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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

89 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-2101
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Experience European-influenced northwest food, made with local and seasonal ingredients, fresh local seafood, house-made charcuterie and hand-made pastas, with classic cocktails, beers and wines.

Brasserie Margaux Restaurant & Bar
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 777-1990
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Northwest Nouveau $$-$$$. It's fresh, it's fun, it's definitely Northwest. Margaux's innovative menu tempts you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. HA

Place Pigalle Restaurant and Bar
81 Pike St Seattle WA 98101

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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Place Pigalle, the quintessential Seattle restaurant specializing in seasonal menus combining local ingredients with a variety of culinary traditions.

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

O'Asian Restaurant
800 Fifth Ave, Ste Plaza 1 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 264-1789
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$$ Upscale, modern Chinese cuisine: delicious dim sum, lunch specials, all-day menu. Sophisticated bar. Open daily. Private dining/meeting space for 6-420. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 340-1222
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23 dorm rooms, three private rooms, $. Best location in the heart of downtown Seattle across from the Pike Place Market. Free breakfast. Free Internet. 24-hour check-in. Large common area/communal kitchen.

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, Wi-Fi available. Complimentary breakfast. Evening reception Mon-Thu. Pets ok. HA

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 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

W Seattle
1112 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-6103
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424 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Award-winning TRACE restaurant and bar, 24-hour in-room dining, fitness center, W signature bed, 32" LCD plasma screens with HSIA, Bliss spa products. Pets ok. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Clipper Vacations
2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-2560 ext. 3303
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Passenger ferry service - 2.5 hours Seattle to Victoria, BC year-round; San Juan Islands/whale watching, seasonal. Day trips and overnight packages. HA.

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.

Whole Foods Market Westlake
2210 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 621-9700
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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.

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 386-4300
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See playful otters, incredible octopus and other amazing sea creatures. Explore the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest and a Pacific Coral Reef. CityPASS participant.

Miner's Landing at Pier 57 Seattle
1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600
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Refurbished 1890’s Gold Rush pier with authentic Northwest dining, panoramic views, gifts and apparel, Carousel and family entertainment. Open daily.

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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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