Hing Hay Park in the International District (©Tracy Hunter/Flickr, Creative Commons)
Southeast of Pioneer Square, the historic International District is home to one of the country’s largest Asian communities. At its heart is the Uwajimaya grocery store, where live seafood, unusual imported gifts, and rare produce abound.
Highlights and Tips:
- Anchoring the city, Uwajimaya is a necessary stop in this neighborhood. This grocery store has all the basics from both the United States and Asia. Be sure to check out the butcher case—some days they'll have incredible ground meat sculptures.
- Also in the Uwajimaya complex, find an excellent food court and the Kinokuniya Bookstore, filled with a huge selection of books, notebooks, pens and gifts from Japan and China.
- On South Jackson Street, stop by Momo, which has clothing, accessories and gifts, and Kobo, a spot that is part art gallery, part gift store.
- Stop in to the Seattle Pinball Museum, where you can play machines from the 1930s through today.
- The Wing Luke Museum is centered around the Asian Pacific American experience, with fabulous exhibits and a variety of neighborhood tours.