Downtown Providence

From cool fashions to chic home furnishings, the heart of the city offers hip looks for wallets big and small.   Don't miss Westminster Street, where college kids, soccer moms, and city sophisticates can all find what they're looking for.

Providence Place

At the heart of the downtown area, the Providence Place mall is connected via Skybridge to the Omni Providence Hotel, which is, in turn, connected the Rhode Island Convention Center Complex.  Providence Place opened in 1999 and features anchor stores Nordstrom's and Macy's, as well as more than 170 specialty shops and boutiques, five full-service restaurants on street-level, a nine-level parking garage, 16-screen movie complex and 400-seat IMAX theater.  It also boasts stunning views of the city, including nearby WaterPlace Park. 

Wickenden Street

Wickenden Street is on the edge of downtown Providence and on the edge of art and fashion.  A popular hangout for students of the nearby Rhode Island School of Design, this street is flanked by art galleries, antique shops, funky bistros and coffeehouses.

Thayer Street

Located on the edge of the Brown University campus on Providence's East Side, Thayer Street is home to bookstores, chic boutiques, trendy restaurants, coffee and teahouses, and a movie theater that features the latest and greatest in independent films.


For serious shoppers, Route 2 in Warwick is the ultimate retail destination.    This 5.3 mile stretch of road contains more than 250 stores, from retail giants to specialty shops.  Restaurants, movie theaters and two shopping malls, the Warwick Mall and Rhode Island Mall, round out this bustling, vibrant shopping district.

Other Shopping Destinations

Just over the border in Wrentham, Mass., the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets offer the largest collection of designer and name brand outlets in New England with 170 stores.  Only ten minutes from Providence, Cranston's Garden City Center is an open air shopping pavilion offering a sophisticated blend of national and regional retailers.