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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

96 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-3590

Italian restaurant with waterfront views, lunch, dinner and happy hour. Chefs Stratton and Mashaney create a menu of fresh in house made pastas, antipasti and desserts. Private parties for 10-150.

Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar, Inc.
1916 Pike Pl, Ste 16 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-7721

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31 years in the market, Emmett Watson's has a large selection of fresh oysters, seafood and produce. Daily except some holidays.

Evergreens Salad
823 Third Ave, Ste 107 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 949-8633

All natural and delicious fresh salads made on demand.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
727 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8524
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Steakhouse $$$. Serving US prime steaks, live Maine lobster, fresh King salmon and vegetarian friendly. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour daily. Valet parking available.

2020 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-6000
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Seafood $$$. Etta's expansive menu features Seattle's freshest seafood. Near the Pike Place Market. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm. Weekend brunch 9am-3pm.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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.

Inn at the Market
86 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-3600
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76 rooms, $$$$. Located in Seattle's famous Pike Place Market with views of the city skyline and Puget Sound, three restaurants, valet parking, Wi-Fi, meeting space 8-30 people. Rooftop deck. 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 and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

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

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave at Madison Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-4844
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121 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, luxury boutique hotel. Evening wine tasting, valet, concierge, newspaper, 24-hour room service, HSIA, steam-room, fitness room, full day spa. Pets ok. HA

Play in Downtown Seattle

1511 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
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A unique restaurant-bar-entertainment venue with over 200 interactive video games for all ages. Great happy hour. HA

5657 42nd Ave SW Seattle WA 98136
Phone: 206 390-1028

Explore Seattle with the free STQRY mobile app. Discover art, culture, history, attractions, then continue using the app inside venues!

PO Box 25022 Seattle WA 98165
Phone: 206 363-1515

Geoteaming features an exciting GPS based walking tour for fun and team building. See Seattle through this unforgettable experience.

Black Car Express (BCE)
Phone: 206 478-4340


Executive transportation service, chauffeured luxury vans, mini-buses, corporate sedans and SUVs. We believe that chauffeured transportation means more than just a ride. It's about excellence in professionalism and service.

1420 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 381-0538
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Aerosoles offers comfort you can count on. After all, they're not just shoes, they're Aerosoles. 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.
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