Hope Street has plenty of eclectic shops that feature local products from Providence, but Frog & Toad is undoubtedly one of the best. Inside, visitors will find all kinds of artwork, books, knick-knacks, jewelry, clothes and even customized wrapping paper. Most of the products come from locals craftsmen and the items here are kitschy, cool, innovative, funny and thoughtful. Overall, it's definitely a nice place to stop in and find a interesting, one-of-a-kind gift.
Queen of Hearts is a unique, funky women's clothing and accessory shop in the downcity area of Providence. Inside visitors will find all kinds of shirts, leggings, handcrafted jewelry, shoes and much, much more. Like many other stores in Providence, this one is locally owned and it features products from many locals around town as well as from those around the state. It is the perfect place to shop to rejuvenate the contents of your closet.
Nikki's Liquors is a specialty liquor shop located on Branch Avenue. This sprawling store is a beer connoisseur's haven, offering over numerous kinds 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.
New Harvest takes pride in serving some of the best brews this side of Providence. Directly sourcing their beans from independent producers and farmers, the cafe advocates sustainable retail practices. Each roast has its own distinct personality and aroma, and you can explore them all here. A laid-back coffee shop during the day, New Harvest morphs into an intimate bar for whiskey and coffee cocktails come evening. Team up you cup of java with dessert from local pastry shops like Humble Pie and Foremost Baking. Use the speakeasy entrance post 8p.
Providence Place Mall is the place where shoppers will find all of the big name stores like Old Navy, PacSun, Foot Locker, Vans and many others. It's conveniently located downtown and it has three-levels filled with different shops. In addition to department store anchors Macy's and Nordstrom, the mall has music, shoes, apparel, sports and toys as well as a food court with equally familiar spots like Subway, Panera Bread and Popeye's.
Be it the warm summer months or the chilling winter months, no other location in Newport is as abuzz with activities as Bowen's Wharf. A historic wharf that has served as a major seaport in New England for centuries, the area exudes an old-world charm accentuated by structures dating back to the 18th Century. A walk through the narrow by-lanes takes you past a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars that are crowded with people during peak hours. Make sure you sit at one of the outdoor cafes and indulge in tasty seafood as you witness the hustle and bustle of the crowd at the wharf. Apart from these, Bowen's Wharf is also famous for various festivals and activities like Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport Winter Festival and Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting.
Old World charm prevails at Americas oldest indoor mall. The Arcade is in the heart of downtown Providence. Stroll under stained glass skylights and ironwork railings built in the Greek revival period, or enjoy tea and croissants on the first floor at one of the many cafes, delis and restaurants. While the first floor of the Arcade is occupied by a variety of retails shops and restaurants, the second and third floors of this historic shopping center have now been converted in to a private residential complex. Nevertheless, the historic charm of Arcade has survived and continues to attract locals and visitors alike.
This quaint jewelry boutique on Peck Street has some of the most unique and eclectic pieces in the entire state. How about an earring with a stone embossed in it? Or a purse that also functions as a full-sized wall clock? The quirky owner Don garners his collection from hundreds of artists, each one with their own style and design. Apart from jewelry, you'll find a good range of home decorative pieces as well as other quirky gadgets and toys that make perfect gifts.
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 from where the objects are procured range from Peshawar, Pakistan to Durban, South Africa and each item is guaranteed in terms of authenticity. One of the major highlights of the shop is the array of dolls and trinkets from Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration.