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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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1. New World Mall Food Court

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136-20 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 353-0551
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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]

2. Skinfood

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136-89 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
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.]

3. New York Spa & Sauna

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14906 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
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]

4. Louis Armstrong House Museum

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34-56 107th St
Corona, NY 11368
(718) 478-8274
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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]

5. Queens Museum

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Great Lakes Court
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 592-9700
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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]

6. Bayside Thrift Shop

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144-02 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 460-4141
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]

7. Bradelis New York

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135-20 39th Ave, Ste 219
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 353-1345
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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.

8. MGS World

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136-77 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
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]

9. Tai Pan Bakery 大班

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3725 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 461-8668
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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]

10. Queens Archery Lanes & Pro Shop

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17020 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11358
(718) 461-1756
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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1. New World Mall Food Court

136-20 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11354
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]
136-20 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY 11354

2. Skinfood

136-89 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354
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.]
136-89 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

3. New York Spa & Sauna

14906 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
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]
14906 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354

4. Louis Armstrong House Museum

34-56 107th St, Corona, NY 11368
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]
34-56 107th St
Corona, NY 11368

5. Queens Museum

Great Lakes Court, Queens, NY 11368
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]
Great Lakes Court
Queens, NY 11368

6. Bayside Thrift Shop

144-02 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
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]
144-02 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354

7. Bradelis New York

135-20 39th Ave, Ste 219, Flushing, NY 11354
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.
135-20 39th Ave, Ste 219
Flushing, NY 11354

8. MGS World

136-77 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354
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]
136-77 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

9. Tai Pan Bakery 大班

3725 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354
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]
3725 Main St
Flushing, NY 11354

10. Queens Archery Lanes & Pro Shop

17020 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11358
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]
17020 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11358