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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

Metropolitan Grill
820 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-3287
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Steakhouse $$$$. Rated one of the ten best steakhouses in the country. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. Reservations recommended. Private dining available. Valet parking every evening. HA.

Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-4340
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Seafood $$-$$$. Seattle waterfront - huge selection of fresh oysters, 21 foot oyster bar. Menu features fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner everyday. Valet available for dinner. HA

Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie
2010 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 436-0390
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One half of this Tom Douglas restaurant is devoted to Seattle’s fabulous local seafood; the other half to the herbcrusted meats from our glistening rotisserie.

Café 56
1201 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-4340
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Casual fast service, award-winning fish 'n chips, steamer clams and grilled salmon. Northwest microbrews. Seasonal outside seating. HA

Cupcake Royale - Downtown
108 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 883-7656
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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

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Hilton Seattle
1301 Sixth Ave at University Seattle WA 98101

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237 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Cable TV, room service, concierge, fitness center, restaurant, lounge, valet/laundry service, sr. citizen discount, family plan. 1 1/2 blocks from Convention Center. HA TDD

Moore Hotel
1926 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-4851
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120 rooms, $. Historic hotel celebrating a century serving Seattle near Pike Place Market, shopping, waterfront. Restaurant, cocktail lounge.

Stay Alfred
Phone: 866 232-3864
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Amazing Locations! Amazing Prices! We host large groups! Call us today!

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-5000
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358 rooms, $$$. Steps away from Pike Place Market. Most guestrooms have stunning water views. Balconies, 24-hour room service, restaurant, lounge. No pets. 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

Play in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
2227 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 448-2181
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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

Pike Place Fish
86 Pike Pl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-7181
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Fish and Seafood. 120 varieties of seafood, from shellfish to salmon. Delivery to hotels, 7am-10pm. We ship fish anywhere in the US. Open daily. HA.

Sandbox Sport Seattle
5955 Airport Way S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 624-2899
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Seattle's only indoor beach with beach volleyball, kids' sandbox, tiki lounge with TVs and meeting rooms. Great for parties! HA

Big Air Soaring
4811 49th Ave SW Seattle WA 98116
Phone: 206 391-0359

Big Air Soaring offers tandem Paragliding flights and tours of Tiger Mountain. Passenger can see views of the Puget Sound, the Cascades, and Rainier!

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.

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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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