Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Broad Street

Broad Street Providence

Broad Street is most notable for its international character, especially its distinctive concentration of international markets, world food (restaurants, food trucks and bodegas) and festivals. Experience the diverse ethnic character of Broad Street, drawing inspiration from the vibrant commercial center with active street life and sidewalks, filled with entertainment, food, social life and small businesses operated by local, mostly Latino and Asian, entrepreneurs.

Diverse and multicultural, Broad Street is a historic setting with an urban feel. There are bodegas, corner markets and businesses that span the globe, representing many countries and ethnicities in this urban cultural corridor. Colorful murals and public street art can be found lining buildings. Agustin Patiño's mural on Ontario Street, "La Plaza del Arte y las Culturas" ("The Plaza of Art and Cultures"), is not to be missed.

Where to Shop

The Broad Street neighborhood is home to a variety of bodegas and corner markets.

Places to Dine

Home to an array of restaurants serving authentic cuisine ranging from Vietnamese to Dominican,...

Things to Do

A youth studio and art gallery, plays, performances and local mission work all take place in the...

Where to Shop

There are several bodegas and corner markets in the area. Family-owned and operated for more than 35 years, Mekong Market is where many local chefs shop for a wide array of Asian and Latino goods. The fresh seafood is plentiful. Think clams, oysters and shrimp piled atop beds of ice. The fishmonger is willing to cut and scale fish to order. Tanks of fresh lobster and crab, global spices, hard to find Goya products and 10-lb. bags of rice are stacked high. Take note — this is a cash-only market.

Cross Broad and head to New Asian Market, a no-frills mart that has fresh vegetables, spices, sauces and canned goods. The staff is helpful in assisting with ingredients, and other items found might include meats and home essentials lining the aisles of this unpretentious storefront.

Places to Dine

Locals love La Gran Parada. This cafeteria-style Dominican restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties like chivo, a stewed goat dish, and pescado frito, a fried fish plate.

 

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Flavors of Broad Street include Asian Bakery, a small storefront that serves up Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Steamed buns, spicy noodles, mouthwatering bahn mi sandwiches, and mixed bubble tea in interesting blends like honeydew lychee are just a few of the varied menu items. The fried tofu is also a favorite. Go prepared — it’s a cash-only establishment. Dine in or take out at Ada’s Creations, which serves up pressed sandwiches, hot entrees including several versions of mofongo, fried pork chops, tropical juices, shakes and desserts like coconut flan and tres leche.

Known for their famous wings, 148 Pavillion Bar and Lounge is a relaxed place to kick back, grab a drink and listen to music or watch a game. They occasionally have a DJ spinning tunes and locals know to stop in on Tuesday nights for a game of darts. Punta Cana Bistro combines authentic Dominican food and drink in a contemporary setting. This restaurant serves up Latin American favorites and the staff is friendly and happy to recommend menu items. An outdoor patio includes seating and occasionally live music, perfect for sipping a passion fruit mojito.

Another local favorite on nearby Pearl Street is Amore Espresso & Gelato Bar. It's known for authentic homemade gelato, in flavors such as pistachio and Nutella. For a real treat, try an affogato — a shot of a hot espresso poured atop a scoop of gelato.

Things to Do

Discover Renaissance Church, a nondenominational religious organization. All are welcome for Sunday worship. Respecting that Providence has a diverse and sometimes transient population, the church is heavily involved in community programming with a youth ministry, bible study, family gatherings and local mission work.

Check the events calendar for plays, performances and community events at the Southside Cultural Center, which is home to the Cambodian Society of Rhode IslandRhode Island Black Storytellers, Rhode Island Latino Arts, the Laotian Community Center, the Providence Improv Guild, and Arte Latino of New England.

Located on Prairie Avenue, South Providence Library is a community gathering place with authors visits, readings, performances, a monthly book club, children’s programming, computer skills and language classes. Nearby, Davey Lopes Recreation Complex is a beloved neighborhood gym and fitness center with a popular outdoor pool, ball courts and a park. Classes range from the Southside Athletic Club House of Pain boxing program to wrestling instruction to the Rhody jumpers (jump rope league) and more.

Learn about the good works of The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN). Founded in 2001, ISPN aims to foster a community that teaches by word and example that everyone is welcome and treated with dignity and respect. Efforts range from employment and education to nonviolence training and conflict resolution workshops within Providence and the surrounding urban community. Engaging youth programming includes Project 401, which teaches art, music, dance and culture through the elements of hip-hop.

 

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Insider Tip
Broad Street

Wayne V. says Carolina Market Restaurant is a favorite in the neighborhood. Its menu focuses on Dominican flavors. Traditional Latino dishes include arroz habichuela y carne (rice, beans and meat), chicharone and empanadas.