Sample the best of international flavors all in one place. James Beard Award–winning Maneki opened its doors in 1904 and is one of the city’s oldest restaurants. The menu offers traditional Japanese dishes and reasonably priced sushi. Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant is another favorite thanks to an expansive menu, including popular Vietnamese pancakes. For a quick treat, Fuji Bakery stocks everything from curry buns to sweet bean paste–filled doughnuts. Wash it all down with a flavored drink studded with tapioca balls from Oasis Tea Zone.
Momo is a boutique that blends the best of Asian and European goods. Small gifts include stationery emblazoned with Asian artwork, children’s Japanese wooden building blocks, and unisex socks in a dizzying array of colors and styles. The shop itself dazzles thanks to rotating artwork, such as an oversized Hello Kitty print, origami bird mobiles, and the kitschy collection of SPAM containers. Seattle’s Kinokuniya Bookstore is one of only 10 locations in the country. Tucked in Japanese supermarket Uwajimaya, it bursts with curiosities—manga, toys, literary selections, and the ever-popular pen section. Afterward, wander the aisles of Uwajimaya’s grocery store to fill your cart with bento boxes, candies, snacks, and edibles not found anywhere else in town.
Wing Luke Museum is the neighborhood’s cultural anchor. The lobby greets visitors with an overhead art installation, Sweet Hello, by local artist Saya Moriyasu. Rows of bells ring their welcome and colorful imagery represents different cultures. The Wing hosts visiting exhibitions as well as regular, guided tours of the East Kong Yick Building, which housed a Chinese import-export business and hotel from the early 1900s. For those in a playful mood, Seattle Pinball Museum rings all the right bells and whistles. Games range from 1930s classics to modern favorites such as The Hobbit and Tron Legacy. One of the neighborhood’s best-loved events is the annual Lunar New Year Festival held in February. Traditional dragon and lion dances wow spectators in addition to an explosion of music, arts, crafts, and food.
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