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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

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.

The Pike Brewing Company
1415 First Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 812-6606
Website: http://pikebrewing.com
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American $$. Seattle’s classic shrine to beer featuring ales brewed on premise, local wines, cheeses, and sustainable pub fare. Free Wi-Fi . Daily 11am-12am. HA

Pike Place Chowder
1530 Post Alley, Ste 11 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 267-2537
Website: http://pikeplacechowder.com
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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

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

Vespolina
96 Union St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 682-3590
Website: http://www.vespolinaseattle.com
   

Italian restaurant with waterfront views, lunch, dinner and happy hour. Chefs Stratton and Mashaney create a menu of fresh in house made pastas, antipasti and desserts. Private parties for 10-150.

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.

Hotel Vintage - Seattle
1100 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 624-8000
Website: http://hotelvintage-seattle.com
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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

Inn at the Market
86 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 443-3600
Website: http://innatthemarket.com
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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 Oasis Vacation Rentals
644 Strander Blvd, Ste 206 Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 456-5251
Website: http://seattleoasisvacations.com
    

Beautiful vacation homes in the heart of Seattle. Walking distance to the sights and exceptional prices. Easy access from Sea-Tac. HA

Hotel Max
620 Stewart St Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 728-6299
Website: http://hotelmaxseattle.com
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163 rooms, $$$. A quintessentially comfortable, utterly hip hotel experience awaits you at The Hotel Max. You gotta see this! HA

Play in Downtown Seattle

Impark
1700 Seventh Ave, Ste 106 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 381-1789 xt. 4325
Website: http://impark.com
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Conveniently located near downtown attractions such as the Space Needle, Convention Center, EMP/SFM, Pacific Place, CenturyLink Field and more. HA

BroadcastUrban

Website: http://broadcasturban.com
 

Webcasting for events. The worldwide headquarters for streaming urban radio and national events!

5th Avenue Theatre
1326 Fifth Ave, Ste 735 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 625-1900 (Box Office)
Website: http://5thavenue.org
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We proudly produce top-quality musical revivals, Broadway-bound premieres, and present touring Broadway musicals. We also offer education and outreach programs.

Miner's Landing at Pier 57 Seattle
1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57 Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 623-8600
Website: http://seattlegreatwheel.com
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Refurbished 1890’s Gold Rush pier with authentic Northwest dining, panoramic views, gifts and apparel, Carousel and family entertainment. Open daily.

TASTE Restaurant and Events
Seattle Art Museum Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206 903-5291
Website: http://tastesam.com
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Northwest $$$. Simple yet upscale, reasonably-priced foods created with fresh from the market ingredients. 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/