Downtown Mercer Island

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Mercer Island’s Town Center is the dynamic and evolving commercial hub of the island. It is also a gathering spot for islanders, whether to enjoy a shared meal at a local restaurant, to meet for a group fitness class, or to shop together at the local home decor or book store.

Young shoppers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market

Every Sunday during the summer, the Mercer Island Farmers Market brings a buzz of activity to the streets near Mercerdale Park. 

Housing

Mercer Island Town Center is home to most of the Island’s condominium buildings (about 20!), as well as most of the island’s apartment developments.

7800 Plaza Condominium building

Apartment dwellings include:  77 CentralThe AviaraIsland Square ApartmentsThe Mercer Luxury Apartments, the Hadley, among others. 

Photo courtesy: Aviara / Essex

If you are looking for a place to rent on Mercer Island, be sure to check out our Mercer Island Rental Guide.

Senior living communities, including AljoyaIsland House, and Aegis Living, are located downtown Mercer Island.

Restaurants and Shopping

Interior of Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop

Favorite island restaurants include MiopostoThe IslanderHomegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shopthe Roanoke Inn, Yuzen Japanese RestaurantPagliacci Pizza, Old 76, Sano Cafe, Sushi Joa, Anise Thai Cuisine, and more. 

Mercer Island has three local grocery stores. Metropolitan Market opened during the summer of 2020 and offers a well-developed array of produce, meat, catering services, flowers, to-go items, cheeses, wines, and kitchenware. Islanders also grocery shop at QFC, which has two locations – one in downtown and one on the south end – on Mercer Island. 

The island wouldn’t be complete without several coffee shops – Starbucks has two locations downtown and a location in the south end QFC shopping center.

Pick up a book at Island Books, then have lunch next door at Homegrown.
Customers wait in line to make their purchases at Island Books.

Shopping highlights include the charming Island BooksTerra BellaHip Zephyr, and many others. Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts Gallery sells antiques and vintage items from around the world.

Orchids at Mercer Island Florist

Mercer Island Florist has served as the island flower shop for over 50 years, and Metropolitan Market also has a great floral department. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to stop for a treat at Oh Chocolate! and Island Treats.

Health & Fitness

Yogabliss, a popular yoga studio on Mercer Island

Fitness studios add to the restaurant and shopping mix. Yogabliss, MI Athletic Club, and OrangeTheory are popular favorites, but be sure to check out all the options in our Mercer Island Fitness Guide.

Downtown martial arts studios include Mercer Island Martial Arts and Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios.

Transportation

Design renderings of Mercer Island’s future Light Rail Station

Many Islanders take the bus into work or to local sporting events by parking at Mercer Island’s Park-and-Ride.  You have to get there early, because the lot fills up quickly. 

The Mercer Island Light Rail station is targeted to open in 2023.  The station is being constructed at the north edge of Town Center at 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE (in close proximity to the existing Park-and-Ride).

Parks

Primavera in Mercer Island’s Sculpture Garden in the Park on the Lid

Aubrey Davis Park (Park on the Lid) borders the north end of Town Center, featuring smooth-paved walking paths and a sculpture garden. 

To the south of Town Center, you’ll find Mercerdale Park complete with a playground, skate park, pavilion, exercise equipment, and a circular walking path.

Mercerdale Park playground and walking path