international flavors in an upscale, casual and fun setting. HA

Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails
1415 Fifth Ave Seattle WA
Phone: 206 971-8000
Website: http://frolikseattle.com
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Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails is a true social experience, offering a space to encounter innovation and creativity with a playful twist.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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

Hotel Max
620 Stewart St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 728-6299
Website: http://hotelmaxseattle.com
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163 rooms, $$$. A quintessentially comfortable, utterly hip hotel experience awaits you at The Hotel Max. You gotta see this! HA

Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel
1531 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-2012
Website: http://roosevelthotel.com
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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.

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

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
2125 Terry Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 425 654-5010
Website: http://panpacific.com/seattle
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153 rooms, $$$$. Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award and AAA Four Diamond award recipient. Zagat winning Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, VIDA Spa. Superbly appointed guest rooms and suites. Central to area attractions and business district. HA

Play in Downtown Seattle

OSKA Seattle
1322 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 209-5401
Website: http://oska-seattle.com
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OSKA is an internationally recognized designer label for women's clothing. Creativity, quality and sustainability are trademarks of the OSKA brand. Located on Fifth Ave between Union and University.

Simply Seattle
1600 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-2207
Website: http://simplyseattle.com
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Seattle's largest selection of souvenirs and gifts like: Sleepless in Seattle; Grey's Anatomy; Twilight; Deadliest Catch.

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.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 548-2500
Website: http://zoo.org
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Reconnect with nature at this top award-winning zoo and see why it's hailed as among the finest in the world. HA TDD

Seattle Public Library - Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 386-4636
Website: http://spl.org
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Visit Seattle's spectacular Central Library. Offers self-guided tours, author programs, free Internet, Wi-Fi, gift shop, café and bus schedules.

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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/