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Mitsuwa Marketplace

by Matt B on October 2nd, 2007

There are plenty of places that serve up Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisine in the city. But how many let you shop after you eat? Whether you love all things Japanese or are just a curious first-timer, there is a massive market in Arlington Heights that is not to be missed.

mitsuwa marketplaceMitsuwa Marketplace is a Japanese mall primarily consisting of a grocery store and a food court, but you can also find an authentic experience here through a bookstore, a travel agency, a video store, a liquor store, and a pastry shop. You’ll find an impressive sushi collection at affordable prices as well as full Japanese dinners to go. Table settings, spices, frozen foods, music, toys, videos, cookware, snacks, beer, decorations, novelty items, jewelry' you name it, it’s here. While this is the spot for everyday shopping for many Japanese customers, for most of us it’s an eye-opening and educational encounter.

mitsuwa marketplaceThe food court is made up of three Japanese eateries, a Korean restaurant, a Chinese dim-sum spot, and a sushi counter. It’s a good place for someone who’s very adventurous because there’re plenty of crazy things you can try, but it’s also a good introduction for people who aren’t quite so comfortable with Asian cuisine. You’ll be surrounded by the families speaking a number of different languages as you enjoy baked goods, tempura, noodles, soups, sushi, rice dishes, and ice cream. And remember, if you really like what you’re eating, all the ingredients can be found in the attached grocery store.

Mitsuwa can easily provide an afternoon-long adventure, but be sure to bring cash along with your empty stomach; the food court doesn’t accept credit cards.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) lobstar28 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Mitsuwa Marketplace ($): 100 E Algonquin Rd (Arlington Heights); 847-956-6699
Sun - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free parking lot
Public trans: Bus # 606 (Pace)

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