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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

Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
1023 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104

Website: http://specialtys.com
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American, $. Made-from-scratch, baked goods, sandwiches, organic salads, boxed breakfast and lunches, deli platters and more with same day delivery service options. HA

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
1600 Pike Pl. Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 956-1964
Website: http://beecherscheese.com
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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.

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.

Purple Café and Wine Bar
1225 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 829-2280
Website: http://purplecafe.com
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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

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

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
Website: http://fairmont.com/seattle
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450 rooms, $$$$. AAA Five Diamond Hotel. Two restaurants and bar, fully-equipped health club with indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna. Complimentary HSIA in guestrooms. Small pets ok. 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.

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

Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals
644 Strander Blvd, Ste 206 Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 456-5251
Website: http://seattleoasisvacations.com
    

Beautiful vacation homes in the heart of Seattle. Walking distance to the sights and exceptional prices. Easy access from Sea-Tac. HA

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

On Call Nanny
WA
Phone: 206 890-8898
Website: http://oncallnanny.com
    

On Call Nanny provides vetted nannies, 24/seven, for your childcare needs while visiting Seattle. Our nannies are experienced, interviewed and background checked. On Call Nanny is licensed and bonded.

White Moustache Urban Adventure Co.
Seattle WA
Phone: 206 552-0950
Website: http://whitemoustache.com
    

Home of the ultimate eating tour. We guide you through the tasty underbelly of Seattle's gastronomical playground. Let's eat!

Decibel Festival
1625 Broadway Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 360 710-5921
Website: http://dbfestival.com
    

A premier electronic music festival held across ten different Seattle venues from September 25th-29th. HA

The Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600
Website: http://seattlegreatwheel.com
    

One of the largest ferris wheels in North America. 175 feet tall, 42 climate controlled gondolas. HA

Cupcake Royale - Downtown
108 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 883-7656
Website: http://cupcakeroyale.com
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Natural. Fresh. Local. Enjoy made-from-scratch cupcakes, homemade ice cream and hand-crafted espresso beverages. Voted Seattle's best! 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/