International District Seattle

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International District – Seattle’s Chinatown

The International District, also known as Chinatown, is known for its delicious food joints, international grocery stores, and of course tons of bubble tea cafes.

This neighborhood has food joints offering different cuisines such as Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Taiwanese and many more. For me, the most interesting food joints are the Chinese Dim Sum places. My favorite places include Harbor City, Jade Garden, and Purple Dot Cafe. But honestly all food joints are really authentic and tasty so even if you just roam around in the neighborhood you will find something interesting and delicious to indulge on. I also like Boiling Point for Mongolian hot put and Tamarind Tree for fusion Vietnamese food.

I recently discovered Wing Luke museum which is a great way to learn about Asian Pacific American history. They have a pretty interesting exhibition on Bruce Lee as well which was my favorite part of the visit.

This neighborhood also has a huge Asian grocery store called Uwajimaya. You can find good seafood, exotic vegetable and fruits, Asian snacks and candies and much more.

There are also bubble teas (also known as boba tea) sold on every corner of the street in this area. Whenever I find myself there, I don’t forget to end my trip by getting delicious bubble tea. Oasis and Gossip are the best-known places to get bubble tea. I usually stick to different flavor milk tea with their classic boba and keep it simple.

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Details about this spot



Roughly bounded by Main, Jackson, I-5, Weller, and Fifth, Seattle

Opening Times

11:00 - 23:00 daily
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)