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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

Purple Café and Wine Bar
1225 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 829-2280
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Northwest, $$-$$$. An urban retreat with stylish rustic elements featuring a Northwest inspired menu paired with an extensive global wine list. HA

Caffe Ladro
801 Pine St Seattle WA 98101

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100% fair trade organic coffee. Voted Seattle's "Top Coffee House" by Seattle Weekly, Zagat Survey and USA Today! Open daily 5:30am-9pm.

The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House
1212 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 224-7000
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Northwest $$$. Seattle's best oyster bar, stunning fresh seafood preparations and USDA prime grade steaks. Evening valet parking. HA

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

BOKA Restaurant & Bar
1010 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 357-9554
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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

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 694-4941
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553 rooms, $$$-$$$$. In the heart of the city, spectacular views, concierge, Fitness Center. Club floor. Wired and wireless Internet in all rooms. HA, TDD.

Hotel Max
620 Stewart St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 728-6299
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163 rooms, $$$. A quintessentially comfortable, utterly hip hotel experience awaits you at The Hotel Max. You gotta see this! 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

Warwick Seattle Hotel
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-4300
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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

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave at Madison Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-4844
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121 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, luxury boutique hotel. Evening wine tasting, valet, concierge, newspaper, 24-hour room service, HSIA, steam-room, fitness room, full day spa. Pets ok. HA

Play in Downtown Seattle

A/NT Gallery
2045 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 233-0680

Welcome to Seattle's longest running All Volunteer Run Art Gallery! Founded in 1988, A/NT Gallery is the place to find authentically original art by local artists.


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Wells Fargo


Wells Fargo has 11 branches in Seattle with an International Teller Site where you can purchase foreign currency in person. Please contact the location for specific currency availability and to confirm store hours.

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.

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.

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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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