Skip to content

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.
College Arts Building
“Great museum in the heart of College Hill---the original settlement of Providence, centuries-old houses and churches, Brown University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Across the street is the Athenaeum Library and a storied drinking fountain on the Historic Mile of Benefit Street. Ghost Tours, also, take place in this neighborhood, and enchanting Waterfire on select nights from April to October on the river below, ablaze with 86 wood-fired pyres and alive with music, street performances, gondola rides and vendors.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great zoo, and if you're visiting in the Fall, you have to check out the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular”
  • 38 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
$$
“Julian's is a delicious staple of Providence and is known for their Sunday Funday brunches, great food/drinks, and an overall chill atmosphere. Julian's is also a great place to meet locals. The food is super yummy, but waiting to be seated on Sundays can be a while, so a drink or two might be in order in the meantime. ;)”
  • 73 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
$$
“The Grange is a fantastic eating & drinking spot, with craft cocktails and a delish plant-based menu that is vegan and gluten-free friendly. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Interior designed by Kyla Coburn.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Where you can get your iPhone/Mac fix. Somewhat upscale stores, with an innovative design by architect Friedrich St. Florian, who also designed the WW2 Memorial on the National Mall in DC. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
$$
“A lot of people will tell you this is the best restaurant in Providence, that's a tough title... but it's indisputably excellent.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“RI's Little Italy. famous restaurants, strolling, piazzas, bakeries, mangia!!”
  • 46 locals recommend
Entertainment
“ The building was a Loew's State Movie Palace and opened in 1928. PPAC contains over 3000 seats and hosts touring Broadway shows, concerts, plays and film”
  • 25 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The city bursts into fantastical life on Waterfire nights from April to November starting at 5 p.m. to half past midnight.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
$$
“This is one of the best bakeries in Providence. It's located walking distance and you can work inside, it has plenty of spread out seating. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
University
“Brown University - beautiful historic campus RISD Museum East Side of Providence - shopping - eateries - coffee Prospect Park- Amazing photo op”
  • 29 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
$$
“Slightly fancy vegetarian and vegan fare. Great cocktails, you can eat inside or outside. Next to an amazing GF/Vegan cafe, Wildflour, owned by the same folx. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bakery
$$
“Gluten free, vegan, and kosher! Every single thing tastes like heaven here! We love the seasonal lavender lemon curd cake, the chocolate peanut butter cake, and their bread loafs. Their lattes are great and they have wheatgrass shots too! A little pricey, but won't disappoint! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bakery
$$
“Delicious breads, pastries and coffee/tea. About half mile up Hope St. You can order a loaf of bread and have it sliced if you like. Seating outside in nice weather. Papers Prov. Journal, Boston Globe & NYTimes – are behind counter–ya gotta ask for them. Also have a store on Broadway on the West Side.”
  • 45 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
$$
“Warm beautiful deco atmosphere, really good food, great eats at bar. Outside bar round back in nice weather.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“Trivia nights and campfires in the faux-trailer park patio complete with a tiki bar? It's the perfect spot to meet up with people and have some fun”
  • 37 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Julian's is a delicious staple of Providence and is known for their Sunday Funday brunches, great food/drinks, and an overall chill atmosphere. Julian's is also a great place to meet locals. The food is super yummy, but waiting to be seated on Sundays can be a while, so a drink or two might be in order in the meantime. ;)”
  • 73 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“The Grange is a fantastic eating & drinking spot, with craft cocktails and a delish plant-based menu that is vegan and gluten-free friendly. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Interior designed by Kyla Coburn.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Café
“A lot of people will tell you this is the best restaurant in Providence, that's a tough title... but it's indisputably excellent.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Slightly fancy vegetarian and vegan fare. Great cocktails, you can eat inside or outside. Next to an amazing GF/Vegan cafe, Wildflour, owned by the same folx. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bakery
“Gluten free, vegan, and kosher! Every single thing tastes like heaven here! We love the seasonal lavender lemon curd cake, the chocolate peanut butter cake, and their bread loafs. Their lattes are great and they have wheatgrass shots too! A little pricey, but won't disappoint! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Warm beautiful deco atmosphere, really good food, great eats at bar. Outside bar round back in nice weather.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“Trivia nights and campfires in the faux-trailer park patio complete with a tiki bar? It's the perfect spot to meet up with people and have some fun”
  • 37 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
“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. ”
  • 32 locals recommend

Get to know Providence

Explore more on Airbnb