Where to eat, stay and explore in Topeka

Topeka, our capital city, is home to more than 127,000 people and a great variety of things to do. Shopping, dining, the arts, historical museums, the public library and lots of outdoor recreation areas make our city vibrant. Here are the places to eat and things to do recommended the most by our students and alumni on Instagram.

For a full guide see Visit Topeka!

Top 3 Topeka restaurants recommended by students

Check out the full Topeka restaurant guide!
The Pennant building downtown

1. The Pennant

915 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612

A colorful sign saying Burger Stand hangs from the rafters of a building.

2. The Burger Stand

2833 SW 29th St
Topeka, KS 66614

The Wheel Barrel sign hangs from a brick wall in the distance from a light post.

3. The Wheel Barrel

925 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

Places to Stay

So many great places to stay that make Topeka feel like home! Check out options nearby in recently revitalized Downtown Topeka or the popular Wanamaker area on the west side of town. Hotels listed have special Washburn rates. For any large group rates, please contact Matt Hutchinson at matthew.hutchinson@washburn.edu or 785.670.1333.

Ramada Downtown

2.9 miles from campus

  • 420 Southeast 6th Ave
    Topeka, Kansas 66607
  • Website | 785.380.8042

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Hilton Garden Inn

3.7 miles from campus

  • 1351 SW Arvonia Pl
    Topeka, Kansas 66615
  • Website | 785.350.2069


SpringHill Suites by Mariott

3.0 miles from campus

  • 2745 SW Fairlawn Rd.
    Topeka, Kansas 66614
  • Website | 785.595.9650

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Two people walk on a trail in a forested area.

Top 4 things to do recommended by students

From outdoor trails to festivals to First Friday Artwalk there are many things to do in Topeka! Here are a few Ichabod favorites.

1. Trails at Cedar Crest, the Governor's Mansion

One SW Cedar Crest Road
(I-70 & Fairlawn Road)
Topeka, KS 66606

Learn more about Cedar Crest



2. Skyline Park and watching the sunset at Burnett's Mound

3511 SW Skyline Parkway
Topeka, KS 66614

Learn more about Skyline Park

3. Lake Shawnee

Trails, Adventure Cove, disc golf course and gardens

3515 SE Beach Terrace
Next to Bettis Family Sports
Topeka, KS 66605

Learn more about Lake Shawnee

4. Downtown Topeka and NOTO

Shops, restaurants, First Friday Art Walk, activities at Evergy Plaza, farmers market and tour the Kansas State Capitol

630 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603

Learn more about downtown Topeka


Washburn University Admissions
Morgan Hall Suite 100
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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