Seattle >Food Stores > Uwajimaya Deli
600 Fifth Ave S, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.596725 -122.327030
Mon-Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm
Neighborhoods: International District, Downtown
This Asian-food giant goes way beyond tofu and canned water chestnuts. – In Short
Uwajimaya has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a fish cake seller in 1928. Today's store carries 50,000 square feet of all things Asian, from Chinese lotus root to kimonos. A colorful dragon spans the ceiling of the store, over aisles marked "Seaweed," "Saki" and "Sweet Bean Jellies." Adjacent to the grocery is an extensive gift section with rice bowls, bonsai supplies and enough Hello Kitty to outfit an entire grade school.
Anime fans playland – If you're a big anime fan (like myself ^_-) you'll love spending hours here! Uwajimaya is filled with all the best of Asia's food, snacks, raman, candy and even some cool anime toy imports! You can find Shin brand Ramyen (my favorite is Nong Shim...very spicy and a must try for Korean junkfood! ^_^) Pokey, yamyam, qoo (a very yummy drink) and more! Anyone can find a good bargain if you look. I found the cutest (kawaii!) little porcelain noodle bowl with an adorable anime cat and mouse for only $2.00. I added a very cute reusable child chopstick set (with anime cartoon pandas!) for an extra $1.50. Cheap! Also in the same building is a JP bookstore with too much to list. Expect to spend 100.00 easy, not because its expensive but because you will want EVERYTHING.
the best around – with a choice of any type of asian food you can imagine (including filipino, chinese, japanese, vietnamese, hawaiian, etc...) uwajimaya presents the perfect place to pick up food. with its "food court" atmosphere, and healthy asian choices, uwajimaya's is a favorite of mine. whether you are into more tradtional chinese, or would like to try a new type of sushi or a glass of bubble tea, uwajimaya's is the place for you.
GREAT STORE – this store has everything, good food, excellent shopping. in the heart of china town
crabs and seaweed – uwajimaya's has a great selection of asian foods and products that are affordable in some ways and good selections of asian c.d.'s and magazines that too appeals the mind and interests of others that are interseted.
Good, but not the best and EXPENSIVE! – It's a nice store, with tons of variety and a nice mix of Asian and American foods. Well, actually, tons of mostly Japanese products and few things from Taiwan, China, Thailand, Vietnam. It's big, but also very expensive, although there's very little to compare to in Seattle. However, the Asian supermarkets up in B.C. make Uwajimaya look like a crappy 7-11. For now it's the best we can get for selection and variety. Parking is free if you shop, that's not stated in the "pay lot" description.
The best around! And clean too! – This is the best asian supermarket I have ever seen! None of the markets in Northern California even come close. The selection is great and it's so clean! We made a special trip to check out this market when we visited Seattle. What a gem! You're definitely going to find things here that you wouldn't find anywhere else. But what's with the parking?? Spend $20 and the parking is free? Yikes. So much for browsing...
You have to check this place out – If you're like me and love walking around supermarkets and checking out all the different items in the isles, then you're gonna go mad when you check out Uwajimaya. Tha place is so cool!!!!! Check it out if you haven't already. The have great lunches for cheap.
no recyling – I've been shopping at Uwajimaya for years, but last week I was in their food court having lunch and found out that they have absolutely NO recycling program. I went to recycle a can of soda that I was drinking but I couldn't find a recycling bin anywhere. I asked a staff member where I could recycle a can and he told me to "just through it away, we don't recycle here". I was shocked. How could a store like this feel that it is above recycling? Maybe they're too busy to worry about that little thing called the environment. Well, until I find out that they've started a recycling program, I'm not going to shop or eat there again.
Average! – Yes they have a wonderful Asia food court, but the taste and quality of food is average, at best.
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