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, select a neighborhood area from our Street-Level Business Finder page to quickly find nearby businesses. Or visit our neighborhood pages listed below where you’ll also find Neighborhood Profiles that provide the most current “local” demographic data for Downtown Seattle’s diverse neighborhoods, focusing on several key elements including population trends, housing, employment, education, age and household income. For Downtown-wide data, see our State of Downtown Economic Profile.
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.
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.
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.
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.