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 the City” and “Holidays in the City” 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.
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.
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.
Below you can search for some of Downtown’s most delicious dining choices. Looking for happy hours? Be sure to check out our Happy Hour Finder to learn about Downtown’s best happy hours and find one near you that’s happening now.
Want to explore a certain city block or neighborhood? Use our Block Picker page to finds restaurants, shops, hotels and other businesses.
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.
Whether you’re in town for a week or just the weekend, Downtown Seattle offers world-class accommodations close to some of Seattle’s top attractions. Options include large state-of-the-art convention hotels located blocks from the Washington State Convention Center, beautifully restored historic hotels, luxurious service, eclectic experiences and much more.
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 below – 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 below for the city’s top tours – and have fun!