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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

Copperworks Distilling
1250 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 504-7604
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Copperworks Distilling is a distillery, tasting room and retail store located on the Seattle downtown waterfront. Tasting and distillery tours 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.

1433 Fourth Ave at Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 456-7600
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RN74 is an urban wine bar by Michael Mina celebrating Burgundy and the Pacific Northwest. HA

Palace Kitchen
2030 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-2001
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Northwest $$$. Chef and author Tom Douglas' restaurant serves dinners nightly from 5pm-1am. All major credit cards. HA

AQUA by El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 956-9171
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Savory seafood, sinful desserts, stunning dining room, 4,000 sq. ft. deck. Open for dinner. Nightly piano music. Private dining rooms available.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
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450 rooms, $$$$. AAA Five Diamond Hotel. Two restaurants and bar, fully-equipped health club with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna. Complimentary HSIA in guestrooms. Small pets ok. HA TDD

Moore Hotel
1926 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-4851
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120 rooms, $. Historic hotel celebrating a century serving Seattle near Pike Place Market, shopping, waterfront. Restaurant, cocktail lounge.

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

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

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.)
222 Yale Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 223-1944
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Sport Clothing & Equipment. High-quality gear and clothing for your outdoor adventures. Visit our web or call for stores in Bellingham, Alderwood/Lynnwood, Redmond, Southcenter/Tukwila and Tacoma. HA

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.

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.

Washington State Ferries
2901 Third Ave, Ste 500 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 515-3918
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Operating 365 days a year; please call for fare and schedule information. Partial HA; please call for details. TDD

600 Pine St., Suite 120A Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 956-3304

Seattle's exclusive store for women's modern clothing. Only store in the U.S. Designed in Seattle with edgy and European looks. Easy care clothing, great for travel. Located at Pacific Place, level 1.

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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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