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Elmwood Neighborhood

Elmwood Providence

Located directly off Interstate 95, the Elmwood neighborhood is an epicenter of multicultural activity in the city. On this stretch of road, there are more than a dozen different countries represented by neighborhood businesses and community organizations. Locals refer to the Elmwood area, which includes the South Elmwood neighborhood, as the “Gateway to Opportunity” and it’s easy to understand why.

Where to Shop

There are many diverse shops to enjoy throughout the neighborhood.

Places to Dine

You'll find a variety of casual food options in the area.

Things to Do

The neighborhood features plenty of art, history and culture to explore.

Where to Shop

The knowledgeable staff at Chinese apothecary Yuen Yuen Teas and Herbs will assist with selecting teas, Chinese herbs and natural supplements.

Places to Dine

The neighborhood offers a world of casual food options. Apsara Restaurant cooks up traditional Chinese, Cambodian and Thai food, with a menu including several variations on spring rolls, a variety of noodle dishes, nime chow and more. For fresh dishes with a Latin flair, locals love La Roca Restaurante.

Armando’s Meat Market is a full-service butcher and grocery store with a massive selection of proteins. There’s also a cafeteria that serves up Latino flavors such as fried yucca and fried pork belly.

 

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 Things to Do

Central to both the Elmwood and Broad Street neighborhoods is the community powerhouse the Southside Cultural Center. It 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. Check the events calendar for performances and community events held in their theater or open-air pavilion.

Nearby, Teatro ECAS is an organization dedicated to preserving the art, history and culture of the Latino communities of Rhode Island. Concerts, dance performances and visual art exhibits include a Puerto Rican master carver demonstrating his craft, a beginner session in Latin American percussion drumming, and a workshop on oral histories. 

Step into Knight Memorial Library, a fixture of the neighborhood, and be transported back in time. The marble building dates back to the 1920s and holds an impressive selection of books, as well as offering community activities, such as music lessons, robotics workshops, story time, and GED and ESL classes. The library is host to the Sankofa World Market, which showcases affordable, culturally appropriate and locally-produced food, craftspeople and entrepreneurs. 

 

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Just a short walk away on Peace Street, find Peace and Plenty Park and the adjacent Southside Community Land Trust. The park provides needed green space, as does the land trust, which is a shared community garden that encourages community stewardship of the earth. Both spaces are gathering places for neighbors and members of the community.

Further down Elmwood, spread across a massive 430 acres, is Roger Williams Park, which houses the Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village, as well as the Botanical Center, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Temple to Music. Animals range from the ever-popular camels, elephants and giraffes to the newest animal in residence — the intriguing Komodo dragon. The Carousel Village and swan boats add to the family fun, as does the zoo’s Big Backyard, an oversized outdoor place space with water features and a giant tree house. The Botanical Center will engage the senses, with more than 150 species of plants, fountains, a coy pond and waterfall. The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium offers presentations, exhibitions and workshops for children and families and its collection of fossils, minerals, flora and fauna is awe-inspiring. The planetarium also offers daily viewings.

Seasonal Elmwood neighborhood events include a Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival, the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historical Homes and the zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The Elmwood neighborhood has plenty of on-street parking, intercity bus service, and can be biked with ease.

 

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Insider Tip
Elmwood

Elmwood resident Karen H.’s insider tip is to stop by the Southeast Asian New Battambang Market for their basil seed drink. You won’t be disappointed.