Hana Japanese Market Photo Tour
Inspired by my recent trip to H Mart in Philadelphia, I went to Hana Japanese Market with a Japanese American friend when I got back to DC from spring break. Hana Market is a very small grocery store located at 17th and U Streets NW. Despite its size, the shop was full of Japanese staples, snacks and surprises. I love exploring ethnic grocery stores because a nation’s food tells you so much about its culture and people. Hana Japanese Market Photo Tour
This lovely collection is what I come home with from Hana Japanese Market. I was happy that I could find my favorite snacks (Hello Panda cookies and Lychee Gummy Candy) that I discovered at the H Mart in Philadelphia.
Clockwise from the top, I got lychee gummies, Hello Panda cookies, rice noodles, enoki mushrooms, bean sprouts (for only $1!), green tea ice cream, Japanese curry, and purin, which I discovered is essentially Japanese flan. The whole haul cost $20, which I was pretty happy about because of my college student budget.
Besides the things that I purchased, these are the other things I discovered on my adventure to Hana Japanese Market! Hana Japanese Market Photo Tour
Tiny aisles cluttered from bottom to top with Japanese goodies…
…rice flavoring packets…
….every flavor of mochi ever made…
….snacks on snacks on snacks… I spy Pocky! Another favorite of mine.
…dried fish snacks? (Someone please tell me if these are any good)…
…hamburger candies that reminded me of gummy Krabby Patties I would get at Halloween…
…and super cute animal crackers, featuring ox and camels. How creative!
Have you ever been to Hana Japanese Market? Can you suggest any other ethnic grocery stores for me to visit in DC? Let me know in the comments section below!
2000 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Closest metro station: U Street (yellow and green lines)