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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

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

Dahlia Lounge
2001 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 682-4142
Website: http://tomdouglas.com
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Northwest $$$. Dining at the Dahlia Lounge, Chef Tom Douglas' imaginative and inventive restaurant, has become synonymous with a visit to Seattle. HA.

Six Seven at The Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 269-4565
Website: http://edgewaterhotel.com
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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

Etta's
2020 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-6000
Website: http://tomdouglas.com
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Seafood $$$. Etta's expansive menu features Seattle's freshest seafood. Near the Pike Place Market. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm. Weekend brunch 9am-3pm.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Pacific Place Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 405-4205
Website: http://gordonbiersch.com
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American $$. Authentic German-style lager beers brewed on-site and contemporary American cooking with international flavors in an upscale, casual and fun setting. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

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.

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 622-6400
Website: http://hotelsorrento.com
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76 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's finest small luxury hotel. Award-winning Hunt Club restaurant. Complimentary towncar service within downtown Seattle. Pets ok. HA

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 695-1234
Website: http://olive8.hyatt.com
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346 rooms, $$$$. First LEED certified hotel in Seattle. Luxury accommodations including full service Elaia Spa and Urbane Restaurant. HA

Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121

Website: http://edgewaterhotel.com
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223 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's only waterfront hotel. Northwest cuisine at its freshest. Complimentary downtown shuttle on availability, exercise room, access to health club. HA TDD

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle - Downtown
206 Western Ave W Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 281-9393
Website: http://seattledowntown.homewoodsuites.com
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161 rooms, $$-$$$$. Two-room suites, full kitchens, Wi-Fi available. Complimentary breakfast. Evening reception Mon-Thu. Pets ok. HA

Play in Downtown Seattle

The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-5510
Website: http://stgpresents.org
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Seattle's premier venue for Broadway, dance, music and film since 1928. Box office open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Theatre tours first Sat of every month. AMEX MC VISA, HA TDD

Mario's
1513 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 674-4294
Website: http://marios.com
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One of Seattle's premier men's and women's specialty stores, Mario's features Hugo Boss, Prada, Brunello Cucinelli, and more. HA

1900 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-5116
Website: http://fedex.com/us/office/services/conventions/locations/westin-seattle.html
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Visit the on-site FedEx Office Print and Ship Center conveniently located at The Westin Seattle Hotel and access a nationwide network of printing and shipping solutions.

Whole Foods Market Westlake
2210 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 621-9700
Website: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/node/6779
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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 Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
2227 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-2181
Website: http://seattleglassblowing.com
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Watch live glassblowing and visit our glass gallery featuring hand-blown artwork, sinks and lighting made on-site. Classes and workshops available. Mon-Sun 10am-6pm. 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.
 
Other links:

http://www.letstalkdowntown.com/