Downtown

Eat

Downtown Seattle is home to one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in the country. From the freshest in local produce and products at Pike Place Market to the dozens of gourmet restaurants established by award-winning chefs – including the newest additions of Chef Michael Mina's RN74 and Tom Douglas' Cuoco – Downtown Seattle has something for every palate, every price point and every celebration.

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Shop

Shopping in Downtown Seattle is an experience in itself. With more than 1,000 different retailers large and small, Downtown is a regional shopping destination providing a blend of top national retailers – including flagship stores for Nordstrom and REI – and independent boutiques not found anywhere else.

While the majority of our retail activity is located in Downtown's Retail Core, you will find hundreds of unique shopping options throughout all of Downtown's 12 neighborhoods.

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Play

Other cities should be jealous. Downtown Seattle's natural setting is a gorgeous backdrop for a vibrant array of events and festivals, professional sports, lively nightlife, and tourist attractions, supported by a vibrant cultural and performing arts community.

Adding to the appeal are new plans for Seattle Center, which include a glass art exhibition showcasing the work of artist Dale Chihuly; a renovated Memorial Stadium; and a new children's playground – creating even more opportunities for free and affordable entertainment Downtown. The seasonal campaigns “Summer in Seattle” and “Holidays in Seattle” serve as annual reminders of everything Downtown has to offer year-round.

Downtown provides one of the country's best big-city urban experiences for visitors and residents alike, generating an important economic impact for the thousands working in arts, entertainment, hospitality and tourism.

Highlights

Visitors: More than 21 million entertainment-seekers, conventioneers and sporting event attendees visited Downtown in 2010, making it the most active, visible and heavily trafficked part of Puget Sound.

Festivals: Downtown Seattle was home to approximately 70 festivals last year, including the country's largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot, and the largest film festival, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

Concerts: Downtown Seattle features hundreds of music concerts each year, from the grandeur of a Seattle Symphony performance at Benaroya Hall, to the dozens of free outdoor summer concerts.

Events: Downtown Seattle hosted more than 5,200 major sporting, performance, convention, museum and festival events in 2010.

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Visitor Tips

Looking for the best advice on where to eat, shop, stay and play? Ask a Downtown Ambassador! Dressed in blue and yellow, the Metropolitan Improvement District's Downtown Ambassadors are your on-street concierge team and can provide you with lots of great information about Downtown Seattle.

Have immediate questions? Visit one of the information booths below or call the Seattle Visitor Center at (206) 461-5840.

Several information booths can also be found throughout Downtown Seattle:

  • Pike Place Market Information Center (1st Ave & Pike St) – Daily, 10am-6pm
  • Visitor Information Center, Washington State Convention Center lobby (7th Ave & Pike St) – Daily, 9am-5pm
  • Westlake Park Information Booth (401 Pine St) – Daily, 11am-6pm*
  • Occidental Square Information Booth (Occidental Ave S & South Main St) – Tuesday-Saturday, 11am- 6pm*

*Booths will be closed during inclement weather.

Click on the links below to find more visitor tips:

Itineraries: Spend a perfect day in Downtown Seattle experiencing all our vibrant city has to offer. Select from the suggested itineraries – each of which includes a day full of activities and a walking map – and start exploring.
Tours: Whether your passion is for history, architecture or food, Downtown Seattle has a tour for you. Check out the list for the city's top tours – and have fun!
Parking: Remember: on-street parking is free nights after 8pm in most areas (6pm in some), and all day on Sundays and holidays!

Getting Around

Getting around Downtown is easy with a little bit of planning. Whether you're coming from the Eastside, Southside, Northend or across the Sound, there are a multitude of transportation options to meet your needs.

In the links below, you'll find information about public transportation, parking and more designed to help find the best option for you. You'll also find helpful maps and resources to make your trip as smooth as possible.

Be sure to visit Commute Seattle for access to a variety of transportation resources including construction alerts, schedules, biking information and more. Commute Seattle is a partnership between the Downtown Seattle Association, King County Metro and City of Seattle's Department of Transportation, and is your one-stop shop for all things transportation in Downtown Seattle!

Visit these links to learn how to navigate Downtown:

Parking: Remember: on-street parking is free nights after 8pm in most areas (6pm in some), and all day on Sundays and holidays!
Transportation: Downtown Seattle's public transportation is among the best in the country, offering everything from buses to streetcars to the Link light rail.
Maps: For some, navigating Downtown can be a bit intimating, but it's actually quite easy to get around. With a little guidance (and a map or two), we promise you will soon be an expert navigator of the Downtown streets whether you walk, bike or ride!

 

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