Flanked by two of the state’s most well-known colleges, Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Wickenden Street is a popular hangout space for students. As such, the area is teeming with trendy establishments, from independent shops to offbeat art galleries to original restaurants.
Have money to burn? Stop by Nostalgia for vintage wares and collectibles (or maybe even a tarot card reading), Nava for contemporary clothing and home decor, Three Wheel Studio for hand-painted ceramics and Benefit Street Antiques where you can find curated antiques and vintage furniture, jewelry, chandeliers and more.
Feeling famished? Visit Brickway on Wickenden for a falafel wrap, the Wickenden Pub for a pint, the East End for a pina colada, the Coffee Exchange for an espresso or the Shop for something sweet. An added perk: Campus Fine Wines (Brick Street), PVDonuts (Ives Street), Benefit Juice Bar (Benefit Street) and Fish Co. and Hot Club (Bridge Street) are all within short walking distances of Wickenden.
Nearby attractions to check out include the RISD Museum, Providence Athenaeum, Benefit Mile of History, and First Baptist Church. You can also head to India Point Park or hop on the Providence to Newport Ferry at the nearby ferry landing.
Providence has plenty of hotels to choose from, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott Providence, Hotel Providence and Old Court Bed & Breakfast - just to name a few. So, you can choose between big chains, boutiques and vintage B&Bs, depending on your taste.