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Photo credit: Jason Ganwich
Photo credit: Jason Ganwich

Downtown Tacoma is the South Sound's downtown; a vibrant, creative and dynamic urban center with activities and opportunities for everyone. Downtown is Tacoma's hub for boutique retail shopping, bars and restaurants, theaters, museums, educational institutions, entertainment, business services, historic architecture, urban living and more.


Opportunities and demand for downtown living are growing. There are nearly two dozen modern and historic residential buildings in downtown, with more in the development pipeline. Pioneering residents have found downtown Tacoma to be a fun, interesting and convenient place to live.


As the South Sound's downtown Tacoma is the place for business and employees in the South Sound. With over 35,000 employees in 1,500 businesses in the greater downtown area, downtown Tacoma is a dynamic place to do business. Plus, easy transportation access, lower costs, incentives for creating jobs and a highly trained workforce position downtown as the place to be.



Downtown Tacoma offers shoppers a unique and exceptional boutique experience. Downtown retailers and restaurateurs pride themselves on their distinctive products, delectable food combinations and unparalleled one-on-one customer service. Shop downtown Tacoma for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience!

Tacoma + is your guide to where to eat and shop and what to do in downtown. Tacoma + coupon books, filled with great deals are available at downtown hotels, the visitors center (1516 Pacific Ave.) and participating businesses.
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Downtown is where art and culture meet. From world-class museums and renown performances to small, funky and fun galleries and exhibits, downtown Tacoma is a community and of and for the arts.
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