Seattle's Fremont neighborhood is an eclectic and artsy area located north of downtown. This bohemian district is found in the north-central section of the Seattle metropolis.
Fremont is known best for its offbeat parades, interesting demographic, and various outdoor parties and sidewalk art. The district is home to numerous Seattle landmarks like the Annual Solstice Parade, which features an array of nude cyclists and quirky celebrations. Also in the neighborhood is the controversial seven-ton statue of Lenin.
Living in Fremont offers a modern appeal accompanied with a cosmopolitan location which makes it an ideal place to start a business, raise a family, or enjoy the life of a bachelor or bachelorette. There are sleek new condominiums as well as turn-of-the-century homes in the neighborhood. Plenty of apartments scattered throughout the area offer diverse options. The neighborhood is considered to be a tight-knit community among locals and has everything an urban dwelling can offer. The district offers a public library, numerous churches, some of the best schools in Seattle, many places to volunteer, gyms, spas, and a number of salons.
A walking tour is probably the best way to appreciate Fremont's unusual artistic character and to sample some of its homemade microbreweries and bistros. Fremont offers many culinary opportunities. Choices run the gamut, from traditional Asian cuisine and western vegetarian to Italian and upscale seafood restaurants. There are also a number of caf,'s and espresso shops with attached bakeries that allow visitors to relax for hours. The PCC Natural Market is located along 34th Street and is a community-owned, certified organic grocery store that features local and organic meats, produce, dairy, and a full-service deli and caf,. Lodging isn't hard to find either in Seattle and is within minutes from Freemont's best attractions.
Fremont's well-known motto "De Libertas Quirkas'' - or, "Free to be Peculiar'' - does not seem to have discouraged investment by more conventional businesses. It is home to several prominent Northwest businesses such as Adobe Systems and Getty Images, as well as numerous local and international nonprofit organizations. Fremont has all of the professional services one would expect to find downtown, but without the crowd fighting and traffic wars. Simply walk, bike, or pull up to the curb and pop in to do your thing.Parking is available with ease in this district.
There are numerous home accessory shops that lend an eclectic style for outfitting your place. Antique stops and books abound in Fremont. Unique boutiques and fresh flowers come in handy for gift-giving occasions, and no shopping scene would be complete without head-to-toe fashion finds. Fremont shops keep wardrobes happy with independent designer threads and some of the coolest kicks around. If you are after eclectic and vintage this is your place.