Caling Uwajimaya a supermarket is a little like calling the Metropolitan Opera a little group of singers. Of course it does carry an astonishing array of fresh vegetables and fruits which may be unfamiliar to some shoppers, as well as frozen and canned goods and specialty items (quail eggs, anybody?) which aren't featured on the shelves and freezers of the typical American market. But it also contains a bookshop and a large selection of household and gift items. Need a rice steamer? Long chopsticks for your wok? Look no further! Parking is provided, a plus in downtown Seattle where every parking venue seems to cost $20. Caution: do not go shopping when the baseball or football stadia are about to empty, or you'll be caught in the traffic.
This is my all-time favorite store because it is a one-time shopping, eating and getting specialty items!
Uwajimaya is a store in Seattle that is located in the International District in Seattle. This store was established in 1928 and became one of the treasure market in the Northwest United States. It has branches in Bellevue, Washington and in Portland, Oregon.
This is "a market place offering diverse quality Asian foods and a world distinctive gifts" (The advertisement of Uwajimaya on their flyers).
Uwajimaya sells the freshest Asian deli entrees, meats, seafood and crisp and abundant produce for your favorite recipes.
My children love to come here because of their Sanrio products while I come here for their Japanese products! I buy my hair color products over here. We also come here to buy "kimchi", a Korean food, udon noodles, cookwares and other Japanese food.
This store also has a bookstore inside and a food court where you can eat international food: Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Malaysian and Vietnamese.
Their gift products are beautiful! It's like shopping in Japan. They also have an array of potteries.
Inside the Uwajimaya, you can also find a bank, Shiseido Outlet and a Japanese bookstore.
Parking is not a problem but you have to buy a minimum of $5.00 at the store for a free validated parking. However, you can't stay longer than an hour if you only bought $5.00 worth of items. You have to buy more!
What to buy: Japanese specialty items, Asian food products, cookwares, Sanrio items, potteries, books, Japanese gift products, lotto, Shiseido items and fresh vegetables and meats.
Here are other specialty items to buy:
Clay figuriens, "Phiten" (Titanium Products), Rice cookers and airpots, Japanese Crafts Kits, Kokeshi Dolls, Buddha-Buddha Bank, Buddha-Buddha Light, Night lights, Lantern Night Lights, Assorted Tea Pots, Miniatures, Hitokuchi Yokan, Kuri Dainagon Yokan, Honkuzu Sasa Mochi, Kuri Zenzai Set, Cookie Figaro, Rice Cracker Moegino, Dorayaki Kuri, Ajino Meisaku, Jasmine Tea Gift Box, Shark's Fin Soup Gift Set, Chocolate Squares, Gold Tin-Pack, Sake, Sencha Green Tea, Totem Gift Box, Wasabi Tobikko, Ikura, Shrimp Kakiage, Ume Plum Platter, Sashimi,Matsutake, Persimmons, Moyashi, Bean Sprouts, Kaiware and many more to mention!tc.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy. The food are at their best quality so it is a little bit more expensive.
Department store in China town consisting of a giant asian grocery, fresh seafood market, gift shop, bookstore and food court.
What to buy: all things asian!
What to pay: depends. If you spend $20.00 they will validate your parking ticket if you park in their lot!
Uwajimaya Village is a major shopping center in the International District with a variety of Asian groceries, goods, food and gifts. This supermarket is surrounded by other small merchants including nine restaurants (Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, tea house, and a bakery), a hair salon, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Washington Mutual Bank, an optical shop, and a cosmetics specialty store. The grocery store is massive and has a huge variety of Asian foods.
Uwajimaya has three locations in the area: Seattle, Beaverton, and Belleview. This location in Seattle is the largest, and even has 180 apartments above the shopping area.
Loads to write but we are heading out. You can buy groceries, gifts and eat all in one stop.
What to buy: Everything
What to pay: Average amount