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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

89 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-2101
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Experience European-influenced northwest food, made with local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch, dinner, and happy hour; late night menu until 1am.

Café Yumm!
717 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-9866

Café Yumm! is a casual dining experience; a delicious process that takes you from pure ingredients to the savory first bite.

ART Restaurant and Lounge
99 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 749-7070
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ART Restaurant and Lounge celebrates authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine with unique global influences. HA

Place Pigalle Restaurant and Bar
81 Pike St Seattle WA 98101

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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Place Pigalle, the quintessential Seattle restaurant specializing in seasonal menus combining local ingredients with a variety of culinary traditions.

AQUA by El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 956-9171
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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.

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle
1113 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 464-1980
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415 rooms, $$-$$$. Just off I-5 in downtown Seattle, walking distance from Convention Center and major shopping. Regatta Bar & Grille. Exercise facilities, gift shop, valet parking. Pets ok. HA TDD

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 774-6301
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457 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Setting the hospitality standard in the Pacific Northwest, one-of-a-kind hotel features stylish accommodations. 64 suites and 25,000 sq. ft. of event space. Only dogs allowed at additional fee. HA TDD

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.

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.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 254-0500
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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

Play in Downtown Seattle

Top Ten Toys
600 Pine, Third Fl Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-1370
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New, traditional, fun and educational toys. Puppets, science kits, travel toys and more. Open seven days a week at Pacific Place Center and in Greenwood.

Whole Foods Market Westlake
2210 Westlake Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 621-9700
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Whole Foods Market is the world's leading natural and organic retailer. Visit us at all six of our Seattle Metro locations.

Westland Distillery
2931 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 767-7250

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Westland Distillery is the nation's largest producer of American Single Malt Whiskey. Tours and Tasting Room in downtown Seattle open to the public.

MTR Western
16 W Harrison Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 838-7148
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Service is our focus. Expert driver/guides and coaches in showroom condition. Your experience will exceed your expectations. HA

Uwajimaya, Inc
4601 Sixth Ave S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 624-3215

The Pacific Northwest's quality Asian food and gift market. Foods, giftware, deli, fresh seafood, meat, produce, more. Also in Bellevue and Renton. 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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