Providence, the capital of Rhode Island, may be small, but it rivals many bigger cities with an abundance of art, architecture and exceptional restaurants. Ivy League Brown shares College Hill with the Rhode Island School of Design, known as RISD, one of the best art and design schools in the country. Johnson and Wales, considered a top culinary institution is nearby, a catalyst behind the amazing restaurant scene in Providence. In the past, one might have visited the Brown campus and hit the road immediately after the tour, perhaps heading to see other schools in Boston or New York. Yet with a revitalized, charming downtown Providence is a worthy destination for a day or two, combined with your college visit.
Stay: Check in to the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel or the Omni. Looking for something more boutique? Newly opened, The Dean Hotel, is located in an old historic building that was once a church settlement and later a strip club. It’s latest incarnation boasts a Bolt Coffee shop, beer hall and karaoke lounge.
Breakfast: If you don't want to stray too far, head to Brickway. If time is not a factor, it's worth the trip to Julian's or Nick's on Broadway. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Louis is down and dirty, but so much fun! Olga's Cup and Saucer is an artisanal bakery—the breakfast sandwiches are delicious. Running late for the tour…for a quick bite head to Bagel Gourmet.
Lunch: Thayer Street has a ton of quick, casual restaurants right on campus. As you’ve come to see Brown, it's worth spending some time here to see college life in action. Student favorites are East Side Pockets for falafel, pizza at Nice Slice, Andrea's for Greek and Meeting St. Cafe. The Blue Room has great sandwiches, muffins, and cookies. A few streets away, Geoff’s is a sandwich lover’s dream with a true college feel.
A Step Up: Al Forno has been a Providence institution for over 30 years, serving seasonal Italian food, with many dishes cooked over a wood fire or grill. Famous as the birthplace of grilled pizza, this is our first choice if you don’t mind waiting. Al Forno only takes reservations for parties of 6 or more; otherwise it’s first come, first served. Other popular choices include—Mill’s Tavern, Gracies, Bacaro, North, The Dorrance, Cook and Brown and Birch.
Local Attractions: It’s worth a visit to the RISD Museum with a collection ranging from ancient to mid century modern. Don’t miss the newest addition; the 6000 square foot Chace Center. If you're lucky there may be an outdoor RISD art fair. Walk down to Wickenden Street and head to Indian Park or Prospect Park. Explore downtown Providence’s shops and cafes. History biffs will enjoy a self-guided walking tour of downtown provided by the Providence Preservation Society. Booklets for 4 different walking tours are available to purchase for $3.00 each at their office on Meeting Street.
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BROWN FAST FACTS
Bruno the Bear
Red & Brown
Providence, RI 02912
(p) (401) 863-2378
(f) (401) 863-9300
James Miller, Dean of Admission
NCAA Division I
John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Bolt Coffee shop
Olga's Cup and Saucer
East Side Pockets
Meeting St. Cafe
The Blue Room
Cook and Brown
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Photographs by Christian Harder