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Shop the C-ID

Chinatown-International District has more than great eats. Check out these unique independent businesses.

Two Asian women, one with dark hair and highlights wearing pink and the other with emerald green hair wearing black, stand facing each other, heads turned and smiling at the camera, in Sairen Elizabeth Zuluaga

LONG A DESTINATION FOR CREATIVE CUISINE, imported essentials, and practical purchases, the Chinatown-International District now boasts a swath of unique boutiques that cement it as a go-to spot for stylish shopping sprees. Stocked with local designers and expertly curated collections, these shops stay in touch with the neighborhood’s culture and history while offering the latest trends.

SAIREN

This small boutique makes space for casual dresses from local designer KFLY, wooden food puzzles from Hawaiian toy company Keiki Kaukau, and handpainted teacups from In Ceremony, a ceramicist just up the street. Thanks to the expert curation by the two owners, both named Kaitlin, the eclectic selection that shares these shelves makes perfect sense. 600 S Jackson St; shopsairen.com

KOBO SHOP

KOBO Shop, translating from Japanese to “artist’s workspace,” is a gallery filled with Japanese and Northwest fine crafts. Find a variety of artisan-made homewares, wall art, stationery, and more. Their Chinatown-International District store is located in historic Japantown. 604 S Jackson St; koboseattle.com

DA DA DA GALLERY

This small art space, whose name translates from Japanese to “it is,” “to be,” or “now,” serves as the retail home for Maiden Noir, a fashion brand that uses premium Japanese fabrics to create Pacific Northwest–inspired hoodies, shirts, and pants, as well as their signature Madam Noir unisex eau de parfum with warm and spicy notes. 513 S Main St; maidennoir.com/pages/dadada-gallery

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