Fox Point is a relaxed and walkable neighborhood with a diverse mix of college students, urban professionals and academics. The area has an eclectic, cool vibe. Old and new are juxtaposed, as vintage and modern meet, and shops and restaurants converge. This area played an important role in the development of Providence and many homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A waterfront community where the Providence and Seekonk rivers join with Narragansett Bay, Fox Point is a natural transportation hub. A linear park links the East Bay Bike Path to Providence and enhances the ease of travel.
The vintage vibe is strong throughout Fox Point. Check out NAVA for new and vintage apparel, bags, boots, jewelry and accessories. Discover vintage wares and antiques for the home at Nostalgia Antiques & Collectibles, a three-floor boutique. Independent, used record shop Round Again Records has been on Wickenden since 1979, and has thousands of used records and CDs spanning the genres of jazz, rock, folk, country, pop, R&B and classical. Just blocks away, Olympic Records is open seven days a week and has an impressive selection of 45 rpm singles. They'll also special order items.
Brook Street has a handful of great places to visit. Campus Fine Wines hosts wine tastings every Friday night and late-afternoon beer tastings on Saturdays. Selections vary by country and origin, and with the owners’ focus being on small production vintners, there is always something new to sip and savor. Step across the street and visit Manny at Friends Market. This corner market celebrates 90 years of serving the community, providing Portuguese and American foods, cheeses and gift items. Nearby Lore Collection is a collection of art and design objects, jewelry, smart tees, bags and cards.
Nearby, Twenty Stories started as a bookmobile and is now located on Ives Street. This book shop is filled with contemporary fiction, a selection of non-fiction and poetry. Twenty Stories features a curated monthly selection of books and hosts events too.
The Providence Flea is an eclectic seasonal outdoor market set up along the water on South Water Street. The Flea runs on Sundays from June through October. Rotating vendors offer vintage treasures and new items crafted by local artisans and makers, including furniture, handmade soaps, baked goods, jewelry, reclaimed wood pieces, florals, dog treats and much more. Food trucks and live music add to the fun, which attracts visitors of all ages.
There are many cafes and coffee shops in the area, so here are a few favorites. The Shop is where the locals head for nitro cold-brew coffee, tea and snacks like avocado toast. It’s a modest little storefront where they take their coffee seriously and each beverage is crafted with care. Silver Star Bakery is the place for sweet bread and pastries, harkening back to the Cape Verdean and Portuguese families that settled in Fox Point around the turn of the century.
Head to Dave’s Coffee on South Main Street and sample one of Dave’s signature coffee blends in addition to their delectable coffee syrups. Signature drinks include the Cubano, the Drip and the Pour Over, but the Coffee Milk Latte is the perfect Rhody drink! Baked goods include scones, cookies and quiche and the gluten-free donuts are a treat.
Visit often for local beers, Narragansett Brewery has beer on tap and cans to go. Grab a seat indoors or on the spacious patio and enjoy a pretzel, saugy or white clam and chorizo flatbread. Check their calendar for food truck and live music events.
Inspired by the flavors of Mexico, dine in or take out at Tallulah’s Taqueria. Both authentic and innovative, dishes include al pastor (marinated grilled pork), barbacoa (braised beef), camaron (fried shrimp) and more. Wash it all down with agua fresca and finish with a warm churro. Aleppo Sweets is an authentic Syrian cafe. Savory items include mezze of homemade hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, labneh, Syrian breads and more are all made in house. Aleppo is known for its selection of baklava, offering ten varieties with an array of fillings and shapes. Syrian tea and Turkish coffee are also perfect accompaniments.
Johnson & Wales-trained and James Beard-nominated Chef Champe Speidel’s Persimmon on Hope Street focuses on modern, technique-driven American cuisine. His refined menu takes locally sourced ingredients and presents them in a thought-provoking manner. Black spaghetti, pan-seared foie gras with duck neck confit and the chocolate tart are all not to be missed. The chef’s tasting menu, accompanied with a wine pairing, is ideal for a special occasion.
Al Forno is a staple of the Providence food scene, presenting food inspired by various regions of Italy, crafted with a respect for ingredients and techniques. Opened in 1980, the restaurant gave birth to the grilled pizza. Be sure to order the calamari pizza topped with a spicy arrabbiata. Signature dishes include dirty steak, baked pasta and made-to-order desserts. The restaurant also opens up the kitchen to the public for its highly sought after cooking classes.
The area is ideal for a walk or bike ride. There are a number of neighborhood parks and community playgrounds on Wickenden and surrounding streets. Stroll through India Point Park along the Providence waterfront. In summer months, participate in sunrise yoga in the park taught by Providence Power Yoga.
Schedule a lesson with the Community Boating Center (CBC) and enjoy a sail or paddle aboard a kayak. This nonprofit, created by local sailors that wanted to make boating more affordable and accessible, has been integral in the revival of the Providence waterfront. For those looking to explore other parts of the state, the Seastreak Providence-Newport Ferry operates seasonally, shuttling locals between the two cities.
Enjoy works from local artists, such as pottery and ceramic pieces at Three Wheel Studio, and handblown glass items and sculptures at Gallery Belleau. Both are located on Wickenden and participate in the city’s monthly Gallery Night. Ives Street’s Peaceable Kingdom is a must-visit spot. For more than 30 years, the owners have been traveling the globe searching for unique treasures. Signed sculptural art from Peru, stonework from Indonesia, exotic jewelry from Afghanistan and pottery from Japan make perfect gifts.
The area is easily walked or traveled by bike, and there is also ample street parking.
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Local Joelle K. recommends breakfast at Louis Family Restaurant on Brook Street. Family owned and operated for more than 60 years, this diner serves breakfast all day and made-from-scratch comfort food. One bite and it’s easy to see why Louis has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.“