I have had a blast working with Rachel Sandall this week on a collaboration featuring some of the best coffee shops in Spokane. Rachel is a marketing and social media guru with an impressive resume, including “over-qualified local coffee connoisseur”. I hope you enjoy her expertise.
“Hi, my name is Rachel Sandall and I’ve been addicted to caffeine since I was 15 yrs old (some kids find drugs, I found Starbucks). I’m so happy to be taking over Spokaneeats this week and sharing some of my favorite Spokane coffee stops with you. I say “my favorite” because you could ask 50 Spokanites where their favorite cup is and you’ll probably get 50 different answers. We have great coffee on every block here (almost literally) so finding the good stuff is never hard. If you’re looking for a way to feed your addiction, make sure you check out our giveaway posted last Sunday on Spokaneeats Instagram.”
Atticus Coffee & Gifts (222 N Howard St, Spokane, WA // 509.747.0336)
There is a lot to love about downtown’s Atticus. Firstly, it’s one of the most consistently GREAT cups of coffee in the whole city. Whether you order a cappuccino, Americano or a mocha, you can be sure the espresso will be top quality and as delicious as you remembered it being. Second, the atmosphere is just the right mix of hipster and classic. And lastly, (and maybe most important?) parking is easy… well for downtown. Yes, you have to pay for it, but if you have a business meeting, it’s nice to know parking won’t be an issue. Atticus should be your next stop if you’re looking for a place to work, relax, meet-up or just sit around feeling cool.
Rockwood Bakery (315 E 18th Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.747.8691)
Rockwood Bakery is a bit of a Spokane institution in the coffee scene. It opened in 1999 when coffee shops were peaking. When you walk, in and you might be reminded of Central Perk on “Friends” or a charming coffee shop in England; either way you’re gonna love it. The coffee is delicious, the pasties and baked goods are made from scratch (and with REAL butter). It’s an ideal stop on your way to Manito Park for a picnic or a great place to meet a friend…as long as you don’t need WiFi, because they don’t have it.
Indaba Coffee (1425 W Broadway Ave Spokane, WA // 509.443.3566)
All the cool kids go to Indaba. You walk in either location (downtown or west central) and you’ll see the creme-de-la-creme of Spokane’s coffee scene; but you’ll also see a company that has a heart for the neighborhoods it resides in. They roast their own beans and work hard to support other local businesses. And just in case you were wondering, the coffee is AMAZING! I am somewhat of a mocha connoisseur (i.e. it’s my go-to drink) and I can honestly say that Indaba serves my favorite mocha in the whole city. The two different locations have very different vibes; downtown is modern and minimal and the West Central shop is warm and cozy. You can’t go wrong with either one!
Vessel Coffee Roasters (2823 N Monroe St Spokane, WA // 509.290.5051)
Vessel started as a coffee roasting enterprise and if the industrial roasting equipment doesn’t tip you off, the gorgeous aroma that greets you as you walk in the door will. Expansion into a full blown coffee shop was a stroke of genius. The excellent coffee and clean modern decor have made this a work-and-study hot-spot for locals in the heart of Monroe’s recent revitalization area. Vessel is the kind of place you can spend an entire afternoon feeling caffeinated and productive (and wondering why you have to go back to the office at all).
The Wake-Up Call – Fine Coffee & Espresso (210 N Sullivan Rd, Spokane Valley, WA // 509.891.9253)
Two words. Double Decker. Do yourself a favor and order one from The Wake-Up Call immediately. It’s a mocha with REAL melted peanut butter mixed in (yes, peanut butter can be melted) and it will blow your mind. I live on the north side and routinely find myself making special trips to the Valley to get myself this nutty, chocolaty cup of goodness. (They’re currently building a new location on division on the north side!) Another bonus? It’s the only shop on my list with a drive thru, and we all know that means it gets 500 extra bonus points!
Keep eating (& drinking coffee), Spokane.
And remember to tell them we sent you.
For more on Rachel and her services, visit www.sandallsocial.com.