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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

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.

Fonte Cafe and Wine Bar
1321 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 777-6193
Website: http://www.fontecoffee.com
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$$ Offering a European bistro experience with exceptional wine and food, world-class coffee and impeccable service. Across from Seattle Art Museum.

Washington Beer Commission
1501 N 200th St, Ste 111 Shoreline WA 98133
Phone: 206 432-9373
Website: http://washingtonbeer.com
    

Our mission is to promote Washington beer, benefit the state’s breweries, and increase awareness and demand.

JUNO Restaurant
700 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8080
Website: http://thearcticclubseattle.com/dining-libations/juno-restaurant
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American $$$. JUNO showcases the regional cuisines of North America, their abundance and variety. HA

Storyville Coffee Company Pike Place
94 Pike St, Ste 34 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: (206) 780-5777
Website: http://storyville.com
    

Local coffee roasters dedicated to creating a truly exceptional coffee experience, one cup at a time. Enjoy your drink of choice with a full menu of homemade pastries, baked fresh in-house every day.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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.

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8700
Website: http://mayflowerpark.com
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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

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 340-1222
Website: http://greentortoise.net
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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.

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 695-1234
Website: http://olive8.hyatt.com
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346 rooms, $$$$. First LEED certified hotel in Seattle. Luxury accommodations including full service Elaia Spa and Urbane Restaurant. HA

La Quinta Inn and Suites
2224 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 624-6820
Website: http://436.lq.com
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72 rooms, $-$$. Complimentary full breakfast, free local calls, fitness room, Wi-Fi, laundry room, complimentary USA Today. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Tillicum Village, Native American Show & Salmon Bake
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Ste 201 Seattle WA

Website: http://tillicumvillage.com
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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

Uber Seattle
WA

Website: http://uber.com/seattle
    

Need a ride? Uber makes it super easy to get around Seattle with the tap of an app!

Cowgirls Inc.
421 First Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 340-0777
Website: http://cowgirlsinc.com
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Located in Pioneer Square, this dance saloon opens weekly from Thu-Sat, including before and after all sporting events. HA

Parlor Live Seattle
1522 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://parlorlive.com
    

Parlor Live Seattle is the Northwest’s premiere comedy and live entertainment venue featuring five national headliner shows weekly, state-of-the-art private event space for groups up to 1,000 including two full bars, a restaurant and street-level lounge.

Aerosoles
1420 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 381-0538
Website: http://aerosoles.com
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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.
 
Other links:

http://www.letstalkdowntown.com/