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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

Sushi Kudasai
1420 Fifth Ave, Ste 203 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-8000

Quickness and quality rolled up in one.

Six Seven at The Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 269-4565
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Featuring breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Six Seven reflects seasonally inspired cuisine highlighting naturally raised ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. HA TDD

1433 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 456-7474
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RN74 is an urban wine bar by Michael Mina celebrating Burgundy and the Pacific Northwest. HA

Daily Grill
629 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8400
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American $$$. Serving great food daily. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, fine wines, great martinis, professional service. Private dining available. Open 6am-11pm. HA

2000 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 441-1430
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Northwest $$$. Tom Douglas' Lola features the classic produce of the Northwest mingled with the cooking styles of Greece. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Sea To Sky - Seattle's Vacation Rentals
118 N 36th St, Ste A Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 632-4210
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$-$$$$. Homes, condos, apartments. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. Units adjacent to Convention Center or tucked away in quiet residential neighborhoods. Three night minimum.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle - Downtown
206 Western Ave W Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 281-9393
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161 rooms, $$-$$$$. Two-room suites, full kitchens, wireless Internet access. Complimentary breakfast. Evening reception Mon-Thu. Pets ok. HA

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, wireless Internet connection, laundry room, complimentary USA Today. HA TDD

Inn at Virginia Mason
1006 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 583-6453
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79 rooms, $$. Featuring deluxe queens and some suites with fireplaces, jetted tubs and city views. Easy walk to shopping, Convention Center. HA

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

White Moustache Urban Adventure Co.
Seattle WA
Phone: 206 552-0950

Home of the ultimate eating tour. We guide you through the tasty underbelly of Seattle's gastronomical playground. Let's eat!

Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe
1926 Pike Pl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-1926

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Gourmet deli in the Pike Place Market featuring award-winning sandwiches,soups and salads, Northwest speciality foods, craft beer, wine and gift baskets. Open daily.

Downtown Seattle Association
600 Stewart St, Ste 200 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-0340
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The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) is a member-based non-profit organization that champions a healthy, vibrant urban core. By advocating on behalf of businesses, non-profit, arts and residential interests throughout Downtown Seattle, DSA ensures that Downtown is a world-class place to live, work, shop and play.

119 S Main St, Ste 210 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 415 603-9872

On-demand courier service. Food, clothes or office supplies? You name it. Anything in the city delivered within the hour.

Northwest Folklife
158 Thomas St, Ste. 32 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 684-7300

Northwest Folklife is a year round nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities to share and participate in the traditions of the Northwest.

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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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