The neighborhoods of Providence each have their own unique charms. One way to explore them is by building a themed trail. This blog series, “What’s Good in the Neighborhood,” is a great way to start your trek. Today’s theme? Hidden gems!

The West End


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Just off Broadway in a non-descript building, the Courtland Club offers a hot bar menu and a cool bar scene. Head to the back, where gorgeous exposed brick walls and comfy furniture await.

Washington, Westminster & Weybosset


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Take a trip back in time at Carmen & Ginger in the Arcade. Explore neat vintage finds and ask the staff for a copy of a comprehensive map of Providence’s vintage scene.

College Hill & Benefit Street


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The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is located on the Brown University campus, but you don’t have to be a scholar to marvel at its diverse offerings, which tell the story of civilization.

Silver Lake & Olneyville


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True Mexican food can be tough to find in New England but El Rancho Grande is Mex without the Tex. Each dish is lovingly prepared with authentic ingredients.

Thayer Street


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Escape your everyday world at Base Station VR. This immersive virtual reality experience offers the chance to pummel some bad guys or step inside a Van Gogh painting — whatever releases your stress.

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