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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

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

2000 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 441-1430
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Northwest $$$. Tom Douglas' Lola features the classic produce of the Northwest mingled with the cooking styles of Greece. HA

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.

Six Seven at The Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 269-4565
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Featuring breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Six Seven reflects seasonally inspired cuisine highlighting naturally raised ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. HA TDD

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."

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 694-4941
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553 rooms, $$$-$$$$. In the heart of the city, spectacular views, concierge, Fitness Center. Club floor. Wired and wireless Internet in all rooms. HA, TDD.

Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel
1531 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-2012
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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.

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

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.

2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121

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223 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's only waterfront hotel. Northwest cuisine at its freshest. Complimentary downtown shuttle on availability, exercise room, access to health club. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Shark & Yeti Photography
2655 Eighth Ave W Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 302-9778

Shark & Yeti Photography specializes in photography for events big and small. From national corporate conferences to small private parties, we make sure your event is fully covered with memorable images and fun photographers. HA

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.

Ben Bridge Jeweler
1432 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 628-6800
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Jewelers and Fine Gifts. Fine jewelry and watches since 1912. Expert watch and jewelry repair. Mon-Sat 9:30am-7pm; Sun noon-5pm. HA

Scoot About
3035 First Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 407-3362

Rent a scooter for fun or for your transportation needs. Get out and see Seattle. Rent by the hour, day or week. Scoot About also sells helmets, accessories, gift items, scooters and motorcycles.

5th Avenue Theatre
1326 Fifth Ave, Ste 735 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 625-1900 (Box Office)
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We proudly produce top-quality musical revivals, Broadway-bound premieres, and present touring Broadway musicals. We also offer education and outreach programs.

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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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