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Things to do in Providence

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“Grab Insta-worthy photos from the most stunning view with a visit to Prospect Terrace Park. Located on Congdon Street, this park overlooks the city and is adorned with a statue of theologian and state founder Roger Williams. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Enjoy fresh juices, tons of gluten free selections while you sit and read or work in their spacious eat in area. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Less than 5 minutes drive away, is a modern and iconic shopping mall and various restaurants.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“Busy cafe roasting & serving fair trade, organic coffee on-site, plus herbal teas & outdoor seating.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
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“A classic cocktail bar in downtown Providence, with an incredible drink menu. Proper cocktails and a great place for a date! ”
  • 30 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
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“If you want to celebrate, you cannot go wrong at Los Andes! This is the best restaurant in RI, and everybody knows it--so you should call for a reservation. Indoor and outdoor seating, fresh and innovative contemporary Peruvian/Bolivian inspired cuisine, excellent wine list, and live music sometimes too. You can also grab a seat at the bar to eat. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to unwind in the afternoons or night time. There are concerts and festivals at times. Amazing view to walk around Children really enjoy the park there”
  • 21 locals recommend
Library
“One of our favorite spots! This Greek Revival private library is a must-see for academics -- and has some Edgar Allen Poe ties.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Some of the most creative and delicious dishes in a city full of creative and delicious dishes- Don't forget to check out the hidden cocktail spot "Dean Bar" in the back”
  • 28 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“From a morning cappuccino to a late night tiramisu, Pastiche has been well-loved by the community for decades.”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“lovely food, nice but not pretentious atmosphere. fish is always a good choice here!”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great home made ice cream, coffee and sandwiches on the East Side of Providence.”
  • 27 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This American brasserie is the first restaurant I fell in love with in Providence and is still my favorite! This is also in Wayland Square area, where you can do a little shopping.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Theater
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“Now in its 52nd season, Trinity Rep is home to one of the last remaining resident acting companies in the country, a wide range of public programming that brings thousands of people to the theater each year, the nationally renowned Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing, and so much more. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“Restored theater, now a live music venue with *great shows. Check out their website calendar. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Small little coffee shop that definitely hits the hipster vibe. Amazing coffee, all the non-dairy options, and a variety of treats, sandwiches, or salads if you're hungry. Has wifi. ”
  • 23 locals recommend