Pub­lisher’s Itin­er­ary

Dis­cover Seat­tle’s renowned culi­nary scene, go on a spring shop­ping sa­fari and ex­plore the neighor­hood of Fre­mont.

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Wel­come to Seat­tle! We’ve got a great lineup of events and places to make your visit mem­o­rable. March of­fers the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for gour­mands to dis­cover some of our best restau­rants—for a spe­cial price—dur­ing Dine Around Seat­tle (see page 9). Many Emer­ald City restau­rants have been fea­tured on TV by the likes of An­thony Bour­dain and Guy Fieri; we give you the run­down on page 12. Spend St. Pa­trick’s Day at a pub or brew­ery fea­tured on page 14. If you’re short on time, we’ve got your quick guide to the charm­ing neigh­bor­hood of Fre­mont, be­low.

90 MIN­UTES IN: Fre­mont

This quirky North Seat­tle neigh­bor­hood bills it­self as “The Cen­ter of the Uni­verse,” and while as­tronomers haven’t weighed in just yet, you may find your­self agree­ing af­ter im­mers­ing your­self in the sights, sounds and smells on of­fer.

Start by walk­ing over the fan­ci­ful blue and or­ange Fre­mont Bridge, where Ra­pun­zel dan­gles her hair from one of the con­trol tow­ers (she glows neon at night). De­scend the stairs when just across and fol­low the Burke-Gil­man path west along the ship canal to Theo Choco­late (3400 Phin­ney Ave. N)—home to some of Seat­tle’s finest sweets and a fas­ci­nat­ing fac­tory tour (sam­ples in­cluded!). Stroll north to 36th Street to pep up at Fre­mont Cof­fee (459 N. 36th St.) or get a pint at quaint Out­lander Brew­ery (225 N. 36th St.), where brew­mas­ters spe­cial­ize in ex­per­i­men­tal beers like honey basil or rose in­fu­sions. Spirit fans can opt in­stead to stop in at Fre­mont Mis­chief (132 N. Canal St.) for small tastes of their sig­na­ture, all-Wash­ing­ton bour­bons, ryes, gins and vod­kas.

Now it’s time to shop: The Fre­mont Vin­tage Mall (3419 Fre­mont Pl. N) of­fers sev­eral floors of thrift-store finds, from funky clothes to 45s to prized an­tique and mid­cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture. Women with mod­ern tastes may want to visit ShowPony (702 N. 35th St.), while men can hit up denim heaven at Blue Owl Work­shop (707 N. 35th St.). Of course, no visit to Fre­mont is com­plete with­out see­ing two stat­uesque icons of Seat­tle: the gi­ant Lenin statue in the cen­ter of the neigh­bor­hood, and the hulk­ing Fre­mont Troll hunched un­der­neath the Aurora Bridge. Snap some pics, then re­fuel with mod­ern Asian dumplings and noo­dles at Revel (403 N. 36th St.).

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