Seeing Providence



lightsLocated between the Providence River and I-95, Providence’s downtown has something for everyone. Check out cafes, boutiques, and restaurants on Westminster and Waybosset Street or in the newly reopened Arcade, a beautifully renovated historic marketplace that runs north-south between the two streets.  Visit one of two brewery/restaurants located in the heart of the city – Trinity Brewhouse or Union Station Brewery. If the weather is nice, take a walk along the river on the Providence Riverwalk which cuts through the city between the Providence Place Mall and South Water Street. Trek up to and wander the halls of the Statehouse – the dome is even cooler from the inside. Sip coffee, eat sausage, drink cocktails, and/or sing Karaoke at The Dean.

Affordable Dining Suggestions:

Small Point Cafe – coffee
The Red Fez – foodie approved bar fare.
Trinity Brewhouse – beer brewed on-site and bar fare.
Veggie Fun – vegetarian friendly asian cuisine.
Lux Burger – build your own burger. outdoor seating.
AS220 – locally sourced, hipster approved.


N and S Main

libraryJust across the canal, N. and S. Main Street make up the back bone of the RISD campus and offer a variety of places to eat, drink, and sightsee. Check out the Roger Williams National Memorial if you are looking for a little green space. The First Baptist Church (literally the first in America) and Benefit Street’s Mile of History offer some of the most concentrated original colonial architecture in the country. Prospect Park, a little further up the hill offers a great view of the Providence skyline. Peek into the Providence Athenaeum, a unique library founded in 1753. Visit the renowned RISD Museum (free admission with a symposium badge) or grab coffee and see a movie at the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe.

Affordable Dining Suggestions:

Cafe Chokolad – coffee and baked goods.
XO Cafe – farm to table. wear pajamas to brunch and earn a free mimosa or bloody mary.
Harry’s Bar and Burger – self explanatory.
Den Den – chic atmosphere. Korean cuisine.


Thayer Street

wrapThayer Street is a lively street with cafes, take-out and dine-in restaurants, bars, thrift shops, boutiques, and the Avon Cinema, an independent movie theater . As a virtual extension of the Brown University campus Thayer Street is always bustling.

Affordable Dining Suggestions:

Blue State Coffee – coffee.
Tea Lux – tea.
Flatbread Pizza – family style dining.
Kabob and Curry – Indian cuisine.
English Cellar Alehouse – English pub food and beer.
Bagel Gourmet Ole – take-out Mexican.
Nice Slice or Antonio’s – pizza by the slice.
East Side Pockets – order-at-the-counter Mediterranean wraps.


West Side

braodwayOn the other side of Downcity, the west side of Providence offers unlimited dining options. Atwells Ave. offers a little of everything, but heavily favors Italian food. More restaurants can be found a few streets south on Broadway.

Affordable Dining Suggestions:

The Grange – pinterest decor, locally sourced, vegetarian friendly.
Julians – one of the only places you wait for a table in Providence. great brunch.
Bob and Timmy’s Grilled Pizza – family style dining.
Venda Ravioli Market – traditional italian delicatessen with a huge variety of prepared foods.
Pastiche Fine Deserts – fancy dessert.