Out of all of the neighborhoods in Seattle, Fremont ranks in my top three. The food (seriously though, the food), drinks, parks, and vibe of the neighborhood are all top notch. Think hipster meets bohemian with an extra flair of funk. And you get Fremont. Away from the big city feel of downtown Seattle and the crowded neighborhood of Capitol Hill, but still close enough to see the beautiful skyline that downtown offers; Fremont has it all.
Situated North of the canal you can find yourself in Fremont with hours worth of exploring. Spend the day at the park. Spend the day boutique-ing. Or my favorite way… spend your day eating and drinking your way throughout!
The only downside to the neighborhood is the link light rail does not make a stop in Fremont. You will find yourself needing to drive or take the bus. OR if you’re ambitious… bike! My favorite way to get to Fremont via bike is to ride around Lake Union, and cross the Fremont Bridge smack into downtown. (Fun fact: The Fremont Bridge is the most frequently opened drawbridge in the USA).
You’ve made it! Now what?
Visit the Fremont Troll.
Honestly, I don’t get it, but it’s a big attraction to Fremont so while you’re there you might as well stop by and say hello! This idea of having a troll under a bridge comes from folklore in Scandinavia. This troll was built to revamp the area under the bridge seeing as it was a place for drug deals in the past.
Set up a picnic at Gas Works Park.
TECHNICALLY this park is considered to be part of Wallingford but for sake of this post… we are going to tie it in with Fremont. Mostly because once in Fremont, you can still access this park via your own two legs. But seriously, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t visit this park. It is beautiful and my favorite in all of Seattle. Sit back, relax, and take in the views of the sailboats on South Lake Union with the Seattle skyline as the backdrop.
Spend the day popping in and out of the many artisanal boutiques Fremont has to offer. My personal favorite is Pipe and Row.
Best thing about Fremont? Top-notch restaurants.
Agrodolce – Southern Italian
Joule – Asian fusion
Revel – Korean
RockCreek – Seafood
Westward – Mediterranean
Second best thing about Fremont? The drinks.
Fremont Brewing – Lively brewery with an equally large patio as inside seating
The Barrel Thief – Inventive cocktails complete with an expansive wine list
If you find yourself in Seattle, make sure to make this neighborhood a priority. You won’t be disappointed. As always, if there is anything I missed let me know in the comments below.