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You could be forgiven for forgetting you are in Seattle while walking through the Seattle Chinatown-International District. Brimming over with Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese and Laotian Americans, this district feels like South East Asia. This area boasts a diverse range of eating options and nightlife. Chinese New Year is the biggest event in this area and is awaited by everyone!
This independent bookstore is one of the best in the city. Its inventory boasts a fabulous range of books on Seattle and the Northwest, and if you're lucky you may come across limited editions or signed books. The bookstore also frequently hosts poetry readings, book signings and literary events for contemporary authors.
A visit to Pretty Parlor will surely revive "Legally Blonde" culture, with the decor boldly proclaiming that feminine is fine and cute is cool! You'll find a whole range of vintage products—crystal jewelry, petticoats, silk lanterns, and much more. The in-house Ruthie's Sewing Shop allows you to get your clothes custom made, not compromising on the fit. If gentlemen do manage to get themselves here, there is a range for them too with rock, cowboy and Hawaiian options. Overall, the place can be a bit pricey, but the products and the great service make up for it.
Spin Cycle is Jason G's brainchild. It is a gem of a place for records, vinyls, games and consoles. You will get rare finds here that you have only probably heard of and never got your hands on. Browse through their impressive collection that might jog a memory or two. You can also sell your used cassettes, DVDs and video games at this funky spot.
Run by the Theosophical Society, Quest Bookshop specializes in books about spiritual traditions from both the East and West, as well as other topics which fall under the broad category of metaphysics. The shop carries more than 11,000 religious, mystical and new age titles, and you can order online, by phone or in person. The shop also sells crystals, tarot decks, a variety of tapes and CDs, incense and other supplies.