Food & Drink

Plan a Culinary Excursion to Providence, Rhode Island

Your gastronome home away from home

coffee exchange!

You’ve sampled every newcomer and exhausted your go-tos. What’s a restless gourmand to do? Cross the border into Providence, a bastion of epicurean finds.

Cup of Joe
Kick off a Wickenden Street stroll with a creamy hazelnut latte at Coffee Exchange (they blend the syrup and milk before steaming). Augment with a chewy salt bagel and schmear of caper cream cheese from no-frills Bagel Gourmet (250 Brook Street, College Hill; 401-453-5560).

scialo bros bakery!Neighborhood Watch
Spend midday exploring Federal Hill and downtown. Snag an afternoon snack at AS220 Food, an art gallery/lunch counter serving seasonal, vegetarian fare (maple-roasted winter roots, sweet potato burgers). Grab supersize cannoli to go at Scialo Bros., a 96-year-old Italian bakery operating the only brick oven in town.

Room for More
Work your way through the Vietnamese-Thai-Cambodian-Chinese menu (we drool over the nime chow) at in-the-know gem Apsara Palace. Refuel with a Russian Imperial Stout at Trinity Brewhouse.

cook & brown!Fancy Pants
Appy Hour at Providence Oyster Bar nets you $1 Point Judith bivalves and littlenecks. Of-the-moment Cook & Brown reinvents the gastropub with dazzling 100-mile fare like pan-seared Rhode Island fluke. Al Forno’s wood-fired margarita pizza and skin-on mashed potatoes will make your must-eat-again list.

Wrap up the evening with a spicy-sweet Rothschild (rye, Campari, Cherry Heering, Cocchi, Creole bitters) at The Dorrance, a turn-of-the-century stunner.

Success never tasted so good.

Photos: Michael Melford / Courtesy of Coffee Exchange; Nicholas Millard / Courtesy of Scialo Bros. Bakery; Nicholas Millard / Courtesy of Cook & Brown

Providence Oyster Bar
283 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903
Bagel Gourmet
250 Brook St
Providence, RI 02906
Trinity Brewhouse
186 Fountain St
Providence, RI 02905
Apsara Palace Restaurant
783 Hope St
Providence, RI 02906
Al Forno
577 S Main St
Providence, RI 02903
Coffee Exchange
207 Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02903
AS220 Food
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
Cook & Brown Public House
959 Hope St
Providence, RI 02906
The Dorrance
60 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903
Scialo Bros Bakery
257 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903