When I launchd my travel section of my blog this past March, my goal was to create attainable and adventurous guides for wandering, dining, staying & shopping throughout the world. As I've been traveling throughout the Northeast most of this year, I like to think I've narrowed down the best of the best in New England. Of course I still have a fair share of places to explore, but Providence isn't one of them.
Considering my brother has been at college in Providence for the past (almost) four years, my family and I have made our fair share of trips to the ocean state's capital. If you weren't aware of this, Providence is the unspoken eatery capital of New England. You'll come across a wide variety of restuaurants; from Italian plates over on Federal Hill to vegan Thai.... each better than the next. I'd recommend taking a peak at Sailor's Travel Guide for my complete list of Providence's best that was curated and perfected with the help of my brother.
The charm of Providence is found between the collegiate realm of Brown and RISD and the industrial downtown. Whilst it doesn't have the hustle and bustle of New York City or Boston, the city.. or as like to joke "town-city", is full of culture, history, and architecture. I'd really suggest adding Providence to your next weekend jaunt.. If you'd like to hear my biased opinion on the best time to visit, I'll say Autumn. Yes, cliche, but nothing is prettier and more quintessential than those crisp November mornings that turn into sun-drenched afternoons.
In the mean time, read below for my favourites....
College Hill- Home to the RISD Musuem, John Brown House, Brown University... the list is endless. You will never be out of things to do and there is New England charm around every corner.
Water Fire- At night, the Providence river lights up creating a unique art installation that has become a Providence tradition. Water Fire is essentially a street fair filled with local vendors, street performances, and yummy food. Note it starts in the summer and goes through September.
Hotel Providence- Located downtown, it's a quick walk to the main streets. They also have a delicious restaurant, Aspire, that serves a bomb.com b-fast.
The Dean- I'm obsessed with this hotel- it exudes coolness. I haven't stayed there yet, but the rooms are full of bunkbeds or unique vintage art. They also have an in-house coffee shop and Karaoke bar.
Gracie's- Fresh, locally-harvested food- a favourite of my families.
Duck & Bunny- An adorable place located on Wickenden Street. Go for tea and order the truffle fries.
Geoff's- The best sandwiches on College Hill. The options are endless and you'll leave wanting more.
Bacaro- A delicious Italian place located at the bottom of college hill. It's great for larger groups (especially those who like to eat a lot)
Local 121- Located in the heart of downtown, this a great brunch spot. I'd recommend the vegetable hash. It's savory but doesn't leave you waddling out.
Photos by Sloane Kratzman