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Olga's Cup + Saucer is a bakery and breakfast spot that specializes in gourmet breads, salads, paninis and pizzas. It is situated in a charming, one-story building with a white façade and has a garden with sleek outdoor furniture and umbrellas. The menu is written on a large blackboard and lists items like Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Thai Noodles With Chicken, Cuban Panini and Chipotle Cheddar Vegetable Melt. This place is also popular for its weekend brunch. And if you can't get enough of their food, hire their catering service for your next party.
The owners here at this Fox Point neighborhood shop are purveyors of arts and crafts that come from all over the world. Inside they feature ceramics, wood carvings, jewelry, art and much more. The regions in which the objects arise range from Peshawar, Pakistan to Durban, South Africa and each item is guaranteed authentic. One highlight of the shop is the array of dolls and trinkets from Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration.
Nikki's Liquors is a specialty liquor shop located on Branch Avenue. This sprawling store is a beer connoisseur's haven, offering over 1000 types of craft brews. Sourcing their collection from local as well as international brewers, Nikki's has one of the most comprehensive collections in town. For those who can't pick, the store offers a mix-a-six scheme that allows you to choose any six craft beers to carry home. With regular beer tastings and special events, this is a great place to expand your craft beer knowledge and mingle with fellow enthusiasts.
Hope Street just north of College Hill has plenty of good places to eat, and without a doubt the dishes from those kitchens are made with items from this retailer. Here you can find everything from specialized knifes and pans to industrial-grade appliances and other 'only in Providence' items made by local hands. Moreover, the shop sells useful articles for the kitchen as well, from cookbooks and gloves to salt shakers and everything in-between.
More than a decade old, Seven Stars enthralls Providence with the freshest of breads every day. The bakery is committed to using fresh local ingredients for their creations and has staunchly supported local vendors. To go along with their first-rate breads is a delectable selection of sandwiches and pastries as well as some great coffee. Top picks here include the sticky bun, raspberry danish, lemon cake, lemon currant scones, and grammy's chocolate cookies. Accompanied by an aromatic cup of coffee, their pastries make for a great breakfast or quick midday bite.
This restaurant on Hope Street fuses the best of the French traditional kitchen together with local New England ingredients and techniques. The homemade Paté and Charcuterie plate is almost enough for you to leave happy, but it would be foolish to do so before the local escargot a la bourguignon arrives at the table. Meat and poultry selections rotate according to season and the fish option is always market-price fresh. Another cool feature inside the restaurant is The Wurst Kitchen. Here the chefs create their own sausages, smoked meats and hot-dogs albeit these aren't your normal-run-of-the-mill ballpark dogs. The Sauerbraten, Weisswurst, Cheddarwurst or the aged Gruyère and sun-dried tomato wurst are all presented sans bun alongside different relishes, mustard and sauce. Don't forget to check out their bistro menu from Monday to Thursday, its one of the best prix-fixe menus in the city.
New England Culinary Institute alumni Casey D'Arconte and his partner Adrienne opened the Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery, a cheese shop and restaurant serving locally-sourced produce in a casual setting. The deli and store highlights seasonal specialties and you can purchase cheese platters, jams, mustard, charcuterie, and other gourmet specialties here. Want to learn more about cheese? The shop also regularly hosts classes where you can meet fellow foodies and enjoy savoring (and learning about) different types of cheeses in a fun atmosphere. Details are available on the website.