Edmonds is about 18 square miles, with several districts that define its communities, each with their own character and shopping opportunities.
Perrinville, at the northern end of the city, is a small district with some hidden gems. Stop into Mel & Mia's for some incredible, delectable hand-crafted bakery treats and a latte, then settle into a chair at All Wound Up Yarn Shop, where community is as important as crafting. End the afternoon with something to take home for reading from the little gem of a bookshop, the Neverending Bookshop.
The International District borders the eastern edge of the city, and it's replete with Asian restaurants and shops. Begin with the grocer Ranch 99, where everything from perfume to Peking Duck is sold. In fact, the whole area is dotted with small markets, such as Boo Han Oriental Market.
South to the Gateway District, bordering Highways 99 and 104, Noura Middle Eastern Market is a great place to stock up on those mouth-watering pantry items that can make any meal better.
Westgate District is nearby and on your way to the waterfront. This area leads directly to Urban Papercrafter, making crafting "cool," and to QFC Grocery store and PCC, along with a bevy of unique restaurants, from Ono Authentic Hawaiian Poke to Garlic Jim's and Pagliacci Pizza. From there, you're on your way to the waterfront and downtown.
Downtown Edmonds Waterfront includes plenty of recreation, and a little shopping with a dive shop and a gift shop inside the Cascadia Art Museum, and, if you're feeling like a big spender, Edmonds Yacht Sales.
The Downtown Shopping District is uphill from the water, complete with an iconic water fountain and plenty of outdoor dining patios. There are too many shops here to count, from galleries and art supply stores, to boutiques, jewelry shops and the one-of-a-kind The Curious Nest, with found treasures. Visit Edmonds Downtown Alliance (Ed!) for a full list within their business district. There is also a bevy of fine restaurants in this part of town.