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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

Kells Irish Pub
1916 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 728-1916

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is one of Seattle's favorite hideaways. Situated in Post Alley above the historic Pike Place Market, Kells is a fine way to round up a day's sightseeing or browsing at the market. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and live Irish music seven nights a week.

Pike Place Chowder
1530 Post Alley, Ste 11 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 267-2537
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American $. Looking for the best chowder in town? How about in America? National award winning chowder, sandwiches and salads. Open 11am-5pm daily. HA

Bruno's Mexican-Italian Restaurant
1417 Third Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 622-3180
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Italian/Mexican $$. Traditional Italian ambiance featuring Mexican and Italian favorites in downtown Seattle for 40 years. Full bar. Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 11:30am-7:30pm. Family friendly. HA

Where to Eat Guide & Associates
Phone: 877 503-1266

Seattle's #1 restaurant guide with sample menus and maps. Ask for it at your hotel or visit us online at

Relish Burger Bistro
1900 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 727-5890
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A contemporary restaurant offering a modern twist on an American classic, combines Seattle’s culinary influence with gourmet burgers at downtown Seattle’s newest eatery. The menus feature all-American favorites, with an innovative Seattle twist

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton
700 Third Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 631-8040
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120 rooms, $$$. Pets welcomed and pampered. JUNO Restaurant and bar plus lobby Polar Bar. Suites with whirlpools and rooftop terraces. HA

Alfred's Vacation Rentals
Phone: 866 232-3864

Amazing Locations! Amazing Prices! We host large groups! Call us today!

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

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave at Madison Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 624-4844
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121 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, luxury boutique hotel. Evening wine tasting, valet, concierge, newspaper, 24-hour room service, HSIA, steam-room, fitness room, full day spa. Pets ok. HA

2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle WA 98121

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223 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Seattle's only waterfront hotel. Northwest cuisine at its freshest. Complimentary downtown shuttle on availability, exercise room, access to health club. HA TDD

Play in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 654-3100
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Seattle Art Museum (SAM) collects and exhibits objects from across cultures. SAM’s three locations include the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The Bicycle Repair Shop
928 Alaskan Way Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 682-7057
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Your go-to destination for bicycle repair and rental. Self-guided tours offered. Located across from Coleman Dock and Washington State Ferry Terminal. Drop in or call today!

3406 E Union St Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 568-7368
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Watch glass blowers up close at the glassybaby hot shop. The colorful votives have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show and are a Seattle treasure.

Road Dog Tours
800 Fifth Ave, Ste 112 Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 249-9858
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Taste tours of Seattle's best breweries. Our daily tours include beer samples, transportation, education, souvenir pint glasses and shirts! Three hours/three breweries.

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental
13809 First Ave S Burien WA 98168
Phone: 206 420-4496
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EagleRider provides motorcycle and scooter rentals, GPS navigation rentals, tours, and free shuttle service. Open seven days 9am-5pm.

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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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