Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or “Galentine’s” Day celebrations, we’ve got you covered. We’re curating a full day in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District to help you navigate this special (or stressful) day with ease.
Hair & Beauty
First rule of Valentine’s Day: look fresh. Maybe it’s not a rule. Take it as a strong suggestion. Pop into Pioneer Barber Company at 314 6th Ave S. for a quick trim and enjoy a cold beer while you’re in the historic barber chair.
For the ladies, stop into the beautiful salon called Bahtoh at 627 S. Jackson St. for all your hair needs. They’re a full-service salon who have been featured in Vogue!
While you’re at Bahtoh, grab a gorgeous bouquet. They’re taking pre-orders, and even have different size options for V-Day: the “I’m Diggin’ You” for $45, the “I Love You” for $65, the “Half-on-a-Baby” for $85, and of course, the “Marry Me/I’m Hella Sorry” for $125. If you have to ask where you stand, just get the last one.
Another great floral shop in the neighborhood is Alice’s’ Floral Designs at 617 S. King St. You can find single stem flowers and larger bouquets perfect for someone special. And they deliver locally!
There’s nothing more romantic than a Valentine’s Day dinner…and sometimes nothing as stressful. Do yourself a favor and make reservations now!
If you’re into a more intimate and traditional setting, try Maneki at 304 6th Ave S. It is Seattle’s oldest sushi restaurant, and worthy of its James Beard award. You can sit on the floor, Japanese style, and gaze into each other’s eyes. Or your sushi if it’s not going that well.
For cool cocktails and a soothing atmosphere, Tamarind Tree at 1036 S. Jackson St. is the perfect date-night spot. The provincial Vietnamese restaurant is one of the most romantic in the neighborhood.
For Asian-fusion and shareable plates, Red Lantern at 520 S. Jackson is a great spot to relax and try something new.
Do you want to get something sweet for someone special (hey, coworkers are special too)? Fuji Bakery at 526 S. King St. has beautiful French-Japanese baked goods, and is creating special items for Valentine’s Day.
One of the best things about Chinatown-ID is that there are many unique places and things that you cannot find anywhere else in Seattle. A prime example is Bich Kieu Jewelry at 423 Rainier Ave S. They carry beautiful modern jewelry as well as Asian-inspirited and traditional pieces.
Kobo Seattle, located in the heart of Japantown at 602 S. Jackson St., carries unique Japanese art, crafts, and jewelry. Each piece in the store is thoughtfully chosen, and represents the beauty of Japanese culture and artists.
If you’ve seen someone walking around with a beautiful and unique scarf, it likely came from Tuesday Scarves at 608 Maynard Ave S. The hand-made scarves and kimonos are luxurious and make the perfect gift.
Chinatown-International District is a unique neighborhood full of history and culture. On this Valentine’s Day, consider supporting local businesses in the neighborhood!