Visiting Edmonds

Enjoy Edmonds: Rick's charming hometown has dining options for all tastes and budgets, from maple bars to grilled salmon.

Just 14 miles north of downtown Seattle, the cute, walkable Edmonds is a great place for a day trip, or even a weekend stay. 

In 1870, timber man George Brackett was canoeing in Puget Sound, on the lookout for harvestable forest, when he was blown ashore just north of what would become the ferry dock. His landing point became the beginning of a lumber town, which grew from the waterfront up into gently sloping hills. While the timber and shingle mills are gone, downtown Edmonds, still sporting its original Main Street, is filled with a tidy collection of shops, cafés, and street corners adorned with colorful flower beds. Throughout town, views of the Olympic Mountains and sparkling Puget Sound peek between storefronts, and a waterfront walkway beckons visitors to take a stroll and enjoy the view.

After your visit to our Travel Center, you can discuss your travel plans over a cup of coffee, dine in one of several great restaurants, stroll the beach, scour the antique shops, or hop a ferry for the scenic ride to the Olympic Peninsula. On Saturdays in May–September, the Farmers' Market fills the streets just behind the Travel Center, with vendors selling local produce and handmade crafts. Visitors tempted to stay the night have plenty of accommodation options to choose from. See our driving directions for the best ways to visit Edmonds.

Shopping in Edmonds

Edmonds' shops are full of fun, unusual gifts and goodies. Besides our very own Travel Center, most of the best shopping is on or near Main Street and Fifth Avenue: antique stores, clothing boutiques, jewelers, galleries and more. We've listed some of our favorites below. Most shops are open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; a few shops also stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Arista Wine Cellars and C'est la Vie — Ruth and David Arista take good care of happy customers in their busy local wine shop. They offer a fine selection of Northwest and European wines, and a free tasting every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 320 Fifth Ave. S., 425-771-7009. Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Thu until 8 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m. Next door, the C'est la Vie gift boutique sells unique housewares and upscale accessories (425-673-8905). 

Edmonds Bookshop Friendly and locally owned, this is the kind of cozy bookstore that makes browsing and buying a treat. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 111 Fifth Ave S., 425-775-2789. Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thu till 8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun noon–5 p.m.

Savvy Traveler If you need it for your trip and you can't find it at our Travel Center, they probably carry it at the Savvy Traveler: books, bags, and more travel accessories and gadgets than you knew existed. A quick hop from the Travel Center at 112 Fifth Ave. S., 425-744-6076. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thu until 8 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m.

Nama's Candy Store If you've got a sweet tooth, or just a fondness for old-time candy stores, you'll be in heaven here. Nama's carries all the candies you've heard of and many you haven't, handmade chocolates and mmm ... free samples. One block behind the Travel Center at 102½  Fifth Ave. N., 425-771-4606. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m, closed Mon.

The Cheesemonger's Table Cheese connoisseurs should head straight to this small, fragrant shop. Marvel at the variety, and consider picking up a wedge or two for friends, who're sure to be impressed. Strom and his staff can answer all your cheesy questions. Located at Old Milltown, 203 Fifth Ave. S., #1; 425-640-8949. Mon–Wed 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Thu–Sat 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m.

Sleeping in Edmonds

The first two accommodations listed below are within walking distance of the Rick Steves Travel Center and convenient if you do not have a car. The third is nestled in a residential area just north of downtown Edmonds, and the rest line busy Highway 99 or beyond. Credit cards are accepted unless otherwise noted.

Edmonds Harbor Inn — Central Edmonds' only full-service hotel is fairly standard, but offers some nice extras. All rooms include breakfast, television, coffee maker and down pillows; pricier rooms come with more amenities. Rooms begin at $109 and go up to $189 for suites with a fireplace and Jacuzzi. 130 W. Dayton, 425-771-5021, 800/441-8033.

Dayton House B &B — The owners of this typical Edmonds house rent a private apartment with a second-floor view deck for $95. 522 Dayton St., 425-778-3611.

Beachfront Guest Suite — 2 night minimum. $130 per night.  2 room guest suite located in our home.  Full living room, bedroom, full bathroom with Jacuzzi, mini kitchen.  Located on Sunset Ave in Edmonds with a view of Puget Sound.  Within walking distance of the Travel Center, train, ferry and many fine restaurants and shops., 425-670-2356.

Travelers Inn and Suites — Rooms often go for just $50 a night; some include kitchenettes. 22127 Highway 99, 425-776-0200.

K & E Motor Inn — The basic-but-clean rooms here start at just $45. 23921 Highway 99, 425-778-2181.

Rodeo Inn — The rooms are pretty standard, but we hear the staff is friendly; rooms for $50–$70 a night. 20707 Highway 99, 425-774-7700.

Travelodge — Rooms here are furnished with above-average taste, rates are reasonable (starting at $70)... and there's a hot tub! 23825 Highway 99, 425-771-8008.

Days Inn — 4117 196th Street SW, Lynnwood — 425-775-8030.

Waterfront Weekly Rental — For an extended stay in Edmonds (just 30 minutes from Seattle!), consider this weekly rental two blocks north of the ferry terminal. One bedroom with full living room and a small dining area and kitchen. $750/week, 206-595-6699.

Eating in Edmonds

Here's a list of our favorite places to grab grub in Edmonds. Download our handy Eating in Edmonds map!

Read reviews on select Edmonds restaurants by Rick Steves' staff members.


A Very Taki Tiki Bar — At Edmond's only Hawaiian-themed bar, the drinks come with umbrellas, the wait staff sport cargo shorts, the menu offers island-inspired creations (such as fried spam), and you can always find a good lei. One block from the fountain at 518 Main Street, 425-778-3548. Mon–Tue 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Wed–Fri 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m., Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Anthony's Homeport — Enjoy the seafood and stunning views from either the formal dining room upstairs, or the casual Beach Café downstairs. Reservations recommended. In the Edmonds Marina, a 15–20-minute waterside stroll from the ferry dock, 456 Admiral Way, 425-771-4400. Mon–Thu 11:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Arnie's — Arnie's is also known for its seafood and offers an early-bird dinner special (Sun–Fri 4 p.m.–6 pm.). Just south of the fishing pier at the Edmonds Marina, 300 Admiral Way, 425-771-5688. Mon–Thu 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–9 p.m., drinks until 11:30 p.m. daily.

Baicha Tea Room — Edmonds' only tea room features nearly 100 different types of teas, plus light breakfast fare, hearty sandwiches and soup.  Located just up Fifth Avenue beyond Petosa's and Baskin Robins at 6522 Fifth Ave. S.,  425-670-2222. Mon–Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Baskin-Robbins — We're not sure what to make of its location across from a fitness center (?!), but on sunny days we all scream for ice cream. A 10-minute walk from the Travel Center at 614 Fifth Ave. S., 425-778-2005. Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Café de Paris — As its longtime clientele knows, this restaurant offers a rare chance to treat yourself to classic French cuisine (escargot, canard à l'orange) without breaking le banque. Near the ferry dock at 109 Main St., 425-771-2350. Mon–Fri 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun-Thu 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.

Café Louvre — This café's mission is to be Edmonds' local neighborhood Coffee House. They pledge to focus on delivering exceptional customer service, on making quality coffee drinks, and on offering a friendly and relaxed gathering and meeting place. 210 5th Ave S, 425-640-8188, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chanterelle — Edmonds' unofficial gathering spot is a casual bistro with a myriad of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The bright, woody interior has counter seating for solo diners, and the staff will pack up to-go orders if you're in a hurry. Don't miss their rich and delicious tomato bisque. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 316 Main St., tel. 425-774-0650. Mon–Fri 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.–3 p.m. & 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cheesemonger's Table — The Cheesemonger’s Table is a combination of many wonderful things: a fine artisanal cheese shop, a charcuterie purveyor, a deli, a wine bar, and a pub. The menu offers a variety of tasty hot and cold sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie plates, and much more. Located in Old Milltown Plaza at 203 5th Avenue South, Suite 1, 425-640-8949, Mon - Wed 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thu - Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Claire's Pantry — Claire's is a classic diner, with a spinning dessert case and breakfast served all day. Turkeys are roasted daily for sandwiches, and their drinks might be one of the best deals around. Between the Travel Center and the ferry dock at 301 Main St., 425-776-2333. Mon–Sat 6 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Daphne's Wine Bar — Serving "beer, wine and a little food," chic, tiny Daphne's is "a cross between Le Pichet and a shoebox" (The Seattle Times). Around the corner from the Travel Center at 415½ Main St., 425-776-6402. Daily 4 p.m.–midnight.

Demetri's Woodstone Taverna — Bistro tables, cushioned bar stools, and marble counters create a spacious yet intimate ambiance at Demetri's, while the menu offers a range of traditional Spanish tapas, Greek fare, inventive pub grub, pastas and a variety of signature, meat-heavy main courses. Across from the ferry dock at 101 Main Street, 425-744-9999. Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–2 a.m., happy hour daily 3 p.m.–6 p.m. & 9 p.m.–close.

E·pu·lo Bistro — This classy place, in the former home of the Shell Creek restaurant, serves Northwest cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Just up Main Street from the gazebo fountain at 526 Main Street, 425-678-8680. Tue–Thu 4 p.m.–11 p.m., Fri 4 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat 10 a.m.–2 a.m., Sun 10 a.m.–10 p.m., closed Mon.

Edmonds Bakery — Here you can find all the standard American baked goodies — donuts, muffins, sandwiches and more. Their fresh French crullers — made only on Saturdays — are something special. Around the corner from the Travel Center at 418 Main St., 425-778-6811. Tue–Sat 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed Sun–Mon.

El Puerto — Sitting squarely on a prime Edmonds corner, this trusty Mexican place makes Rick's favorite lunch, and popular happy-hour margaritas. Around the corner from the Travel Center at 425 Main St., 425-672-2469. Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Girardi's Osteria Italiana — Girardi's is a good option for Italian food in an elegant setting (no pizza). A five-minute walk down from the Travel Center at 504 Fifth Ave. S., tel. 425-673-5278. Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Dinner Mon–Thu 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 4 p.m.–11 p.m., Sun 4 p.m.–9 p.m.  Happy hour Mon–Sat 3 p.m.–6 p.m., 8 p.m.–close; Sun noon–6 p.m., 8 p.m.–close.

Hamburger Harry's — This understated eatery, known for its gourmet burgers, hand-dipped milk shakes, fried pickles and more, is a 10-minute walk from the Travel Center at 610 5th Ave S., 425-776-6666. Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., happy hour Mon–Fri 3 p.m.–6 p.m., Fri–Sat 9:30–close.

La Galleria — Traditional Tuscan and Northern Italian dishes are served in this quaint Italian restaurant, tucked in an older strip mall. A five-minute walk from the Travel Center at 546 Fifth Ave. S, 425-771-7950. Happy hour and small plates daily 4 p.m.–6 p.m., dinner 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Las Brisas — Las Brisas offers anything-but-bland Mexican cuisine. The menu includes many Mexican favorites like enchiladas and fajitas, but also offers more unusual choices, such as Halibut Ceviche Tostadas and bacon-wrapped prawns. Located at 201 5th Ave S Suite 101, 425-672-5050. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat noon–10 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.

The Loft — Relax at one of the elegantly cozy indoor tables, or linger in the garden-oasis patio while dining on modern American cuisine (don't miss the truffle fries or seasonal oven-roasted zucchini) and specialty cocktails. An easy five-minute walk from the Travel Center 515-A East Main Street, 425-640-5000. Mon–Sun 3 p.m.-11 p.m.; Tue–Thu 3 p.m.-midnight; Fri–Sat 3 p.m.- 2 a.m.; happy hour daily 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

Main Street Burgers — The All-American menu, Mom & Pop atmosphere and old-fashioned decor satisfy both diner aficionados and those who crave good food and swift service at reasonable prices. Next to the Edmonds Bakery (who provides the fresh-baked buns) at 414 Main Street, 425-582-2944. Tue–Sat 11:30 a.m.–7 p.m., closed Sun–Mon.

Milltown Lounge — A variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, plus small plates and desserts make this place perfect for late-afternoon snacks or an evening cocktail.  Three blocks past the fountain at 203 Fifth Ave. S., 425-712-0300. Mon–Thu 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat 4 p.m.–late, closed Sun.

Pancake Haus — Come for the old-school-quasi-German-diner ambience, stay for the scrumptious flapjacks. A five-minute walk from the Travel Center at 530 Fifth Ave S., 425-771-2545. Mon–Fri 6 a.m.–3 p.m., Sat–Sun 6 a.m.–2 p.m.

Red Twig Bakery Café — The fresh pastries baked daily and gourmet coffee roasted on site are just a couple of reasons to try Red Twig for breakfast or lunch. Lunchtime specialties include sweet or savory crêpes, panini sandwiches and salads. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 117 Fifth Ave. S., 425-771-1200. Daily 7 a.m.–5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. June–August).

Revelations Yogurt — Ten rotating flavors of self-service, pay-by-the-ounce, soft-serve frozen treats headline Revelations Yogurt's lineup of indulgent offerings.Two blocks from the Travel Center at 527 Main St., 425-744-6012. Mon–Thu noon–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat noon–11 p.m., Sun noon–9:30 p.m.

Rory's Pub — A local favorite, Rory's offers a full bar in addition to many Northwest microbrews and imports on tap. All the standards are on the menu; frites fiends will go for the "Pound of Love," a one-pound basket of French fries. Near the ferry dock at 105 Main St., 425-778-3433. Daily 11 a.m.–midnight, or later...

Rusty Pelican — This family-run restaurant specializes in American cuisine, classic home-style dishes and dessert. Right behind the Travel Center at 107 5th Ave N, 425-582-8250, daily 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Thai Cottage — Busy but always friendly, the staff here serves up good Thai food at reasonable prices. Lunch specials available Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Around the corner from the Travel Center at 417 Main St., 425-774-3969. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon–9 p.m.

Toshi's Teriyaki — The service is fast — and the tasty burgers are an open Edmonds secret. Between the Travel Center and the ferry at 311 Main St., 425-670-8122. Daily 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Walnut Street Coffee — This retro-modern cafe takes its coffee and baked goods seriously, but also serves homemade soup and burritos for lunch. Look for the bright orange chairs in front. A five-minute walk from the Travel Center at 410 Walnut St., 425-774-5962. Mon–Fri 6 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat–Sun 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Waterfront Coffee Co. — This inviting, stay-a-while cafe offers Caffé Vita coffee, good cookies and ice cream in summer. Right by the ferry at 101 Main St., 425-670-1400. Mon–Fri 6 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat–Sun 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Activities in Edmonds

Downtown Edmonds makes for a nice stroll any time of year, with plenty of opportunities to window shop and take in the view across Puget Sound. Throughout the year, the town hosts plenty of festivals; some of the best are the Edmonds Arts Festival (mid-June), A Taste of Edmonds (mid-August), and the Fourth of July children's parade (see here for exact dates a complete calendar of events). For a city this small, there's quite a lot to do!

Free Travel Classes — Every Saturday morning, travel experts from Europe Through the Back Door dish out tips and tales in the Edmonds Theatre. Click here to see what's coming up!

Summer Market — From May through September, every Saturday in Edmonds is market day. The market stretches along Fifth Avenue North from 9am to 3pm. Pick up a bouquet of flowers, a bag of fresh fruit or a one-of-a-kind gift from one of the many local vendors.

Edmonds Historical Museum — The museum's two floors contain both a permanent exhibit of Edmonds history (ground floor) and an exhibit gallery (upper floor) offering temporary rotating displays, a local history library and an extensive photography archive. Just behind the Travel Center at 118 Fifth Ave. N., next to the log-cabin Visitor's Bureau, 425-774-0900. $2 suggested donation. Wed–Sun 1 p.m.–4 p.m., closed Mon–Tue.

Waterfront — Enjoy the shores of Puget Sound lap at the edge of Edmonds along five rocky beaches, a fishing pier or the mile-long walkway. The Edmonds Underwater Park, on the north side of the ferry terminal, is a marine sanctuary established in 1970 — throughout the year you'll see scuba divers here who've come to check it out.

Edmonds City Park — The Edmonds City Park offers lots of playground toys for kids, picnic tables and lots of green grass. Just off Third Ave. S. between Howell St. and Pine St. Closes at dusk.

Wine Tasting — Arista Cellars offers a free tasting every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 320 Fifth Ave. S., 425-771-7009.

Edmonds Theater — This historical theater plays the week's hot movies when it's not hosting free Saturday Travel Classes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5 for matinees; seniors are $6.50, and kids (12 and under; $5.50) get a free bag of popcorn. Call or visit their website for showtimes. 415 Main St, 425-778-4554.

Third Thursday Art Walk — Many local businesses keep their doors open until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday each month to showcase local artists' work, and occasionally also offer music or hors d'oeuvres.

Gallery North — Stop by to say hello to the artists of the Edmonds co-op gallery, who also take shifts working behind the counter. With a history that goes back more than 40 years, the gallery has over 25 artists/members — watercolor and oil painters, sculptors, potters, wood carvers, glass artists and metal and jewelry makers. All wall art is removed and replaced each month with new works. Just up from the gazebo at 508 Main Street, 425-774-0946. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m.

Day Trip

Kingston — Ferries depart approximately every 40 minutes from Edmonds. On clear days, the ferry ride alone is worth the fare (round-trip adult ticket is about $7), with breathtaking views of Mt. Baker to the north and Mt. Rainier to the south. From the Kingston Ferry Terminal, walk directly up Main St. to visit the town's cluster of shops and restaurants. 

For lots more information about Edmonds, visit the Chamber of Commerce.