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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

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.

Toss'd Custom Salads
1420 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-6700

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Specializing in tossed to order salads. Customize from over 30 ingredients. Grab and go salads, salad wraps and beverages also available for those on the go. HA

Lowell's Restaurant & Bar
1519 Pike Pl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 622-2036
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American $. Three levels of water views, great Northwest cuisine and full service bar in the heart of the Pike Place Market. Open 7am-9pm daily.

Juicy Cafe
725 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-6960
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Deli $. Fast, fresh and healthy juices, smoothies, salads, brown rice bowls, and sandwiches made to order. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm and 10am-4pm Sat. HA

Café Campagne
1600 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 728-2800
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French. $$-$$$$ Award-winning cuisine in the heart of Pike Place Market. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch and private dining. Daily summer breakfast (Memorial Day to Labor Day.)

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8700
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161 rooms, $$$$. Beautifully appointed hotel in heart of Seattle's shopping district. Restaurant, room service, concierge, valet/laundry, fitness room. Member of Historic Hotels of America. HA TDD

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-9000
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1,258 rooms, $$$-$$$$ In-room movies, room service, concierge, full service restaurant, gift shop, business center, lounge, valet, jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna. Sr. citizen discount. Pets ok. HA TDD

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

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-5000
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358 rooms, $$$. Steps away from Pike Place Market. Most guestrooms have stunning water views. Balconies, 24-hour room service, restaurant, lounge. No pets. 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.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Pike Place Fish
86 Pike Pl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7181
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Fish and Seafood. 120 varieties of seafood, from shellfish to salmon. Delivery to hotels, 7am-10pm. We ship fish anywhere in the US. Open daily. HA.

Power Hiking Ltd.
PO Box 788 Tiburon CA 94920
Phone: 415 269-3064

Exciting distinctive walking itineraries with stunning views featured in this colorful easy to carry unique travel guide. Each itinerary has its own color map and color photos to follow at your pace.

Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall
200 University St Seattle WA 98111
Phone: 206 215-4747
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200+ live performances from September-July with renowned guest artists. Classical, pops and children's programs. HA TDD

The Gift Gourmet
Bothell WA 98011
Phone: 425 483-9694

Custom gourmet food gift baskets featuring salmon, cheese, crackers, coffee, cookies, chocolates, wine, micro beer and so much more!

Husky Central
1319 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 685-9920
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Our Husky Central store in downtown Seattle carries a variety of University of Washington and Husky insignia apparel and souvenirs.

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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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