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Seattle Center was built on the fairgrounds of the 1962 Century 21 exhibition and is ideal for holding events and conferences. It can be easily reached from Seattle hotels and there are many parking lots near the centre. The Exhibition Hall is the largest room available at the Seattle Center, capable of holding more than 1,000 people. Private catering is available at the centre. There is a 74-acre space available for outdoor conventions with fountains, courtyards and picturesque lawns.
Seattle is home to three of the largest coffee chains including Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Tullys, as well as a huge number of artisanal coffee shops. In terms of serious dining, there is the seafood house The Walrus and the Carpenter; the Middle-Eastern inspired Sitka & Spruce; the Southern-inspired The Wandering Goose, and many other fine establishments with cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Italian to vegetarian. Many are conveniently within walking distance of Seattle hotels, at every price point.
Pike Place Market and Westlake Center are two of Seattle's best-known shopping venues. Pike Place Market is, in fact, the home of the original Starbucks, and the first shop is still operating in the area.
Seattle is a tourists' delight. They hold many events throughout the year, from the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair & Book Arts Show, to the Bumbershoot Art & Music Festival. They also have the Woodland Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, a number of regional collections dedicated to various ethnicities like the Wing Luke Asian Museum, all of which are within easy reach of Seattle hotels.
Seattle has five professional sports teams: Football's Seahawks; baseball's Mariners; soccer's Sounders FC and Reign FC; and women's basketball's Storm. The Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders are considered to be Major League teams in their sport.