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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

The Capital Grille
1301 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 382-0900
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Steakhouse $$$. Dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning collection of over 400 wines. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 4:30-11pm; Sun 4-9pm. HA

Sazerac Restaurant
1101 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-7755
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American $$$. Sazerac Restaurant features American food with a Southern accent in a whimsical, contemporary decor. Serious fun and damn good food! HA

Cantina de San Patricio
1916 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-2150

Serving signature Mexican dishes and cocktails in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Our atmospheric room and outside patio with lovely views of Elliot Bay, is designed for a relaxing dining experience. San Patricio is also ideal for large or small gatherings.

Pike Place Chowder
1530 Post Alley, Ste 11 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 267-2537
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American $. Looking for the best chowder in town? How about in America? National award winning chowder, sandwiches and salads. Open 11am-5pm daily. HA

Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant
1401 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 838-4336
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Seattle's best Asian restaurant featuring authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, and a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 254-0500
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$-$$$. All suite hotel. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All rooms with sitting area including sofa sleeper, microwave, refrigerator, free high speed Internet access. Restaurant, lounge and room service. Complimentary downtown shuttle service. HA TDD

Hotel Vintage - Seattle
1100 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8000
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125 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, European-style hotel with winery theme. Hosted wine tasting each evening. Complimentary HSIA, luxurious amenities, superior service. Pets ok. HA TDD

226 Causeway St, 2nd Floor, Boston MA 02114
Phone: 617 356-8883

FlipKey is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 170,000 rentals around the world. Find the perfect place to stay for your trip, and get great value along with the space, privacy and amenities of home.

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

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

1302 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-1730
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Since 1921 Gucci has represented timeless style that is current. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm.

Local Craft Tours
500 Fifth Ave W, Ste 502 Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 406-4611
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Local craft distillery tour company open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Tours exploring the craft of cocktails. Includes tastings, tours, snacks and drinks. Luxury transport.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours
PO Box 94106 Seattle WA 98124
Phone: 206 353-3330

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.

Alamo Rent a Car and National Car Rental Seattle Downtown
Hilton Hotel Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 292-9770
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Our brands continue to serve business and leisure travelers' needs with friendly service and high-value vehicles conveniently located in the heart of downtown Seattle.

PO Box 25022 Seattle WA 98165
Phone: 206 363-1515

Geoteaming features an exciting GPS based walking tour for fun and team building. See Seattle through this unforgettable experience.

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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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