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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

Indi Chocolate
1501 Pike Pl, Ste 527 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 425 243-2089

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

Dahlia Lounge
2001 Fourth Ave Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 682-4142
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Northwest $$$. Dining at the Dahlia Lounge, Chef Tom Douglas' imaginative and inventive restaurant, has become synonymous with a visit to Seattle. HA.

203 Sixth Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 905-2164
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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Revolving restaurant 500 ft. above Seattle. Valet parking. Free access to Observation Deck. Lunch, dinner Mon-Fri; brunch, dinner Sat-Sun. HA

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Pacific Place Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 405-4205
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American $$. Authentic German-style lager beers brewed on-site and contemporary American cooking with international flavors in an upscale, casual and fun setting. HA

icon Grill
1933 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 441-6330
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American $$-$$$. Elegant and richly whimsical, featuring "aroused Americana" dishes, reviewers report, "Seattle restaurants don't get much more visually or culinarily interesting than the icon Grill."

Stay in Downtown Seattle

Hotel Vintage - Seattle
1100 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8000
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125 rooms, $$$. Four Diamond, European-style hotel with winery theme. Hosted wine tasting each evening. Complimentary HSIA, luxurious amenities, superior service. 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

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

Inn at the Market
86 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-3600
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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

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 and tour referrals. Restaurant menus and reservations. In-depth attraction information and maps. A complimentary service of Visit Seattle. Call for visitor info.

Play in Downtown Seattle

Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 726-5151
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Visit our website for our schedule of public performances and exhibitions by the next generation of talented artists. HA

The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 467-5510
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Seattle's premier venue for Broadway, dance, music and film since 1928. Box office open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Theatre tours first Sat of every month. AMEX MC VISA, HA TDD

Seattle Cycling Tours
714 Pike St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 356-5803
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Bicycle rentals by the hour, day, week or longer. Rentals include bikes, helmet, lock, map. Ask about our local tours.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Seattle
305 Harrison St Seattle WA 98101


Turn Seattle into a giant game board with these fun Scavenger Hunt Tours. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour tour. Solve challenges, see sights and enjoy on your schedule.

Local Craft Tours
500 Fifth Ave W, Ste 502 Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 406-4611
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Local craft distillery tour company open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Tours exploring the craft of cocktails. Includes tastings, tours, snacks and drinks. Luxury transport.

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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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