Lounge on the veranda at Fremont Coffee Company (459 N 36th St), a converted house whose wraparound porch is ideal for people-watching. Joule’s (3506 Stone Way N) Korean fusion means brunch options like Kaya French toast topped with garam masala cherry compote and tantalizing dinner selections including bone marrow, beef tartare, and geoduck fried rice. The Backdoor (462 N 36th St) is a go-to for happy hour, featuring eclectic decor, knowledgeable staff, and cocktails like Risky Ginger with rye and ginger beer accented by lime and rhubarb syrup. A hospitable addition to the area, Stampede Cocktail Club (119 N 36th St) slings its diverse drinks—which might mix plum brandy, sherry, vermouth, and amaro—on a big patio till the wee hours.
Peruse trinkets of all sorts at the Fremont Sunday Market (3140 Evanston Ave N), where each week more than 150 vendors line the streets to sell their wares, from pins, old postcards, and street food to handmade jewelry, antique furniture, and Harry Potter wands, for good measure. Bibliophiles will love second-hand bookshop Ophelia’s Books (3504 Fremont Ave N), and they can pick up a cookbook from the impressive collection at Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave N). Down by the water, runners can have their gait analyzed to find their perfect shoe at Brooks Trailhead (3400 Stone Way N), the local company’s only retail store. Blue Owl Workshop (124 NW Canal St) is worth seeking out for its chic men’s fashion and devotion to raw denim, including a buyback program to showcase the material’s durability.
Though Fremont is chock-full of memorable public art (keep an eye out for the 12-foot-tall Saturn sculpture, the bushy dinosaur topiaries, and the infamous bronze Lenin statue along 36th Street), the Fremont Troll (Troll Ave N), which lurks beneath Aurora Bridge, is the crowd favorite. Glimpse another neighborhood icon, the blue-and-orange Fremont Bridge, from Fremont Canal Park (199 N Canal St), a linear strip along the water perfect for taking in views of the passing boats before heading out on the Burke-Gilman Trail. At Nectar Lounge (412 N 36th St), you can listen to local and national artists live on the covered outdoor patio; at Fremont Brewing’s* (1050 N 34th St) family-friendly urban beer garden, spend your evening with board games and a pint.
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