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.