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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

Steelhead Diner
95 Pine St, Ste 17 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 625-0129
Website: http://steelheaddiner.com
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Northwest $$$. Diner evolved. Smart-casual restaurant in the heart of the Pike Place Market featuring Pacific Northwest food and wine. Private dining available. 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.

Andaluca Restaurant & Bar
407 Olive Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 382-6999
Website: http://andaluca.com
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Mediterranean $$$-$$$$. Warm, upbeat atmosphere featuring fresh seasonal Northwest foods combined with Mediterranean flavors and techniques. All major credit cards. Reservations recommended. HA

Blue C Sushi - Downtown Seattle
1510 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-4022
Website: http://bluecsushi.com
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Whether it's sit down, build your own, or grab-and-go, we're ready to satisfy your sushi craving.

ART Restaurant and Lounge
99 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-7070
Website: http://fourseasons.com/seattle/dining
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ART Restaurant and Lounge celebrates authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine with unique global influences. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Hotel Andra
2000 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 694-7260
Website: http://hotelandra.com
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119 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's ultimate address for urban luxury, located in the thriving Belltown neighborhood. HA

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

Warwick Seattle Hotel
401 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 443-4300
Website: http://warwickwa.com
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231 rooms, $$-$$$$. Stylish and sophisticated hotel with view of the Space Needle/skyline. Walk to attractions, shopping and theatre district. Juliet balconies, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna. HA TDD

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-9000
Website: http://sheraton.com/seattle
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1,258 rooms, $$$-$$$$ In-room movies, room service, concierge, full service restaurant, gift shop, business center, lounge, valet, jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna. Sr. citizen discount. 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.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Broadway at the Paramount
911 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 622-2733
Website: http://seattle.broadway.com/
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Broadway at The Paramount and Seattle Theatre Group, bringing the best of Broadway to the historic Paramount Theatre since 1994.

BroadcastUrban

Website: http://broadcasturban.com
 

Webcasting for events. The worldwide headquarters for streaming urban radio and national events!

Azumano International Seattle
1511 Third Ave, Melbourne Tower, Ste 1006 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-7060
Website: http://azumanointernational.com
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Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Exceptions: American holidays. HA.

Chukar Cherry Company
1529 Pike Pl, Ste B Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 509 786-2055
Website: http://chukar.com
    

Specialty. Taste the Best of Nature, Best of Chocolate®! Our pure food treats are freshly made utilizing Washington's fruitful bounty. HA

Fran's Chocolates
1325 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-0168
Website: http://franschocolates.com
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Celebrating 30 years of handcrafting artisan confections in Seattle. First and Union across from the Seattle Art Museum. Shipping available. Mon-Sat 9:30am-7:30pm. Sun 11am-6pm.

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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/