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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

Tougo Coffee
800 Convention Pl, Ste 403 Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://tougocoffee.com
    

Sharing time at Tougo Coffee will always mean great service, coffee, tea, and baked goods. We are a host to our community and the families of Seattle. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm. Tougo brings coffee to all of your special occasions. Our coffee events and catering services are available for your next function.

Dahlia Lounge
2001 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 682-4142
Website: http://tomdouglas.com
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Northwest $$$. Dining at the Dahlia Lounge, Chef Tom Douglas' imaginative and inventive restaurant, has become synonymous with a visit to Seattle. HA.

Hard Rock Cafe
116 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 204-4663
Website: http://hardrock.com/Seattle
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American $$. Classic American fare, rock 'n' roll, Seattle rock merchandise and authentic memorabilia from Seattle rock legends, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Hendrix and more. HA

Yard House
1501 Fourth Ave Seattle WA
Phone: 206 682-2087
Website: http://yardhouse.com
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Great food, classic rock and 130 tap handles of craft ales and lagers. Open daily 11am for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Hotel 1000
1000 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9454
Website: http://Hotel1000Seattle.com
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120 rooms, $$$$. Seattle's premiere luxury destination. BOKA KITCHEN + BAR, full service spa, virtual golf club and fitness center with dry saunas. Wired-to-serve technology. Pets ok. HA

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle
1113 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 464-1980
Website: http://cphotelseattle.com
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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
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 613-2086
Website: http://HomewoodSuitesSeattle.com
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195 rooms, $$-$$$$. Spacious two-room suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, evening reception weeknights, Internet.

Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121

Website: http://edgewaterhotel.com
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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

Redfin
2025 First Ave, Sixth Floor Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 877 973-3346
Website: http://redfin.com
     

Redfin (redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes.

Seattle Wine Awards
1733 45th Ave SW Seattle WA 98116
Phone: 206 853-4677
Website: http://seattlewineawards.com
    

Taste Washington's Gold and Double-Gold Award Winning wines at your upcoming conference or trade show, a very special touch to remember.

City Centre
1420 Fifth Ave, Ste 450 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8800

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Aerosoles, Aldo and Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, American Eagle, Palomino, and more. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun noon-5pm. HA

Made in Washington
400 Pine St, Street Level Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-9753
Website: http://MadeInWashington.com
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Enjoy the best of Washington State. Handcrafted art, gourmet food and gift baskets, smoked salmon and wines. Retail locations/business gift services. HA

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

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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.
 
Other links:

http://www.letstalkdowntown.com/