Seattle’s funky, irreverent, and always colorful Fremont neighborhood is a vibrant place to explore. The area bills itself as the “Center of the Universe,” and it’s a hotbed of interesting landmarks. Visitors stroll along the scenic Ship Canal and grab coffee, artisan chocolate, craft beer, or a full dinner at one of Seattle’s best restaurants.
It’s easy to fill up a day in Fremont with intriguing stops such as the Fremont Troll, a giant concrete statue hiding under the Aurora Bridge; the massive Lenin statue with its quirky history; and a 50s-era Cold War rocket now posing as an art installation. Shops, restaurants, and pubs round things out. Each of these sites is within walking distance of each other, making for an accessible outing.
Take a tour of the area—on foot or via minibus—or combine a visit with a private glass-blowing class or stops at the Space Needle, Boeing Factory, and Pike Place Market.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A range of travelers, including families, will enjoy a visit to Fremont.
- Wear comfortable shoes for a day of walking.
- Fremont can get busy, so be prepared for crowds if you visit in summer or on a weekend.
How to Get There
Fremont sits about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Downtown Seattle. There are public parking lots and plenty of street parking. Several bus lines stop in the neighborhood, including the 28, 5, 40, and 26.
When to Get There
Fremont is a popular place to visit on weekends and summer days. To avoid the crowds, visit on an out-of-season weekday, or get an early start to your day. In fall, trees along the Ship Canal turn a vibrant yellow, making for a scenic stroll. In spring, flowers bloom profusely throughout the neighborhood.
Where to Find the Best Food in Fremont
Fremont’s diversity of restaurants has something for everyone. There’s excellent farm-to-table Italian fare at Agrodolce, healthy grain bowls at Eve, exciting Northwest cuisine at Manolin and The Whale Wins, and modern twists on Korean dishes at Joule.