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Your Weekend in Flushing and Corona: Soup Dumplings, Archery, and Modern Art

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Get our your metro cards—we're about to hop on the 7 train to Flushing, Queens. The bustling neighborhood is home to New York City's second-largest Chinatown, a Korean beauty retail boom, beautiful parks, botanical gardens, and arguably the best soup dumplings in the five boroughs. Here, we've mapped out all the spots to hit up on your perfect Flushing Saturday—from a straight-from-Seoul skincare shop specializing in natural remedies, to an archery studio where you can channel your inner Arya Stark.

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New World Mall Food Court

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Jump start your cultural expedition through Flushing by touring the New World Mall—New York’s largest Asian indoor shopping center. Stores specializing in clothing, accessories, candy, and gifts are located on the upper levels, but the basement food court is the real draw. Here you’ll find food from China, Taiwan, Korea, and beyond—like soup dumplings, noodles, sesame balls, hot pot and bubble tea. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Skinfood

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We all know that Korean brands are where it’s at for beauty—the country’s skincare experts are always at the forefront of all things rejuvenating yet affordable. Head to Skin Food and stock up on the brand’s famous exfoliating “Black Sugar” scrub, gentle “Egg White Pore Foam,” and moisturizing sheet masks. If you have time, stop for a manicure in the store’s nail salon—a standard polish change will only run you $8. [Photo: Driely S.]

New York Spa & Sauna

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We might be in Spa Castle territory, but New York Spa & Sauna is only a 15-minute walk from Skin Food, and has many of the same amenities—on a much smaller scale. Unwrap one of those sheet masks and take a nap on a heated mat, pop into a sauna (followed up by a dip in the ice chamber), or wander into a salt room for some sinus-clearing relaxation. [Photo]

Louis Armstrong House Museum

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For a dose of American history in Queens, visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Visitors can tour the home, which has been left as Armstrong lived in it, and check out the collections of recordings and Satchmo-related art. [Photo]

Queens Museum

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Continue your cultural Saturday field trip at the Queens Museum. Tucked inside a park, the contemporary and classic art museum offers a pretty stroll to its doors. You can catch exhibits like a New York Fair photo collection, the work of modern artist Jewyo Rhii, Tiffany lamps, and NYC panoramas. [Photo]

Bayside Thrift Shop

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Bayside Thrift Shop is definitely no frills, but the focus here is on the hunt. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, you can score closet staples in good shape and quirky home accents for next to nothing. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Bradelis New York

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Bradelis New York is known for its romantic lingerie that focuses on a comfortable fit. It’s your headquarters for all things lacy, feminine and effortlessly glamorous, and the store’s aim is to make sure you find the pieces perfect for you—so if you’ve been putting off making sure you’re wearing the right bra size, now’s the time.

MGS World

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A offshoot of Korean stationery store Morning Glory, MGS World offers an eclectic array of cute, colorful and playful accessories, home goods, toys, and office items—think Hello Kitty, and lots of it. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Tai Pan Bakery 大班

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Stop for a snack (or four) at Tai Pan Bakery, where you can learn how China does pastries. (Hint: really well.) Try the mochi-style moon cakes, green tea egg tarts, pineapple buns and milk tea. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Queens Archery Lanes & Pro Shop

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Time to channel your inner Katniss (or Arya, whatever your preference). Queens Archery will add a little variety to your Saturday brunch-shop-chill routine by giving you the chance to hone your archery skills. You can rent equipment there and take aim under the helpful guidance of the coaches on staff, and your lesson is free with the cost of the rental. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

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New World Mall Food Court

Jump start your cultural expedition through Flushing by touring the New World Mall—New York’s largest Asian indoor shopping center. Stores specializing in clothing, accessories, candy, and gifts are located on the upper levels, but the basement food court is the real draw. Here you’ll find food from China, Taiwan, Korea, and beyond—like soup dumplings, noodles, sesame balls, hot pot and bubble tea. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Skinfood

We all know that Korean brands are where it’s at for beauty—the country’s skincare experts are always at the forefront of all things rejuvenating yet affordable. Head to Skin Food and stock up on the brand’s famous exfoliating “Black Sugar” scrub, gentle “Egg White Pore Foam,” and moisturizing sheet masks. If you have time, stop for a manicure in the store’s nail salon—a standard polish change will only run you $8. [Photo: Driely S.]

New York Spa & Sauna

We might be in Spa Castle territory, but New York Spa & Sauna is only a 15-minute walk from Skin Food, and has many of the same amenities—on a much smaller scale. Unwrap one of those sheet masks and take a nap on a heated mat, pop into a sauna (followed up by a dip in the ice chamber), or wander into a salt room for some sinus-clearing relaxation. [Photo]

Louis Armstrong House Museum

For a dose of American history in Queens, visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Visitors can tour the home, which has been left as Armstrong lived in it, and check out the collections of recordings and Satchmo-related art. [Photo]

Queens Museum

Continue your cultural Saturday field trip at the Queens Museum. Tucked inside a park, the contemporary and classic art museum offers a pretty stroll to its doors. You can catch exhibits like a New York Fair photo collection, the work of modern artist Jewyo Rhii, Tiffany lamps, and NYC panoramas. [Photo]

Bayside Thrift Shop

Bayside Thrift Shop is definitely no frills, but the focus here is on the hunt. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, you can score closet staples in good shape and quirky home accents for next to nothing. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Bradelis New York

Bradelis New York is known for its romantic lingerie that focuses on a comfortable fit. It’s your headquarters for all things lacy, feminine and effortlessly glamorous, and the store’s aim is to make sure you find the pieces perfect for you—so if you’ve been putting off making sure you’re wearing the right bra size, now’s the time.

MGS World

A offshoot of Korean stationery store Morning Glory, MGS World offers an eclectic array of cute, colorful and playful accessories, home goods, toys, and office items—think Hello Kitty, and lots of it. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Tai Pan Bakery 大班

Stop for a snack (or four) at Tai Pan Bakery, where you can learn how China does pastries. (Hint: really well.) Try the mochi-style moon cakes, green tea egg tarts, pineapple buns and milk tea. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]

Queens Archery Lanes & Pro Shop

Time to channel your inner Katniss (or Arya, whatever your preference). Queens Archery will add a little variety to your Saturday brunch-shop-chill routine by giving you the chance to hone your archery skills. You can rent equipment there and take aim under the helpful guidance of the coaches on staff, and your lesson is free with the cost of the rental. [Photo: Bryan Sansivero]