Shopping Malls and Centers, Travel Gear Shops: Entering this neighborhood, you're greeted by a sign that says, "Welcome to the Center of the Universe." Thanks to its bohemian culture, Fremont is often considered a sister to Paris's Left Bank. Some of Seattle's most famous public artwork can be found here as well, including "Waiting for the Interurban," the Fremont Troll, and a statue of Vladimir Lenin. The area continues to accumulate new restaurants, cultural venues, and unique boutiques. Shopping thrives in this zone, thanks to an array of friendly shops that stock desirable goods from trendy women's clothing to funky cowboy boots and charming stationery to stunning artwork perfect for the office or home.
Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:
Shopping Malls and Centers: "Many King County buses come directly from downtown to Fremont; try bus numbers 26, 28, 31, 32 or 40."
Travel Gear Shops: "Many King County buses come directly from downtown to Fremont; try bus numbers 26, 28, 31, 32 or 40. On Sundays, head to the weekly flea market, where you can score bargains on travel necessities from sunglasses and pouches to Smartwool socks."
Best for Shopping Malls and Centers Because: Fremont features a laid-back, friendly vibe, and the shopping scene here thrives with locally-owned, unique boutiques.
Best for Travel Gear Shops Because: Fremont features shops for fancier affairs plus a Sunday flea market where travel goods (from socks to sunnies) are sold at bargain prices.