Wandering and eating your way around Seattle’s International District is a great way to spend the day. We recently discovered a great find at a small family-run Chinese dumpling shop, Ping’s. The standout dumpling is the xiao long bao, a soup dumpling with pork filling and hot broth. You can wait for upwards of an hour at Din Tai Fung in Bellevue (and get some tasty dumplings for which they are famous) or you can pop in Ping’s and have dumplings in front of you in no time and then wander around the ID. And good news, they now offer the xiao long bao every day!!
Where to wander you ask? Uwajimaya Groceries is a no-brainer. Grab some some honeydew melon mochi, peruse the tea selection, and check out the bookstore for a large selection of manga or my personal favorite the Rilakkuma section. For a fun activity visit the Seattle Pinball Museum a couple blocks away. After you’ve worn out your fingers, relax at Oasis with a bubble tea. I can stand and stare at the menu for several minutes as the options can be overwhelming, (there’s easily over 100 drink options) but you can’t go wrong…at least I haven’t yet. I recommend honeydew milk tea or the passionfruit snow.