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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

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.

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.

RN74
1433 Fourth Ave at Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 456-7600
Website: http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rnwa.php
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RN74 is an urban wine bar by Michael Mina celebrating Burgundy and the Pacific Northwest. HA

Palomino
1420 Fifth Ave, Ste 350 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-1300
Website: http://palomino.com
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Northwest $$-$$$. Palomino is the upbeat city restaurant and bar famous for its familiar flavors, unique preparations and its friendly ambiance.

Daily Grill
629 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8400
Website: http://dailygrill.com
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American $$$. Serving great food daily. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, fine wines, great martinis, professional service. Private dining available. Open 6am-11pm. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton
700 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8040
Website: http://thearcticclubseattle.com
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120 rooms, $$$. Pets welcomed and pampered. JUNO Restaurant and bar plus lobby Polar Bar. Suites with whirlpools and rooftop terraces. HA

Inn at Virginia Mason
1006 Spring St Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 583-6453
Website: http://innatvirginiamason.com
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79 rooms, $$. Featuring deluxe queens and some suites with fireplaces, jetted tubs and city views. Easy walk to shopping, Convention Center. HA

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-7000
Website: http://fourseasons.com/seattle
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147 rooms $$$$. Luxury guest rooms, signature restaurant/lounge with spectacular views of Puget Sound. Spa, fitness center and infinity pool. HA

Sea To Sky - Seattle's Vacation Rentals
118 N 36th St, Ste A Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 632-4210
Website: http://seattlesvacationrentals.com
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$-$$$$. Homes, condos, apartments. Daily, weekly, monthly rates. Units adjacent to Convention Center or tucked away in quiet residential neighborhoods. Three night minimum.

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

Morris Visitor Publications - WHERE Magazines
1904 Third Ave, Ste 623 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 826-2670
Website: http://wheretraveler.com
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Publishers of Where Magazine, Where Maps, Where Guestbook and Where Quick Guide. HA

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental
13809 First Ave S Burien WA 98168
Phone: 206 420-4496
Website: http://eagleridernorthwest.com
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EagleRider provides motorcycle and scooter rentals, GPS navigation rentals, tours, and free shuttle service. Open seven days 9am-5pm.

Emirates Airlines
701 Pike St, Ste 1050 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-2760
Website: http://emirates.com
    

Flying daily from Seattle to Dubai from Sea-Tac Airport. Town office is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Handling ticketing, corporate and group travel. HA

Impark
1700 Seventh Ave, Ste 106 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 381-1789 xt. 4325
Website: http://impark.com
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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

Show Me Seattle Tours
PO Box 30833 Seattle WA 98113
Phone: 206 633-CITY (2489) Reservations
Website: http://showmeseattle.com
 

Seattle as the locals see it! Professional, passionate guides. City and Boeing Tours, only 14 guests per tour. Experience the real Seattle!

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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/