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Fremont & Wallingford

These laid-back, bohemian neighborhoods fringing the Ship Canal mix discerning retail, fabulous food, and waterfront greenery. 

Dicks Drive Thru
gasworks park with a view of lake union


Whimsical, Instagram-worthy public art appears throughout these neighborhoods that also abound with charming old homes. Watch for the world-famous Fremont Troll (N 36th St), clutching a vintage Volkswagen Beetle in its lair beneath the Aurora Bridge, but also look out for the neighborhood’s dinosaur topiaries and other public works. For a taste of the performing arts, see what’s on at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Ave N), set in an elegant 1914 building and presenting dance, music, and spoken word. Live music spots worth checking out include High Dive (513 N 36th St) and the Nectar Lounge (412 N 36th St). On the north shore of Lake Union, imaginatively designed Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way) offers outstanding views of the downtown skyline and access to the scenic Burke-Gilman Trail, a must for biking, jogging, or simply strolling in the open air.  

Eat and Drink

Both neighborhoods have a great mix of inexpensive and upscale dining. On Wallingford’s colorful main drag, 45th Street, try Dick’s Drive-In (111 NE 45th St) for juicy burgers, Kabul Afghan Cuisine (2301 N 45th St) for savory kebabs and authentic kabuli palaw with lamb, and Harvest Beat (1711 N 45th St) for locally sourced vegan fare. Along lively Stone Way, sample locavore-driven contemporary cuisine at Art of the Table (3801 Stone Way N), tuck into mouthwatering beef brisket and Louisiana hot link sandwiches along with flavorful house-made sides at RoRo BBQ & Grill (3620 Stone Way N), and pick up noshable baked goods (currant scones and coconut macaroons) at outstanding Sea Wolf Bakers (3621 Stone Way N). Hot spots in Fremont include Meesha (127 N 36th St), serving creative Indian cuisine; and Revel (401 N 36th St), where you can feast on the modern French-Korean cooking of James Beard–nominated chef Rachel Yang. Have a seat on the covered, heated, and pet-welcoming patio of Fremont Brewing (1050 N 34th St), enjoying superb beer and hearty sandwiches. 


On Sundays year-round, browse colorful wares from more than 150 vendors at the funky Fremont Sunday Street Market (3401 Evanston Ave N), which in winter operates its popular Flea Market, which is warmed with patio heaters,  a block away beneath the Fremont Bridge. Popular Evo (3500 Stone Way N) carries high-quality sports gear and features an indoor skate park, Sfingiday (513 N 36th St) sells eco-friendly, meticulously crafted gifts, art, and jewelry by more than 100 artisans. Nearby are the stylish women’s clothiers Les Amis (3420 Evanston Ave N) and Pipe and Row (611 N 35th St). 

Fremont & Wallingford Partners

RockCreek Seafood & Spirits Fremont

RockCreek Seafood & Spirits

  • Address 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Phone (206) 557-7532
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Earshot Jazz Festival Fremont

Earshot Jazz Festival

  • Address Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 547-6763
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Woodland Park Zoo Greenlake/Wallingford

Woodland Park Zoo

  • Address 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Phone (206) 548-2500
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Greenlake Guest House Greenlake/Wallingford

Greenlake Guest House

  • Address 7630 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Phone (206) 729-8700
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