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Downtown SeattleSeattle

A clean, walkable city center with tree-filled public spaces, shopping, boutique bars and restaurants, and views across the Puget Sound.

Seattle’s downtown is a major business and retail center, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Puget Sound and waterfront activity. Urban parks and plazas are surrounded by a manmade forest of high-rise architecture with some older buildings mixed in. Further west is the famous Pike Place Market. Dotted in between are a myriad of small and charming bars and restaurants, as well as an assortment of larger establishments and well-known retail outlets.

Start your downtown experience by heading to the Visitor Information Center in the lobby of the Washington State Convention Center on Seventh Avenue and Pike Street. Pick up a walking map of the area and find out what local events are scheduled. Downtown Seattle and its surrounding neighborhoods host around 70 festivals each year, including Bumbershoot, the country’s largest urban arts festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival. It also promotes dozens of musical performances at Benaroya Hall as well as outdoor public concerts on the waterfront. You can hear everything from classical to contemporary throughout the summer.

With more than 1,000 retail outlets, Seattle’s downtown is a great place for shopping in flagship stores, such as Nordstrom, Macy's and REI, as well as a wide array of smaller boutiques. Take in a movie at the multi-screen cinema in ultra-modern Pacific Place. During the winter holiday season, ride the carousel and check out the festivities at Westlake Center, which is the downtown terminal for the Seattle’s Monorail. Don't miss a trip to Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous foodie haven. Here you can see fresh produce from the region, as well as dine, shop and enjoy the views across Puget Sound.

Family members not into shopping may enjoy a visit to the Seattle Art Museum or take the kids on the Monorail and head to the Space Needle, a little over a mile (1.6 kilometers) north of downtown. Meet later at one of the 150 eateries that make downtown such a haven for food-lovers.

Downtown Seattle is a great base to stay while on a visit to the city. It is adjacent to the waterfront area to the west, Belltown and Capitol Hill to the north, and Pioneer Square to the south.


Popular places to visit in Downtown Seattle

Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market

4.5/5(6,559 reviews)

Climb the steps from the waterfront to discover Seattle’s fresh food hub, the oldest farmers’ market in the U.S.

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(4,579 reviews)

Seattle’s skyline is instantly recognizable when you see this soaring slender structure, built as a showpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Seattle Waterfront
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Seattle Waterfront

4.5/5(3,984 reviews)

A wonderful place to stroll and dine, this ever-changing attraction is more than just a place where land meets sea.

CenturyLink Field
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CenturyLink Field

4.5/5(1,027 reviews)

Catch an event at CenturyLink Field during your trip to Seattle. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Seattle Center
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Seattle Center

4.5/5(2,716 reviews)

A product of the 1962 World Fair, this cultural precinct is where sports, theater, film and fine dining come together in Seattle.

Washington State Convention Center
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Washington State Convention Center

4/5(637 reviews)

Thanks to its wood paneling, ancient fir tables and locally produced food, this conference center lets you experience the beauty of Seattle even when you’re inside.


Top Hotels in Downtown Seattle

Hilton Seattle
Hilton Seattle
3.5 out of 5
1301 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,689 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Washington State Convention Center, Seattle Waterfront, and Pike Place Market. Space Needle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (222 reviews)

"Great hotel! Excellent experience. Perfect location"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/20

Hilton Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,670 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,926 reviews)

"Appealing boutique style hotel comfy beds cheap street parking"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/17

Mediterranean Inn
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
3 out of 5
1800 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,319 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Washington State Convention Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"Love staying here but still a lot of covid 19 issues beyond their control"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/28

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
Executive Inn by the Space Needle
3 out of 5
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,412 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Seattle ...

4/5Very Good! (1,177 reviews)

"The staff here were very nice the hotel room was very clean the location was in the perfect spot. It was a great stay."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/21

Executive Inn by the Space Needle
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
3 out of 5
110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,689 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Seattle ...

4.4/5Excellent! (950 reviews)

"Great location and secure parking garage. Lobby was spacious and clean and boxed breakfast was available to comply with COVID 19 rules. Room was spacious and clean."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/26

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
3 out of 5
201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,374 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps from Museum of Pop Culture and Space Needle. Seattle Center Arena and Pike Place Market are also within 1 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,035 reviews)

"I loved the view ! Very nice room and front desk staff thank you"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/9

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
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Other neighborhoods in Seattle

Belltown which includes night scenes, street scenes and central business district

Belltown

Belltown is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Seattle Waterfront. See more of Seattle by jumping on the metro at Westlake 7th St Station or Westlake Denny Wy Station.

Belltown
Pioneer Square showing central business district, heritage architecture and street scenes

Pioneer Square

Shopping, museums, and art galleries are just a few things travelers like about Pioneer Square. Sights like Pioneer Square and Seattle Waterfront are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Seattle area at Pioneer Square Station.

Pioneer Square
South Lake Union which includes a bay or harbor, a coastal town and boating

South Lake Union

4/5Very Good!(513 area reviews)

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in South Lake Union. Check out top attractions like Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Lake Union, and jump on the metro at Terry Av- Mercer St Station or Lake Union Park Station to see more of the city.

South Lake Union
" You can learn technique, but passion is cultivated through dedication, love, pride and respect in your work. "

Date on February 4th, 2017.
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Cascade

The abundant dining options and lake views are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Lake Union or El Corazon while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Fairview Campus Dr Station to get around town.

Cascade
Capitol Hill showing heritage architecture as well as an individual male

Capitol Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(128 area reviews)

Take time in Capitol Hill to visit attractions like Lake View Cemetery - Bruce Lee's Grave and Seattle Asian Art Museum. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Capitol Hill Station to see more of the city.

Capitol Hill
SoDo, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

SoDo

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in SoDo. If sightseeing is on the list, T-Mobile Park is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Sodo Station or Stadium Station to see more of the area.

SoDo


Downtown Seattle