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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

Top Pot Doughnuts
401 Baker Blvd Tukwila WA 98188
Phone: 206 631-2049
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Over 40 varieties of hand-forged doughnuts and fresh roasted coffee. HA

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.

The Georgian
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
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The Georgian features Northwest cuisine prepared by Chef Gavin Stephenson in Seattle's premier dining room. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Tue-Sat. HA

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Pacific Place Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 405-4205
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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

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Best Western Loyal Inn
2301 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 682-0200
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91 rooms, $$$. Walk to Downtown and Space Needle, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free high speed wireless Internet, fitness and business centers.

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

La Quinta Inn and Suites
2224 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 624-6820
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72 rooms, $-$$. Complimentary full breakfast, free local calls, fitness room, Wi-Fi, laundry room, complimentary USA Today. HA TDD

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 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.

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

Emerald City Charters
1001 Alaskan Way S, Pier 54 Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 624-3931
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1-1/2 hour and 2-1/2 hour harbor sails. Private parties. May-October. Major credit cards.

Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 652-4255
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Town Hall is an historic arts and cultural center offering a diverse season of presentations September-June. 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.

Northwest Folklife
158 Thomas St, Ste. 32 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 684-7300

Northwest Folklife is a year round non-profit dedicated to creating opportunities to share and participate in the traditions of the Northwest.

Tourmap Co.
PO Box 16253 Seattle WA 98116
Phone: 206 932-2506

Tourmap Company is a leading creator of destination maps for cities worldwide.

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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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