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TRINITY BREWHOUSE

Trinity Brewhouse is the place to go for award winning brews, beers, ales, porters and stouts. All brewed on premises and great bar food too. Burgers,

PROVIDENCE OPTICAL

Providence Optical offers a wide range of styles, their selection of bespoke and vintage eyewear, along with their exceptional individualized care is what makes Optical Providence truly unique. They even make their own line of eye glasses. Impecible style and service.

MURPHY'S DELI

Murphy's is arguably the best tuna melt in town, and always a great people watching destination. For deli fare and good prices it hits the spot.

WHARF CLOTHING AND WARES

WHARF strives to represent classic values of quality craftsmanship. Their distinct aesthetic makes WHARF is a go-to destination for men’s apparel and accessories. Perfect place to shop for that special man.

CUBAN REVOLUTION

One step into Cuban Revolution and you are propelled back to tropical 1950s Cuba with their decoration and World’s Best Cuban Sandiwch.  Also hard to resist, the 20cent wings and $3 crafts & $2 domestic beers.

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Ladies,Queen of Hearts is a must see. A fashion boutique that has the hipest and most adorable women’s clothing and accessories. Their support for handcrafted and local designers is just one reason we love shopping there. And they've just introduced online shopping!

GRACIES

Providence is known for it's foodie culture and Gracie's a leader among the greats. The food is supurb, the service spot-on, and the cocktails reason enough to visit regularly.

MODERN LOVE

No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes. Queen of Heart’s baby sister store Modern Love has your Frye’s, Irregular Choice, Poetic License and Brixton hats. It's hard to leave empty handed, and enjoy the new online shop.

TINIS

For a truly unique dinning experience, try Downcity’s smallest restaurant, serving small dishes with big tastes.  Their seasonal menu is constantly changing to feature the freshest local ingredients, but their Teenie Weenie, a signature dish, is a must -try.

SYMPOSIUM BOOKS

An independent bookstore with electric offerings, you will have a better chance of finding a foreign graphic novel, or an out of print design book, than Oprah’s latest Book Club pick, and that’s exactly why we loveSymposium Books. Bonus, it doesn’t matter how many times you go, you never tire of the below list prices.

BRAVO BRASSERIE

Bravo Brasserie is a good choice for pre-theater meals. Bring the kids, there's something for everyone at this French Bistro inspired cafe, with burgers and fries, generous salads, and great French Onion soup. Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sun, plus brunch on the weekends.

ZOP SOAP

Zop Soaps are all locally made using only the best local ingredients and water.  Favorites include Dirt Soap and the olive oil shampoo; they will leave you feeling squeaky-clean.

AS220 FOO(D)

A menu that changes with the season and prides itself on using local ingredients, AS220 Foo(d) takes the collective personality of AS220 and translates it to the plate.  Their roasted chickpeas are a must-try.

CRAFTLAND

Starting out as an Annual Holiday Show where artists from all over the country applied to sell their handmade crafts, and is now a year round store. Craftland is if Etsy was to become a brick and mortar store.  The highlight of the highlight season is their Annual Holiday Show which still happens each holiday season.

ASPIRE RESTAURANT

You don’t have to be a guest at Hotel Providence to enjoy Aspire’s sophisticated American cuisine,  grab a drink and a ½ Price burger on Wednesdays or come dine their 3-course Theatre menu before heading off to the theatre.

CLOVER

Clover carries brands like Elizabeth and James, J Brand, Rag and Bone, Daughters of Revolution – the list goes on, full of designers who put an urban spin on classic sillolouetes . Clothing for both men and women.

THE SALON

The neighborhood's watering hole for fashionable hipsters, pinball lovers, ping pong enthusiasts, and those who love a good dance party. The Salon's kitchy drinks and campy snacks make for a fun evening.

HOMESTYLE

We love Homestyle for their collection of accessories, from fine art, to home furnishings, and decorative accessories. You can always find the perfect gift for an upcoming wedding, or for the perfect hostess or for a new baby. The place is packed so give yourself ample time to explore.

TAZZA CAFFE

The award winning design, cold brewed coffee, After Work Raw Bar, and outdoor movie series are only a few reasons why the locals love this place. Known for their outdoor seating, this full service, morning to night restaurant is a must visit.

ENO FINE WINES

There's a wall of $10 wines that's both well crafted and super accessable, with unique wines from around the globe. The staff is very knowledgeable and excited to make suggestions. We especially love the complimentary tastings every Friday and Saturday.

TUESDAY FOOD TRUCKS

Spring through Fall the city's best food trucks gather on Tuesday's at Grant's Block parking lot for a lunch time smorgasbord. Check it out from 11am to 2pm, and bring cash, you'll want one of everything.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Fountain of Youth is the place in town to pick up the latest skate sneakers, skateboard parts, hip-tee's, hoodies, and hats. Hands down Providence's best place to score some unique skaterware.

SURA

Korean food at its best, but even better, there's an entire Japanese menu too. The clean design makes you feel right at home at this family run business. Mmmm...bibimbap!

AMERICAN APPAREL

An American Apparel like other American Apparels. A good place to pick up some basics when in need.

SMALL POINT CAFFE

The true neighborhood living room, this casual coffee shop offers pastries, sandwiches, soups, and they're all locally sourced. The wifi is free and the vibe is relaxed. A great place to refresh from a busy day.

COPACETIC JEWELRY

A little 80's retro, and a little eclectic, Copacetic Jewelry carries necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings from a variety of artists from around the world. And clocks, they carry some funky clocks ranging from neon glow to hand bag clocks.

GOURMET HEAVEN

This neighborhood market has it all. Where you find awesome international candies and chocolates, an amazing food bar (hot and cold), groceries, fresh produce, sandwiches, exotic drinks, and a friendly staff. It's packed for lunch, but the lines move quickly, and stop in late night, they're open until 1am.

PROVIDENCE PLACE MALL

Providence's only shopping mall, the Providence Place Mall has the heavy hitters that you know, Banana Republic, JCrew, Levi's, and more.

VIVA MEXICO CANTINA GRILL

Having just relocated, we are super excited that Viva Mexico now calls downcity home. Great margaritas, enchiladas, and most items can be ordered vegetarian. Family run and friendly. Perfect place to go with a large group.

CELLAR STORIES

With Providence's best selection of used and rare books, Cellar Stories is a good place to get lost for an afternoon. They have over 60,000 titles, so give yourself some time to poke around.

LOCAL 121

With an emphasis on local, local, local; Local 121's seasonal menu features only the freshest local ingredients. Their support for Local doesn’t just extend to the dining room, every night you can come get a drink at the bar while a DJ spins upstairs or hear live music in downstairs in the Speakeasy. 

SOL KOFLER GALLERY

Graduate Student Gallery is the primary exhibition space for graduate students at RISD.  RISD is one of the top art and design schools in country and we are lucky to be able to have access to their raw talent on a daily basis, exhibits run 2 to weeks.

THE STABLE

Newly renovated, this bar has a great interior, celebrating the history of the Merchantile building, while still having a clean, modern aestethic. A nice melting pot, mingling downcity's gay and straight alike. An added bonus: they have a fun countertop video game unit on the bar.

AS220 GALLERY

Is a non-profit community arts space providing original and uncensored art to the community. As220 is an incubator – live/work studios, As220 Labs and a bazaar – galleries, performance space.

ALLEY CAT

One of the neighborhood's gay bars, the Alley Cat has a loyal following and a fun atmosphere. The staff is always friendly and the drinks come strong.

SPA AT THE PROVIDENCE BILTMORE

A getaway from the city, The Spa at the Providence Biltmore will pamper you with treatments like their signature massage or their Pure Fiji Hydrating Body Treatment.

DOWNCITY

Located on an intimate section of Weybosset St., this restaurant/bar is alway coming up with something fun to check out. If you're up for an experience, check out the drag brunch, or take the more traditional approach and visit for dinner, or after work $3 appetizers.

 

THE RED FEZ

Quinticentially Providence, the Red Fez embraces the local foody culture, but does so in a fun, casual, and creative way. A short walk from the cluster of downcity restaurants and shops, but well worth it. No pretences, just good food, great interior, and a soundtrack you'll enjoy. For bar food and cocktails visit upsatirs, or sit downstairs for a full menu.

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MCFADDENS

An Irish sports bar on a cobblestone road. It doesn't get more New England than this. A full menu and plenty to keep you busy. Visit on a Wednesday for Trivia Night sponsored by the local Narragansett Brewery, followed by Karaoke.

BILTMORE HOTEL

Charming, grand, historic, and located steps from Downcity shopping, public transportation, and public parks. Try to get a room on one of the top floors for an amazing view of the city.

TEN PRIME STEAK

An East meets West steak house with surf and turf galore. If you like fancy, fruity, drinks this is the place for you with an extensive cocktail menu and mon-fri lunch.

HOTEL PROVIDENCE

Location, location, location! Nestled in the heart of Downcity, guests love Hotel Providence for it’s unique flair and New England charm. With Downcity shopping and dining right outside the front door, you can't beat it..

ARUBA STEVES

This pub offers up a simple bar menu with some Caribbean flair and a friendly atmosphere. After years in Aruba, owner Steve Correa brought his island charm to downcity Providence, with menu items including Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Fish Tacos.

THE WESTIN PROVIDENCE

If you're in town for a convention this is a very convenient spot. The hotel itself is connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Place Mall.

AMENITIES

Can't beat the prices at this no-frills deli. The service is quick, so know what you want before getting in line, otherwise eyes will be rolling. The pre-made salads are always fresh, and you can add grilled chicken or tuna. Open mon-fri for lunch.

COURTYARD MARRIOT

Set back from the street, this hotel can be difficult to spot. The location directly adjacent to the Biltmore Park makes for nice walks around the property.

CITY GIRL CUPCAKES

Downcity's only cupcake bakery, this cute, tiny, bakery is know for its parnerships with local charities. The cupcakes are delicious and available in a multitude of flavors. Just be warned, the hours are somewhat limited, so call ahead of time.

HAMPTON INN

Providence's newest downcity hotel, the Hampton Inn is located in a beautiful urban setting amidst preserved historic bulidings and a short walk to many of the area's restaurants and shopping. A particularly good location if you are visiting RISD.

LUXE BURGER

Burgers galore! If you like beef, this place is a must. The menu challenges carnavores to finish the Frankenstein monster sandwich for a free t-shirt, and go with a group on Thursdays for Team Trivia.

HILTON PROVIDENCE

Closer to the Federal Hill section of town, this hotel is a good option if you are visiting for a convention at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Closer to the highway, and further from arts and culture district, this hotel is not the best suited for exploring downcity.

RIRA

Providence's only Irish bar from Ireland. Shipped over in pieces, the interior will take you to a different place, and the above avarage pub fair will fill you up. Open for lunch and dinner.

 

CAPITAL GRILL

Steak, steak, steak! First and foremost, a steakhouse, but also offering a selection of seafood entrees. This is the place to go for a more formal business lunch or dinner.

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UNION STATION

A brewery and restaurant a tucked away down a set of steps on Exchange Terrace. The food is good, the beer is local, and they have a nice outdoor patio for the warmer months.

AVIS

If you need a rental car, Avis is one of the few places in the neighborhood you can find one. Convieniently located in front of the Biltmore Hotel, you can't miss the tiny triangular building.

FLEMMINGS

Serious about their wine list, Flemmings boasts an offering of 100 wines by the glass. Add some steak and your meal is complete. For the budget conscious, there a plenty of food and cocktail offerings for just $6 before 7pm.

BUDGET

Renting cars out of the Biltmore Garage, this Budget location is convieniently located right behind the Biltmore Hotel.

MCCORMICK AND SCHMICKS

Open every day for breakfast, lunch on the ground level of the Biltmore Hotel, this restaurant has one of the best Happy Hour menus out there with bar food starting at $1.95, available at the bar from 3:30-6p and evenings from 10p-midnight.

TROLLEY TOURS

Learn more about Providence on a guided mobile tour through the city's historic streets. For $18, The Providence Trolley Tours will wisk you around Providence, enlightening you to local history.

STARBUCKS

This Starbucks is in the ground floor of the Biltmore Hotel. If you need your Starbucks fix this is where you'll find it in Downcity.

ZIPCAR

Providence is lucky to be a recent recipient of a fleet of zipcars. If you are looking for the zipcar office, you'll find them at 65 Eddy St., but if you're looking to drive a zipcar, you'll find them parked in the Biltmore Garage at 51 Washington St.

THE DORRANCE

You have to go here just to take a closer look at this amazing building, and its historic interior. And the food is great too. Try the fresh squeezed juices.

RIPTA

RIPTA is the city's main source of public transportation, and the public bus hub is located in Kennedy Plaza. Walk down to KP to catch a bus just about anywhere in the city. Schedules and fares can be found on the RIPTA site.

THE EDDY more to come soon!

BANK RI

TERRIAKI HOUSE

A new addition to the neighborhood, serving up authentic Korean food to the Downcity neighborhood.

BANK OF AMERICA

FLAN Y AJO

This tiny spot is a must stop along Westminster St for super fresh, tasty, tapas. Serving lunch and tapas in the evening, the prices are right, the atmosphere relaxed and cozy, and best part...its BYOB and there's an amazing liquor store attached.

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PERISHABLE THEATER

For 26 years Perishable Theatre has acted as Rhode Island’s research & development theatre, Perishable Theatre incubates artists working in performance such as music, dance, puppetry, digital media, literature, poetry, sculpture, architecture, and painting.

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PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

The second largest theatre of its size in New England, this 3,100-seat theatre opens its heart to touring shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, and much more.  Each season you can count on PPAC bringing shows that will entertain everyone in the family.

UPS STORE

At the UPS Store you can pack and ship just about anything to just about anywhere. So after you go on a crazy shopping spree, stop in here and send your packages and gifts where they need to go.

TRINITY REPERTORY THEATER

With a tony award under their belt, 50 world premieres and three generations of audiences, Trinity Rep, is a must-stop for theatre in Providence. With seven shows every season, there is always something for everyone, but the highlight of every season is their signature A Christmas Carol, reinvented each year.

AAA

Need insurance, a passport, or maybe a driver's license? AAA is the place to do it all, and bonus, you can avoid long lines at the DMV.

LUPO'S

 

The area's best venue for larger touring bands. A staple for Providence, be sure to check their line-up, there's quite a range of acts, something for everyone to enjoy.

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BIG NAZO

This international performance group boasts some truely amazing costumes, and they're spilling out of the windows at this puppet lab on Eddy St. Take a stroll by or stop in (the lab is open to the public).

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RISD LIBRARY

A first class library that's well worth the visit. Plenty to read in the areas of art and design. The public is welcome, but you'll have to buy a membership if you plan on checking out books.

BANK OF AMERICA SKATING CENTER

The season opens November 19th, seven days a week, and for just $6 you can skate for hours. Ice skating in the center of the bustling city is a fantastic way to enjoy a brisk winter afternoon or evening. Skate and locker rentals are available.

BURNSIDE PARK

This is the largest park in the district with a beautiful and historic fountain, mature trees, and never lacking in the people watching. Bring a book, some lunch from a nearby food truck, and rest your feet.

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Downcity is fortunate to have RISD, one of the country's premier art and design colleges, as a member of our growing neighborhood. The graduate school is located in the CIT building at 169 Weybosset St, and the school's library, and largest dormatory are both located at 15 Westminster St.

PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

So much more than just books, this branch of the Providence Public Library is in an amazing historic building, well worth the visit. The calendar of events includes movie screenings, lecture series, and musical performances.

PROVIDENCE CITY HALL

Open to the public, the Providence City Hall building was built in 1878, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a peek inside and see local government at work, as well as the great details the building has to offer.

JOHNSON AND WALES UNIVERSITY

The Johnson and Wales culinary arts students are such a critical addition to our citys, and likely the reason Providence is regularly listed as one of the top foodie cities in the country. Thank you Johnson and Wales.

 

 

 

 

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