If there’s one thing we love almost as much as food, it’s shopping. River Park Square has really upped their game these last few years with new additions like Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Nike, and more! I frequent all of these along with Lulu Lemon, Banana Repunlic, Sephora, Athleta and William Sonoma, then somehow I always end up at Nordstrom. By this time i’m usually hungry (but let’s face it… when am I not hungry) and that’s when the real fun begins with lunch at the Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe!

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The cafe is tucked away on the third floor inside Nordstrom. It’s perfectly casual and comfortable. They offer “classic comfort food, with daily specials and enticing desserts rounding out a full menu of salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and more. Attentive service lets you kick back and relax.”

We have been frequent customers of Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe all across the US. Most locations have the same offerings and they are surprisingly consistent! Over the years of dining at the cafe, we have learned a couple important rules…

  1. Always order the Strawberry Lemonade. It’s sweet and tart and you won’t be able to stop drinking it!
  2. Start your meal with Tomato Basil Soup. This is my favorite tomato soup OF ALL TIME! It’s so good that they sell it by the glass jar so you can bring it home and trick your family into thinking you made it yourself.
  3. You must not leave without trying the maple frosted cookie. Have we ever lead you astray? Just do it.

Some of our other favorites include the Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza, Spicy Wild Shrimp Pomodoro pasta, Chicken Club Sandwich, and my favorite, the Wild Salmon with Roasted Vegetables & Farro. I could eat this dish every single day.

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Originally, I was hesitant to share this secret River Park Square lunch/dinner spot because I like that it’s tucked away and much quieter than the food court, but I can’t hold out on y’all any longer. Head to Nordstrom, get your fall shopping on, work up an appetite, then sit down and enjoy a fabulous meal at Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe! And if you go, invite me so I can eat allll the soup. XOXO

Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe (828 West Main Avenue Spokane, WA / 509.455.6111)

Photography by: Jennifer Debarros