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 Edmonds 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 Avenue S, 425-771-7009. Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–7 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).

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 Avenue S #1, 425-640-8949. Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m.

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 Avenue S, 425-775-2789. Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–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 Avenue S., 425-744-6076. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sleeping in or near Edmonds

Please contact the establishment for additional information and to make reservations.

In Edmonds, within walking distance of the Rick Steves Travel Center

The Dayton Guesthouse — one private apartment at 522 Dayton Street, 425-778-3611

Edmonds Best Western Harbor Inn — full-service hotel at 130 W. Dayton Street, 425-771-5021, 800-441-8033

In or near Edmonds, within a short drive of the Rick Steves Travel Center

Days Inn (Shoreline) — full-service hotel located four miles from the Travel Center at 19527 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, 206-542-6300

Best Western Alderwood (Lynnwood) — full-service hotel located five miles from the Travel Center at 9332 36th Ave W, Lynnwood, 866-925-8648

Courtyard by Marriott (Lynnwood)  full-service hotel located five miles from the Travel Center at 4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood, 855-239-9399

Embassy Suites (Lynnwood) — full-service hotel with two-room suites, hot breakfasts cooked to order, fitness center, indoor pool, dogs allowed (one per room), located five miles from the Travel Center at 20610 44th Avenue, Lynnwood, 425-775-2500

Extended Stay America (Lynnwood) — full-service hotel located five miles from the Travel Center at 3021 196th St SW, Lynnwood, 800-658-6760

Holiday Inn (Lynnwood) — full-service hotel with full hot breakfast, fitness center, and indoor pool, located five miles from the Travel Center at 2515 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, 425-672-1234

Homewood Suites by Hilton (Lynnwood) — full-service hotel with full hot breakfast, fitness center, and indoor pool, located seven miles from the Travel Center at 18123 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, 425-670-8943

La Quinta Inn (Lynnwood) — full-service, pet-friendly hotel located five miles from the Travel Center at 4300 Alderwood Mall Boulevard, Lynnwood, 425-775-7447

Private Rental in Edmonds — one private, queen-size bedroom with bathroom, and private deck with view plus garage, just over one mile from the Travel Center at 1036 Eighth Avenue S, Edmonds, 425-775-4013, cell: 206-227-9086

Residence Inn (Lynnwood) — full-service hotel with outdoor pool and hot breakfast buffet, located seven miles from the Travel Center at 18200 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, 425-771-1100

Travelodge (Edmonds)— full-service, pet-friendly hotel located four miles from the Travel Center at 23825 Highway 99, Edmonds, 425-771-8008

Willow Springs Retreat (Edmonds) — private two-bedroom apartment with access to a sauna and hot tub, less than a mile from Travel Center, 425-418-0763

Eating in Edmonds

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

190 Sunset — Its ever-changing menu emphasizes seasonal, local cuisine and covers everything from sushi and burgers to salmon and filet mignon. Near the ferry terminal at…190 Sunset Way, 425-329-3669. Open for lunch Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and for dinner daily 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat open until 11 p.m. Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4 p.m.–6 p.m. & 9 p.m.–close.

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 terminal at 456 Admiral Way, 425-771-4400. Mon–Thu 4:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Arnie's Restaurant — Arnie's is also known for its seafood and offers an early-bird dinner special (Sun–Fri 4 p.m.–6 p.m.). In the Edmonds Marina, a 15–20-minute waterside stroll from the ferry terminal at 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.

Café Louvre — This café's mission is to be Edmonds' local neighborhood coffee house, with a focus on exceptional customer service, quality coffee drinks, and providing a friendly and relaxed space to meet. 210 Fifth Avenue S, 425-640-8188. Daily 6:30 a.m.–6 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. One block from the Travel Center at 316 Main Street, 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.

The Cheesemonger's Table — The Cheesemonger's Table is a combination of many wonderful things: a fine artisanal cheese shop, charcuterie purveyor, deli, wine bar, and pub. The menu includes a variety of tasty hot and cold sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie plates, and salads. In Old Milltown Plaza, two blocks from the Travel Center, at 203 Fifth Avenue S, 425-640-8949. Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m.

Claire's Restaurant — This classic diner has it all: a wide menu, spinning dessert case, breakfast served all day…and their cocktail bar's drinks might be one of the best deals in town. One block from the Travel Center at 301 Main Street, 425-776-2333. Daily 6:30 a.m.–8:30 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 Street, 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 terminal at 101 Main Street, 425-744-9999. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.–10 p.m., happy hour daily 3 p.m.–6 p.m. & 9 p.m.–close.

E·pu·lo Bistro — This classy place serves Northwest cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Just up from the gazebo fountain and one block from the Travel Center at 526 Main Street, 425-678-8680. Tue–Sun 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat until 11 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 Street, 425-778-6811. Tue–Sat 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed Sun–Mon.

Furi Chinese — This friendly restaurant serves a wide variety of affordable Chinese cuisine in an inviting space. An eight-minute walk from the Travel Center at 546 Fifth Avenue S, 425-673-9933. Daily 11 a.m–3 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., no midday closure Sat–Sun.

Girardi's Osteria Italiana — Girardi's is a good option for Italian food in an elegant setting (no pizza). A seven-minute walk from the Travel Center at 504 Fifth Avenue S, 425-673-5278. Mon–Wed 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Thu–Sat 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun noon–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 Fifth Avenue S, 425-776-6666. Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., happy hour Mon–Fri 3 p.m.–6 p.m., Fri–Sat 9:30–close.

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. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 201 Fifth Avenue S, 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 sipping specialty cocktails. One block from the Travel Center and just up from the gazebo at 515-A E Main Street, 425-640-5000. Mon 4 p.m.–11 p.m., Tue–Thu 4 p.m.–midnight, Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–2 a.m., happy hour daily before 6 p.m and 9 p.m.–midnight.

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

Red Twig Bakery Café — Red Twig serves fresh pastries and gourmet coffee roasted on site; lunchtime offerings include sweet or savory crêpes, panini sandwiches, and salads. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 117 Fifth Avenue S, 425-771-1200. Mon–Sat 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Revelations Yogurt — Revelations' 10 rotating flavors of self-service, pay-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt gets even tastier with the wide range of fresh toppings. Two blocks from the Travel Center at 527 Main Street, 425-744-6012. Tue–Sun noon–9 p.m., Fri–Sat unil 10 p.m., closed Mon.

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 Street, 425-778-3433. Daily 11 a.m.–midnight, or later...

Rusty Pelican — This outpost of a local family-run chain specializes in American cuisine, classic home-style dishes, and dessert. Right behind the Travel Center at 107 Fifth Avenue N, 425-582-8250. Daily 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Salt & Iron — This oyster and steak house provides some of the tastiest (and most expensive) fine dining in Edmonds. One crosswalk from the Travel Center at 321 Main Street, 425-361-1112. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Spud Fish and Chips — Edmonds' laid-back fish joint also has coleslaw, chowder, and rootbeer floats. Near the ferry terminal at 170 Sunset Avenue, 425-678-0984. Daily 11 a.m.–8 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 Street, 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. One block from the Travel Center at 311 Main Street, 425-670-8122. Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–8:00 p.m., closed Sun.

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 Travel Center and just up from the gazebo at 518 Main Street, 425-778-3548. Open long hours daily.

Walnut Street Coffee — This retro-modern café 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 seven-minute walk from the Travel Center at 410 Walnut Street, 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 café offers Caffé Vita coffee, good cookies, and ice cream in summer. Right by the ferry terminal at 101 Main Street, 425-670-1400. Daily 6:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Fri–Sat until 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 fun events; some of the best are the Edmonds Arts Festival (mid-June), Taste Edmonds (mid-August), and the Fourth of July children's parade. For a city this small, there's quite a lot to do!

Free Travel Classes — Every Saturday morning, travel experts from Rick Steves' Europe dish out tips and tales in the Edmonds Theatre and/or the Rick Steves Travel Center. See what's coming up!

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

Cascadia Art Museum — Expertly curated collection of Northwest art from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Near the ferry terminal at 190 Sunset Avenue, 425-336-4809. $10. Wed–Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m., closed Mon–Tue. Open till 8 p.m. (and free) during Third Thursday Art Walk.

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 Avenue N, next to the log-cabin Visitor's Bureau, 425-774-0900. $5 suggested donation. Wed–Sun 1 p.m.–4 p.m., closed Mon–Tue.

Waterfront — Puget Sound laps at the Edmonds shoreline along five rocky beaches, a fishing pier, and a mile-long walkway. The Edmonds Underwater Park, on the north side of the ferry terminal, is a marine sanctuary established in 1970 — you'll see scuba divers here all throughout the year.

Edmonds City Park — The Edmonds City Park offers lots of playground toys for kids, picnic tables, and lots of green grass. Just off Third Avenue S between Howell Street and Pine Street. 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 Avenue 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 $9, $8 for seniors, and $7 for kids 12 and under, and all matinees. 415 Main Street, 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, with some offering 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 replaced each month with new works. Just up from the gazebo at 508 Main Street, 425-774-0946. Sun–Fri 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.–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 $8.50), with breathtaking views of Mt. Baker to the north and Mt. Rainier to the south. From the Kingston Ferry Terminal, walk directly up Main Street to visit the town's cluster of shops and restaurants.

For lots more information about Edmonds, visit the Edmonds Downtown Alliance.

Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. is a member of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.