When it comes to supporting community, shopping your favorite small business is one way to do it. These Asian American-owned businesses are loved by Seattle parents and you'll love them too!MoreLess
Iconic grocery store. Fantastic food hall. Purveyor of amazing Asian gifts. However you categorize it, Uwajimaya is Seattle’s original go-to spot for all things Asian. In addition to hard-to-find specialty food items, you can find all your grocery needs in the aisles here. Plus awesome local goodies like mochi donuts, Hood Famous Bakery ube cheesecake and tasty treats from Cakes of Paradise. Stop by the food hall for an easy to-go meal and Hello Kitty fix.
Next time you’re at the Ballard or U District Farmers Markets, look for Ayako & Family jam and shokupan. While their specialty plum jams (made from fruit grown on Mari Farm-Taki in Yakamia) taste good on just about anything you spread them on, they pair especially well with the thick-sliced shokupan also sold at the market. Curb your craving year-round when you stop by.
Whether you fam is planning a summer camping trip or or wants to head out in search of Seattle’s best urban trails, get the gear you need at Ballard’s Ascent Outdoors. From stoves and sleeping pads to skis and shoes, they’ve got you covered. We’re eyeing the kid’s snowshoe rentals for next season.
This Beacon Hill restaurant got its start as a series of pop-ups hosted by Chef Melissa Miranda back in 2016. Now, the restaurant (named after Chef Melissa’s father) is known for its cozy environs and creative Filipinx cuisine available for dine-in and takeout. But our favorite part of Musang isn’t the food or community, it’s the Little Wildcats program for kids. Usually kids can gather here to cook and craft at in-person classes, but more recently it’s been a hub for take-home kits.
We’re all about parents here at Red Tricycle, and Rachel Yang, Chef/Owner of Joule, Revel, Trove and Revelry is one of our favorites. At each of her four restaurants (three local, one in Portland) families will find inventive food and a casual atmosphere that bumps them into the family-friendly category. As Yang says, her restaurants are more than places to feed people, they “help them create everlasting memories of good times.”
Families have long been flocking to Firehouse Coffee in Ballard. This neighborhood hot spot is a refuge for families; the separate play area allows parents and kids to play without constant wrangling. And their treats from local faves, Alki Bakery and Flying Apron, don’t hurt either. Even if you don’t have time to stop and play, you can drive-thru for coffee on busier days.
If babies and beer is how you roll, it doesn’t get easier than Chuck’s Hop Shop. Not only is it the “land of 1,000 beers” but each location offers outdoor seating (reservations are needed currently) and Full Tilt ice cream to satisfy your kiddo’s sweet tooth. Best part? It’s pooch-friendly too. We couldn’t think of a better spot to spend a sunny afternoon with your crew.
A café with a heart in Old Bellevue, Bellden was a Reader’s Digest 2020 Finalist for Nicest Place in America. If you’re wondering how a coffee shop that serves tasty breakfast and lunch items, coffees, pastries and cocoa earned this distinction, it’s because they partner with local non-profits, creating signature drinks, and then donate a portion of the profits from the sales.
When it comes to baking classes for families, it doesn’t get better than the pop-ups at Bells Pastries. It’s a chance to work alongside your kiddos to learn techniques and create desserts you may (or may not) want to share. While the pop-ups are on hold for now, Chef Jasmin Bell Smith still hosts online classes so you can keep learning. If DIY isn’t your thing, you can always order custom cakes or monthly macaron or dessert boxes to satisfy your sweet tooth.
When it comes to kids these days, we’ve got four you need to meet. The sibling bakers, decorators and taste-testers of Sandhu Cake Co. Formerly Treats by Ash, these kids have been baking up treats in their kitchen for a while now. If you need a specialty cake, they’ve got a gallery of impressive creations to choose from.
Sweet and savory breakfast pastries and flavorful cookies are the name of the game at this local bakery. Now with four locations, Fresh Flours hit the Seattle scene in 2006 and hasn’t slowed down. It’s an easy stop for families on their way to rock the weekend. Grabbing coffee a fresh breakfast before they head out to play.
This recently renovated museum in Volunteer Park is a great spot to spy Asian art and enjoy crafts and learning during Family Saturdays. Families can explore fascinating exhibits including Boundless: Stories of Asian Art and Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art when they visit.
Explore the history of the Asian Pacific American experience when you bring the kids to Wing Luke. Wandering the museum gives families the chance to explore exhibits where kids can learn about important Asian Americans (like Wing Luke himself) and reflect on the immigrant and refugee experience in Washington. The "Letter Cloud" installation is particularly powerful and you'll find plenty of Bruce Lee love here as well.