Providence Lifestyle

Providence is the state capital and second largest city in New England. Diverse and historic, bicycle friendly, and easy to explore by foot, Providence is an active center of art, culture, education, and politics. The depth of Providence's famed restaurant scene is certain to please any palate. It is one of the top culinary destinations in the U.S. and boasts more degreed chefs per capita than any other city in the United States.

Getting Around Campus and Providence: The Brown University campus is remarkably walkable. The campus shuttle services are available to long-term visitors with a Brown ID card. The Rhode Island Public Transporation Authority (RIPTA) also has a bus system that runs from downtown Providence through the Brown campus, and beyond. Visit the RIPTA website to use their handy Trip Planner which can provide you with step by step directions including bus routes and stops.


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ICERM does not endorse any specific establishment; this is strictly informational. (B/L/D indicates breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Café La France - $
121 South Main Street
Cofee, Sandwiches
M-F, B/L, 6am-4:30pm
In ICERM Building (ground level)
Au Bon Pain - $
100 Westminster St
Coffee, Salads, Sandwiches
M-F, B/L, 6am-6pm
0.3 Miles from ICERM
Starbucks - $
1 Financial Plaza
Coffee, Sandwiches
M-F, B/L
0.2 Miles from ICERM
Café Choklad - $$
2 Thomas St
Sandwiches & Salads
M-Sat, B/L
0.3 Miles from ICERM
Corporate Cafe - $
40 Westminster St
Salads, sandwiches, soups
7 Days, L/D
0.5 Miles from ICERM
Harry's Bar and Burger - $
121 N Main St, Providence
7 Days, L/D, kitchen open late
0.4 Miles from ICERM
Cilantro - $
10 Westminster Street
7 Days, L/D
0.2 Miles from ICERM
Veggie Fun - $$
127 Dorrance Street
Pan-Asian Vegan, Certified
Kosher w/ Gluten Free
7 Days, L/D
0.4 Miles from ICERM
Clean Plate - $
345 S Water St
Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads
7 Days, B/L/D
0.3 Miles from ICERM
UMelt - $
129 Weybosset St
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Salads
7 Days, L/D
0.3 Miles from ICERM
La Creperie - $
82 Fones Alley
7 Days, late B/L/D
0.6 Miles from ICERM
Gourmet Heaven - $$
173 Weybosset St, Providence
Variety, Buffet
7 Days, B/L/D, open late
0.5 Miles from ICERM
Haruki Express - $$
112 Waterman St
Japanese, Sushi
7 Days, L/D
0.6 Miles from ICERM
Kabob and Curry -$$
261 Thayer Street
7 Days, L/D
0.7 Miles from ICERM
Pakarang Exquisite
Thai Cuisine
- $$
303 S Main St
7 Days, L/D, dinner only Sun/Mon
0.2 Miles from ICERM
Paragon - $$
234 Thayer St
7 Days, L/D
0.6 Miles from ICERM
Soban - $$
272 Thayer St
7 Days, L/D
0.7 Miles from ICERM
Taste of India - $$
230 Wickenden St
Indian, Pakistani
7 Days, L/D
0.6 Miles from ICERM
The Red Fez - $$
49 Peck St
American, Burgers
Mon-Sat, Dinner only
0.3 Miles from ICERM
Hemenways - $$$
In ICERM Building (ground level)
7 Days, L/D
Check with Staff for App. Coupons!
Union Station - $$
36 Exchange Terrace
Craft Beers, Burgers,
Sandwiches, Salads
7 Days, L/D
0.5 Miles from ICERM
The Congress Tavern - $$$
62 Orange Street
New England Gastropub
7 Days, L/D
0.4 Miles from ICERM
Wild Colonial Tavern - $$
250 S Water St
Specialty Draft Beer, Bourbons,
Whiskeys and Tequila, Limited Food Menu
7 Days, Dinner only
0.2 Miles from ICERM
Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar - $$
65 Weybosset St
Craft Beers and Distilled Spirits,
Burgers, Sandwiches
Tues.-Fri., L/D,
Brunch Sat.&Sun., Sat. B/L/D
0.3 Miles from ICERM
Trinity Brewhouse - $$
186 Fountain St
Brewpub and Restaurant
Sandwiches, Salads, and Entrees
7 Days, L/D
0.7 Miles from ICERM
Parkside Rotisserie -$$$
76 South Main Street
M-F L/D, Sat. Dinner only
Less then 0.1 Miles from ICERM
Sun and Moon - $$
95 Warren Ave
Tues-Sun L/D
1.9 Miles from ICERM
121 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02912
Also located in a few locations, with many focused in the Kennedy Plaza area, Providence has several food trucks serving fresh and affordable meals, five days a week from a variety of local vendors. View truck locations and types of vendors online in real-time.

For Kosher shopping and dining, see Kosher Providence.

Eastside Marketplace
165 Pitman Street (at Butler Street)
Providence, RI; 401-831-7771
Super Stop and Shop
333 West River Street
Providence, RI; 401-861-9300
Whole Foods Market
601 North Main Street
Providence, RI; 401-621-5990
Whole Foods Market
261 Waterman Street
Providence RI; 401-272-1690
Specialty Food Markets
Asiana Market - Japenese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and other foods
92 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI; 401-438-9992
Chinese American Mini-Market - Thai, Korean, Japanese, Philipino
834 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI; 401-467-4690
Davis Dairy Products - Dairy and Kosher products
721 Hope Street
Providence, RI; 401-331-4239
European Food Market - Specializing in food items from Russian, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Germany
102 Rolfe Street
Cranston, RI; 401-461-1097
International Specialties, LTD - African, Spanish and Asian foods
676 Cranston Street
Providence, RI; 401-941-7337
Jerusalem Meat Market - All Kinds of Halal Meat Available. Middle Eastern, and Indian, Pakistani foods
88 Rolfe Street
Cranston, RI; 401-467-8903
Mekong Market - Asian market
316 Broad Street
Providence, RI; 401-272-5769
Not Just Spices - Indian
863 Hope Street
Providence, RI; 401-351-6555
Oasis Market & Grill - Middle Eastern
220 Broad St
Providence, RI; (401) 228-6333
Roma Gourmet- Italian deli, bakery and market
310 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI; 401-331-8620
Sanchez Mexican Market – Mexican
676 Broad Street
Providence, RI; 401-831-5470
Venda Ravioli - Italian market and deli
275 Atwells Aveneu
Providence, RI; 401-421-9105

For Kosher shopping and dining, see Kosher Providence.

Rhode Island features a host of highly acclaimed attractions; its treasures of architectual masterpieces; its legendary coastline; its state parks and bike paths; and its metropolitan excitement. Rhode Island packs more per square mile than most states hundreds of times its size.

East Side
Brown University
Educational Site
Providence, Rhode Island 02912
Founded in 1764, the seventh-oldest college in the United States.
John Hay Library
20 Prospect Street, Providence
The John Hay Library is the second oldest library on the campus of Brown University.
College Hill and Benefit Street
Landmark; Neighborhood; Historic Walking Area
Includes Benefit Street, which is lined with historic buildings.
Thayer Street, East Side near Brown University
Landmark/Point of Interest
Vintage clothing shops, bookstores, restaurants and cafes.
Nightingale Brown House
Historic Site
357 Benefit Street Providence
Built in 1791 for Colonel Joseph Nightingale, largest wood frame Federal-style house in the city.
Providence Athenaeum
Library; Architectural Building; Historic Site
251 Benefit Street, Providence
One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
Rhode Island School of Design
Educational Site
55 Angell Street, Providence
Founded in 1877 - a leader in art and design education.
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Art Museums
224 Benefit Street, Providence
Showcasing more than 80k works - ranging from ancient times to the present.
Roger Williams National Memorial
Historic Site; Tourist/Visitor Center
282 North Main Street, Providence
This memorial celebrates the life of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams.
Cable Car Cinema & Cafe
Movie Theater
204 South Main Street, Providence
Very close to ICERM. Showing a range of movies but specializing in art house and foreign films.
Avon Cinema
Movie Theater
260 Thayer Street, Providence
Located on Thayer street. Showing a range of movies but specializing in art house and foreign films.
Prospect Terrace Park
Park; Lookout
184 Pratt Street, Providence
Founded in 1867 it overlooks the city's "downcity." Author and Providence native H. P. Lovecraft frequently visited the park.
Swan Point Cemetery
Biking Trails; Cemetery
585 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence
Listed on National Register of Historic Places, 200-acre garden cemetery.

Downtown, Federal Hill and Jewelry District
Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington Street, Providence
The Tony Award, 54 world premieres, education programs, films and tours: New plays, classics, and musicals.
Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset St #2, Providence
Opened as a Loew's Movie Palace in 1928. Designed by George and C.W. Rapp of Chicago.
Providence Children's Museum
Children's Museum
100 South Street, Providence
Museum located in the Jewelry District.
Historic Federal Hill and Atwells Avenue
Neighborhood/Historic Walking Area
Known as Little Italy. At the entry to the neighborhood is a arched gateway with a bronzed pinecone.
Alex and Ani City Center
Sports Complex
City Hall Park, Providence, 2 Kennedy Plaza
Center offers outdoor skating in winter and inline skating and skateboarding in warmer months.
Dunkin' Donuts Center
1 La Salle Square, Providence
Home to the AHL Providence Bruins and the Big East Providence College Friars, it is host to various sporting events, major concerts, family shows, and trade shows.
Waterplace Park, Waterfire,
and the Providence River
Performance; Scenic/Historic Walking Area, Park
From May to October, bonfires are lit on the three rivers of downtown as part of an urban sculpture by artist Barnaby Evans.
RI State House
Government Building; Architectural/Historical Building
82 Smith Street, Providence
Houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.
Providence Place Mall
Urban Shopping Mall
1 Providence Pl, Providence, RI 02903
Shopping, dining and entertainment.

Southern Edge of Providence

Roger Williams Park
and Roger Williams Park Zoo
Zoo; Natural History Museum; Park; Garden; Observatory/Planetarium
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Botanical garden, carousel, playground, areas of green grass, shady trees, ponds and a variety of artistic structures.