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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

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

icon Grill
1933 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-6330
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American $$-$$$. Elegant and richly whimsical, featuring "aroused Americana" dishes, reviewers report, "Seattle restaurants don't get much more visually or culinarily interesting than the icon Grill."

Cantina de San Patricio
1916 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-2150

Serving signature Mexican dishes and cocktails in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Our atmospheric room and outside patio with lovely views of Elliott Bay, is designed for a relaxing dining experience. San Patricio is also ideal for large or small gatherings.

Juicy Cafe
725 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-6960
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Deli $. Fast, fresh and healthy juices, smoothies, salads, brown rice bowls, and sandwiches made to order. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm and 10am-4pm Sat. HA

203 Sixth Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 905-2164
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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Revolving restaurant 500 ft. above Seattle. Valet parking. Free access to Observation Deck. Lunch, dinner Mon-Fri; brunch, dinner Sat-Sun. HA

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Visitor Center / Market Information Center
Pike Place Market / First and Pike Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 461-5888
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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
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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

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 613-2086
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195 rooms, $$-$$$$. Spacious two-room suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, evening reception weeknights, Internet.

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
2125 Terry Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 425 654-5010
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153 rooms, $$$$. Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award and AAA Four Diamond award recipient. Zagat winning Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, VIDA Spa. Superbly appointed guest rooms and suites. Central to area attractions and business district. HA

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-9000
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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

Play in Downtown Seattle

Vida Spa, The Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
900 Lenora St, Ste 200 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 264-8432
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Because every guest has unique needs, Vida offers a range of body therapies, wraps, exfoliations and facials. Open daily 9am-9pm.

The Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600

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

Local Craft Tours
500 Fifth Ave W, Ste 502 Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 406-4611
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Local craft distillery tour company open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Tours exploring the craft of cocktails. Includes tastings, tours, snacks and drinks. Luxury transport.

Pronto! Cycle Share
500 Yale Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 844 677-6686


Pronto is Puget Sound’s cycle sharing system with 500 bikes and 50 stations across Seattle, providing residents and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city.

Made in Washington
400 Pine St, Street Level Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-9753
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Enjoy the best of Washington State. Handcrafted art, gourmet food and gift baskets, smoked salmon and wines. Retail locations/business gift services. 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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