Hope Street was made for Sundays. Just blocks from the downtown hustle, it’s a place where you can spend an entire morning sipping coffee, watching the ebbs and flows of this elegantly casual neighborhood.
While the street runs the length of Providence’s historic East Side, the northern end between Rochambeau Avenue and Blackstone Boulevard is lined with a colorful collection of shops and restaurants.
It’s not an easy task to find the best desserts in downtown Providence. The city has received national acclaim as a top culinary destination, with scores of critically lauded restaurants. Limiting ourselves to only the downtown area, a small group sets out, forks in hand, ready to take on the challenge bite by bite.
A visit to a city is a bit like quickly passing a painting. It is easy to notice the surface level beauty and continue on your way. But once a bit of background is learned, the picture now has meaning. In turn, context and history, back stories and anecdotes, can bring a city to life.
Tour guides skillfully frame Providence in a way that is interactive, invigorating, and immensely enjoyable. Here are some of our favorites: