Shop Downtown Providence


I love avoiding the malls at holiday time and discovering new places to shop. Here is a wonderful recommendation from one of our readers:

My daughter and I went out onto Westminster this morning to do a little holiday shopping for the daddy and brother without them, and we had a great time. You can hit OOP!, Bread and Board, DCI275, and Craftland in a two-block stretch, all of which offer great little items (and some really nice pricier ones). Symposium Books, Clover, and another new housewares store are also right there, too. And we got to hear the bells chime at the big Grace Church from right below, which was also a nice little treat.

Nearby Food:
Taqueria Pacifica (right off Westminster Street)
Offering West Coast-stylin’ Mexican food – fresh, flavorful, fun, and affordable.
Location: AS220 – 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI.
Phone: 401-831-9327
Tazza (corner of Westminster St. and Union Street)
Funky neighborhood caffe & bar located in Providence’s historic Alice Building
Location: 250 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island
Phone: 401-421-3300

Parking Bonus: The city has resumed its annual tradition of giving free street parking downtown and in other key shopping neighborhoods (see below). The program started November 27 and goes through New Year’s Day. Park for free from 11 am to 6 pm at metered parking spaces. The city also won’t give tickets for parking longer than the posted time in those neighborhoods.

Holiday Parking Zones:

Downtown Providence, bounded by Steeple Street, west to route 95; 95 south to 195; 195 east to Point Street; Point Street to Wickenden Street; north on South Main to North Main Street at Steeple Street
Wayland Square
South Main Street, from Wickenden Street to Packet Street
North Main Street, from Thomas Street to Park Row
Thayer Street
Atwells Avenue, from Bradford Street to Knight Street
Broad Street, from Public Street to Montgomery Street

About Anisa Raoof
Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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