Seattle/Downtown

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Downtown Seattle from the water

Packed between Elliott Bay and the hilly neighborhoods to the east, Downtown Seattle unsurprisingly contains the city's bustling financial and retail district. This is also where many of Seattle's tourist attractions are, including the iconic Pike Place Market, the expansive Seattle Art Museum, the touristy waterfront, and some of the city's most stunning architecture, all within easy walking distance of each other.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Getting in by car is not recommended, due to the congestion and parking problems, but if you have to, these are the main routes to get in:

  • From I-5 northbound, exit either onto James Street (Exit 164) or Seneca Street (Exit 165, on the left side of the road).
  • From I-5 southbound, exit onto Stewart Street (Exit 166), Union Street (Exit 165B) or James Street (Exit 165A).
  • From SR-99 northbound, exit onto Seneca Street.
  • From SR-99 southbound, exit onto Wall Street then turn left onto 5th or 2nd Avenue.
  • From I-90 from the Eastside, continue straight onto the 4th Avenue S exit, then turn left towards Downtown, or exit onto I-5 north and follow the I-5 northbound directions.
  • From WA-520 from the Eastside, exit onto I-5 south and follow the I-5 southbound directions.

By ferry[edit]

Washington State Ferries offer service from the Seattle pier (at 801 Alaskan Way) to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton, which makes for a very fun and scenic ride.

Additionally, the King County Water Taxi offers service between Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront and Seacrest Park in West Seattle, with amazing views of the city. Fare is $4.75 for adults ($4 with an ORCA card), $2 for seniors/disabled, $4.75 youth ages 6-18 ($3 with an ORCA card), free for children 5 and under.

By public transit[edit]

Downtown is the hub of Seattle's public transit system, and a variety of modes serve the district. King County Metro serves downtown very well, both on the surface and in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel running between the International District Station at the southern end and the Convention Center at the northern end. Fares are $2.25 ($2.50 during the weekday rush hour) and include a paper transfer (or an automatic transfer if you pay using an ORCA card) good for two hours.

  • Sound Transit provides express bus service from the outlying suburbs and communities of the Seattle Area such as Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma.
  • In addition to buses, Sound Transit also operates the Link Light Rail line, which runs south from Downtown to the airport, Tukwila and SeaTac.
  • The Sounder, a commuter rail service, has lines running south to Tacoma and north to Everett. The Sounder's terminal is in the King Street Station, at the southern end of Downtown.
  • The South Lake Union Streetcar connects the Westlake Center in north Downtown to the nearby neighborhood of South Lake Union just to the north. Fare is $2.25 for adults, $1.50 youth, and $1 for seniors.
  • The Seattle Center Monorail makes a direct connection between Westlake Center and the Seattle Center north of Downtown, which is home to the Space Needle. One-way tickets are $2.25 for adults, $1 seniors/youth; transfers or OCRA cards are not accepted.

Get around[edit]

Seattle's downtown is quite compact and northwest-southeast streets can easily be walked. However, northeast-southwest streets can be extremely steep. When your feet are tired, hop onto the Metro buses for a break.

See[edit]

Caution NOTE: All businesses along Piers 54, 55, 56, and 57, with the exception of Argosy Cruises, Bay Pavilion, and the Seattle Great Wheel, will close from October 1st until June for a seawall reconstruction. Even if the stated attractions above are still open, expect to have to take detours if walking along the waterfront.
  •    Argosy Cruises1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55. Cruise times vary by season. Offers special dinner and sightseeing cruises. The most common tour visitors take is the hour-long journey on Elliott Bay, which gives you an excellent view not just of the Space Needle and the Downtown skyline, but the freight harbor to the south as well. Prices vary according to your itinerary; $23.75 for harbor cruise.
  •    Miner's Landing at Pier 571301 Alaskan Way (on the waterfront below Pike Place Market),  +1 206 623-8600fax: +1 206 343-9173. Named for once being the main departure point during the Seattle gold rush, Miner's Landing now hosts a food court and a variety of gourmet restaurants, a sports merchandise store, a carousel for kids and the Seattle Great Wheel.
    •    The Seattle Great Wheel1301 Alaskan Way +1 206 623-8600. Hours vary by season; closes at 12AM F-Sa, 11PM (July-September) or 10PM (other months) all other days. Rising 175 feet in the air, this Ferris wheel offers a 15 minute ride in one of the wheel's 42 gondolas, each of which can hold up to 8 people. You'll get a wonderful view of the Seattle waterfront, the Downtown skyline, as well as the Puget Sound, the snow-covered Olympics, and the green city hills. $13, $8.50 ages 4-11.
Pike Place Market
  •    Pike Place Market1501 Pike Place (1st and Pike, above the waterfront). Pike Place level: M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Lower level: 11AM-5PM daily. One of Seattle's most touristy destinations, Pike Place is a functioning public market; one of the oldest in the country. Mostly indoors, it consists of dozens of little shops tucked into a few square blocks downtown, situated on multiple levels. Even if you hate shopping you might still like this place, with its colorful atmosphere and quirky gimmicks, like the famous seafood stand where the staff toss fish from one end to the other. As the weather gets warmer, many artisans set up booths to sell photographs, glass, ceramics, and fresh flowers. Farmers come to sell their produce, and a vast amount of tiny hole-in-the-wall places offer all kinds of cuisine (French, Russian, Mexican, seafood, etc.) It's within walking distance of the waterfront, and crowds fill the market each time a cruise ship is parked in the harbor. Look for big blond Johnny Hahn on his portable piano or one of the other regular street musicians around the market. Be sure to head into the lower levels beneath the crowded main arcade to explore the cramped, dusty shops buried within the building. And don't miss adjacent Post Alley, a hidden gem filled with gourmet restaurants and unique souvenir shops, as well as odd sights like a gum-covered wall.
  •    Seattle Aquarium1483 Alaskan Way (on Pier 59 on the waterfront) +1 206 386-4300. Exhibits open 9:30AM-6PM; last admission at 5PM. Showcases native fish and mammals of the Pacific Northwest. Among the highlights are the Windows on Washington (WOW) exhibit, two touch tanks featuring animals of the inland sea and outer coast, and a display that holds two giant pacific octopuses, gill sharks and Pacific coral reefs. The outdoor exhibit upstairs features a collection of birds, harbor and Northern fur seals, as well as river and sea otters. At a separate area on the lower level, you can go inside an underwater dome to get up-close with swimming animals from the Puget Sound. $21.95 adults, $14.95 children (4-12), children 3 and under free.
  •    Seattle Art Museum (SAM), 100 University St (at 1st Ave),  +1 206 654-3100, e-mail: . Tu-W, F-Su 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM, closed M. The museum's recent physical expansion, coupled with an aggressive campaign to expand the collection, now displays a good assortment of art from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Though the permanent exhibitions only occasionally delve deeply into a specific subject (such as the enormous variety of pieces in the porcelain room), extensive special exhibitions fill the gap. Tours available. Suggested admission: $19.50 adult, $17.50 senior/military, $2.50 students/youth, children 12 and under free. Admission is free on first Thursday of the month.
Seattle Central Library Exterior, as seen from 5th Ave.
  •    Seattle Public Library-Central Library (Seattle Central Library), 1000 4th Ave +1 206 386-4636. M-Th 10AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-6PM. A dramatic glass and steel structure in the heart of Downtown, designed by Rem Koolhaas. This is not an average public library and has become a tourist destination in its own right. A popular way to experience the unique architecture of the building is to take an elevator to the 10th floor, the highest observation deck in the building. From here you can walk down to the main floor through the Book Spiral; the core of the structure which organizes the library's books in one continuous path organized by the Dewey decimal system. Free.
  •    Sky View Observatory701 5th Ave (at Columbia St),  +1 206 386-5151. Every day 10:00AM-8:00PM (closed on New Years Day, Memorial Day,4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). This observatory sits on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, the 2nd tallest building on the West Coast and the tallest public observation deck on the West Coast, sitting 932 feet (284.2 meters) above the ground and more than 330 feet taller than the Space Needle. Great views are offered from the top and some people claim the view is better from here than from the Space Needle. Another advantage over the Space Needle is that this building isn't well known as a tourist attraction, so there's usually little to no line to get to the top. Tickets are available for purchase online or on the 73rd floor. There is a new cafe in the observation deck serving sandwiches and drinks and a food court at the bottom of the Columbia Center. $12.50 adults, $9 students, seniors and military with ID and kids 6 to 12..
  •    Tilikum Place2701 5th Ave +1 206 684-4075. 6AM-10PM. Etymologically meaning "welcome" in the native Chinook language, Tilikum is home to a statue of Chief Seattle, the chief of the Duwamish tribe that gives this city its name. Sit in the park or in the Tilikum Place Cafe's outdoor seating and enjoy views of the Space Needle while sipping a coffee or enjoying a lunch, and watch the monorail go by.

Do[edit]

  •    Benaroya Hall200 University St (at 2nd Ave),  +1 206 215-4800. Free tours offered Tuesday and Friday at noon and 1PM. An aesthetically and acoustically beautiful new concert hall. The official home of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, it also houses other classical and performing arts roadshows.
  • SceneInSeattle Fine Art Tours. This tour is a good option for those who aren't in town for "Art Walk" but still want to know what's happening in Seattle's art scene. The tour was started by a local gallery and is headed by a curator or gallery owner. You walk through the "West Edge," also known as the Museum District, galleries and learn about Seattle's art history, up-and-coming artists, scandals, and public works. It offers a lovely insider's view in the local art scene, and they also tour other neighborhoods like the "East Edge" of Pioneer Square.

Buy[edit]

Most of the district's retail is situated around Westlake Station, roughly in an area bordered by 3rd and 8th Avenues, Olive Way and University Street. Pike Place Market is in and of itself a tourist attraction as well as a place to buy souvenirs and groceries.

  •    Gameworks1511 7th Ave (next to Regal Cinema),  +1 206 521-0952. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 10AM-1AM, Su 10AM-midnight. A chain gaming store which is a great place to enjoy all types of video games. A restaurant and bar inside, World Sports Grille, serves American food.
  •    Made in Washington1530 Post Alley +1 206 467-0788. Daily 10AM-6PM. Sells all kinds of souvenirs exclusive to Washington state. Along with the usual coffee mugs and fridge magnets, they also sell glass sculptures you can find at the Chihuly Arts and Glass, baked salmon, artisan chocolates and the rain-globe, an equivalent to a snow globe but adapted to suit the stereotypical Seattle rain. They also have another shop in Westlake Center.
  •    Pacific Place Mall600 Pine St +1 206 405-2655. Daily 10AM-8PM. An upscale shopping mall at the heart of Downtown Seattle, featuring brand tenants, but only a handful of dining options. There is also a large movie theater upstairs. "Snow" falls hourly every afternoon to dusk during the holiday shopping season.
  •    VAIN2018 1st Ave (2 blocks north of Pike Place Market),  +1 206 441-3441. Open late most evenings check website for daily hours. Occupying the home of the infamous Vogue nightclub, Vain is a community space, boutique and hair salon. The upper two floors are 20 working art studios. They have an active arts calendar and host other cultural events and fundraisers. Known for supporting "alternative visions of beauty," you can expect to find an 8 year old getting their first mohawk alongside a 68 year old having a conservative bob trimmed up. $15-$65.

Eat[edit]

Many of the best eating options in Seattle can be found downtown, primarily at the Pike Place Market and in the Belltown neighborhood.

Budget[edit]

  •    The 5 Point Cafe415 Cedar St (at 5th Ave & Cedar St, adjacent to Tilikum Place Park),  +1 206 948-6672. 24 hours. Seattle's oldest restaurant, serving huge portions of American comfort food since 1929. The full menu is served 24 hours every day. Full bar with stiff drinks, over 25 local beers and liquors. Great jukebox and an eclectic mix of regulars and locals, tourists, politicians, young hipsters, freaks and grouchy old men. Free wifi. Outdoor seating. This is a true piece of Seattle history not to be missed. $10.
  •    Biscuit Bitch1909 1st Ave +1 206-441-7999. Weekdays 7:30AM-3PM, weekends 8:30AM-3PM, F-Sa 9PM-2:30AM. The b-word is in every single item on the menu, and this excellent breakfast place is a siren call to those seeking hangover relief, providing burgers (replace the bun with a biscuit) sandwiches (replace the bread with a biscuit), and typical Southern style food. $6-$10.
  •    Cyber Dogs909 Pike St (in the convention center at the corner of Pike and 9th, across from the Express Lanes Onramp),  +1 206 405-3647. Weekdays 11AM-midnight, weekends noon-midnight. Hot dog stall in disguise as an internet café. Serves superb and delicious vegetarian and vegan dogs, coffee, juice and beer. $5-10.
  •    Italian Family Pizza1206 First Ave +1 206-538-0040. M-Th 11AM-8PM, F 11AM-9PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-7PM. Very good East Coast style pizza at reasonable prices, in a restaurant operated by East Coast transplants.
  •    Mama's Mexican Kitchen2234 2nd Ave (in Belltown, between Blanchard and Bell),  +1 206 728 6262. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM; closes half an hour later on Thursdays and Sundays in the summer. Plentiful portions of decent food and a fun, festive atmosphere. Don't miss out on the Elvis Room. $5-$10.

Pike Place Market[edit]

The shops around Pike Place Market are an excellent place to grab some cheap eats. Pick up some bread, cheese, sausage and smoked meats and have a picnic on the park at the north end of the Market, or get a cup of coffee and sit at a table on the sidewalk.

  •    Beecher's Handmade Cheese1600 Pike Place +1 206 956 1964. Daily 9AM-6PM. A library of artisan cheese from Pacific Northwest farms, as well as some handmade cheese in the factory next door, worth bringing home as a Seattle souvenir. Try some free samples and be sure to get some of their mac and cheese. Prices per cheese vary, but a piece weighing 0.5 lbs generally costs $10.
  •    The Crumpet Shop1503 1st Ave +1 206 682-1598. Closed Monday, Tu-Th 7AM-3PM, F-Su 7AM-4PM. Crumpet is a griddle cake originated from England, but you can get one here in Seattle, made with organic ingredients, sweet or savory with a number of toppings. up to $10.
  •    Ellenos Greek Yogurt1500 Pike Place +1 206 625 5006. M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 9AM-5:30PM, public holidays 9AM-5PM. A bit expensive compared to its generic counterparts, but richer in flavor and milk, making this a local favorite. Often has long lines, but they move quickly and the owner is generous with free samples. From $3 for a small cup.
  •    Jack's Fish Spot1514 Pike Place (in Pike Place Market),  +1 206 467-0514. Monday – Saturday, 7:30AM – 6PM, Sunday 8AM – 5PM. A good place to get seafood, especially dungeness crabs. Market-like atmosphere, seating in stools, and they can cook what you buy.
  • Pike Place Chowder. One of the most famous sit-down restaurants at Pike Place Market. Exceptional food and a few choices of chowder, as well as sandwiches and seafood cocktails. Chowders prized differently according to size: $5 8 oz, $7 12 oz, $8 16 oz, $10 with bread bowl, $14 32 oz..
  •    Pike Place Chowder1530 Post Alley +1 206 267 2537. Daily 11AM-5PM. Usually has long lines (up to 30 minutes) due to the fact this location is more well-known. Has more choices of chowder. Seats quickly fill up!
  •    Pike Place Chowder600 Pine St (4th floor of Pacific Place),  +1 206 838-5680. M-Th 11AM-8PM, F-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM.
  •    Piroshky Piroshky1908 Pike Place (on the east side of the market),  +1 206 441-6068. Weekdays 8AM-6PM, weekends 8AM-6:30PM. A very popular eatery, specializing in their namesake Russian pastries. They have many varieties from which to chose. The smoked salmon, the cheese, onion and garlic roll, and the apple cinnamon roll are all excellent. Be prepared for long lines and out of stock items if you come in late! $3-5 per piece.

Mid-range[edit]

View of downtown and I-5 at dusk
  •    Café Bengodi700 1st Avenue (at Cherry St.),  +1 206 381-0705. Daily 11AM-10PM. A cramped and friendly restaurant with well-made Italian dishes.
  •    Campagne Restaurant1600 Post Alley +1 206 728 2233. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 8AM-11PM, Su 8AM-10PM. Country French cuisine.
  •    chan86 Pine Street +1 206 443-5443. Tu-Su 5-10PM. Petite gourmet restaurant. Korean fusion food cooked with Western techniques. Don't expect a wide array of dishes because the place itself is small and rustic, but the taste is worth the price. Up to $15.
  •    Il Fornaio600 Pine Street (located in Level 1 Pacific Place),  +1 206 264-0994. Chain Italian restaurant that serves great pasta, soup, pizza, and grill with fresh ingredients and real Italian recipes. The atmosphere is really comfortable, with an Italian style interior and great street views of Downtown Seattle through the windows.
  •    Matt's in the Market94 Pike St, Ste. 32 +1 206 467 7909. M-Sa, lunch: 11:30AM-2:30PM, dinner: 5:30PM-10PM, happy hour Saturdays 5PM-7PM. Charming market ambiance and tasty seafood selections make for a fine low-key dining experience at this small spot. Lunch: $7-$15, dinner: $10-$45.
  •    Palace Kitchen2030 5th Ave +1 206 448-2001. Daily 4:30PM-1AM. Tom Douglas' upscale saloon is a hit any time of day. All meals range from $10-$25.
  •    Serious Pie316 Virginia St +1 206 838 7388. Daily 11AM-11PM. Regular and specialty Neapolitan style pizza in one of the best pizza restaurants in Seattle. This small space gets overwhelmed with customers around mealtimes. Pizzas $15-$20.
  •    Wild Ginger1401 3rd Ave (at Union St, just north of Benaroya Hall),  +1 206 623 4450. Lunch: M-Sa 11:30AM-3PM; Dinner: Weekdays 5-11PM, Sa 4:30-11PM, Su 4-9PM. Fine Chinese and Southeast Asian dining experience, but if you want your meal to be spicy, you'll want to specify when you order. Wide selections of meat for satay along with soup and mainly meat for entrees. Gluten free and vegan friendly. Up to $30.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Dahlia Lounge2001 4th Ave +1 206 682-4142. M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, M-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Tom Douglas' premiere restaurant and, perhaps, one of Seattle's very finest. It's a very eclectic and creative restaurant, with an emphasis on seafood that runs throughout the ever-changing menu, with many Asian influences too. The appetizers tend to outshine the entrees, so opt for making a meal by ordering one of each and leaving room for dessert (the freshly-fried doughnuts delivered in a paper sack are a bit incongruous, but deservedly popular).
  •    Le Pichet1933 1st Avenue. An excellent French bistro in the heart of Downtown. Try the roast chicken.
  •    Ruth's Chris Steakhouse727 Pine St +1 206 624-8524. Tucked in the center of Downtown. Side dishes served on a per-table basis, so make sure you can agree with your companions! Skip the happy hour.
  •    The Metropolitan Steakhouse820 2nd Ave (at Marion St.),  +1 206 624-3287. Caters to those with fat wallets, with massive portions, classic steakhouse ambiance, and top-grade beef. $50.
  •    Purple Cafe & Wine Bar (Purple), 1225 4th Ave (at University St.),  +1 206 829-2280. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-midnight, Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-11PM. Has an extensive wine list and some of Seattle's best food. Don't forget to try the salted caramels for dessert.
  •    Daily Grill629 Pike St (adjacent to the Sheraton),  +1 206 624-8400. 11AM-11PM, happy hour 3PM-6PM. At the corner between 6th and 7th Avenues, Daily Grill is a good option for a meal after movies or shopping. Quality American food and a great interior. Definitely go during happy hour — appetizers start at $3.95.
  •    Elliott's Oyster House1201 Alaskan Way (between Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park),  +1 206 623-4340. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, happy hour M-F 3PM-6PM. Seafood restaurant that's most famous for serving fresh oysters. In addition, the menu has various seafood to choose from, such as king salmon, sockeye, dungeness crab, king crab, yellowfin ahi tuna, you name it. Happy hour is affordable, with chef's choice of fresh oysters on the half-shell starting at $0.75 each at 3PM, $1.25 each at 4PM, $1.75 each at 5PM, and other deals. The restaurant is located right by the dock and the view is fantastic during the summer when you can sit outside.
  •    Mistral Kitchen2020 Westlake Ave (corner of 8th and Westlake),  +1 206 623-1922. 11AM-10PM. The embodiment of every type of restaurant Chef/Owner William Belickis loves to experience himself: a place you can pop into after work for a drink and a snack, but also the first place that comes to mind when your 20th anniversary rolls around. $30.
  •    RN74Joshua Green Building, 1433 4th Avenue (at Pike Street),  +1 206 456-7474. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; Dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM. Wine Bar: M-F 11:30AM-close, Sa 3PM-close. The cuisine at RN74 aims to be a perfect complement to the wines — creative, modern, but simple interpretations of regional French cuisine punctuated with seasonal, fresh ingredients and bold flavors, all executed with a signature original twist.

Drink[edit]

Bars and taverns[edit]

  •    Belltown Pub2322 1st Avenue +1 206 448-6210. 11AM to 2AM daily. Very good local pub with happy hour every day from 4PM to 6:30PM and a late night happy hour from 10PM to 1AM Sunday through Thursday during which food options (good veggie burgers) from $4 to $7 and $1 off wells and draft beers and 4$ glasses of Cabernet and Pinot Grigio are available. Pool table, Foosball, shuffleboard with free play are located upstairs and multiple flat panel TVs are located throughout the bar as well. Listed as best local pub (Readers choice poll) for 2011 by Seattle Magazine.
  •    Cyclops2421 1st Ave (Belltown). Good, hip (but not ultra-hip) bar, and not a bad restaurant either. Interesting neo-retro decor. The Ace Hotel is upstairs. Excellent breakfast.
  •    The Owl N' Thistle808 Post Avenue (in Post Alley). A great Irish bar. A house band, nice regulars, and halibut burger to die for. Happy hour is 3-7, M-F.
  •    The Pink Door1919 Post Alley (at the Pike Place Market). Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 11:30 pm Fri-Sat 11:30 am - 1 am Sun 4 pm - 11 pm. Reasonably good Italian restaurant, but it's a better bar, with a rather romantic European market ambiance and a trellis-covered outdoor deck. Occasional cabaret-style live entertainment, no cover.
  •    Shorty's2222A 2nd Avenue. A variety of classic pinball games and honest hot dogs. Be sure to check out the Trophy Lounge hidden in the back.
  •    Tula's2214 2nd Ave (Belltown). Tula's is a good and affordable venue for local jazz. Cover charges range from $5 to $12.
  •    The Wildrose1021 Pike St. One of the country's oldest lesbian bars. A full bar, the 'Rose' also serves light meals and snacks. The requisite pool table is always waiting for the next challenger.

Breweries[edit]

  •    Pike Brewery1415 1st Avenue (near the Pike Place Market). Great variety of beers (try the Kiltlifter) and good food too. Can be found in grocery stores and on tap at some bars.

Coffee[edit]

Plaque inside the first Starbucks store
  •    Bellino Coffee2421 2nd Ave +1 206 956-4237. European style coffee shop located in Belltown. The focus of the place is to make top notch espresso drinks. They have also created a comfortable place with nice chairs and outdoor seating.
  •    Local Color1606 Pike Place +1 206 728-1717. Serves Caffé Vita coffee in Pike Place's largest independent coffeehouse. Also an art gallery, with new art on the walls at the beginning of each month. The first Saturday of every month, holds an art opening from 6PM-9PM.
  •    Original Starbucks1912 Pike Place (in the Pike Place Market). Who would have thought, when this unassuming place opened in 1971, that it would give rise to a global empire? So get in line, order a latte (no different from anywhere else in the world), and ponder the vagaries of history. And check out the uncensored mermaid which acted as the original logo for the company.

Sleep[edit]

If you're staying in Seattle, you're likely to stay in Downtown, as here is where most of the city's accommodations are offered.

Budget[edit]

  •    Green Tortoise Hostel105b Pike St (right across the street from the famous Pike Place Market),  +1 206 340-1222, toll-free: +1-888-424-6783. Has a view of the Puget Sound and the Market, 30 bunk rooms in the elegantly restored Elliot Hotel Building. Free internet stations and WiFi, free dinner 3 nights a week, and free breakfast every morning. The Green Tortoise is a Seattle backpacker institution that also runs festive low-budget bus tours to Mexico and Central America.

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Motif Seattle1415 Fifth Ave +1 206 971-8000fax: +1 206 971-8100. Distinctive downtown hotel featuring modern lifestyle amenities, concierge, restaurants and lounges, meeting venues, business & fitness centers, and Seattle's largest rooftop dining patio - a unique Seattle Lodging experience.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Alexis Hotel1007 1st Ave (near the Coleman ferry docks). This art-themed hotel has original works throughout the lobby and in the rooms. Furthermore, it sports a big old Dale Chihuly glass piece in the lobby.
  •    The EdgewaterPier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way +1 206 728-7000, toll-free: +1-800-624-0670. Near the Pike Place Market, right on the water, and famous for three things: you could at one time literally fish right out of your window, it was the site of a notorious Led Zeppelin incident, and the Beatles stayed here during their 1964 tour. Rooms either face the city with no great view other than the Space Needle, or face the water. These latter rooms enjoy the non-stop action of the ferries and cruise liners in the harbor. The restaurant is elegantly decorated with a few outdoor tables right over the water.
  •    The Fairmont Olympic411 University St +1 206 621-1700. The only hotel in the Northwest to win a five-diamond award. Pulls off grand and luxurious perfectly, is in the middle of downtown. The hotel can start at $450 peak season, other the $300's.
  •    Hotel Max620 Stewart St, toll-free: +1-866-833-6299. In the heart of downtown, offers an artistic setting for both business and leisure travelers.
  •    Inn at the Market Hotel86 Pine St. Centrally located in the historic Pike Place Market downtown, facing the waterfront and Elliott Bay. Short walk to Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, Pioneer Square, Westlake Center, and lots of dining and shopping.
  •    W Seattle1112 4th Ave +1 206 264-6000. For the terminally hip traveler. Decorated in a stunning palette of black, black, silver, cream, and black.

Connect[edit]

Cellphone signals are strong throughout Downtown, save for in the Downtown Transit Tunnel. Wi-Fi connectivity is available at most coffee shops. The Seattle Central Library has lightning-speed plug-in and wireless internet connections.

Go next[edit]

  • Blake Island State Park (located in Puget Sound in the waters between Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula). Argosy Cruises offers regular service from Pier 55 to this island state park visible from downtown that was the birthplace of Chief Seattle and still offers guests Native American style dinners and dancing.
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