Seattle: Funky Fremont
Collected by Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
Fremont may not be at the top of a tourist's must-do list, but it's easy to spend a day wandering its eclectic boutiques, independent bookstores, and - yes - touring a chocolate factory. Discover this neighborhood's bohemian attitude.
3420 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
The Fremont neighborhood is full of quirk, which seems only right, since the locals consider it to be the Center of the Universe. Attached to the top corner of a gift shop, the rocket was fashioned into its current shape out of Fairchild C-119...
513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
When I say that this is my favorite cycling-inspired store on the planet, please know that I've more than done my homework. Not only is it in such a cool area of Seattle (where all of the stores in the same neighborhood are equally as creative),...
601 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
If there’s such a thing as a single “Seattle style” for women, it’s probably epitomized by the charmingly craftsy, slightly bohemian, shabby-chic goods for sale at Burnt Sugar. From knitted hat to knee-high Frye boot, with all kinds of...
621 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Portage Bay Goods describes itself as “a gift shop for the thoughtful procrastinator,” but it’s equally handy for souvenir-seeking visitors — or even locals looking for a fun little treat for themselves. They carry tons of highly giftable and...
702 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Half indie fashion boutique, half vintage shop, Show Pony packs a lot of fun stuff in their small, two-level store. Their main clothing line, Prairie Underground, offers casual, intricately draped pieces with ladylike detailing. Their jewelry...
3504 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
It’s basically a universally acknowledged truth that a true Seattle used bookstore must have a resident cat, and Ophelia's Books, in Fremont, is no exception. Well-organized and eclectic, they carry out-of-print and one-of-a-kind treasures....
Troll Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
3526 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
One of Fremont’s more unusual pieces of public art is a 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Bolshevik Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. The statue was constructed by a Slovak Bulgarian sculptor, Emil Venkov, on commission from the Soviet...
400 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
If you’re in Fremont, Brouwer’s Cafe is a fun, casual option that's conveniently close to Theo Chocolate — just look for a big corrugated red-and-brown building. Lunch specials include hearty pub fare like lamb burgers, open-faced sandwiches, and...
3419 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
It may not look like much from the simple street entrance, but vintage-loving shoppers will find plenty to browse at this underground, two-floor antique mall. You’ll find black velvet paintings, vintage pinup magazines and comics, and antique...
4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
The saga of Paseo has been an emotional roller coaster for Seattle sandwich enthusiasts. The beloved institution suddenly closed in November 2014, to citywide consternation. But new owner Ryan Santwire replicated the recipes for those famously...
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