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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

Dragonfish Asian Cafe
722 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-7777
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Pan-Asian $$$. Critics' choice Seattle "Top 10" restaurant, contemporary Pan-Asian cafe, full bar, private dining, late-night dining until 1am. HA

Cupcake Royale - Downtown
108 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 883-7656
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Natural. Fresh. Local. Enjoy made-from-scratch cupcakes, homemade ice cream and hand-crafted espresso beverages. Voted Seattle's best! HA

Blue C Sushi - Downtown Seattle
1510 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-4022
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Whether it's sit down, build your own, or grab-and-go, we're ready to satisfy your sushi craving.

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."

Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails
1415 Fifth Ave Seattle WA
Phone: 206 971-8000
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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

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 254-0500
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$-$$$. All suite hotel. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All rooms with sitting area including sofa sleeper, microwave, refrigerator, free high speed Internet access. Restaurant, lounge and room service. Complimentary downtown shuttle service. HA TDD

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 774-6301
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457 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Setting the hospitality standard in the Pacific Northwest, one-of-a-kind hotel features stylish accommodations. 64 suites and 25,000 sq. ft. of event space. Only dogs allowed at additional fee. HA TDD

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 B 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.

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

The Paramount Hotel, Seattle
724 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 343-6774
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146 newly renovated rooms, $$$. An elegant boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle. One block to the Washington State Convention Center, Paramount Theatre, Pacific Place. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Food Tours
12721 Renton Ave S Seattle WA 98178
Phone: 206 725-4483

Taste Seattle’s dynamic culinary scene on a delicious walking food tour of Pike Place Market, Belltown or Capitol Hill. Our progressive dinners offer an opportunity to experience multiple restaurants in 2.5 hrs.

Tillicum Village NW Coast Indian Cultural Center & Restaurant
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Ste 201 Seattle WA

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Four-hour tour includes cruise, spectacular Seattle skyline views, Pacific Northwest Coast Indian style salmon dinner, entertaining stage show, gift gallery. HA

Puget Sound Brewery Tours
Seattle WA 98117
Phone: 206 384-3637

Puget Sound's only exclusive craft brewery tours! Craft brew is all we do! Sample Washington craft beer in Seattle, Woodinville, Eastside and more. Tours available Tue-Sun.

Seattle Cycling Tours
714 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 356-5803
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Bicycle rentals by the hour, day, week or longer. Rentals include bikes, helmet, lock, map. Ask about our Local Tours.

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
1201 Western Ave, Ste 425 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 957-2234
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Insider’s guide to food and drinks, entertainment and the arts, recreation, interesting people and the good life in Seattle.

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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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