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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

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.

AQUA by El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 956-9171
Website: http://elgaucho.com/Aqua-by-El-Gaucho.html
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Savory seafood, sinful desserts, stunning dining room, 4,000 sq. ft. deck. Open for dinner. Nightly piano music. Private dining rooms available.

Sullivan's Steakhouse
621 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 494-4442
Website: http://sullivanssteakhouse.com
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Steakhouse $$$. 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse featuring the finest steaks and seafood, unparalleled martinis, and great live jazz!

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings
1624 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101

Website: http://buffalowildwings.com
    

Buffalo Wild Wings Mezzanine is the ultimate gathering place for wings, beer and sports. Perfect for informal groups, receptions, or welcoming parties.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

The Paramount Hotel, Seattle
724 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 343-6774
Website: http://paramounthotelseattle.com
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146 modernly appointed guest rooms, $$$. An elegant boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle. One block to the Washington State Convention Center, Paramount Theatre, Pacific Place. HA TDD

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

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

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.

Inn at the Market
86 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-3600
Website: http://innatthemarket.com
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76 rooms, $$$$. Located in Seattle's famous Pike Place Market with views of the city skyline and Puget Sound, three restaurants, valet parking, Wi-Fi, meeting space 8-30 people. Rooftop deck. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Indi Chocolate
1501 Pike Pl, Ste 527 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 243-2089
Website: http://indichocolate.com
    

Delicious artisan small-batch dark chocolate made from the beans we directly source. Try our chocolate bodycare too (lotions, lipbalms, scrubs).

Downtown Airporter by Shuttle Express
800 SW 16th St Renton WA 98057
Phone: 425 981-7000
Website: http://downtownairporter.com
 

Downtown Airporter offers direct 24-hour service from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle, as low as $12.50 pp; hourly scheduled service to Bellevue.

The Crocodile
2200 Second Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 441-7416
Website: http://thecrocodile.com
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Legendary Seattle nightclub voted "Top 10 Greatest Rock Venue of All Time" now serving wood fired pizza in our lounge. HA

TASTE Restaurant and Events
Seattle Art Museum Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 903-5291
Website: http://tastesam.com
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Northwest $$$. Simple yet upscale, reasonably-priced foods created with fresh from the market ingredients. HA

Paper Hammer
1400 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-3820
Website: http://paper-hammer.com
    

Paper Hammer features letterpress goods, handmade books, gifts, cards, and surprises. Many of the items we offer are made at the Paper Hammer Studio in Tieton, Washington.

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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/