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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

Place Pigalle Restaurant and Bar
81 Pike St Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://placepigalle-seattle.com
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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Place Pigalle, the quintessential Seattle restaurant.

Caffe Ladro
801 Pine St Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://caffeladro.com
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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.

JUNO Restaurant
700 Third Ave at Cherry Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8080
Website: http://thearcticclubseattle.com/dining-libations/juno-restaurant
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American $$$. JUNO showcases the regional cuisines of North America, their abundance and variety. HA

Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar
1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-3500
Website: http://thefishermansrestaurant.com
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Seafood $$$. Experience the best in fresh Northwest seafood. Located at the end of Pier 57. Amazing waterfront views! Patio seating available.

Cutters Crabhouse
2001 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-4884
Website: http://cutterscrabhouse.com
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Seafood $$-$$$. Fresh seasonal seafood, sushi and Pike Place Market inspired creations with views of Elliott Bay and the Olympics. Large parties welcome. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Best Western PLUS Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 448-9444
Website: http://bestwestern.com/executiveinnseattle
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121 rooms, $$$. Convention hotel by the Space Needle, Business Center, free high speed wireless Internet. Brella's Restaurant & Lounge.

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

Hotel Monaco Seattle
1101 Fourth Ave at Spring St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1770
Website: http://monaco-seattle.com
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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

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 254-0500
Website: http://marriott.com/seadt
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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

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
Website: http://visitseattle.org/visitors/ccc
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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.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Northwest Pendleton
1313 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-4430
Website: http://indianblanket.com
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Made in the USA, a great Northwest tradition since 1909. Experience the colors, plaids, virgin wool separates, Indian pattern, throw blankets - all "authentic Pendleton." HA.

Wells Fargo

Website: http://wellsfargo.com
    

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.

Nordstrom Downtown
500 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 628-1690
Website: http://nordstrom.com
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We offer customers the best quality, selection and value. Mon-Sat 9:30am-8pm; Sun 11am-7pm. HA TDD

Paint Nite
230 Somerville Ave Somerville MA 02143
Phone: 206 818 - 3231
Website: http://paintnite.com/pages/home/index
     

Paint Nite combines painting and socializing to give you the perfect night out or private/corporate event! Paint Nite is fun and stress-free, with no experience necessary! www.paintnite.com

Seattle Food Tours
12721 Renton Ave S Seattle WA 98178
Phone: 206 725-4483
Website: http://seattlefoodtours.com
    

Taste Seattle’s dynamic culinary scene on a delicious walking food tour of Pike Place Market, Belltown or Capitol Hill. Our progressive dinners offer an opportunity to experience multiple restaurants in 2.5 hrs.

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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.
 
Other links:

http://www.letstalkdowntown.com/