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Fremont is one of Seattle’s best-loved neighborhoods, but it wasn’t considered a part of the city. In fact, until 1891 Fremont was its own city separate from Seattle – of course, nowadays one would be hard-pressed to find a more quintessentially Seattle neighborhood.

Historic Fremont Aurora Bridge

Although a beloved Seattle neighborhood, Fremont is also considered a counterculture environment, despite the gentrification of recent years. Colloquially referred to as the “People’s Republic of Fremont” or the “Artist’s Republic of Fremont” this progressive area is at once distinct and characteristic of the general Seattle charm.

Located outside of Seattle’s immediate downtown, Fremont relishes its somewhat isolated position and the neighborhood is scattered with various signs reading “Set your watch back 5 minutes” or simply “throw your watch away”. Since 1995 a controversial statue of Vladimir Lenin has stood on a busy corner of the neighborhood, and remains a stalwart acknowledgement of the area’s progressive roots.

Lenin statue in Fremont Seattle

Despite the enduring controversy surrounding the Lenin statue, there’s another monument in Fremont that receives even more attention. The Fremont Troll is a such a unique monument that tourists and locals alike regularly flock to its home under the Aurora Bridge for photos.

Fremont Troll in Seattle under Aurora Bridge

The Fremont Troll has a Scandinavian folklore as its muse, and was created by four local artists in 1990. If you look closely, you can see the Troll is grasping a Volkswagen beetle with California license plates – almost as if he had just reached up and grabbed it from the road passing overhead.

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Getting to Fremont

Fremont is a stone’s throw from the popular Seattle Queen Anne neighborhood, Fremont is easily accessible by the Aurora Bridge.

Fremont Seattle map

Where to Stay

There are plenty of budget friendly and luxury spots to stay in Fremont, but also consider using Airbnb for a more thoroughly local experience.

Things to do in Fremont

To Do

Fremont is known for being fun and a little weird, so embrace the bohemian charm and make the most of all Fremont has to offer. The Fremont Troll is a must see for visitors, but don’t underestimate the charm in just wandering through one of Fremont’s many outstanding parks, like Canal Park or Peak Park.

Fremont Canal Park Seattle

Additionally, grabbing a coffee at the Fremont Coffee Co. and sitting outside to people watch is an excellent way to spend a morning or an afternoon.

For some great live music, Nectar Lounge is a safe bet any day of the week, as is Substation. And on Sunday make sure you head over to the famous Fremont Sunday Market for great food, local art and great antiques.

To Eat

Milstead & Co. is the best coffee joint in Fremont (arguably Seattle) but also a great place for a fresh pastry. Norm’s Ale House and Eatery is kid and dog friendly, and offers up some excellent food with local influence. Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar is delicious and unique – serving unreal Russian dumplings and a chilled out setting.

The cabin-chic Agrodolce is a truly fantastic spot for gourmet Italian, and for something more low-key give El Camino Mexican a try – it’s lively atmosphere is family friendly and the food is fabulous.

El Camino Fremont Seattle

For all the veggies out there, give Silence Heart Nest a try and enjoy a wide variety of vegetarian dishes in a cool setting.

To Drink

The Fremont Brewing Company is a popular spot for good reason. The converted garage space now boasts the best location in the area for chill after-work hangouts or fun nights out with friends. Be sure to try a flight of their awesome local brews.

For those partial to wine, head over to The Barrel Thief and enjoy a wide selection of great wines and take a moment to soak in the eco-conscious digs. They also offer classes and tastings that are well worth a mention.


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