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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

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.

Shuckers
411 University St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 621-1700
Website: http://fairmont.com/seattle/dining/shuckers
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Seafood $$$$. The friendly pub-style setting at Shuckers is an ideal way to experience local seafood. Open daily for dinner; lunch Mon-Sat.

The Elephant and Castle Pub & Restaurant
1415 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-9977
Website: http://elephantcastle.com
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British $$. An authentic taste of Britain. Great pub food, extensive beer and Scotch selection and all the atmosphere of the old country.

Urbane
1635 Eighth Ave, Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 676-4600
Website: http://urbaneseattle.com
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Menu designed with a farm-to-table concept featuring local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. HA

Tap House Grill
1506 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 816-3314
Website: http://taphousegrill.com
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American $$$. Featuring progressive urban cuisine consisting of steak, seafood, sushi and 160 beers on tap. Lunch, dinner, late night. 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.

FlipKey
226 Causeway St, 2nd Floor, Boston MA 02114
Phone: 617 356-8883
Website: http://flipkey.com/seattle-metro-area-vacation-rentals/g1553753/
    

FlipKey is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 170,000 rentals around the world. Find the perfect place to stay for your trip, and get great value along with the space, privacy and amenities of home.

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 B Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 340-1222
Website: http://greentortoise.net
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23 dorm rooms, three private rooms, $. Best location in the heart of downtown Seattle across from the Pike Place Market. Free breakfast. Free Internet. 24-hour check-in. Large common area/communal kitchen.

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

Play in Downtown Seattle

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

Mario's
1513 Sixth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 223-1461
Website: http://marios.com
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One of Seattle's premier men's and women's specialty stores, Mario's features Hugo Boss, Prada, Brunello Cucinelli, and more. HA

Avis-Budget Rent-A-Car
1011 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 223-3499
Website: http://avis.com
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Avis offers great rates and savings for corporate and leisure travelers. It's your space!

Savor Seattle Food Tours
1501 Western Ave, Ste 301 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 209-5485 x200
Website: http://savorseattletours.com
    

Join us on a delicious food and cultural tour and eat your way through Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle, and other tasty Seattle neighborhoods.

Morris Visitor Publications - WHERE Magazines
1904 Third Ave, Ste 623 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 826-2670
Website: http://wheretraveler.com
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Publishers of Where Magazine, Where Maps, Where Guestbook and Where Quick Guide. 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/