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.
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.
Wickenden Street is a busy and colorful shopping, dining and entertainment area in the Fox Point neigborhood. Not only is there a ton of restaurants and cafes here, the street has unique stores too. In between the streets of Hope and Benefit, Wickenden Street has some nice world cuisine at Taste of India, Sakura and Sawadee. Other shops include City Gardens Florists and the popular Adler's Hardware store, as well as other small specialty, clothes and gift shops.
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.
When students want to tool around College Hill on two wheels, they usually find them at Legend Bicycle. There is a wide range of bikes, from brand name advanced ones for serious riders to trikes for tykes, Legend has the right bike for you. The price point on each bike varies depending on whether it is new or used and when you do purchase, the pros here offer tons of services like replacement parts and they also have years of expertise at their disposal.
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.
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.
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.
This place touts itself as the biggest bookstore in the smallest state in America, and by the looks of the massive amount of tomes on its shelves, the claim may be true. The Cellar has more than 70,000 titles in all types of different subjects, from art and architecture to New England history and local lore. The shelves also have many first editions, plenty of books for kids, comics, foreign-language material and almost any other subject you can imagine.
Thayer Street is the main thoroughfare that runs along College Hill and its a popular spot with RISD, Brown and J&W University college students. Thayer has always been a part of the counter-culture college scene and most of the stores still remain fiercely independent despite a few chain brands like Starbucks along the way. Between Bowen and Waterman streets is where you'll find most of the restaurants and shops, stores such as Spectrum India and Pie in the Sky as well as several casual places to eat like East Side Pockets or Nice Slice. A couple of other highlights include the historic Avon Theater and the Brown University Bookstore.