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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

The Elephant and Castle Pub & Restaurant
1415 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-9977
Website: http://elephantcastle.com
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British $$. An authentic taste of Britain. Great pub food, extensive beer and Scotch selection and all the atmosphere of the old country.

Cupcake Royale - Downtown
108 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 883-7656
Website: http://cupcakeroyale.com
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Natural. Fresh. Local. Enjoy made-from-scratch cupcakes, homemade ice cream and hand-crafted espresso beverages. Voted Seattle's best! HA

Sisters European Snacks
Pike Place Market Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-6723
Website: http://sisterseuropeancafe.com
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European $. Serving a variety of grilled European sandwiches, soups, gourmet salads and breakfast. Open daily 8am-6pm. Pike Place Market. Seattle's own since 1907. 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.

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

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.

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.

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 774-6301
Website: http://grandseattle.hyatt.com
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457 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Setting the hospitality standard in the Pacific Northwest, one-of-a-kind hotel features stylish accommodations. 64 suites and 25,000 sq. ft. of event space. Only dogs allowed at additional fee. 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.

Warwick Seattle Hotel
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-4300
Website: http://warwickwa.com
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231 rooms, $$-$$$$. Stylish and sophisticated hotel with view of the Space Needle/skyline. Walk to attractions, shopping and theatre district. Juliet balconies, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Paint Nite
Seattle WA
Phone: 206 818 - 3231
Website: http://paintnite.com/pages/home/index
     

Paint Nite combines painting and socializing to give you the perfect night out or private/corporate event! Paint Nite is fun and stress-free, with no experience necessary! www.paintnite.com

On Call Nanny
WA
Phone: 206 890-8898
Website: http://oncallnanny.com
    

On Call Nanny provides vetted nannies, 24/7, for your childcare needs while visiting Seattle. Our nannies are experienced, interviewed and background checked. On Call Nanny is licensed and bonded.

glassybaby
3406 E Union St Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 568-7368
Website: http://glassybaby.com
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Watch glass blowers up close at the glassybaby hot shop. The colorful votives have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show and are a Seattle treasure.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 Fifth Ave N Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 213-3571
Website: http://visitorcenter.gatesfoundation.org
    

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is open 10am-5pm Tue-Sat and admission is free.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours
PO Box 94106 Seattle WA 98124
Phone: 206 353-3330
Website: http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com
    

We provide fun, enlightening regional tours throughout the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on local history and heritage. We also have Seattle walking and transported city tours.

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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/