Your Guide to Exploring Mercer Island

Posted on: May 13, 2021

With spring in full swing and the weather continuing to warm up, we’re all looking for ways to spend more time outdoors. If you’re itching to explore a guide to the ultimate day trip may be exactly what you’re looking for. As you head out for an adventure, consider exploring all that Mercer Island has to offer from locally-owned restaurants to one-of-a-kind shops. 



The Sano Cafe

With the slogan “Healthy, Mind & Body,” The Sano Cafe has spent the past six years focusing on providing healthy and delicious meals for families to enjoy! Whether you’re craving a salad, a smoothie, some soup, or a breakfast bowl, they have plenty of delicious options to choose from.  

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Sushi Joa 

Satisfy your craving for something new at this family-owned Japanese restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed, and their menu offers everything from sushi, to popular Japanese entrees, and bento-box lunch specials. If they become a family favorite then you’ll be delighted to find that they passionate about innovation and are constantly adding new items to their menu! 

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Shawn’s Cafe & Bakery 

Fill your day with a little something sweet when you indulge in a treat from Shawn’s Cafe & Bakery. Locally owned and operated, they are proud to start every day at 5 am, so that they can provide you with fresh bread and pastries to enjoy. Stop in and try their delicious drinks, scrumptious sandwiches, or delectable baked goods. 

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Barrels Wine Bar

Passionate about wine, Barrels Wine Bar is owned and operated by island locals. Stop in to enjoy a wine tasting while you take in the incredible art that adorns their walls, all created by local artists. 

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Sweets & Treats

Oh! Chocolate 

Family owned and operated, the Krautheim family has been crafting artisan chocolates since 1985! Indulge in their selection of assorted chocolate boxes and truffles, or partake in one of their chocolate-making classes! 

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Island Treats 

Ignite your inner child when you enter this sweet shop! Island Treats offers everything you could hope for, from gummies and goodies to cookies, or even candies for a cause! 

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Island Books 

Satisfy your craving for a story while supporting the island’s longstanding, independently run book store! Island books has been serving their community since 1973. Peruse their carefully curated collection of books as you search for a story that captivates your attention. 

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Terra Bella 

Stop in at Terra Bella, your one-stop-shop for everything from kitchen and dining essentials to gifts, as well as bath and body products! This family-run store has been a part of the Greater Seattle community for 20 years.

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Mercer Island Florist

Indulge in the beauty of spring when you purchase a bouquet from Mercer Island Florist. Their thoughtfully crafted bouquets are perfect for birthdays and holidays, or simply just because! You can also find a carefully curated selection of plants, wines, and gifts here. This beautiful shop has been in business for more than 55 years! 

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Mercer Island Farmers Market

Stop in on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm to enjoy live music while shopping for everything from produce grown by local farms to hand-crafted pasta, baked goods, and more! 

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The Boutique Lounge

If being eco-conscious is important to you, this family-owned business is the perfect stop for you to shop! With products ranging from vegan leather goods to toxin-free cosmetics and skincare items, sustainable garments, organic candles, and more! The Boutique Lounge is the perfect spot to shop for everything from essentials to that unique gift you’ve been looking for for that special someone. 

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Things to Do 

Groveland Beach Park 

Enjoy a walk through this scenic waterfront park. Amenities include a beautiful, rocky beach, trails, and docks that extend out over the water. This is the perfect spot for a spring picnic or BBQ. 

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Aubrey Davis Park 

Built in 1992, Aubrey Davis Park is part of the legacy of Mercer Island. With more than 90 acres you can indulge in everything from trails, to boat launches, softball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball courts, and even an outdoor sculpture gallery.  

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