Photo: Nick Hall Photography

Chinatown-International District

The focal point of the city’s Asian community since the early 20th century, the Chinatown-International District is a bustling melting pot.

EAT

Sushi

Popular culinary destinations include Tai Tung (Seattle’s oldest Chinese restaurant), Maneki (a James Beard Award winner and Seattle’s oldest Japanese restaurant), and Tamarind Tree (an authentic Vietnamese spot with highlights like fresh spring rolls and chili lemongrass beef noodles). Another favorite, Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant, boasts popular items like Vietnamese pancakes. Gather friends for authentic dim sum brunches, or enjoy happy hour specials, at Kaname Izakaya, a rustic spot for Japanese tasting dishes, shochu cocktails, and sake.

SHOP

Courtesy Momo

Along wide avenues and narrow alleyways, find an eclectic mix of tea shops, massage salons, high-end boutiques (Momo and KOBO at Higo are two prominent examples), and mom-and-pop stores (like the 100-plus-year-old Sun May in Canton Alley, filled with Asian collectibles). At major shopping hub Uwajimaya, wander a 66,000-square-foot retail space that includes the Seattle Uwajimaya Asian Food and Gift Market, Kinokuniya Bookstore, and a popular food court.

PLAY

Wing Luke Museum Lindsay Kennedy Photography

Stroll under the 45-foot arch of the historic Chinatown Gate, and amble a few blocks to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Set in a sprawling 60,000-square-foot facility, it covers fascinating topics from Seattle’s Cambodian refugee population to beloved resident son Bruce Lee; consider joining the museum’s neighborhood walking tours to fully experience local sights, smells, and tastes. At the dazzling Seattle Pinball Museum, get lost amid an impressive collection that includes games from as early as 1934.

 

WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE

Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant 418 Eighth Ave S; greenleaftaste.com
Kaname Izakaya 610 S Jackson St; kaname-izakaya.com
KOBO at Higo 602 S Jackson St; koboseattle.com
Maneki 304 Sixth Ave S; manekirestaurant.com
Momo 600 S Jackson St; momoseattle.com

*Seattle Pinball Museum 508 Maynard Ave S; seattlepinballmuseum.com
Sun May 5 Canton Alley • Tai Tung 655 S King St; taitungrestaurant.com
Tamarind Tree 1036 S Jackson St; tamarindtreerestaurant.com
*Uwajimaya 600 Fifth Ave S; uwajimaya.com
*Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 719 S King St; wingluke.org

*Visit Seattle Partner

International District Partners

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience International District

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

  • Address 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-5124
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King County Parks and Recreation Division International District

King County Parks and Recreation Division

  • Address 201 S Jackson, Ste 700, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 296-4232
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Takuyo Corporation International District

Takuyo Corporation

  • Address A Japanese Media Company, 316 Maynard S, Ste 110, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 624-5777
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Seattle Pinball Museum International District

Seattle Pinball Museum

  • Address 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-0759
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