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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
“Rhode Island School of Design's museum of art and culture-- a gem of a museum! You really could spend an entire day (or more) here. Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm).”
  • 85 locals recommend
Zoo
“If you like walking or visiting zoos it’s great mix There’s a carousel and park for kids. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“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. ;)”
  • 74 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“We've lived in New Orleans, and the mushroom po-boy here is one of the best that I and my meat-loving husband have ever had. Seriously! In addition to dinner, they also have an excellent brunch. This is the same group that operates the delicious veg spots Garden Grille and Wildflour Vegan bakery. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Café
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“One of the best brunches in the city! Get there early on the weekends or prepare to brave the lines. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“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. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Trail
“Must visit. Located in Newport next to historic mansions. About a 60 minute drive from Providence.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A local place. Everything they serve is caught grown and prepared by their owners.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Restored Loew's movie theatre, originally built in 1928. Hosts touring Broadway shows, plays, and concerts. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“This art experience takes part at sunset to 12pm. See fires lit in the river, music and art. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Iconic neighborhood full of restaurants, bars and shops. Festivals and live music during the spring, summer and fall.”
  • 49 locals recommend
University
“Don't miss the opportunity to tour Brown's historic campus while visiting town -- it's just a short walk away. The campus is filled with beautiful, carefully maintained brick and stone buildings, courtyards, and monuments. I would recommend walking Benefit street to see some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in New England!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bakery
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“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
Nature
“Best beach in Middletown less than a mile away! Great waves, great sand and lots of fun.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Probably our favorite spot in Providence! The lemon cake, cheese twists, and kale/brussel salad are our favorites, but everything is at least really good here. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Avery is an absolute gem of a place - craft cocktails, cool crowd, incredible interior designed by Kyla Coburn.”
  • 36 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. ;)”
  • 74 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“We've lived in New Orleans, and the mushroom po-boy here is one of the best that I and my meat-loving husband have ever had. Seriously! In addition to dinner, they also have an excellent brunch. This is the same group that operates the delicious veg spots Garden Grille and Wildflour Vegan bakery. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Café
“One of the best brunches in the city! Get there early on the weekends or prepare to brave the lines. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A local place. Everything they serve is caught grown and prepared by their owners.”
  • 60 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great food in a stunning setting. Go for cocktails on the Adirondack chairs with the waves crashing beneath you, or for live music on the deck most nights.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Bar
“Intentionally kitchsy decor and their specialties are gourmet tator tots and other comfort food”
  • 39 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
Seafood Restaurant
“Multiple bars and dining levels, each with their own vibe. The food is great too. Don’t miss the original Newport disco, the ‘Boom Boom Room’ in the basement!”
  • 47 locals recommend

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