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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

Copacabana Cafe
1520 1/2 Pike Place Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 622-6359

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South American $$. Unique South American food. Outdoor dining. Bar specialties, beer and wine. Pike Place Market: Seattle's own since 1907.

Etta's
2020 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-6000
Website: http://tomdouglas.com
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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.

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.

BOKA Restaurant & Bar
1010 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9554
Website: http://bokaseattle.com
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American $$$. Nearly 100% organic. Hand crafted cocktails, new and old world wines; open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch and daily happy hour. HA

Il Fornaio
600 Pine St, Ste 132 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-0994
Website: http://ilfornaio.com
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Italian $-$$$. Authentic Italian restaurant and bakery. Lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night dining. Conveniently located downtown at Pacific Place.

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.

FlipKey
226 Causeway St, 2nd Floor, Boston MA 02114
Phone: 617 356-8883
Website: http://flipkey.com/seattle-metro-area-vacation-rentals/g1553753/
    

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.

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.

Executive Hotel Pacific
400 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 777-7101
Website: http://executivehotels.net
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153 rooms, $$-$$$. Walking distance to major attractions and shopping. Hosted wine tasting every evening. Complimentary high-speed Internet access. Pets ok. TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Whole Foods Market Westlake
2210 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 621-9700
Website: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/node/6779
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Whole Foods Market is the world's leading natural and organic retailer. Visit us at all six of our Seattle Metro locations.

Uber Seattle
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Website: http://uber.com/seattle
    

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

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

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental
13809 First Ave S Burien WA 98168
Phone: 206 420-4496
Website: http://eagleridernorthwest.com
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EagleRider provides motorcycle and scooter rentals, GPS navigation rentals, tours, and free shuttle service. Open seven days 9am-5pm.

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 and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

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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/