College Hill is a district in Providence, Rhode Island. It is bounded by North Main Street to the west, Governor Street and Arlington Avenue to the East, North Main Street to the west, and Olney Street to the north.
The main center for shopping, food, and drink can be found on Thayer Street, located just off of the Brown campus. Another area to visit in the College Hill is Wickenden Street. The street is in the Providence College District and is parallel to Thayer Street, the infamous college hot spot. This area is nice break from the hustle of Providence itself and it is also a more relaxing and residential area than Thayer Street. Wickenden Street in general can be described as eclectic, featuring twists on original and classic foods and coffee. Although there are a few original and small shops located on the street, Wickenden is mostly renowned for a few relaxing hot spots. The artwork gracing the telephone poles is the first sign that Wickenden Street is big on personality. This stretch of Providence is a funky mix of galleries, antique shops, junk shops, restaurants and cafes. Also a formerly working-class Portuguese neighborhood that's seen a steady gentrification, Wickenden Street has antiques stores, galleries, and trendy cafés. Professors, artists, and students are among the newer residents here. Many of the houses along Wickenden, Transit, Gano, and nearby streets are still painted the pastel colors of Portuguese homes. Wickenden Street is right off Route 195, leading you into Providence's East Side.
Thayer Street, the center of College Hill
The district gets its name from two college campuses found within its borders: Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. It is an eclectic district swarming with college students, hipsters and wanna-be breakout musicians, but is also filled with a plethora of unique things to do and see.
From Kennedy Plaza in Downcity Providence:
Aside from providing in the entertainment in the form of people interaction, you can catch a multitude of buses from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s (RIPTA) bus station, Kennedy Plaza. The 51, 52, 53, 54, 58, 72 and 99 lines will place you within walking distance of the district. The 35, 40, 42, 49, 78 and 92 will take you right to the heart and soul of College Hill, Thayer Street.
The Amtrak Station in Providence is within walking distance of College Hill. Walk north on Gaspee Street until you reach Smith Street and take a left. Walk until you reach North Main Street, which is the western border of College Hill.
From South: Take the exit onto I-95 N toward Providence entering Rhode Island. Slight right at I-195 E/US-6 E (signs for I-195/E Providence/US-6 E). Take exit 3 toward Gano St. Turn left at Wickenden St. Turn right at Hope St. and follow until you pass Power Street.
From Thayer Street to get to Wickenden: If you’re coming from Thayer street, take a left on Watermen street towards Brook street, then take a right on Hope street, then a right onto Wickenden, the street will be on your left.
From North: Take the exit onto I-95 S entering Rhode Island. Take exit 24 for Branch Ave. Slight left at Branch Ave. Turn right at N Main St/US-1 and continue to follow N Main St. Turn left at Olney St.
From West: Take the ramp to US-6 E. Take exit 5 to merge onto US-6 E toward Providence. Exit onto Memorial Blvd. Slight right at Dyer St/US-44. Turn left at Washington St. Turn left at N Main St/US-44. Slight right at N Main St. Turn right at Olney St.
From East: Head west on US-44. Turn left at Pawtucket Ave/RI-114/US-1. Turn right at US-6/Warren Ave. Turn left at Lyon Ave. Turn left at Mauran Ave. Turn right at Arlington St.
The city of Providence and the surrounding roads are often under construction. Also, during the afternoon there can be a lot of traffic at the exit for I-195; if either of these things seem to be the case for you, consider taking exit 22A off of 95. Take a right at the light at the end of the exit ramp and follow the signs to College Hill.
There is parking at a reasonable rate at the Providence Place Mall, which is found right off of exit 22C off of 95. The mall is within easy walking distance of College Hill if you feel like leaving your car in a more secure location.
Other than that, there is plenty of on-street and on-location parking throughout the College Hill area. Beware, though, if you're coming in for an evening on the town, you might not be able to find parking directly on Thayer Street, but there are plenty of neighboring streets that should serve your purpose.
DO NOT try to park in the area during Brown's move-in or move-out weekend (these weekends change each year, but are in early September and late May). There will be nowhere for you to park, and if you do find a spot, your car could end up as a temporary loading bay for college knickknacks.
If you are parking on Wickenden, park along the street however if you continue along and take a right at the Z Bar, your first major intersection, then you will see a large parking lot in front of you that is usually for free during the afternoon and at night. The only time that they charge is if there is a special event featured on the street. Bring your walking shoes.
- Cathedral of Saint John, 271 North Main Street, ☎ +1 401 331-4622, . One of the four original colonial parishes in Rhode Island, established in 1722. Church constructed in 1810. edit
- First Baptist Church in America, 75 North Main Street, ☎ +1 401 454-3418, . This historic landmark is currently being renovated, but it is also one of the oldest churches in the country. It has been on College Hill since 1638. edit
- John Brown House, 52 Power Street, ☎ +1 401 331-8575, . Tu-Sa from 10AM to 5PM. Historic house of John Brown, a member of the Orient trade. edit
- Prospect Terrace Park, Congdon Street (next to 48 Congdon Street). This park is the burial site of Roger Williams and contains a monument of him. It offers one of the most spectacular views of the city of Providence. edit
The view from Prospect Terrace Park
- Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, ☎ +1 401 331-1114, . weekdays 12 to 5, weekends 2 to 4. If you appreciate art, this is probably a place you should stop by. It was founded in 1880 to increase the appreciation of art in the local community. It is home to studios, galleries, and a clubhouse, and is a popular hangout for local artists. Maxwell Mays Gallery and Dodge House Gallery are free to the public. edit
- The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, ☎ +1 401 421-6970, . sept. through may: M-Th 9AM-7PM, Fr to Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. This library was founded in 1753 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is a member-supported library, and is free to the public regardless of whether or not you're a member. This is more than just a library: it holds many historical and cultural artifacts from the surrounding area, and is a great way to discover some of the city's history. edit
- Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art (The RISD Museum), 224 Benefit Street, ☎ +1 401 545-6500, . T to Su 10AM-5PM; open 'til 9PM the third Thursday of every month. If you like art, this museum has a variety of different styles. While it does showcase some local talent, exhibits showcasing international artists are often a big part of the museum experience. The works of modern artist Dale Chihuly can be seen until January 2009. Tours are available and the museum has special activities that are meant to entertain families. adults are $10 (there are student discounts) children 5-18 are $2, children under 5 are free. edit
- Shakespeare’s Head, 21 Meeting Street, ☎ +1 401 831-7440. This building was built in 1722 by John Carter and is one of the most aged structures in Providence. It was implemented for printing the Providence Gazette. Contains a popular garden relative to the area. edit
- First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent Street Providence 02906, ☎ +1 401 421-7970, . Service begins at the Meeting House on Sundays at 10:30AM from the Sunday after Labor Day through mid-June and at 10AM during the Summer.. This is a historic church, it was built in 1816. edit
- Congdon Street Baptist Church, 17 Congdon Street, ☎ +1 401 421-4032 ([email protected], fax: 401-861-8990), . begins at 11AM on Sundays. This is a historic church built in 1874. edit
There is something to be said for the simple act of cruising the sidewalks of Thayer street. There's always bound to be street musicians and vendors, as well as the broad variety of individuals ranging in population from artists to intellectuals; extreme to traditional, who make for some exciting people watching to say the least.
Beyond that, there are a few theaters to check out, but mostly, the area is dedicated to eating, shopping, and going out for some drinks.
- Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer St., ☎ +1 401 421-0020, . A College Hill institution since the 1930s, the Avon shows independent and foreign films in its genuine Art Deco theater. Evening admission is $10.50 and matinees are $8.50. edit
- Cable Car Cinema and Cafe, 204 South Main St., ☎ +1 401 272-3970, . . This cinema is known for mixing traditional movie theater seats with cozy couches. You can snuggle up in front of their single screen to watch independent and foreign films as well as operas and concert. Their café area, where you will find cookies and cupcakes alongside the popcorn, also stands out. The Cable Car is the home of Providence’s Annual French Film Festival. Evening admission is $9.25, but there are discounts for children, senior citizens, and students. edit
- Picture This Gallery, 158 Wickenden Street. This gallery sells original artwork and prints from artists like photographer Richard Benjamin. edit
Tip: If you continue up Wickenden Street, where Hope Street is on your left, you will notice there are often many street vendors selling interesting and affordable art pieces and jewelry.
- Berk’s Shoes & Clothing, 272 Thayer St, +1 401 831-0174. Definitely works for the ladies with their selection of flats, heels, boots and everything in between. They have a small section for the gentleman; guys, if your girlfriend is walking in here, get your official pocketbook holder jersey on. You’ll need it.
- Shades Plus, 281 Thayer Street, +1 401 861-9309. The permanent menagerie of rubber ducks in the window should be a clue that this place doesn’t take itself too seriously. Fake cigars and cigarettes, adhesive moustaches, Hello Kitty wallets, Japanese treats like Ramune soda and Pocky, and edible underwear are just some of the weird things you’ll find here. It may not be the kind of stuff you need but it will certainly be stuff you want.
- Pleasant Surprise, 297 Thayer Street, +1 401 273-1202. A quirky shop that stocks a range of eclectic items, from Baconnaise and Bob Marley posters to vintage Pam Am bags and novelty ice cube trays.
- NAVA, 281 Thayer Street, +1 401 453-6282. NAVA stands for New And Vintage Apparel, which is exactly what you’ll find, along with accessories and housewares.
- Brown University Bookstore, 244 Thayer St, +1 401 863-3168. If you ever happen to be cavorting around Brown University and you think to yourself, “Hey, I really wish there was place around here I could grab a book and a drink, throw on my Brown sweater and contemplate the world and it’s ills,” stop in at the University Bookstore. There’s sure to be plenty of rich students doing the same.
- Marc Allen Clothiers, 200 S Main St, +1 401 453-0025. This is for the men who want to walk into an office and have people say, “I thought he was just the intern, but he must have gotten a promotion.” Yeah, those guys.
- Mod Mama, 16 South Angell Street, +1 401 273-7800. If those Wal-Mart strollers don’t suit your way of life, walk that bundle of joy in here and get them situated in a fly carriage that all the kids in the playground are sure to be jealous of.
- Bedlam, 183 Angell St, +1 401 351-4731. Your one stop shop for goth, fetish, punk, industrial and renaissance clothing…if you’re into that sort of thing.
- Second Time Around, 294 Thayer Street, +1 401 455-2050. If the Salvation Army and Goodwill are what come to mind when you think “consignment” or “secondhand,” think again. Second Time Around carries the kind of items women wish their mothers and grandmothers saved for them, like vintage Hermes scarves, Chanel suits, and Burberry trench coats.
Some other economy boosters worth mentioning:
- Parla Di Amore (297 Thayer Street, Floor 2, +1 401 331-1029)
- College Hill Bookstore (144 Waterman St, +1 401 751-7446) if the Brown bookstore just isn't for you.
- Red Carpet Smoke Shop (108 1/2 Waterman St, +1 401 421-4499)
- Tibet Gift Shop (112 Waterman St, +1 401 331-2005)
- Urban Outfitters (285 Thayer St, +1 401 351-4080) This is technically a chain, but if you're looking for some more popular (or, as it may be, generic) threads or quirky gifts, check this place out.
- Army & Navy Thayer Street (279 Thayer St, +1 401 272-8217) A great place to find cheap t-shirts, bags, coats, you name it. Some rare finds are to be had as well.
- City Sports (271 Thayer St, +1 401 521-6555)
- La Femme Boutique (112 Waterman St # 1, +1 401 270-7016)
- Ethnic Concepts, 335 Wickedon St. Small tobacco shop. You will find t-shirts, glass pipes, guitars, posters, and variety of tobacco products. edit
- Eastside Marketplace, 165 Pitman Street, ☎ +1 401 831 7771, . 8 AM - 10 PM. Eastside Marketplace is a local grocery store owned by residents of the east side of providence. The place has fresh local meats and produce as well as organic foods. The selection of organic foods is very popular with customers. The market also serves free coffee to shoppers. Eastside Marketplace also serves hot food, which is cooked and prepared right in the store. Customers can stop in the cafe section of the store and enjoy a meal as well as buy a cup of coffee. edit
- Curiosities, 460 Wickedon St. Tiny antique shop with an array of different antiques. Keep your eye open because a lot of the stuff is scattered. They have many old cameras. edit
- Creatoyvity LLC , 736 Hope St, Providence, RI, ☎ (401) 351-5718. Creatoyvity is a locally owned toy store committed to inspiring creative kids located on the East Side of Providence. Offering today's best baby gear and imaginative toys from around the globe. edit
- Red Carpet Smoke Shop, 108 Waterman St #1/2, Providence, RI, ☎ (401) 421-4499. Red Carpet Smoke Shop has been providing individuals with fine tobacco, pipes and accessories since 1948. They strive to maintain personal relationships with our customers, and we look to provide selections and suggestions tailored to each customer’s needs. edit
With the great diversity of college students roaming the area, College Hill is bound to be filled with some great restaurants, the best of which can be found on the infamous Thayer Street.
- Better Burger Company (BBC), 215-217 Thayer St, ☎ (401) 228-7373, . BBC is a great place to get burgers, fries, shakes and more. It's a great hang out place where you can sit down and enjoy a cold beer. The place has a really great atmosphere and the staff is very friendly. Unlike its rival Johnny Rocket's, BBC is a very modern establishment. There is indoor seating but customers also have the option of eating outside. edit
- FroyoWorld, 219 Thayer Street, +1 401 865-6055. A New England-based, self-serve frozen yogurt chain with over 30 flavors on rotation. You can top your “froyo” with fresh fruit, candy and cereal and eat it while you watch one of the Disney movies that is on loop on the flat screen TV above the cash register.
- La Creperie, 82 Fons Aly, ☎ (401) 751-5536, . Awesome little hole in the wall, where you can get tasty dinner and dessert crepes as well as smoothies for fairly cheap. Also, their late night hours are a big plus. edit
- Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches on Benefit St, 163 Benefit St. #1, ☎ (401) 751-2248, . 8AM-9PM daily. A family owned sandwich shop where you will find the food a tad on the expensive side, but worth it for the quality of their products and the non-commercial atmosphere. edit
- Kabob and Curry, 261 Thayer Street, +1 401 273-8844. An Indian restaurant with many vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, and halal dishes. If you have an iPhone and are interested in ordering takeout, you can do so with the restaurant’s free app. Kabob and Curry features an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sundays from 11:30 AM-3:30 PM.
- Nice Slice, 267 Thayer Street, ☎ (401) 453-6423. The best place to go for a huge variety of pizzas, from a traditional, stringy cheese slice to a southwestern-style pie. Nice Slice is a great pizza place on Thayer Street, with unique and delicious pizza offerings, including a wonderful vegan cheese pizza. The atmosphere is fun and funky, making it a favorite among college students! $. edit
- Antonio's Pizza, 258 Thayer St., ☎ (401) 455-3600, . Sun-Tues: 11AM-12AM, Wed-Sat: 11AM-2AM. Antonio's is a great place to go for a slice; they serve funky pizza creations as well as the original classics for cheap. edit
- East Side Pocket, 278 Thayer St., ☎ (401) 453-1100, . 10AM - 1AM and 2AM depending, except for Sun (10PM). A Middle Eastern and Vegetarian food joint where you can order up some gyro, falafel, and kabobs, or some fries and wings if you want. Nothing on the menu is over $8. edit
- Kartabar, 284 Thayer St., ☎ (401) 331-8111, . 11AM-1AM and 2AM on Fri and Sat. A fancier upscale restaurant and lounge for the more sophisticated crowd. Mostly Mediterranean food is offered, which includes some special late-night deals, however on the whole the food is a little on the expensive side. edit
- Shanghai, 272 Thayer St., ☎ (401) 331-0007. Decent Chinese food with a half take-out and half sit down set-up. edit
- Sushi Express, 283 Thayer St., ☎ (401) 831-1919. Fresh sushi to go and bubble tea too! edit
- Au Bon Pain, 223 Thayer St. #1, ☎ (401) 751-0472, . The typical french-chain cafe is like a bakery and a sandwich shop in one. The food is good and the prices are decent. edit
- Johnny Rockets, 269 Thayer St., ☎ (401) 270-1063, . The mock on the classic 50s style dinner where you can go for burger, fries, and shake while pretending to be out of a scene of Grease. Who can resist that? edit
- Z Bar. If you are looking for a more sophisticated evening check out Z Bar, on the corner of the first major intersection. The menu features a mix of small appetizers perfect for a happy hour drinks, to dinners of roasted chicken, filet and spicy pastas. The meals range from anywhere to eight dollars to around thirty five dollars. This is also a great place for drinks. You can sit inside at the bar which features cool dimmed lighting and indie music or outside on the lighted patio. edit
- Pizza Pie-er, 374 Wickenden Street, (http://www.pizzapieer.com/order/). After a night out or when you’re in need of something quick check out Pizza Pie-er. The name is self explanatory, but it doesn’t say how amazing their pizza is, ranging by whole pizza or by the slice. You can even create your own pizza with their eclectic and delicious toppings, ranging from conventional cheese or pepperoni to meat, turkey, baked potato, bacon, vegetables, peppers, ham, pineapple and even a wide variety of cheeses. There are ten different sauces to choose from and five types of crust. The possibilities are not only delicious, but virtually endless. You can even order online! edit
- The Blue Elephant, 312 Wickenden Street, ☎ 401-383-8149. Known for its incredible breakfast, The Blue Elephant serves up anything from the basic eggs, toast, homefries and coffee, to different fried egg sandwiches like the caprese (tomato, basil and mozzarella) or a spicy omelet like El Greco (tomato, spinach, olive tapenade and feta). The prices are reasonable, all of them being around six to eight dollars. Also items on the breakfast menu are served all day long! edit
- George’s Deli, 167 Ives Street. Good sandwichs at a decent price. They use quality fresh ingredients. Look at the special sandwiches you can always find something that is refreshingly innovative that tastes good. edit
- Redstripe, 465 Angell st. A French bistro with an interesting menu. Fine wine to colt 45 40oz. A lot of the food is made from scratch. Their most interesting menu item is a grilled cheese made with bellpaise cheese and pear finished off with pesto. Fair prices. edit
- Bagel Gourmet, 250 Brook St. Breakfast sandwiches that are quick yet not made in a microwave. Large selection of juices. Homemade cream cheese and fresh bagels. edit
- United BBQ, 146 Ives St. Slowcooked meats that have tons of flavor. Good country style southern meal. They deliver as well. edit
- Sakura Restruant, 231 Wickedon St. Fresh sushi. Large selection of specialty rolls. The service is mediocre. Good priced lunch specials. edit
- The Duck and Bunny, 312 Wickedon St. Come early for the crepes and cupcakes, which took first place in The Great Cup Cake Championship in 2012. The carrot cake cupcake is a favorite even for people who claim not to like sweets. Stay late for the quirky cocktails and cigars, which you can enjoy outside in the restaurant’s cozy garden. edit
- Angkor, 333 Wickedon St. Don’t be fooled by the exterior. This little restraunt offers tasty real authentic Cambodian and Thai food. They offer a student discount that adds up if you go a lot. edit
- George’s Deli, 167 Ives Street. Good sandwichs at a decent price. They use quality fresh ingredients. Look at the special sandwiches you can always find something that is refreshingly innovative that tastes good. edit
- Brickway, 234 Wickedon St. The Brickway serves breakfast, which is available all day, and lunch. The wait can be long on a weekend morning, but it is worth it for the chocolate chip and banana pancakes. If savory is your thing, you can’t go wrong with one of their unique omelets. edit
- Sharks, 272 Thayer St, ☎ (401)490-2912. virtually right across from Shanghai Restaurant. They serve fresh sushi, grill, and hibachi style foods. The restaurant is known for its out of the norm interior design, shocking most customers upon entrance. As you enter the main dining room you are presented to a different and exotic atmosphere, welcomed by a 2000-gallon Acrylic saltwater SHARK TANK, living quarters of three live sharks. Also offering in and outdoor seating for those who come alone, and those with a party for two or more. Completely remodeled as of Summer 2012 and serving a revamped menu and a full hookah menu as well as music videos all day and night. edit
- Meeting Street Café, 220 Meeting Street, +1 401 273-1066. In the mood for a cookie the size of a hubcap? Meeting Street Café is the place for you! You can enjoy your giant cookie with one of their many salads, sandwiches, and soups, too. BYOB.
- Wings Over Providence, 725 Hope St Providence, RI 02906, ☎ (401) 274-9464. Wing Over Providence have specialty chicken products and St. Louis style ribs. Their chicken wings are said to be one of the best in the city. With over 32 different flavors Wing Over Providence serve the best wings, boneless wings, ribs, sandwiches and fries for takeout and delivery. Their boneless wings are fresh hand breaded. Their wings are fresh, huge and juicy and they cook them in a manner which helps keep them as crispy as possible for delivery edit
- Baja's Burritos, 273 Thayer St Providence, RI 02906, ☎ (401) 383-7079. Baja's Burritos are known for their authentic Mexican food, huge $8 burritos and their soft served ice cream. You can load up the burrito with anything and everything. All of their foods are made fresh and ready to order. edit
- Blaze East Side, 776 Hope St, Providence, RI, ☎ (401) 277-2529. Blaze East Side are known for their variety of meals and great atmosphere. jamaican jerk from scallops to coconut cake, all hand crafted entrées. edit
- Juniper Frozen Yogurt, 229 Thayer St, Providence, RI. Juniper Frozen Yogurt is different from Pinkberry, Froyo World and Orange leaf because it is a local business just trying to make it in the big city of Providence. Their yogurt is so light and refreshing that you can always fit some in even after a big dinner. They have plenty of topping choices and just enough yogurt flavors to not overwhelm you edit
- Tealuxe, 231 Thayer Street, ☎ +1 401 453-4832, . 10AM-10PM. A tea bar and café boasting over 100 types of loose-leaf tea, bagged as you order: they have a big enough selection that there's something for everyone, even those who traditionally don't like tea. Plenty of cosy seating including stools at the window where you can sip your iced or hot tea and watch people walk by. edit
- Blue State Coffee, 300 Thayer Street, ☎ +1 401 383-8393, . 7AM to 11PM weekdays and 8AM to 11PM weekends. A politically driven café that supports (and sells) fair trade coffee with quirky names, hosts open mic nights, and also donates 10% of their charities and causes that support the Democratic ideal, and even lets customers vote on where the money should go. Definitely not the place to go to voice your support for Republicans. edit
- Providence Byblos, 235 Meeting Street, ☎ +1 401 453-9727, . M-Th 7PM-1AM, F-Sa 7PM-2AM. Located above a great middle eastern restaurant, at night Providence Byblos opens its lounge and hookah bar to the public. With over 20 different flavors of hookah available, comfortable seating, as well as traditional Lebanese snacks, it's a great place to spend some time if you don't mind the fact that it can be a little loud (due to the Lebanese music and general chatter) and crowded. edit
- Starbucks, 218 Thayer St, ☎ +1 401 421-1677. Want to embrace your inner hipster and enjoy a nice cup o' joe but find some of the other selections in the area a bit too hip for your tastes? Not to worry, there's a Starbucks to be found as well. Pour your mochacchino into a Tealuxe cup and no one will doubt your street cred. edit
- Spats Restaurant and Pub, 182 Angell Street, ☎ +1 401 437-8300. Spats, 182 Angell Street, +1 401 437-8300. Sure you can just order a pint of beer of beer at Spats, but why bother when you can order it in a 180 ounce vessel? You can compromise with a 60 ounce pitcher or a 100 ounce tube, too. edit
- English Cellar Alehouse, 165 Angell Street, +1 401 454-3434. There is something for everyone in this basement bar, which has over 200 beers from across the globe on rotation. Enjoy your pint while watching soccer on one of the flat screen TVs or over a game of pool. Trivia starts every Sunday at 8PM.
- Fish Company, 515 South Water Street. Fish Company Providence on Water Street, a side street of Wickenden. The best nights for a good time at Fish Company are Thursdays and Saturdays. One dollar Coronas on Thursdays as well as Saturdays and live music and/or dj on these nights as well. Fish Co. overlooks the Providence bay and has outside seating as well as a bar. Inside there are three bars, pool table, dark lighting, dance floor and stage, as well as comfortable couches and seating throughout. Park on the street in front of the Hot Club. Do not park underneath the bridge! edit
- The Coffee Exchange, 207 Wickenden Street, ☎ +1 401 273-1198. Twenty five years and still serving art in a ceramic mug! All coffee purchases support environmental sustainability and all decafs are water pressed, no chemicals. It is the founder of Coffee Kids, international non profit organization to help coffee-farming families in Mexico, Central America and South Africa to improve the quality of their lives. Their coffees range from African, Latin American, and interesting blends such as Sante Fe, Cochabamba, and Mel’s Private Stock. The Coffee Exchange is also a great place to relax and break up your day as you can sit outdoors on the patio overlooking the street or sit inside in the warm, cozy artistic setting adorned with graffiti and art on the walls. edit
- The Wild Colonial Tavern, 250 S Water St. Wide variety of quality craft beer. They have two dart boards and a pool table. Expect to wait to play darts on a busy night. The atmosphere is fun and the building is set in an old basement. edit
- Malachi’s, 134 Ives St. Large selection of coffees. They also have smoothies, lattes, etc. Friendly service. Half-price refills if you save your receipt. The food is worth checking out. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, soup, and vegetarion options. edit
- The Hot Club, 575 South Water st. The outside bar overlooks the water, which is nice in the summer. Decently priced drinks, featuring two dollar Gansett’s. edit
- Tea in Sahara, 69 Governor St. Tea in Sahara, 69 Governor Street, +1 401 709-3252. A relaxing place to drink tea, coffee, and smoothies among authentic Moroccan crafts and décor. You can also order paninis for eating and hookahs for smoking. edit
While there are no major hotels to be found in College Hill, there are many places to sleep that are within easy walking or busing distance from the district.
- Courtyard By Marriott Providence Downtown, 33 Exchange Terrace, ☎ 1-888-887-7955, . Diverse meeting space with all natural light. Decent location in Providence for restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and historical sites. $159-$239. edit
- The Hotel Providence, 311 Westminster Street, ☎ 1-800-861-8990, . Within easy walking distance to both College Hill and the Downcity arts district; this hotel has kept a turn-of-the-century New England feel and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. If you're looking for a place to stay that embodies the historic feel of Providence, this is your place. $205-$359. edit
- Renaissance Providence Hotel, 5 Avenue of the Arts, ☎ 1-800-468-3571, . Claims to be a hotel that celebrates the arts and inspires people to reveal the artist within. Has a sense of refined elegance and includes a great restaurant: Temple Downtown. Definitely a great place to stay, and it isn't too full of itself, considering the location and theme. $179-$309. edit
- Wings and Things, 250 Brook Street Providence R.I., ☎ 401-369-7551. wings with 20 different sauces,1/3lb. angus burgers,wraps,sandwhiches,salads,appetizers, and 5 kinds of fries.Eat-in or Take-Out and Deliveries. edit
- Brown Unversity Library There are nine libraries spread throughout the Brown campus: for individual hours and locations call +1 401 863-BOOK. While the wireless internet is only free for Brown students, many of the libraries have computers hooked up to the internet that anyone can use.
- Au Bon Pain, 223 Thayer St, +1 401 751-0472. Free wireless in the building, though they request you don't take up a table just for using the internet during lunch hours (a neat trick is to keep refilling your coffee or beverage, as long as you're eating or drinking something they don't care). Plenty of snacks and healthy fare to munch on while you're surfing the net.
- Starbucks Coffee, 218 Thayer St, +1 401 421-1677. Wireless internet is free if you're a T-mobile customer. If not, there are a couple of options: if you are a 'Bucks junkie and have the Starbucks card and use it at least once a month, wireless is free. If you don't, they offer paid internet at a rate of $3.99 an hour.
- Tealuxe 231 Thayer Street, +1 401 453-4832. The wireless is free, but if you go during finals expect the bandwidth to be sucked up by Brown, RISD, PC, and JWU students cramming with a bubble tea.
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