Welcome to Downtown Seattle
A bustling and diverse neighborhood at the city’s core
Seattle is known as an energetic, up-and-coming city full of driven, fast-paced people of all backgrounds and ample opportunities for work and play. Its downtown neighborhood is no exception. Packed with restaurants, attractions, entertainment, and desirable housing, Downtown Seattle is a city dweller’s paradise with far more to offer than tall buildings and Pike Place Market.
Seattle came up in the mid-19th century, but you’ll find few reminders of the city’s past due to two events that changed it all: the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and the Denny Regrade, which made way for the skyline you see today. Following the fire, which burned many of the city’s existing structures to the ground, and the regrading of Denny Hill’s slopes, Seattle became an industrial hub during the Gold Rush and never looked back. While you’ll still find a handful of historic buildings standing, the late 20th century brought major growth with skyscrapers and major roadways, opening the floodgates for a modern metropolis to literally rise from the ashes of its past.
Today, Downtown Seattle is a bustling, forward-thinking city that not only holds Seattle’s buzzing financial and retail districts but is also a great place to live. By nature, there is never a shortage of things to do for those looking for an active lifestyle, while hideaways that only residents would know about aren’t difficult to come by either. If you love being surrounded by interesting people, stimulating culture, and seek to come across something new every day, Downtown Seattle is the place for you.
What to Love
Lively atmosphere with countless events
Top-of-the-line shopping and entertainment
Modern housing with stunning views
People & Lifestyle
To say that those who live in Downtown Seattle crave the energy of a city seems like an understatement. As Seattle’s main financial, business, and retail hub, there is never a shortage of action, which means it attracts those looking for a busy lifestyle. In the neighborhood’s many high-rise apartments and condo buildings, you’ll find young professionals and families with young children buzzing about as well as affluent businessmen and women.
While Downtown Seattle is certainly the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle, it is also on the waterfront, which puts an escape from the fast pace within close reach. Whether you want to play tourist for the day and take a boat cruise or simply spend a weekend afternoon walking the piers, you’ll feel like you’re a world away once you reach the water.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Like most major cities, Downtown Seattle comes with world-class dining, entertainment, and shopping options. At , you’ll find five levels of fashion boutiques, delicious eateries, and screenings of new films. With shops like Lululemon, J Crew, Tiffany & Co, and Kate Spade, as well as eateries including the popular Din Tai Fung and a state-of-the-art movie theater featuring a bar and cafe, Pacific Place is the ideal spot to hide out when Seattle rain rolls in. At the luxurious and hotels, you’ll find top-tier dining, day spas, and bars that are perfect for treating yourself to a staycation or special day out.
Downtown is home to some of Seattle’s best restaurants, loved by visitors and locals alike. Whether you call Seattle home or are just passing through, you can’t miss sitting at the chef’s coveted omakase bar at , the fresh pasta at , some of the city’s most beloved Mexican food at , and seafood and a view of Pike Place Market at . Those looking for a bit of culture can grab drinks at or before catching a concert at from one of the country’s leading orchestras—the —or one of the many artists of varying genres that are passing through town.
Things to Do
As the city’s main hub, Downtown Seattle always has events going on, and coupled with the tourist attractions that locals still enjoy, there’s never a shortage of things to do. As the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest, the constantly has intriguing exhibits on view from places and periods near and far and offers visitors a chance to soak up the culture with free guided tours and programming for children, including workshops and camps. Residents can also find a little peace and respite from the city at , a great community studio that, in addition to yoga classes, offers massages and nail services making it a one-stop-shop for self-care.
Seattlites benefit from a range of events happening throughout the year, including the , where the community comes together to enjoy global films every summer, , when the entire city takes to the streets to honor the diversity that makes it such a great place to live, and the annual that occurs every year before the hydroplanes and Blue Angels take to the skies during in August. Downtown Seattle is also home to some of the city’s greatest attractions, like , , and , where you can ride to the observation deck and enjoy stunning views of the entire city below.
Downtown Seattle enjoys access to a number of top schools nearby:
Hay Elementary School, K-5
Coe Elementary School, K-5
Hamilton International Middle School, 6-8
University of Washington, Higher Education