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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

IL Bistro
93 Pike St, Ste A Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-3049
Website: http://ilbistro.net
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Italian $$$. Traditional Italian Dining in the heart of the Pike Place Market. Dinner, late night menu, bar until 2am. HA.

Blueacre Seafood
1700 Seventh Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 659-0737
Website: http://blueacreseafood.com
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Seafood $$$. Blueacre draws upon the vast array of wild seafood available from the US coastal waters as well as carefully chosen sustainably farmed freshwater species.

Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
1023 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104

Website: http://specialtys.com
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American, $. Made-from-scratch, baked goods, sandwiches, organic salads, boxed breakfast and lunches, deli platters and more with same day delivery service options. HA

TRACE
1112 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-6060
Website: http://traceseattle.com
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Northwest. $$$. TRACE restaurant and bar offers a "localist" menu highlighting farm-fresh produce, sustainably caught seafood, flirty handcrafted cocktails. HA

Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant
1401 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 838-4336
Website: http://wildginger.net
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Seattle's best Asian restaurant featuring authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, and a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list. HA

Stay 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.

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.

Stay Alfred
Phone: 866 232-3864
Website: http://stayalfred.com
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Amazing Locations! Amazing Prices! We host large groups! Call us today!

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

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

Earth, Wind & Fire Boutique
1514 Pike Pl, Ste 13 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 448-2529
Website: http://earthwindandfireboutique.com
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This delightful fine crafted fashion boutique carries over 148 clothing designers, 60 exquisite jewelers, stunning handbags, and unique gifts. Daily 10am-6pm.

Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority
85 Pike St, Ste 500 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 774-5225
Website: http://pikeplacemarket.org
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PDA serves as caretaker and steward of the city's historic Public Market Center.

Harried&Hungry Catering
1415 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 264-7900
Website: http://orderhh.com
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American $. Locally-owned 80-seat café just a block from Pike Place Market featuring delicious made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, drinks and snacks.

Seattle Wine Awards
1733 45th Ave SW Seattle WA 98116
Phone: 206 853-4677
Website: http://seattlewineawards.com
    

Taste Washington's Gold and Double-Gold Award Winning wines at your upcoming conference or trade show, a very special touch to remember.

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.

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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/