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