To say we’re caffeine fans would be putting it lightly. I’m a big fan of black tea, and Jess’s coffee is as essential to her day as breathing oxygen, seriously. Is it just me or does anyone else feel way smarter after their first cup? Just a short drive from Newport (or long depending on who you ask) Providence is home to some of the best coffee shops around. Whether it be a dirty chai, a latte or even just black—these are our go-to Providence coffee shops. And if there’s any we missed, let us know in the comments.
Providence Coffee Shops
Seven Stars Bakery: If you’re as serious about bread as Oprah in her Weight Watchers commercial, Seven Stars doesn’t disappoint. Challah, sourdough, whole wheat, focaccia, olive, baguette and even a Vermont Cheddar cheese bread—there’s so many homemade options to choose from. They don’t take coffee lightly either, with a rigorously trained barista staff that more than knows their way around an espresso machine. Don’t skimp on their baked goods, the almond chocolate croissants are one of my all time favorites!
820 Hope Street or 342 Broadway
L’Artisan: This might just be the perfect place to hang out for the day if you’ve got your laptop and some work to do. Not only do they have free wifi, but their coffee selection is on par with cafes you can visit in Europe—they’ve earned the prestigious Illy artisti del gusto designation. One of only 75 cafes in the country to hold that honor. Feeling famished? Their varied selection of panini, wraps, salads, craft beers, wines and even Lebanese pies offer plenty of choices for lunch. I’d also love to point out that they have two of my all time favorite breakfast options: a bagel/lox and croque matin on the menu, which not many places do. It’s a little taste of New York and Paris in Providence.
9 Wayland Square
Pastiche: A bad day gets better with a visit to Pastiche. That’s how amazing the European-inspired confections are here. Even the storefront is sweet without being saccharine. It’s the ideal spot to indulge with a wide selection of cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, tea cakes, brownies, lemon squares, muffins, scones, crumb cakes and macaroons (the selection is huge my friends). My stomach is growling just thinking about all of the options. The beauty of Pastiche is you don’t have to commit to a full size dessert either. You can order pies and cakes whole or by the slice. They’re open late, so pop in after dinner on date night for something decadent. The working fireplace sets such a romantic and cozy vibe you’ll close the place down hanging out.
92 Spruce Street
The Shop: Committed to feeding the locals with quality ingredients they have direct trade coffee, dairy from grass-fed cows and pastries from local bakeries. Their menu has got some tasty options on it including a steel-oat and buckwheat porridge, seasonal quiches and an apple cheddar corn muffin. They even offer gluten-free options!
460 Wickenden Street
Bolt Coffee at The Dean: Nestled in the Dean Hotel this sleek little cafe is the perfect place to spend the afternoon with friends or if you’re solo their incredibly friendly baristas will make you feel right at home. Oversized pendant lights, clean black wood tables, fresh flowers, intricate tile work and billboard-style lettering on the walls creates a cool and sophisticated atmosphere. You won’t want to leave, I promise. The menu may be small but it is mighty. All of their drinks are crafted with care, including their mochas made with Mast Brothers Chocolate and their signature matcha with fresh grapefruit juice, one of Jess’s favorites.
122 Fountain Street
The Nitro Bar: The Nitro Bar is the best spot to get your craft latte and breakfast sandwich fix. Not to mention, their cold brew is divine. The Nitro Bar even has their own Nitro Cart available to rent for events and functions.
228 Broadway Street
Dave’s Coffee: For all coffee milk fans, head to Dave’s Coffee in Providence. You can be a true Rhode Islander without a favorite local coffee milk.
341 S Main Street
The Coffee Exchange: Another favorite spot to get a deliciously satisfying cup of coffee. You can always guarantee an organic, fair trade, single origin brew.
207 Wickenden Street
Cafe Pearl at the RISD Museum: If you happen to be perusing the RISD Museum head into the Cafe Pearl for a great coffee to enjoy while browsing.
224 Benefit Street
Small Point Cafe: A funky, eco-friendly coffee shop located on Westminster, Small Point Cafe has fair-trade organic coffee, tea, and espresso. They also serve pastries and sandwiches!
230 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
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