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  • Writer's pictureRobert Rutley

What to do, Where to eat?

Eat. It would be impossible to write about all the wonderful restaurants Providence has to offer – but we’re in the center of a perfect storm of artistry (RISD), intelligencia (Brown University), and culinary arts (Johnson & Wales) that continually churns out fantastic food experiences. With a special thanks to our diverse cultural populations, you can find any kind of food in our fun city. I’m only going to mention a few, the others are your adventure. Here’s my curated list.

Best Burger – Harrys Best Noodles – Kens Ramen Best Vegetarian – Garden Grille Best Sushi – Nami or RanZan Best Pizza – Fellinis or Napolitanos

For Coffee… Seven Stars New Harvest L’Artisan

For Brunch… Cook & Brown West Side Diner Classic Cafe Red Stripe

For Lunch… Slow Rhode Pho Horns Apsara Palace Minh Hai Sandwich Hut

For Dinner… Loie Fuller Gracies Garde de la Mer Mills Tavern Chez Pascal

Los Andes Broadway Bistro Nicks on Broadway

For Dessert… Scialo Brothers Pastiche Wild Flour PVD Donuts


Craftland Local Rhode Island artists show and sell thier creations through this fun Washington Street shop Downtown. Always something beautiful, fun, or strange.

The Providence Flea This is not your regular Flea market. It’s a weekly Sunday summer event in the city with food trucks, vendors, antique dealers and local artists sell their wares. The vendors and food options change every week! The Flea also hosts several wintertime holiday artist events throughout December.

Relax. Breathing Time Great beginner classes everyday, along with mid-level and advanced options. The only Yoga studio in Providence offering regular Yin practice.

Providence Power Yoga Five dollar lunch time yoga in this power yoga studio in Providences Jewelry District.

Citron Spa Wonderful, peaceful spa in the Wayland square neighborhood.

Still Point Massage Michaela at Still Point is  not only a great masseuse, but really encourages an full body, holistic approach to health and well-being. Highly recommended.

Farmers Markets. Lippit May through October on Providences East Side. This is the most popular farmers market in Providence located at Lippit park at the Summit, Blackstone, and Oakhill neighborhood border. Fresh farmed food and lots of great local vendors.

Wintertime November through April at Pawtuckets Hope Artiste Village. In the winter, the popular market moves indoors – most of the same vendors as Lippit park, but indoors. This venue get packed – go early, as soon as they open for the least claustrophobic experience.

Arcade Sundays, Downtown Providence. This is just a wintertime market, for now – but would be a great addition for the Downtown and  College Hill communities – in the oldest Mall in America.


PPAC A 3100-seat, world class venue located in the heart of Providence’s arts and entertainment district; it is the second largest theatre of its kind in the country.  PPAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it has also been ranked by Pollstar as one of the Top Venues in the world. The theatre became known as the “Jewel of Weybosset Street” after its doors opened as Loew’s State Movie Palace in 1928.

Wilbury Founded in 2010, The Wilbury Group produces plays by artists on the cutting-edge of theatre and reimagined classics from the canon. We pride ourselves on our pursuit of excellence in acting and design, a less-is-more aesthetic, and a commitment to creating an engaging audience experience with every production.

GAMM Pawtucket, Rhode Island’s leading theater company showcases award-winning plays and classical works of Shakespeare on an intimate black-box stage.

Barker Founded in 1909 in Providence, RI, The Players at Barker Playhouse is America’s oldest continuously running little theatre.

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