Fremont
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The statue of Lenin on the corner should clue you in to the fact that everything about this neighborhood is alternative. Vegetarian cafes, eclectic shops, coffee houses, bookstores and street artists abound.
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Odyssey37710
boulder, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
i loved fremont! i mean where else can you find a giant cement troll eating a volkswagon under a bridge! or a huge copper statue of lenin usully dressed with hawian lays or rubber ducks! all in all if your gonna be in town be sure to stop by fremont!
Written 30 March 2004
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
Any visit to Seattle should include a stop in at least one of its diverse neighborhoods, which contribute so much to the city's ambiance. My vote for the most offbeat goes to Fremont in the north, mostly because of its unusual public art and the vibes I get from the residents, who represent all age groups. Where else do people plan a summer solstice celebration that includes nude bicycle riders in body paint who ride in a parade?

The many public "art" pieces range from a giant statue of Lenin, picked up abroad by a local who was unsuccessful in selling it, to a giant troll under -- where else -- a bridge. My favorite is "Waiting for the Interurban," six gray aluminum people and a dog standing under a shelter, waiting for the interurban, which stopped running in Fremont years ago. Local residents and others, who work in Fremont, often dress the figures in assorted outfits to reflect the season or special celebrations. I never know what to expect when I drive by this creation.

Every Sunday, a large street market takes place, selling such things as antiques, collectibles, furniture, flowers, jewelry and street food. Sometimes, a real bargain awaits, such as when a seller was so desperate to get rid of a wooden chair that she gave it to me.

Restaurants, shops, bars and cafes abound. "Bon Appetit" ranked two of the restaurants on the Wallingford border -- Joule and The Whale Wins -- as tied for 9th place in the magazine's listing of the hot new restaurants in the United States in 2013. Paseo, which sells really inexpensive Caribbean food, has customers standing in line to buy huge sandwiches for takeaway. There is even a chocolate factory (Theo), which gives tours seven days a week.

If driving from downtown Seattle, you will likely enter this neighborhood by going over the blue Fremont Bridge. There may be a wait. This is the most frequently opened drawbridge in the United States -- an average of 35 times daily. The #16 bus comes from downtown and stops just over the bridge, a convenient place to disembark.
Written 7 August 2014
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M_A_Iverson
Seattle, WA41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2015
Fremont, aka "Center of the Universe" in local lore, is both rapidly-growing AND maining its own eccentric culture, though the prices are higher now. In close proximity, you'll find the legendary Bridge Troll (clutching a real Volkswagen Beetle) with an all-seeing hubcap eye;
an imposing statue of Lenin (Vladimir, not John), and the "Fremont Rocket," made from mismatched old parts.
You can get food of all flavors in Fremont, dine in or take out. And for a truly Fremont experience, get some deliciously healthy food at the Fremont PCC (Puget Consumer Co-Op) and have a picnic along the ship canal in the long, narrow public park space a little south and a little west of PCC. Last I looked, there were some impressive topiary dinosaurs and many folks and dogs having a stroll in the better weather.

Fremont boasts lots of interesting one-of-a-kind shops, eccentric eateries, botiques, breweries, and a chocolate factory. It's also the home of the annual Solstice Parade, a vibrant yearly street fair, free outdoor summer cinema, and all the character a body can stand. And it's a local tech hub.
Take the bus from downtown Seattle: it's easy, and, if you are able-bodied, walking Fremont is the best way to go. And, if you keep heading west, you'll end up in Ballard, connected by "FreeLard" or BallMont", a mix of businesses, espresso shops, magnificent breakfast joints, marine industries, a mega-Fred Meyer variety store, and it's all connected by the Burke Gilman Trail. Beware if you aren't a bicyclist: They have the right of way, and can get pretty cheeky if you're obstructing the path.
Written 20 June 2015
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Cameron M
Mobile, AL728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
It seems that most of the preceding reviews were for the troll only, which has its own TA listing. I'm reviewing the Fremont Neighborhood.
After the helter-skelter crush of people and commerce at Pikes Place Market, the short ride on bus 62 (your smart phone map will fix you up) brought us to the peaceful yet interesting Fremont neighborhood. Don't visit just for the Troll, or the Lenin statue, visit for all the cool stuff that is clustered within an easy couple hours leisurely stroll. The "Waiting for the Interurban" and the "Rocket" and the Gas Works park are individually ok, but collectively worth your time. Plus, there are plenty of good grub options. The "Lush" IPA at Fremont brewing is, well, lush.
Written 10 September 2019
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warren D
Vladivostok, Russia3,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This is a quirky, fun-filled bohemian neighborhood in North Seattle. Once you do the Seattle Center, the waterfront, and Pike Place and a Mariner’s game, Freemont is well worth a visit.

You can get Bus No. 62 from the Pike Place area or buses from Seattle Center. I walked to Fremont from Belltown through the top of Queen Anne, some nice neighborhoods up there, and then to the Aurora Bridge to Freemont, but you might not want to do that, many steep stairs to climb and a tad bit messy towards the end, especially accessing and crossing the long bridge.

There are walking tours of Freemont, 90 minutes, but I did my own walk, guided by a town map. A tour of Freemont culminates with the Troll, a ‘monster-like`stone statue under the bridge. But there is much more to see on the way. The city makes it easy with its Hysterical Markers clustered around 34th, 35th, 36th streets.

Among other highlights:

The rocket, a Cold War era Rocket above which hovers Saturn.

A statue of Lenin—I kid thee not.

Waiting for the Interurban

The Bridge Way Mural

And of course the great spots for craft beer, including Freemont Brewery.

Walk along the marina area or look down from Freemont Bridge and you may well see crew teams training, with a tough coach barking orders. You will be enchanted with the beauty of Lake Union.

Is Freemont really the center of the universe? Maybe yes, maybe not, you be the judge.
Written 7 May 2019
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Ausausbaby
Charlotte, NC111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
You can definitely do worse spending a half day elsewhere. There are alot of statues, and quirks of the city to see. If I had more than one child I would stay away. And bring your walking shoes, it's a steep hill to the troll
Written 29 June 2004
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Lynn P
Seattle, WA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
Those of us who live in Seattle are always glad when out-of-towners come to visit, because we can justify hitting all of the tourist attractions. Fremont, the de facto Center of the Universe, boasts a great little walkabout tour of several... ummm... unique locations. First, the Fremont Troll. You absolutely _must_ see this yourself, eye-to-hubcap, as it were (you'll see what I mean). There are plenty of places for kids to climb, and almost always the kids team up with other kids to show each other the secret places and features they find. Although I am not a parent, I imagine that some of the little ones need a firm hand to keep them from drifting into areas where they might fall. But I'd guess 5 or 6 would be old enough to have it be an adventure. Great place to take pictures! Just note: My advice is to go during the day. Although it's lit, it's not really a place you want to hang out at night. Altogether spooky. But that's might just be me. Check out the three Billy Goats Gruff iron sculptures straight down the hill, and hook it over to the Lenin statue before spending time time mulling things over on the Fremont bridge, but watch out: it's crowded with bicycles and pedestrians. Grab a coffee and pastry at Flying Apron Bakery, closest coffee between the Troll and the Lenin statue, which is great for everyone, because their offerings are terrific! Highly recommended!
Written 30 March 2017
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CrazyAmericanTourist
Raleigh, NC303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
Cool neighborhood. Went exclusively for the Fremont Sunday market, and it was a neat market. Smaller than I had hoped for (It was only 2 blocks of one street long) but good quality vendors and good food. Lots of food trucks and multiple food vendors. Awesome place for Sunday Lunch. Would go again.
Written 22 April 2015
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Traveller84010
Salt Lake City, UT47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
We spent one night in a hostel in Fremont and explored the area on foot. There are some quirky things worth seeing in this part of town. We picked up a walking guide to Fremont that provided the locations of all the art installations in Fremont. We had a rental car, but since it was Sunday, we were able to part it on the street for the night for free. It was nice to walk and a car wasn't needed. There are some great things to see including a slab of the Berlin Wall, a statue of Lenin, a troll under the Aurora Bridge, a 53' Cold War era Rocket. It's worth spending an afternoon or evening exploring here. But it was enough out of the way, it was nice to drive to the area.
Written 5 January 2014
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,928 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours in this area, looking at the statue of Lenin and the whimsical Fremont troll, enjoying some good coffee and fine Thai meal, buying chocolate at Theo's and sitting by the canal. This neighbourhood has a nice feel to it. Well worth a visit, and easily reached from downtown using the 40 bus.
Written 19 August 2013
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