Top 10 Providence Experiences

Our editors rank the essential must-do, must-see Providence experiences.

Updated: March 26, 2004

The Top 10

Cafe Nuovo

1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903

Make your friends wonder about your connections with a front-row Waterfire seat and decadent pot o' mousse.

Haven Brothers Diner

72 Spruce St, Providence, RI 02903

Drink till dawn, then grab a dog and a glass of coffee milk at this late-night institution.

Hot Club

575 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903

Have a brush with Hollywood greatness--sit in Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon's booth from "There's Something About Mary."

Trinity Brewhouse

186 Fountain St, Providence, RI 02903

Down a freshly brewed pint of pilsner, porter or IPA at Rhode Island's largest brewery.

Geoff's On Benefit

163 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903

Take a bite out of the former mayor or local celebrity with huge sandwiches named in their honor.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

1100 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907

Become one with nature: Go for a hike, feed the ducks or take a paddleboat ride in this 430-acre paradise.

Rhode Island Sch-Design

2 College St, Providence, RI 02903

Culture injection, part one: Take in the state's premier art collection, including a nine-foot Buddha and works by French masters.

Northeast Cinema Releasing Inc

220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903

Culture injection, part two: Catch a classic film or Broadway show at Pro-town's premier historic theater.

Aquaviva Eurobistrot

286 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

Step into Little Italy with a stroll down Atwells Avenue and an authentic meal created by a celebrity chef.


566 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903

Live it up by sampling from the city's top martini menu, 125 varieties strong.