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In this section you can explore each of the twelve distinct neighborhoods that make up Downtown Seattle. Visit the Seattle Aquarium at the Waterfront, cheer on the Mariners at Safeco Field in SoDo, or stop by the Nordstrom flagship store located in the Retail Core. From vibrant shops and restaurants to stadiums and concert venues, each neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of the best of Downtown Seattle life.

To learn more about a Downtown Seattle neighborhood, visit our neighborhood pages listed below where you’ll find Neighborhood Profiles that provide the most current “local” information for Downtown Seattle’s diverse neighborhoods. For Downtown-wide data, see our State of Downtown Economic Profile.


Located between the Retail Core and Seattle Center, Belltown is one of Seattle’s most hip, youthful neighborhoods and contains much of Downtown Seattle’s residential base.

Capitol Hill

Set atop Downtown, Capitol Hill is home to an eclectic mix of families, young professionals and students.

Chinatown – International District

Just east of Pioneer Square, this eclectic neighborhood offers the city’s most diverse mix of authentic Asian cuisine and lively international flavor throughout its many shops, markets and art.

Denny Triangle

Connecting the Retail Core to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, Denny Triangle is one of Downtown’s fastest growing neighborhoods with beautiful new developments pushing it forward.

First Hill

Perched above the Retail Core and Chinatown/International District, First Hill is regarded as Seattle’s first neighborhood where pioneer families established roots and left behind a rich history of classic homes, gardens and churches.

Pioneer Square

Historic Pioneer Square, South of the Retail Core and nestled between the Chinatown-International District and the Waterfront, is rich in history and culture as Seattle’s original Downtown.

Retail Core

Home to dozens of upscale local, national and international retailers and restaurants, the Retail Core is one of the finest dining and shopping areas in the region.


SoDo is located just south of Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District. This industrial neighborhood is home to Starbucks headquarters, an assortment of businesses, art galleries, lofts and pubs.

South Lake Union

Once full of warehouses and light industrial buildings, South Lake Union is one of Seattle’s fastest developing neighborhoods, and is home to Seattle’s biotech community as well as Amazon’s new campus.


Home to the Seattle Center, including Key Arena, McCaw Hall, Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music Project, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle and more, Uptown is always bustling with activity.


With spectacular views of Elliott Bay, Seattle Waterfront is one of Seattle’s most unforgettable neighborhoods. Visitors can enjoy fresh Pacific Northwest seafood, eclectic souvenir and curio shops, scenic ferry rides, or a visit to the Seattle Aquarium.

West Edge

This four-block wide urban hike stretching from Belltown to Pioneer Square is home to some of Seattle’s most memorable landmarks, including the Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall.