Exploring Seattle’s International District: What to Do & Eat

Food Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Written by Erin Burchfield

Seattle’s food scene has long been influenced by its location on the Pacific Rim. Each neighborhood has its own Asian inspired restaurant, many within walking distance of one another. But for those eager to branch out from their neighborhood spot, and try new healthy eats, head to the true mecca of Seattle’s Asian food scene: the Chinatown-International District.
How to get there
With a significant Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Southeast Asian presence in the area, the Chinatown-International District (dubbed the “I.D.”) is the center of Seattle’s Asian Community. Located south of Seattle’s downtown corridor, South Jackson and South King Street anchor the neighborhood.
What to see & do
As you’re walking the side streets, you’ll take in many of the familiar Chinatown sights: Peking ducks hanging from store windows, apothecaries stocked with endless shelves of medicinal herbs and dim sum restaurants with lines out the door on Sunday morning. Before you settle on a place to stop and eat, explore the I.D. and work up an appetite with a 90-minute walking tour offered by the Wing Luke Museum, which covers the history and culture of the neighborhood. If you’d rather explore on your own, download this free, self-guided walking map from History Link. Starting at the historic Union Station, you’ll stop by one of Seattle’s most elaborate P-Patches where you can take in the sights of the community garden, swing by the Wing Luke Asian Museum and see many historic hotels and sights along the way.

With more restaurants per block than any other neighborhood in Seattle, it’s hard to choose just one place for a healthy lunch or dinner. A few highlights include:
Green Leaf: For authentic Vietnamese food, look no further than Green Leaf restaurant. A popular (and often crowded) Seattle establishment, Green Leaf has been run by the Kuang family since 2005.


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