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Weekend Guide: Best Cheap Things to Eat & Do in Spokane

Want to eat and do the best, cheap things in Spokane, Washington?

Spokane offers local festivals, wine tastings, art shows, fine dining, hiking, and more for CHEAP. No really, it will not cost you much! 

The city is the perfect place for travelers.

Spokane is surrounded by many lakes and rivers, hosts a massive running event called Bloomsday Run and the historic Davenport Hotel. There is a raging waterfall too. Get ready to have the best time of your life. There is a lot to do in this small city. 

Check out our best, cheap travel guide for Spokane. We list the best, cheap things to eat and do. Use this ultimate guide as an excellent resource for planning a trip to this fantastic city! Listed down below are neighborhood highlights, itinerary ideas and food recommendations. You can download the PDF version here. Let us know what you think of our guide in the comments!

Day 1, Thursday: Sightseeing on Your Own (SOYO)

    • Breakfast: We usually skip breakfast, but if breakfast is your favorite meal of the day check out Cafe Ephata. The Tropical Beets smoothie and Avocado Toast - be sure to veganize the dish ($8)

    • Activity 1: The best way to see Spokane is on a walking tour. The Downtown Spokane Heritage Walk is a great self-guided tour of Spokane. You will be able to view historical places and the diversity of the city. We did the Central Downtown walking tour because the downtown area is the heart of downtown Spokane! Check out the summary and download the free guide here (FREE)

    • Lunch: Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe is a vegan heaven! Whether you follow a vegan or non-vegan diet, you will love this place. The lunch entrees are fabulous. We recommend the Hot Mess Pizza, and Cheese Sticks ($15)

    • Activity 3: You can’t visit Spokane without seeing Spokane Falls! It is in the heart of Riverfront Park and is located in the core of the city (FREE)

    • Dinner:  Ever craved excellent pub food? Casacdia Public House provides the best locally sourced drinks and dishes! Their patio is the perfect place to hang out during the summer with friends. We recommend the Vegan Nachos, Vegan Pretzels w/ Vegan House Queso, Buffalo Tofu Sticks, and The Impossible Burger ($15)

Total Per Person: $38 plus tax and tip 

Boots Bakery

Day 2, Friday: Explore Nature, Culture, and Music

    • Activity 1: Up for a run or a walk? Check out Centennial Trail! The Centennial Trail is a beautiful 40-mile paved trail that runs right through downtown Spokane, Riverfront Park, around Spokane Falls and through Gonzaga University. There is a lot of scenery to enjoy on this trail (FREE) 

    • Brunch: For the best vegan brunch of your life, head to Boots Bakery. The all-vegan bakery is funky and doubles as a bar! We loved it so much that we ate here twice during our trip to Spokane. Be sure to try the Pumpkin Waffles, Tofu Scramble, Sausage Hash and Frittata ($12)

    • Activity 2: If you are in Spokane on a Friday, take advantage of the First Friday event. On the First Friday of each month, venues provide visual art and live music. Explore the downtown wineries, listen to local music and soak up the culture. This event is free to the public (FREE)

    • Dinner: We are on a pub restaurant kick! Sarvana Public House is another restaurant that offers real food and great drinks. They are also vegan-friendly! The Vegan Baked Pretzel and Vegan Mac & Cheese are amazing  ($18) 

Total Per Person: $30 plus tax and tip 

Day 3, Saturday: Walking and Wine Tastings

    • Activity 1: The Sculpture Walk is a “must” activity to do. The walk starts at Washington State University and ends on the Hamblen Overlook. The sculptures are sprinkled along Riverfront Park and Centennial Trail. You can find an informative self-guided tour here  (FREE) 

    • Brunch: Not only does Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe have an amazing lunch menu, but they also have a fantastic brunch menu! You must try the Pancakes, Cinnamon Rolls, Biscuits and Gravy ($15)

    • Activity 2: Washington is known for its wines, and Spokane has some of the best in the state. Take a wine tasting tour to explore local wines and learn more about winemaking. While it’s not on a vineyard, we loved going Barrister. They recently opened up a second location in the heart of downtown Spokane. Five bucks will get you 6 tastings with a knowledgeable sommelier!!! What a deal! ($5)

• DinnerNeato Burrito is a small batch of 7 locally owned California Mission Style burrito shops. Their burritos are filled with fresh whole food ingredients. They have so many vegan burritos to choose from! ($8)

Total Per Person: $28 plus tax and tip 

Day 4, Sunday: Sunday Funday

Activity 1: Want to start your Sunday off with the Lord? Spokane had tons of churches in the area. We went to the Cathedral of Our Lady Lourdes for Easter Service during our trip. Even though we are Baptist and not Catholic, we enjoyed the service. You can find a list of churches here (FREE)

Lunch and Activity 2: Spokane's historic old Flour Mill is filled with unique shops and restaurants. Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine is a great place to try for vegans and non-vegans. Try the Yemshir Kid W’et (Red Lentil w/ Ethiopian Spices) and the Shiro (Chickpeas with Onions and Tomatoes) ($14)

Dinner: The best meal we had was at Mizuna. Mizuna offers a dynamic seasonal menu featuring the best of fresh local organic northwest ingredients. We ordered the Field Roast & Shiitake Mushroom Lettuce Wraps, Coconut-Lentil Dal, and Carrot Cake. We were so stuffed, but it was worth it! FYI - You don't have to get three courses like we did ($37)

Total Per Person: $51 plus tax and tip


Thanks for reading Weekend Guide: Best Cheap Things to Do in Spokane. We hope you enjoyed this guide. Don’t forget you can download the PDF version here!

Leave us a comment on what you would like to do in Spokane.

Until Next Time,


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Taylor Mosley
Taylor Mosley
May 18, 2018

We redesigned the travel & events page! Hope you enjoy. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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