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Broadway District, Newport

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Just a few streets over from Thames is the Local Broadway District, known for featuring “six blocks of awesome." This more indie, less mainstream area of Newport is also packed with artisan cafes like Empire Tea and Coffee; specialty restaurants like Binge BBQ, the Fifth Element, Malt and Boru Noodle Bar; lively bars like Tavern on Broadway and Norey’s; unconventional shops like Closet Revival, the Mad Hatter Bakery and the Vinyl Guru Record Shop (not yet open); and attractions like the Firehouse Theater and scenic Washington Square.

Plus, here’s an interesting tidbit for you: America’s fight for freedom technically began here — yes, before the Boston Tea Party — with the Stamp Act Riot of 1765. To learn more, you can visit the district’s Old Colony House and / or the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House.