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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

203 Sixth Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 905-2164
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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Revolving restaurant 500 ft. above Seattle. Valet parking. Free access to Observation Deck. Lunch, dinner Mon-Fri; brunch, dinner Sat-Sun. HA

P.F. Chang's China Bistro - Seattle
Westlake Center Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 393-0070
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Chinese $$-$$$. P.F. Chang's China Bistro - Unforgettable Chinese cuisine, attentive service and delicious desserts in a stylish bistro setting. Reservations accepted. HA

Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-4340
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Seafood $$-$$$. Seattle waterfront - huge selection of fresh oysters, 21 foot oyster bar. Menu features fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner everyday. Valet available for dinner. HA

Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
1023 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104

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American, $. Made-from-scratch, baked goods, sandwiches, organic salads, boxed breakfast and lunches, deli platters and more with same day delivery service options. HA

Soup's On!
1420 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 625-9976
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American $. Gourmet soups to go. Eleven varieties daily. Open 10:30am-3pm Mon-Fri. MC VISA HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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.

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

Hotel Monaco Seattle
1101 Fourth Ave at Spring St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1770
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189 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Stylish and sophisticated, the eco-friendly Hotel Monaco has been acclaimed as one of the World's Best Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler. Pets ok. HA TDD

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-9000
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1,258 rooms, $$$-$$$$ In-room movies, room service, concierge, full service restaurant, gift shop, business center, lounge, valet, jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna. Sr. citizen discount. Pets ok. HA TDD

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, 24-hour spa, fitness room, Wi-Fi, laundry room, complimentary USA Today. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Azumano International Seattle
1511 Third Ave, Melbourne Tower, Ste 1006 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-7060
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Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Exceptions: American holidays. HA.

2200 Sixth Ave, Ste 400 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 728-0123

Summer-long festival with over 40 events for spectators and participants: Milk Carton Derby, Triathlon, Marathon, Torchlight Parade and Run, Hydroplane Race, and an Air Show! HA

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
7665 Corporate Center Dr Miami FL 33126
Phone: 800 327-7030
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Seven-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska, May-Sept. See our website or call for more information. HA

The Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600

One of the largest ferris wheels in North America. 175 feet tall, 42 climate controlled gondolas. HA

1513 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 223-1461
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One of Seattle's premier men's and women's specialty stores, Mario's features Hugo Boss, Prada, Brunello Cucinelli, and more. 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.
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