Food in this colorful district hails from all across the Asian continent, from quick and easy (and delicious) Thai Curry Simple—where the daily tofu curry will run you just eight bucks—to full-on, hours-long dim sum meals at institutions like Jade Garden, where tables are equipped with sturdy lazy susans for sharing all the dishes. Hole-in-the-wall space Green Leaf expertly serves up Vietnamese classics like vermicelli bowls and crispy banh xeo rice flour pancakes filled with seafood, while nearby Tamarind Tree offers similar dishes in a slightly plusher space. Sushi is well represented at stately Fuji and tiny Tsukushinbo, as are beer-friendly izakaya snacks at Kaname and Maekawa.
Stocked with Northwest-designed clothes and jewelry, Momo is a fun little corner shop where chic black dresses are up for grabs as well as cute printed toe socks. In the northeast corner of the Uwajimaya supermarket is Kinokuniya, a bookshop that sells manga, colorful stationery, and Japanese-language newspapers. Uwajimaya itself is wholly worth a visit, too, with aisles upon aisles of candies and Asian delicacies. For edible “souvenirs,” Fuji Bakery is the place, with fluffy matcha breads and fragrant mocha croissants.
Drop by historic Panama Hotel for a cup of tea in the history-laden lobby before carrying on to the Wing Luke Museum, where a Bruce Lee exhibit has just launched into its second year with a new focus on Lee’s many films. The museum also organizes a variety of tours around the neighborhood, from peeks into herb shops to food-centric walks around some of the classic eateries. Kobe Terrace Park showcases a four-ton stone lantern from Seattle’s Japanese sister city, surrounded in the springtime by Mt. Fuji cherry blossom trees. Keep an eye out for the Lunar New Year celebration, when the streets come to life with dragon dances and dozens of restaurants offer discounted bites for just $2.
Fuji 520 S Main St; fujisushiseattle.com • Fuji Bakery 526 S King St; fujibakeryinc.com • Green Leaf 418 Eighth Ave S; greenleaftaste.com • Jade Garden 424 Seventh Ave S; jadegardenseattle.com • Kaname 610 S Jackson St; kaname-izakaya.com • Kinokuniya 525 S Weller St; kinokuniya.com • Kobe Terrace Park 221 Sixth Ave S • Lunar New Year cidbia.org • Maekawa 601 S King St; maekawabar.com • Momo 600 S Jackson St; momoseattle.com • *Panama Hotel 605 1/2 S Main St; panamahotel.net • Tamarind Tree 1036 S Jackson St; tamarindtreerestaurant.com • Thai Curry Simple 406 Fifth Ave S; thaicurrysimple.com • Tsukushinbo 515 S Main St • *Uwajimaya 600 Fifth Ave S; uwajimaya.com • *Wing Luke Museum 719 S King St; wingluke.org
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