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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

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
1600 Pike Pl. Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 956-1964
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American $. Authentic, original, award-winning artisan cheeses made on-site, plus mac and cheese, sandwiches, soups, drinks. Open daily 9am-6pm.

Harried&Hungry Catering
1415 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-7900
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American $. Locally-owned 80-seat café just a block from Pike Place Market featuring delicious made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, drinks and snacks.

Serious Pie Downtown
316 Virginia St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 838-7388
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Pizza $$-$$$. Serious Pie features an apple-wood burning oven that turns out a perfectly crisped crust topped with house made specialties.

Where to Eat Guide & Associates
Phone: 877 503-1266

Seattle's #1 restaurant guide with sample menus and maps. Ask for it at your hotel or visit us online at

Crab Pot
1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600
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Seafood $$-$$$. Home of the famous Seafeast and featured on Man vs. Food. Offering fun, family style dining serving fresh local seafood. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Inn at the Market
86 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-3600
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76 rooms, $$$$. Located in Seattle's famous Pike Place Market with views of the city skyline and Puget Sound, three restaurants, valet parking, Wi-Fi, meeting space 8-30 people. Rooftop deck. HA TDD

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

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 774-6301
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457 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Setting the hospitality standard in the Pacific Northwest, one-of-a-kind hotel features stylish accommodations- 64 suites and 25,000 sq. ft. of event space. Only dogs allowed at additional fee. HA TDD

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA
Phone: 206 461-5888
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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.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 613-2086
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195 rooms, $$-$$$$. Spacious two-room suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, evening reception weeknights, Internet.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Washington Beer Commission
1501 N 200th St, Ste 111 Shoreline WA 98133
Phone: 206 432-9373

Our mission is to promote Washington beer, benefit the state’s breweries, and increase awareness and demand.

Pike Place Merchants Association
93 Pike St, Ste. 312 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 587-0351
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Over 250 merchants, 100 farmers, 100 street performers, and 200 craftspeople conduct business in this nine acre monument to ethnic and economic diversity. HA TDD

1700 Seventh Ave, Ste 106 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 381-1789 xt. 4325
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Conveniently located near downtown attractions such as the Space Needle, Convention Center, EMP/SFM, Pacific Place, CenturyLink Field and more. HA

5657 42nd Ave SW Seattle WA 98136
Phone: 206 390-1028

Explore Seattle with the free STQRY mobile app – discover art, culture, history, attractions – then continue using the app inside venues!

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

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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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