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Head to Downtown Bellingham and the Historic Fairhaven District to find unique shops full of locally made items. Local shops and antiques stores within a neighborhood can also be found on Front Street in Lynden, Peace Portal Way in Blaine, and Main Street in Ferndale. Major brand shopping and mall layouts are located at Bellis Fair Mall, Meridian Street, Sunset Square, Birch Bay Square and Duty Free Americas.

Whether you’re hunting for bargains or looking for handcrafted wares, boutiques, or outdoor gear, Bellingham and the greater Whatcom County region have many great places to shop.

Bellingham Shopping Stops

Downtown Bellingham – I-5, Exit 253 & 254

A traditional downtown district with cultural flair. Features specialty shops, antiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants combined with the Downtown Bellingham Arts District. The Bellingham Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays, and the parks, shops, and cultural organizations meet up with the historic and scenic waterfront. Park in the underground parkade on Commercial Street, and enjoy wandering!

Bellis Fair Mall & Meridian Street- I-5, Exit 256

A regional shopping mall with five major department stores including Macy’s, JC Penney, Kohl’s, Old Navy and Target; and nearly 150 smaller shops (including Gap, Victoria’s Secret, and Forever 21). Features a food court with 16 vendors.

Running adjacent to Bellis Fair Mall, this major arterial offers local and nationally recognized stores. Nearby are Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, DeWaard & Bode and Best Buy.

Historic Fairhaven District – I-5, Exit 250

Tucked into turn-of-the-century buildings with classic brick facades, find upscale galleries, clothing, jewelry,  books, gifts and some of Bellingham’s best restaurants. Don’t miss Paper Dreams; Good Earth Pottery; Gallery West and Village Books.

Sunset Square – I-5, Exit 255

Sunset Square features Joann’s Fabrics, Safeway, Rite-Aid, a Goodwill Store and several specialty shops.

Barkley Village – I-5, Exit 255 (turn onto Barkley Blvd and follow East)

Barkley Village on Woburn Street brings“a little bit of old-world charm” through its architectural design. The plaza features specialty shops, a fine grocery store with a food court and wine shop. In addition, there are unique restaurants including Scotty Brown’s and Jalapenos, and a 16-plex movie theater with Imax

Downtown Lynden – 10 miles north of Bellingham off Highway 539

Front Street in downtown Lynden highlights its Dutch heritage with Dutch-style architecture. The Jansen Art Center, Lynden Pioneer Museum, bakeries, restaurants, antique shops and frequent events makes a day in Lynden delightful. Just out of town is the Samson Estates Winery featuring fine wines and liqueurs.

Downtown Ferndale – I-5, Exit 262

Locally owned shops line Ferndale’s Main Street and there is a regular farmers' market.

Birch Bay Square – At I-5 Exit 270, Birch Bay Lynden Road

Businesses include popular local restaurants like Bob’s Burger & Brew, trendy cafés, home and garden shops, some name-brand outlet stores, unique gifts, a grocery store and lots more.

Duty Free Shopping

Duty free stores sell alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and gift items that are duty free. Restrictions apply, such as, length of time out of the country and total personal declarations.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
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904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990

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