When you come to Spokane, you’ll realize just how big this city is. Each neighborhood has something unique to offer from Downtown to the Perry District. All of these options could make it hard to decide where to go and what to do. So, where do you start? Well, today we’ll be taking you on a journey through the heart of Spokane, Downtown. From historical landmarks to bustling shopping centers, Downtown Spokane has it all. Also known as Riverside, Downtown is a walkable area packed with laid-back eateries, hip pubs and clubs, and a mix of chain stores and indie boutiques.
Auntie’s Bookstore was first opened in 1978. Their journey began in the Spokane Flour Mill under the name “The Book and Game Company” and they’ve been selling books ever since. Auntie’s moved to its current location Downtown in the Liberty Building on Main Avenue in 1994. This quirky little bookstore carries both new and used books, cards, t-shirts, and items you’ll find only here in Spokane along with other gifts to bring home.
The Barrister Winery, located Downtown on West Railroad Avenue, began with two lawyers. Greg Lipsker and Michael White created the Barrister Winery in 2001 after an experiment with a five-gallon Zinfandel wine-making kit struck inspiration. Since its inception, Barrister’s vintages have continued to rack up awards left and right. In fact, they won “Best of Show” at the prestigious Los Angeles Wines of the World competition. Barrister Winery is open daily for tastings so make sure you stop by!
Boot’s Bakery is a quaint Vegan/Gluten-Free Bakery as well as an Espresso & Cocktail Lounge. This groovy little spot is located right on Main Avenue in Downtown Spokane. They offer everything your heart desires from delicious no-bake cookies to refreshing fresh-squeezed orange juice. Stop into Boot’s Bakery for some good eats and good vibes.
This hip little Tapas Bar can be found Downtown on Post Street right by The Plaza. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food and drinks, this is the place to go. Their menu options allow you to have a custom dining experience with tons of delicious options. They offer dishes like the elote bowl, lamb merguez tacos, and chicory and kale salad. This is the perfect spot to hit if you’re looking for a place to eat and chat with friends.
First Interstate Center for the Arts
Located Downtown on Spokane Falls Boulevard, the First Interstate Center for the Arts is a 2,700-seat theater and entertainment venue that is owned and operated by the Spokane Public Facilities District. Here, you can enjoy everything from Broadway and theater to comedy and of course concerts. This center for the arts was a legacy at Spokane’s World Fair in 1974. In fact, Jerry Seinfeld even performed here! Be sure to stop in and see what amazing show the First Interstate Center for the Arts is putting on during your visit.
Hogwash Whiskey Den
At the Hogwash Whiskey Den, they’re known for their pristine whiskey and bourbon selection. Located Downtown on Pacific Avenue in the basement of the Washington Cracker Building, this cozy bar offers creative cocktails and pub eats sure to make your visit worthwhile. Stop in from 4 pm to 10 pm and enjoy their wide selections of snacks, sandwiches, sweets, and drinks. Try their signature Hogwash Burger with a side of Naughty Fries and wash it all down with some Hop Choppin no.3 IPA.
Since its inception in 1987, Knitting Factory Entertainment has grown from a single New York City venue into a comprehensive leader in the music and entertainment business. Located Downtown on Sprague Avenue, The Knitting Factory is one of the hottest concert venues in Spokane. The Knitting Factory doesn’t just host concerts, comedians like Hannibal Buress and Patton Oswald are also on their roster. If your looking for a high-energy experience on your journey through Downtown Spokane, be sure to stop by the Knitting Factory.
Lumberbeard Brewing Co.
Located on the corner of East 3rd Avenue and South Pine Street just outside Downtown Spokane, this craft brewery is one stop you won’t want to miss out on. They craft amazingly tasty beers from Pilsner to IPA so you’re sure to find a drink you love. Lumberbeard Brewing is a true family business and you’ll often see the whole family at the brewery enjoying a pint or two. Founded in 2018, owner Bret and his wife Hannah are the heart and soul of Lumberbeard Brewing. Be sure to stop into their tasting rooms and enjoy what they have to offer!
Madeleine’s Cafe and Patisserie
Madeleine’s Cafe and Patisserie is the perfect stop along your journey downtown for some delicious fresh baked goods a locally roasted coffee. Located on Main Avenue in Downtown Spokane, this factory-chic cafe offers the best French pastries, sandwiches, and coffee this town has to offer. Everything here is made from scratch with a rustic flair that’s sure to impress. Madeleine’s is a small, family-owned business and makes for the perfect casual meeting place for friends just looking to catch up.
Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox
The Fox Theatre is a 1931 Art Deco Movie theatre that now serves as a performing arts venue and is owned and operated by The Spokane Symphony. The Spokane Symphony continues a long tradition as the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the Pacific Northwest. The 70-piece professional orchestra presents critically acclaimed performances featuring some of the world’s most respected soloists. Located on Sprague Avenue Downtown, this historical theatre always hosts events sure to entertain the whole family.
Mobius Discovery Center
The ultimate fun-filled learning hub, the Mobius Discovery Center is another must-visit stop if you have your kids with you. Located Downtown in River Park Square, this hands-on science and art exhibit has camps and classes sure to entertain younger children. They have everything from bottle rockets that let you observe newton’s third law in action to harmonographs that let you create art with oscillation motion! If you have curious kids with you on your trip to Spokane, be sure to stop by the Mobius Discovery Center.
We can’t talk about Downtown Spokane without bringing up Riverfront Park. At Riverfront Park there’s no shortage of sights to see and fun to be had. Got the kids with you? Then you have to make sure you check out the historic Looff Carrousel. Beginning its Spokane operation in 1909, this landmark is not only a beautiful piece of history but fun for the whole family as well! Hop on a horse and try to catch and toss as many rings as you can. Once you get off, hit the Sky Ribbon Cafe for some tasty treats. Once the sun goes down and the night rolls in, stop by the Pavilion! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can enjoy a beautiful light show that displays an array of color, brightness, and patterns all for free.
Cinder’s Downtown Location
Last but certainly not least, you have to come by and see us! Here on 2nd Avenue in Downtown Spokane, we have everything cannabis related that you could possibly desire. Our friendly budtenders are happy to help you find whatever you need, even if you’re not quite sure what that is. Don’t feel like waiting? No worries! Try our online ordering for fast pickup today.
Products listed are available at Cinder locations: Cinder North, 6010 N Division St, Spokane, Wa 99208; Cinder Downtown, 927 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201; and Cinder Valley, 1421 N Mullen Rd B, Spokane Valley, Wa 99206
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