Providence is the state capital and largest city in Rhode Island, as well as the third largest city in New England. Formerly an industrial bastion of organized crime, Providence's Renaissance has created new parks and attractions and brought emphasis back to its historic roots. Downcity events, historic vistas, eclectic districts such as College Hill and Federal Hill, and a great nightlife make Providence a worthwhile tourist destination.
Most of Providence's attractions are organized into three neighborhoods: Downcity, which includes the core of the downtown area as well as Waterplace Park, the Providence Place Mall, and Capitol Hill; Federal Hill, a neighborhood just west of downtown along Atwells Avenue that is known for nightlife and Italian dining; and College Hill/The East Side, which is home to some of the city's oldest homes as well as both Brown University and RISD, and features several smaller neighborhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants. College Hill is primarily centered along Thayer Street at the intersection of Waterman and Angell Avenues, but there are other scattered blocks (such as Wickenden St.) with attractions.
One of Providence’s divisions would be South Providence. S. Providence is basically the start of Elmwood Ave. (closest to downtown) and Broad St. On the south side of Providence, one can find many restaurants, mainly serving Spanish or Chinese food. There are also many fast food places, hair salons, banks, pharmacies, libraries and supermarkets. Everything is a very close walk, and an ever closer drive. South Providence has a reputation of being a poor place; the night clubs on Broad St. which are a big scene for fights that turn into crimes are something else that comes to mind.
South Providence is known and thought of as the “ghetto”, the “hood” but it is also has its nice neighborhoods. These are the neighborhoods that call tourists who are looking for a quiet place to get away from everything. One can walk to across the street to get something at the pharmacy or grab something to eat because everything is so close. For night life, downtown is a 15 minute drive away for the best night club experience, shopping or even arcade fun. There are plenty of restaurants located in South Providence and Downtown which give our tourist a wide variety to select from when it comes to eat.
- T.F. Green Airport (PVD)  in nearby Warwick, offers many low cost and regular flights to cities in the United States.
Get in from TF Green
- Car: take I-95 North. Approx. 20 minutes.
- The #20 bus goes to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence by way of Elmwood and Roger Williams Park and Zoo, and takes approximately 40 minutes.
- The #14 bus goes directly to and from Kennedy Plaza and takes approximately 15-25 minutes, also connects to Newport, Narragansett, and East Greenwich.
- The #66 bus also makes a direct route to Kennedy Plaza, also connects to URI.
- Bus route information from RIPTA's website .
A commuter rail will be an option available in 2008.
- Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) is much larger and is generally used for most international flights.
Get in from Logan
- Car: take I-95 South. Approx. 1 hour (potentially much longer in traffic).
- Public transit: take the MBTA  Silver Line bus (it's a BRT line) to South Station and take an MBTA commuter train to Providence. Approx. 1hr 30 mins in travel time. Add waiting time of 1-2 hours if you haven't planned which commuter train to catch. The commuter rail leaves you in downtown Providence.
- MBTA, 100 Gaspee St., +1 617 222-5000, . MBTA runs a commuter rail between Boston and Providence on the Providence/Stoughton line (formerly the Attleboro/Stoughton line). It is $7.75 for a one way trip taking about an hour.
- Amtrak's Acela and Regional , 100 Gaspee St., 1-800-USA-RAIL,  routes continue to the south and west to Washington and Virginia, but from the north Boston it is most economical to take the MBTA. Service is rather frequent. The Acela train takes just under 3 hours to arrive at New York's Penn Station on the way to points further south.
For those driving, I-95 will serve you well from Boston or New York areas, Rt. 146 is better when coming from Worcester or western Massachusetts area. I-195 connects to Cape Cod and eastern Massachusetts. Driving from TF Green Airport (PVD) , head north on I-95. Driving to the airport exit 13 on I-95.
- RIPTA, +1 401 781-9400, . Services across all of Rhode Island and throughout Providence, with a central hub in Kennedy Plaza.
- Bonanza Bus Lines, .
- Greyhound Bus, .
- Providence to Newport Water Ferry, 265 Melrose Street, +1 401 781 9400, . In a one hour and 25 minute ride you can travel on the ferry from Newport RI to Providence RI. Its only $8 Round Trip.
Downtown Providence is very compact and can easily be covered walking. There is some parking available throughout the city, but R.I.P.T.A's public transport network is extensive and an alternative to driving. Although public transit in Providence is almost entirely comprised of buses, the buses are on-time, reliable, and much of RIPTA's bus fleet is new. The coverage is still lacking and most of the time the best alternative is walking. Kennedy Plaza, RIPTA's downtown bus station, has recently undergone a major overhaul and is well laid out with digital displays at each terminal that tell when the next bus will be coming.
Two of the downtown lines are run completely on natural gas trackless trolleys (called the Providence LINK Trolley), and cover most of historic Providence. Base fare is $1.75, though students from some local colleges can get a discounted monthly bus pass or RipTiks.
- Brown University, 45 Prospect Street, +1 401 863-2378, .
- Rhode Island School of Design, Two College Street, +1 401 454-6100, .
- Providence College, 549 River Av., +1 401 865-1000, .
- Johnson & Wales University-Providence, 8 Abbott Park Place, +1 401 598-2348, .
- Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, +1 401 456-8000, .
- University of Rhode Island (Feinstein Providence Campus), 80 Washington Street, +1 401 277-5000, .
Providence is a city rich in unique architecture, beautiful streetscapes and stimulating intellectual pursuits. One of America's older cities, Providence features many historic buildings like the Rhode Island State House and the Trinity Repertory Theater. These locations, among others, exemplify some of the country's best 19th and 20th century architecture. The RISD museum and Roger Williams Park Zoo offer days of fun sightseeing for adults and children alike.
- Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit Street, +1 401 454-6500 (fax: +1 401 454-6556), . Tu-Su 10-5PM. The museum building is a gem. It houses over 80,000 pieces of art from all over the world, ranging from ancient to modern times.
- Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street, +1 401 521-7266, . Daily 9AM-4:30PM. The Memorial is located on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence, and celebrates our Freedom of Religion as first proclaimed by Roger Williams (1603-1683) and now set forth in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The memorial is set upon 4.5 acres of landscaped park and includes several interpretive exhibits about Roger Williams and his time, including a short film. Free.
- Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson and Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd. Tu-Su, 10AM-5pm.This museum documents the history of the culinary and hospitality industries, which includes a diner and stove museum.
- Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, +1 401 222-2357, . M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. Built from 1894 to 1901. The current state house is a wonder that has the world's fourth-largest self-supported marble dome. This monumental amazement is 300 feet long, 180 wide, and 233 feet high. Features inside this gigantic building are: the Bell Room, American Revolution regiment flags, a Rotunda, Gun Room, the State Library, House and Senate Chambers and Lounges, Charter room, and many other fascinating tantalizing rooms including one that houses the original 1663 portrait of George Washington by RI native Gilbert Stuart; whose painting is the same face that went on the U.S. one dollar bill. Designed by the notable McKim, Mead and White architectural firm.
- Brown University, 45 Prospect Street, +1 401 863-2378. The school's Ivy League campus, dating back to the 1700's, features buildings from nearly every American architectural movement. Best to visit in May-September when school is largely out of session and weather is amenable to walking.
- Besides the State House and Benefit Street Providence has some significant works of architecture, of the more noteworthy:
- Old Stone Bank - S. Main St. & Crawford St. Greek Revival building from 1854.
- The Arcade - Westminster St. The oldest enclosed shopping mall in America from 1828. Also in Greek Revival style, replete with Ionic columns.
- City Hall - Dorrance St. & Washington St. Finished in 1878, the Second Empire Baroque City Hall only survives today because of former Mayor Buddy Cianci's careful restoration in 1975.
- Industrial Trust Tower (Bank of America Tower) - Kennedy Plaza. The tallest building in Providence is an intent Art Deco impression from 1928.
- Trinity Repertory Theater - Washington St. & Empire St. This 1912 building, clad in terra-cotta houses the area's finest reportory company.
- Providence County Courthouse - S. Main St. & College St. Built in 1930, the Courthouse is one of the earliest examples of architectural contextualism anywhere. The building's large mass is tastefully fragmented and detailed.
- First Baptist Church - Main St. & Waterman St. Built on the site of the original 1638 First Baptist Church, this 1775 edifice is beautifully restored.
- Cranston Street Armory - Cranston St.
- Biltmore Hotel - The 1922 Neo-Federal Beaux-Arts styled hotel. Dorrance St. & Washington St.
- Federal Courthouse - Exchange St. & Washington St.
- Athenaeum - The fourth oldest library in the country. Benefit St. & College St.
- Market Square - College St. & S. Main St.
- Waterfire centers on a series of 100 fires that burn on the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river. The fires are burned from sunset to past midnight and they are cared for by black-clad performers in boats. If you want to experience something that is very relaxing while still taking in the urban life of downtown Providence, go and see Waterfire. There are no admission charges. Be wary, however, WaterFire is quite popular with locals and visitors alike, and tends to draw large crowds. If you do plan to attend WaterFire, walking or taking public transportation into Kennedy Plaza is strongly recommended as most surrounding streets become very congested.
- Benefit Street and College Hill - The tree-lined Benefit Street contains an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century houses and mansions. Additionally, a popular overlook of the Downtown Providence skyline and Rhode Island State House is available at Prospect Park on Prospect Street. Popular with visitors to the city, Benefit Street is also host to the seasonal Providence Ghost Walk, where one may see the ghost of poet Edgar Allan Poe strolling down Benefit, who was said to spend extended amounts of time in the city.
- Federal Hill: This famous Providence area is located just west of downtown, and is quickly and easily accessible from downtown by walking, biking, or trolley ride. This area is known for its Italian heritage, and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Some have even compared it to Little Italy in NYC. In 1994, the movie “Federal Hill” was filmed here. At present, Showtime is filming its second season of their critically-acclaimed series "Brotherhood" in and around the Federal Hill area; a neighborhood referred to in the series as "The Hill", a fictitious Providence neighborhood representative of Federal Hill. There is plenty to do in Federal Hill, including shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are many nationally renowned Italian restaurants here, including Andino's, Old Canteen, and Cassarino's. There are also a number of retailers whose specialty is “Authentic Italian Food,” such as Venda Ravioli, Via Roma, and Tony's Colonial. Gasbarro's Wines is also located on Atwells, and carries an extensive variety of wines, both local and international. Impressive bakeries and pastry/confection shops also in the Federal Hill area are Scialo Bakery, Pastiche, and Ocean State Chocolates. Running roughly parallel to Atwells Avenue is Broadway. Broadway has been referred to as the "Bellevue Avenue" of Providence due to the number of large Victorian mansions lining both sides of the street, in reference to the famous mansion-lined Bellevue Avenue of nearby Newport, Rhode Island.
- The East Side- The East Side (not to be confused with East Providence) starts on the east side of Waterplace park and sits atop College Hill. Within the East Side, lies the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. One of the oldest parts of the city, the East Side is home to historical houses and buildings and a plethora of unique areas including, the Blackstone District, College Hill District, and the India Point district. The East Side is great for walking around, visiting eclectic shops along famous Thayer Street, and viewing other parts of Providence from the East Side's Prospect Park, located on Congdon Street (between Benifit and Prospect).
- Thomas Street - Between Benefit (to the east) and North Main (to the west).
- Westminster Street - Between Memorial Boulevard (to the east) and Empire Street (to the west).
- North & South Main Street - Between Planet Street (to the south) and Meeting Street (to the north)
- Weybosset Street - Between Westminster (to the east) and Dorrance Street (to the west).
- Roger Williams Park Zoo - 1000 Elmwood Ave., +1 401-785-3510, . Mid Apr-mid Oct. Daily 9AM-5PM; Mid Oct-mid Apr. Daily 9AM-4PM. This is the third oldest zoo in the United States and features more than just animals. The zoo features a park, a dinosaur exhibit, and blends history and culture with the animals each area houses. Adults $12, Seniors $8, Ages 3-12 $6.
- Special Events at the Roger Williams Park Zoo:
- Thanksgiving for the Animals - Celebrate Thanksgiving in a wild way by helping to make enriching treats for zoo residents. From paper mache prey filled with edible treats to stimulating scents hidden in an exhibit area, enriching activities help the mentally and physically challenged our animals.
- Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, Francis St. at Memorial Blvd. Finished in 1994, Waterplace Park is probably the most accepted recent addition to the city owing to its historic and unassuming look. Featuring cobblestone paths and unobtrusively shaped concrete form, the park follows Providence's downtown rivers quietly below the level of automobile traffic. You'll usually find a few people enjoying the park quietly. Come here during Waterfire (below under "do") to see the park at its best.
- The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on Federal Hill in May. It is sponsored by the Holy Ghost Parish. For further information, the following number is listed on the Order of the Sons of Italy Organization Phone: +1 770 421-9137.
- Bright Night Providence - Dec. 31. Citywide, +1 401 621-6123, []. Artist-run arts oriented New Year’s Eve celebration. Featuring hundreds of the best local sings, actors, dancers, acrobats, musicians, magicians and clowns to celebrate Rhode Island’s most important cultural asset — its artists.
- Columbus Day is celebrated on Columbus Day Weekend on Federal Hill. It consists of a parade on Sunday, outdoor vendors, and a who’s who of Italian “hierarchy”.
- “The Stroll” is a twice a year event, June and October, where you can walk Federal Hill and sample 22 restaurants and 11 boutiques and shops. For hours and exact dates call the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau at +1 401 274-1636 extension 230 or 231, or register online. Included in the $20 price for sampling, are coupons for two free beverages.
Arts and theater
- AS220, 115 Empire St., +1 401 831-9327. A non-profit community arts center. The building features four art galleries, performance space, 19 artist studios and a bar/café. Events are booked every night at AS220; these include art exhibits, live music and panel discussions. AS220 features many Rhode Island artists, but national acts are booked here often. Notable recurring events include:
- Fools Ball. AS220's signature gala event. This yearly party spans five days and countless exhibits. Every year brings a new theme (the Harlem Renaissance in 2004, for example). Major events usually include live music, art exhibits, dinners and film screenings.
- Providence Poetry Slam. Held on the first and fourth Thursday of every month. This eclectic event, one of the venue's most popular, features both local and national poets and musicians. All artists (novice and professional) and spectators are welcome; the Providence Slam team has had great success in the national Poetry Slam over the past decade.
- Geek Dinners. Held on the last Wednesday of every month. These dinners allow those involved in Rhode Island's technology industry to communicate and collaborate. Geek Dinners always have a featured presentation or discussion. Topics vary greatly, from Startups to Web Services to hardware.
- Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, +1 401 421-2997, . Located in the center of Providence, and hosts a plethora of shows, from stand-up comic Larry the Cable Guy, to the kid's show Dora the Explorer, to the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The center also features local and national music, and local musicians have the unique chance to perform before a large audience here. The audiences sometimes include students from grades 6-9, and at the end the students will be asked to submit a card grading the performance.
- Trinity Repertory Company - 201 Washington St., Box Office Phone: +1 401 351-4242. A nationally-renowned theater downtown. Trinity Rep seats 820 and has an estimated annual audience of 160,000. Trinity Rep has produced over 50 world premiere plays and a balance of both contemporary and classic works. The venue features six subscription productions each year and an annual production of A Christmas Carol. Shows scheduled for 2007 include: Our Town, A Delicate Balance, The Fantasticks and The Clean House.
- Dunkin' Donuts Center, One LaSalle Square, Box Office: +1 401 331-6700, . A 14,500 seat indoor sports and entertainment arena located in downtown Providence which brings in over a million people annually. It holds various musical events, Providence Bruins ice hockey, basketball, and almost every type of show for kids. Has events such as Champions on Ice, featuring Olympic medalist Michele Kwan and others, Coheed And Cambria/Avenged Sevefold Co-Headline Tour, and every PC Friars and Providence Bruins home game. Ticket prices will usually vary depending on the event, and can range from $30.00 for a concert to $150.00 for a special event (such as ice skating). Wheelchair accessible.
- Rhode Island Convention Center Providence. A multipurpose facility available for almost any event, from dog shows to dinner banquets. Special Events at the Rhode Island Convention Center:
- Northeast International Auto Show - Automobile extravaganza featuring hundreds of new model cars, trucks, minivans and sport-utility vehicles from more than twenty import and domestic manufactures.
- Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show - More than twenty-eight gardens, lectures and demonstration, children’s activities, bookstore and more than 200 garden-related vendor booths. 
- The Home Show - Largest and most informative consumer home show in southern New England. Features hundreds of exhibitors and displays of the latest products and services for building, remodeling and decorating homes. Variety of seminars and demonstrations. 
- Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street, +1 401 331-5876, . (Also known as Lupos at the Strand), a midsized musical venue in downtown Providence a few blocks from the Providence Place Mall. It's housed in a historic five story theater and hosts punk bands, alternative, hip-hop, blues, reggae, and many other types of music which are set for a larger venue, but can't quite fill the Roseland Ballroom or similar larger gigs. However, it also brings the groups who would normally be set for a much larger stage, such as De La Soul, Coheed And Cambria, or George Clinton and the P-Funk. With slightly less expensive tickets than a bigger venue, and a much more personal experience, Lupos is a great show worth going to any day.
- The Century Lounge, 5 Elbow Street, +1 401 751-2255, . This establishment attracts a large amount of different styles, but its focused mostly on rock, alternative, and blues. Although it isn't very big, the inside is composed of exposed brick and wood, and gives the place a warmer, cozier feel than your typical venue. It also has a bar, and a very good sound system for a building that size. The bands that come to the lounge are usually progressing bands which have gotten some publicity, and regional bands of the area. Ticket prices are relatively low, ranging from $5-20.00. The Century Lounge is a good bet for a cheap show with a personal feel, or to see and support local bands.
- Club Hell, 73 Richmond Street. While known for its unique nightclub atmosphere, Club Hell has recently become a music venue as well. It is a small yet intimate place with bar and a dance floor. Past musical acts include local success story ZOX and The Von Bondies. Tickets usually run from $5-15.
Downcity is the new place to grab a cappuccino or snag a great pair of jeans . You can drool over must-have furnishings or stop for a bistro lunch. Browse art books. Then toast a day well spent. You can do it all in Downcity Providence, home to a collection of fine design, fashion, and dining opportunities.
- Providence Open Market, Downtown Westminster St (between Eddy and Clemence), +1 617 481-2257, Saturdays May 31st- June 28th 12PM-6PM, Saturdays September 6th- October 25th, 12PM-5PM . The Providence Open Market, now in its 2nd season, is the city’s only Open-Air Market where you can shop for artisan made goods, fine art, and fresh produce. Located on Westminster Street in the heart of downtown Providence, the Market features a different group of artists every week ensuring that each visit will be unique. This year, the Providence Open Market is committed to partnering with community based artist and development organizations.
- Design Within Reach, 210 Westminster St., +1 401 831-1452, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. DWR is the source for for fully licensed modern classics. Their 3,000 square foot studio is located on the ground floor of the circa 1900 Wilkinson building, and hosts a sizable assortment of their designs for the home and work space, all ready for test driving.
- OOP!, 220 Westminster St., +1 401 270-4366, . M-Th 10AM-8PM, Fr+Sa 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-5PM. OOP!, a Providence institution for the past 18 years for all things whimsical and wonderful. OOP! specializes in handmade contemporary crafts, furniture, jewelry, toys, home accessories, and fun stuff from here, there, and everywhere. OOP!'s largest store is located at 220 Westminster Street.
- Butterfield, 232 Westminster St., +1 401 273-3331, . T, W, F, Sa 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Butterfield is a well known resource for beautiful quality home furnishings and accessories. Featuring Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams furniture, along with an always changing assortment of lighting, mirrors, jewelry, bedding, ceramics, and apothecary. Interior design consultations also available.
- Symposium Books, 240 Westminster St., +1 401 273-7900, . M-Wed 10AM-6PM, Th-Sa 12PM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Sympoium Books consistently offers some of the finest books in Providence. Browse their diverse selection of carefully chosen titles in a broad range of subjects, specializing in Academic, Scholarly, Literary, Art, Architecture, Photography, Design, and University Press books. Most books are discounted at 10-80% off all the time!
- Queen of Hearts, 186 Union St., +1 401 421-1471, Tu-Sa 11AM-7PM. Queen of Hearts is before all else, an original women's clothing and accessories boutique, but is also a showroom for visual art, home goods, gifts, and lifestyle paraphernalia. Merchandise is all one-of-a-kind, handmade material, designed and created by local and regional artists and designers.
- Clover, 233 Westminster St., +1 401 490-4626, . Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Clover offers a collection of women's and men's clothing that provide a contemporary and unique selection of lines, styles, and versatile offerings for both "dressed up" and "dressed down" occasions. Clover displays its carefully chosen pieces in a modern and clean showroom-like environment, and merges established labels with young emerging designers.
- Elsa Arms, 231 Westminster St., +1 401 383-5558, Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Elsa Arms is an upscale women's clothing boutique located in the Peerless Building, right in the heart of the "Downcity Renaissance." Stop in for an exquisite shopping experience and see the latest offerings from Adam+Eve, Alice & Olivia, Nili Lotan, Rag & Bone, and many others.
- Homestyle, 229 Westminster St., +1 401 277-1159, . Daily, 10AM-7PM. At Homestyle, fine art pieces sit among top-shelf/great value upholstery, accent home furnishings, and truly artful gifts. A savvy, creative, staff is available to assist you in selecting just the right piece, or come in and browse at your leisure. Extraordinary gifts in a wide range of price points make Homestyle the "go-to" place for unique gifts in all categories from hostess to housewarming to wedding to birthday.
- Eno, 225 Westminster St., +1 401 521-2000, . M-Sa 12PM-10PM. Eno is Downcity's full-service spirits shop, with an extensive selection of wine, beer, and fine liquors. The store, with its bank vault decor, is an environment for wine connoisseurs and novices alike, and an expert staff is on hand at all times to assist your selection. Eno hosts regular tastings and food pairings and offers delivery service to downtown residents and employees.
- Bowl and Board, 217 Westminster St., +1 401 521-0504, . M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Bowl and Board carries a tremendous variety of items for the home...literally everything but the kitchen sink. They offer locally made furniture, linens, a variety of kitchen gadgets, rugs, dishes, children's toys, jewelry, stationary, picture frames, clocks, you name it.
- American Apparel , 159 Weybosset St., +1 401 861-0007, . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Located on Weybosset Street between Eddy and Union, American Apparel is the world famous LA-based manufacturer and retailer of clothing for men, women, kids, and dogs. All stages of production occur under one roof at their downtown Los Angeles factory- from the cutting and sewing, right through to the photography and marketing.
Thayer Street is the place to go if looking for a pleasurable and eclectic shopping experience. It is good for those who enjoy walking outside from store to store. It is also a good place to buy gifts because many of the stores sell quirky trinkets. Located near two Colleges, it attracts many young adults. It could be called an “artsy” street with stores that sell, beads, imported clothing, handmade crafts, clothes, art, house wares, and books.
- Bead Works, 290 Thayer St, +1 401 861-4540, . M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 12PM-5PM. The store sells beads of all kinds. Some are imported from Africa; others are made with swarvoski crystal. There are glass, wood, stone, gem stone and metal beads. Price ranges are generally 15c-5$ per bead. The store also offers it's patron’s lessons in how to build a necklace, as well as workshop tables for customers to make their own unique beaded creations.
- Army/Navy Surplus, 279 Thayer St, +1 401 272-8217. Offers a large selection of Military Clothing and camouflage attire. Carries authentic, new and used army supplies such as pocket knives.Also carries police uniforms as well as outerwear such as hats and footwear for almost every type of outdoor activity or occupation. Prices range from moderate to high according to whether items are new or used.
- Berk’s Shoes and Clothing 278 Thayer Street, Phone: +1 401 831-0174. Reasonably priced clothing averaging around $30 for tops. Shoes tend to be more pricey with various not so well known designer shoes averaging around $150 a pair. Some sandals on sale for $20-$40.
- Brown University Book Store, 244 Thayer Street, +1 401 863-3168. The last independent trade (Ivy League) college bookstore in the country, it offers only new books as well as Brown University merchandise.
- City Sports 271 Thayer St, +1 401 521-6555. Carries various types of sports apparel and equipment accommodating almost every lifestyle and sport.
- Details Clothing 277 Thayer St, +1 401 751-1870. Offers a wide variety of inexpensive jewelry ranging in price from $5-$40.Also specializes in leg ware such as stockings and leg warmers with all items under $40.
- Foreign Affairs Warehouse, 219 Thayer St, +1 401 274-1484. M-Tu 11AM-6:30PM, W-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 12-6PM. Thrift shop which offers a variety of vintage clothing and shoes, ranging in price from bargain finds at $5 to high priced designer items at around $100.
- Pie in the Sky 225 Thayer St, +1 401 861-3954, M-Tu 11AM-6PM, F 11AM-8PM. Specializes in sterling silver jewelry and semi-precious stones. This store also offers a mix of decorative items such as candles, incense and jewelry boxes. Prices for items are generally moderately priced ranging from $5-$400.
- Shades Plus 281 Thayer St, +1 401 861-9309. This unique shop specializes in classic party favors and novelty items. Some items include: Magic 8 Balls, yo-yo's, snow domes, wind-up chattering teeth and gummy rats, whoopee cushions and joy buzzers. Also offers moderately to higher priced TV collectibles such as stickers and lunch boxes. Stocks hundreds of different Pez dispensers, Hello Kitty and friends collectibles, Sailor Moon and novelty candy. Also carries high-end hair care products and sunglasses averaging from $50-$200.
- Spectrum, 253 Thayer St, +1 401 421-1010, . Features clothes, jewelry, books, incense, and gifts meant to enhance well-being. Many of the products are imported from Asia. Those looking for exotic, handmade clothes, tapestries, and jewelry would enjoy this store.
- Second-Time-Around clothing, 294 Thayer St. Offers quality second hand selections that retail for usually half the original retail price with most items sold at %30-%40 off.
- ZuZu's Petals! 288 Thayer St, +1 401 331-9846 . Voted best for party dresses in 2005 by Rhode Island Monthly, ZuZu's carries casual dresses, accessories and seasonal items. Some of the designers that ZuZu's carries include: Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria, Milly, Shoshanna, Rebecca Taylor, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Susana Monaco, and Maria Bianca Nero.
Providence Place mall
- Providence Place Mall, 1 Providence Place, +1 401 270-1000, . M-Sa 10AM-9:30PM (except Dave & Buster's which is open until 1AM) Sunday 11AM-7PM: Witness RI's most anticipated establishment since the building of the historic downtown Arcade. The enormous and well accommodating mall houses 3+ main floors of various shops, including a wide array of specialty items, clothing, shoes, books, and one IMAX and Showcase Cinemas theater each on the fourth floor. There are a handful of lower level restaurants to dine in as well as a food court on the third floor, and a Dave & Busters Restaurant on the fourth floor.
Shop the city
Rhode Islanders can be quite secretive about the city's hidden treasures. Outside of the State's most frequented shop spots lies many other great opportunities to find that special item or to simply discover something new and exciting.
- Specialty Stores:
- Comina Inc 201 Wayland Ave, +1 401 273-7665, M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Sells a variety of items including jewelry and furniture. Items have a wide range in pricing from $10 to $1000 for larger pieces of furniture.
- Frog and Toad 795 Hope St, +1 401 831-3434, M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-4PM. A 'Mom and Pop' shop for over eight years, Frog and Toad offers local art and handcrafted items, fair trade pieces from around the world, and an ecclectic range of cards, jewelry, home goods, gifts for all occasions, and clothing. Complimentary gift wrapping.
- Nanita Variety Store, 1364 Broad St, +1 401 467-2560. Sells a variety of adult items at average to moderate prices, including lingerie and other typical products found in adult stores.
- Franklin Rogers Limited, 142 Westminister, +1 401 454-8170. Offers average priced mens ware specializing in fine suits and business attire, in addition to casual menswear such as sweaters and golf attire.
- M&M Step & Style, 1282 N. Main St, +1 401 621-4710. Specializes in casual hip-hop clothing for males and females at reasonable prices ranging from $20-$50.
- In the Bag, 141 Elmgrove Ave, +1 401 521-5300. In the Bag sells designer bags straight from New York. The owner will get you any bag you want from a designer's show room.
- risd|works, 10 Westminster Street, +1 401 277-4949,  M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. risd|works sells functional pieces designed by Rhode Island School of Design Alumni and Faculty. Great for finding fun and unique gifts.
- Fresh Purls, 769A Hope Street, +1 401 720-8220,  Mon Closed, Tu 10AM-5PM, We 10AM-5:30PM, Th Noon-7PM, Fr 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4:30PM Su 11AM-3PM (Closed Sundays Memorial Day - Labor Day). Local yarn store with a variety of fibers for knitting and crochet. Drop in Knit Therapy Wed evening 6:30PM-8:30PM. Classes available.
- Easy Coast Tatooing and Body, 170 Atwells Ave, +1 401 331-5623. Clean facility and friendly employees.
- Armageddon Record, 436 Broadway St, +1 401 521-6667. Armageddon shop is located on Broadway,just a short walk from downtown. Run by two members from the band Dropdead, they specialize in rare and obscure rock albums and local music from around Rhode Island. They also specialize in music zines and t-shirts.
- B-Sharp Music, 265 Broadway St, +1 401 223–2112. B-sharp music is located across the street (literally!) from Armageddon shop at 265 Broadway. A musical instrument shop, they stock rare and hard to find items from Orange and Hughes and Kettner guitar amps as well as making and stocking their own effects pedals. They also specialize in vintage instrument and amplification repair.
- Into The Wardrobe, 117 Brook St, +1 401 831-7660. Tu-F 11AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Sells a variety of consignment items, ranging from inexpensive tops around $5 to some more moderately priced items such as gowns ranging in price from 30-up to $100.
- Clothing Collaborative, 220 Elmwood Ave, +1 401 421-5753. M-F 9AM-4PM. Sells typical items found at a consignment shop, offers a variety of business dress and casual attire. Most items are moderately priced ranging from $5-$40.
- Act II, 802 Hope St, +1 401 274-2223. Act II is a second-hand store that sells antique jewelry and designer clothes such as Lacoste and Burberry.
- 3 Steeple Street serving dishes like smoked trout and Maryland crab cakes within stone slate walls and wooden plank floors in the second-oldest industrial building in the United States. $16-$33.
- Union Station Brewery, 36 Exchange Ter. +1 401 274-2739. Serves bar & grill-type food, but come for the beer! Union Station brews its own beer in 6 different styles. Can't decide which to get? They'll serve you 5oz of each for $7.50. The namesake comes from the fact that the restaurant was carved out of the original 1898 Union Station.
- Fire + Ice, 48 Providence Place, +1 401 270-4040, . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 10AM-10PM. Improvisational grill, allows customers to have their meal (fresh meats, seafood, pastas, internationally influenced sauces, and both exotic and traditional vegetables) cooked specifically to their liking right in front of them. Interaction with the cooks, customers, and the crazy décor make for an exciting, delicious, and completely unique dining experience. $7.95 Lunch-$14.95 Dinner. ('All grilled food is included in the price, desserts and alcoholic beverages are an additional fee.)
- Pizzeria Regina, 81 Providence Place (Take exit 22C off I-95 and follow the signs for Providence Place Mall), +1 401 270-4245, . M-Sa 10AM-9:30PM, Su 11AM-7PM. A throwback to the Original Regina Pizza located in Boston’s North End, Pizzeria Regina provides a wide selection of toppings layered on a special dough to create one of the best tasting slices of pizza in the area. Some may be inconvenienced by the location (the Providence Place Mall’s food court) but the food is well worth the hassle. $10.00 for a small pizza - $17.00 for a large, $2.00 per slice.
- The Capital Grille, 1 Union Station, +1 401 521-5600, . The Capital Grille has exquisite dry aged steaks and a friendly, but comfortable atmosphere. They also have an award winning wine list. Eating here is always excellent. This is the original restaurant in the Capital Grille chain.
- Capriccio, 2 Pine St., +1 401 421-1320, . M-Th 11:30PM-10:30PM; F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM and Su 11:30AM-9PM. This restaurant is definitely the best of Providence. Extended wine list (more than 550), fabulous wait staff, exquisite food are some of the things that make this restaurant as good as it is. The food is expensive, but worth it. Many of the items on the menu are made by your table. You can not go wrong with the Steak Diane, cooked tableside, or any other dish on the menu for that matter!
- East Side Pockets, 278 Thayer St., +1 401 453-1100, M-Sa 10AM-12PM. East Side Pockets has excellent falafel, served in pockets, in salads, or alone, along with a range of other Middle Eastern fare. Vegetarian and vegan options. Pockets are less than $5.00. Take out or counter seating.
- The Cheesecake Factory, 94 Providence Place, +1 401 270-4010, . M-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-12:30PM, Su 10AM-11PM. Upscale dining, The Cheesecake Factory offers more than 200 menu selections including 50 cheesecakes and desserts. $10 - $20 entrées. The Cheesecake Factory is a nationwide chain.
- Moda, 525 South Water St., +1 401 331-2288, . Contemporary international cuisine with Latin and Asian overtones set in a modern New York City style lounge/dining room. Meals $15-$30.
- Providence Byblos, 235 Meeting Street., +1 401 453-9727, . Voted Best middle eastern restaurant and best burger in Rhode Island for 2006. The Providence Byblos serves authentic Lebanese foods and hosts a Lebanese Hookah Lounge on the second floor open 7PM-1AM Monday-Thursday and until 2AM Friday-Saturday. []
- Temple Downtown, 120 Francis St., +1 401 919-5050, . Temple Downtown restaurant and lounge provides an intimate dining experience. The menu includes a wide variety of eclectic choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a signature cocktail list. Private rooms and booths available.
- Cuban Revolution, 50 Aborn St., +1 401 331-8829, . M-Sa 11AM-12AM.Cuban Revolution features a signature, award winning Latin menu. Voted Best Sandwich in Rhode Island in 2003. Meals $6-$12.
- Antonio’s Pizza, 258 Thayer St.,+1 401 455-3600. A popular pizzeria chain that features pizza by the slice in almost 40 unique varieties, including chicken quesadilla and tortellini.
- Sakura, 231 Wickenden Street, +1 401 331-6861, . Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi, in true Japanese style, at Sakura. Meals $6-$20.
- Kabob and Curry, 261 Thayer Street, +1 401 273-8844, .M-Th 11AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. Voted the best Indian food in Rhode Island. Takeout and delivery available. Meals $11-$16.
- Pastiche, 92 Spruce St , +1 401 861-5190, .Tu-Th 8:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 8:30AM-11:30PM, Su 10AM-10PM. An intimate European style cafe serving sophisticated fine desserts.
- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, GTech Center 10 Memorial Blvd., +1 401 272-2271, . M-Th 5PM-10PM,F4:30PM-11PM, Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse serves New Orleans-inspired appetizers, U.S. Fine steaks, fresh seafood, classic desserts, and an award winning wine list. Private dining rooms available.
- Fellini's Pizzeria, 166 Wickenden Street, +1 401 751-6737, .Su-W open until 12AM, Th-Sa open until 2AM . New York style, thin-crust pizza with creative toppings. Free delivery for Providence area.
- Shanghai, 272 Thayer St, +1 401 331-0077. Su-W 11AM-11PM, Th-Sa: 11AM-12AM. A popular restaurant on the East side; Shanghai serves Chinese/Vietnamese style fresh cuisine. Available for delivery.
- La Creperie, 82 Fones Aly, +1 401 751-5536. M-Th 10AM-12AM, F 10AM-2AM, Sa 9AM-2AM, Su 9AM-12AM. La Creperie specializes in crepes and offers affordable plates, wraps and smoothies.
- Taqueria Pacifica, 103 Empire St.,+1 401 621-8785. A Mexican restaurant specializing in West Coast food for “East Coast dudes”. They are located inside AS220 directly across from the bar. They offer a variety of options under 10 dollars, and the portions are very generous. In the summertime, they often will use the Taqueria truck which they used before they moved into their permanent space in on Empire street.
- Not Just Snacks, 833 Hope Street, +1 401 831-1150. This is a small restaurant that serves very traditional Indian and Pakistani food at an affordable price. This family owned and handicapped accessible business is open from 11am-9pm 7 days a week. They do not take reservations but you can call in to place an order either to be eaten there or to take out. They do not serve and drinks that are alcoholic. However, they are a BYOB establishment and will provide you with glasses for beer or wine upon request. Both the outside and inside of the buildings are very unassuming so make sure when looking for it your eyes are peeled.
Federal Hill restaurants
- Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzura), 210 Atwells Av., +1 401 272-9030 (fax +1 401 272-4814, . M-Th, 5PM-10PM, F,Sat 5PM-10:30PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Also an upscale restaurant where reservations are required.The atmosphere is romantic, with live music, fireplace, and ok for families/children. The attire is casual though there is a small dancing area. They serve Italian and seafood. Pricing is moderate to expensive.
- Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen Restaurant, 120 Atwells Av., +1 401 751-5544. W-M 12PM-10PM. "Elegant Dining" with a taste of Italy. All meals cooked to order. Reservations and valet parking are available. Voted Best Restaurant RI Monthly and by Food & Beverage Magazine.
- Mediterraneo Restaurant, 134 Atwells Av., +1 401 331-7760. Lunch M-F 11:30AM-3PM, dinner M-F 3PM-10:30PM and Sa-Su 4PM-10:30PM. Creative, traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Award winning design with a lively European ambiance, alfresco sidewalk dining (weather permitting) and an authentic Italian antipasto bar. Slightly expensive pricing.
- Caserta Pizzeria, 121 Spruce St., +1 401 621-3618 or +1 401 621-9190. Tu-Su 9:30AM-10:30PM. Good family restaurant. Originator of the Wimpy Skippy. Enjoy traditional style pizza in a casual atmosphere. Voted best pizza and spinach pie by R.I. Monthly Magazine.
- Cassarino's, 177 Atwells Ave, +1 401 751-3333, . Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-3PM. Dinner M-Th 3PM-10PM, F 3PM-11PM, Sa 12PM-11PM. Cassarino's Ristorante serves authentic Italian Cuisine. Voted "Best Italian Restaurant in Providence" by Rhode Island Monthly.Meals $7-$16.
- Angelo's Civita Farnese, 141 Atwells Ave, +1 401 621-8171, . Su 12AM-9PM, M-Th 11:30AM-9PM,F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Angelo's serves award-winning home-style Italian food. Meals $6-$15
- Jessie's Dessert Bar, 230 Atwells Avenue., +1 401 351-5377. Su-Th 7AM-10PM, F-Sa 7AM-12PM. Jessie's Dessert Bar is an old-fashioned ice cream bar and dessert bar that serves gourmet desserts, coffee, gelato, and ice cream. Also open for breakfast.
- Cassarino's Restaurant,177 Atwells Ave, +1 401 751-3333. Open M-Th 3PM-10PM. Sa 12-11PM. Voted "Best Italian Restaurant" in 2001, 2002, and 2003 by Citysearch.com and "Best Italian Restaurant in Providence" by Rhode Island Monthly, Cassarino's Restaurant on Historic Federal Hill has established itself as one of Rhode Island's premiere Italian eateries.
Although the city of Providence may be small compared to other states' capitals, it boasts quite a bustling nightlife. There are a variety of bars and clubs to suit any taste and price range - from hip eclectic bars in the artsy college area, to upscale martini bars downtown, techno and hip-hop clubs for the younger crowd, and casual pubs and brewhouses scattered throughout the city, there is certainly something for everybody.
- 3 Steeple Street Bistro & Bar, 125 Canal St, +1 401 272-3620, . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa until 11PM. Located in the second oldest industrial building in the U.S., overlooks the Waterfire canal.
- Bar One, 1 Throop Aly, +1 401 621-7112. This bar has a small dance floor, cheap drinks, and attracts a younger college crowd.
- Fish Co Bar & Grill, 515 South Water St., +1 401 421-5796. Daily 3:30PM-1AM. Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and R&B. Thursdays ladies get in free. $1 Corona until 11PM. $3 margaritas. Pool tables, lounge areas and booth tables. The bar acts like an island, where the dance floor is located to the left of the small stage. There is another bar located in the back of the place. Outside enclosed area for smokers.
- Club Hell, 73 Richmond St, +1 401 351-1977. Contrary to the name, Club Hell is a pleasant club with a lot to offer. This club is usually filled with a lot of college-aged kids, features a large dance floor and a lot of flat screen TVs. Drinks aren’t terribly priced and there is always a lot of entertainment going on.
- The Hi-Hat, 3 Davol Sq, +1 401 453-6500, . M-Th 4PM-1AM, F-Sa 4PM-2AM, Su 6PM-12AM. Features live jazz, Latin, soul, R&B, soft rock, and even swing music in an elegant, upscale atmosphere. Has small dance floor, and a cozy room with fireplaces in the back. Extensive wine and champagne list. Cover charge on weekends, usually ~$8.
- Monet Lounge, 115 Harris Ave, +1 401 580-4847. This lounge/nightclub is a nice setting for a night of dancing or just lounging, they provide plush couches and bar stools. In addition there is a large VIP section if you're interested in your own private party. Cover charge; dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
- Olives, 108 North Main St, +1 401 751-1200, . Dining: Tu-Th 5PM-1AM, F-Sa 5PM-2AM, Su 5PM-9PM, Bar: 12PM-1AM. Restaurant, martini bar, and nightclub. Ages 21-plus after dinner. Drink menu includes 65 different martinis, ranging from $7 to $9.
- PROV, 99 Chestnut St., +1 401 621-8888. This is more of a bar than a club but still has a nice dance floor, an elegant environment for an evening of drinks. There is usually a DJ playing new hits and shot girls walking around for your convenience. Dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
- Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant, 50 Exchange Ter., +1 401 272-1953, . Su-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM. Great place to throw back a pint o' Guinness in a fun, festive atmosphere. Attracts crowds of all ages. Features live music, karaoke, and many other events.
- Tantric 1070 North Main St, +1 401 273-1070, . This club is located downtown providence. Features include Red Carpet Thursdays, $2 Corona and shots. Dance floor, Hip Hop and R&B music. Admission to Tantric is usually $10.
- Tazza Caffe & Bar, 250 Westminster St., +1 401 421-3300, . M-W 7AM-12AM, Th 7AM-1AM, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 9AM-5PM. Features live music ranging from jazz and blues, to funk and world music, in a funky, artsy atmosphere. No cover. Drink price: $3-9.
- Trinity Brewhouse, 186 Fountain St., +1 401 453-2337, . M-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 12PM-1AM (food served until Midnight everyday). In addition to a great selection of beer on tap, features six beers (two light, two dark, two amber) that are brewed daily on-site. The same beer is never brewed two days in a row.
- Ultra the Nightclub, 172 Pine St., +1 401 454-5483. This nightclub has a large Hip-Hop room and a Techno/House music room with plenty of dance floor to fulfill your dancing desires. Small cover charge and reasonably priced drinks allow for an exciting night for under 50 dollars. Dress to impress; 18 to party, 21 to drink.
- Viva, 230 Thayer St., +1 401 272-7600. Popular with RISD and Brown students. Tables are cleared at 11pm to create a dance floor, DJ spins hip-hop and dance music. Features extensive wine list, bottled and draft beer list, variety of champagne and martinis. Can get quite crowded on weekends, plan on arriving before 1AM to guarantee a spot inside.
- Courtyard Providence Downtown, 32 Exchange Terrace at Memorial Blvd, +1 401 272-1191 (fax: +1 401 272-1416), . Although a little on the pricey side, the Courtyard Hotel in downtown Providence offers all the amenities that Marriott's are known for. Close to WaterPlace Park and the Rhode Island Convention Center, as well as the Providence Shopping Center.
- Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Av., +1 401 831-3900, . Located within walking distance to Federal Hill, the Hilton Providence is comprised of 274 guestrooms. There is a restaurant and Starbucks in the hotel. The Hilton is adjacent to Dunkin Donuts Center and RI Convention Center.
- Hotel Dolce Villa, 63 DePasquale Square, +1 401 383-7031,. This 14-suite hotel offers guests luxury accommodation located in the historic Federal Hill. Each room is equipped with memory-foam beds, kitchens, and whirlpool tubs. At the rear of the hotel is Smoke, a tobacco and liquor bar.
- The Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson Street, +1 401 861-8000, . The Hotel Providence is located within the heart of the arts and entertainment district of downtown Providence. The 80 room hotel offers its guests a restaurant on premises as well as fitness services, trainers are available by advanced request.
- Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St., +1 401 421-0700 (toll free: 1-800-294-7709), . Historic 1922 building (on National Register of Historic Places). A plaque high up on the lobby columns commemorates the high water mark of the 1954 hurricane that struck Providence. Adjacent to Kennedy Plaza.
- Providence Marriot Downtown, 1 Orms Street, +1 401 272-2400 (toll free: 866-384-4011), . Downtown location.
- Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor, 220 India Street, +1 401 272-5577,. The Radisson Hotel overlooks the harbor and is located a mile away from Brown University. Rooms are equipped with free high-speed wireless. Many rooms have views of the Providence Harbor.
- Westin Providence, One West Exchange Street, +1 401 598-8000 (fax: +1 401 598-8200), . Pricey hotel built 1993, featuring unparalleled views of the city, sky walk connection to Providence Place Mall.
Bed & breakfasts
- Christopher Dodge House, 11 West Park St, Phone: +1 401 351-6111, Fax: +1 401 351-4261, . 15 rooms. Walking distance from Providence Place Mall, downtown and Brown University. Each spacious guest room offers early American reproduction furniture, Stearns and Foster mattresses a private bath and much more. $130-$200.
- Mowry-Nicholson House, 57 Brownell St., +1 401 351-6111 (fax: +1 401 351-4261), . Bed and Breakfast with panoramic views of historic Providence. Comfortable rooms & suites, all with private baths.
- Old Court Bed & Breakfast, 144 Benefit St, Phone: +1 401 751-2002, . This 11-room bed and breakfast is decorated with memorabilia from the 19th century. Each room has a private attached bathroom. Old Court Bed & Breakfast is located close to all the major city attractions. Prices range from $115-$199, depending on the season.
- On March 1, 2005, Rhode Island put a smoking ban into effect. Smoking in bars, restaurants, and other businesses is prohibited.
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