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Address: Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-555-1212
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Activities: Shopping, Dining
Description: Students from Brown University, and other schools in the area, congregate...
Students from Brown University, and other schools in the area, congregate on this funky street that boasts vintage clothing shops, bookstores, music shops and cafes.
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Fun little shops some good eats, close to Brown University

This was fun to walk around, shop a little at local shops and we found some great eats. It is great to spend a few hours but certainly there isn't enough to do half a day or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
KelseyGernert
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New England
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Milwaukee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Thayer Street offers the high-energy feel you'd expect from the main drag of a college campus. But, unlike a lot of college stomping grounds, it offers a surprising number of good restaurants. While you'll find some chains for quick eats (Au Bon Pain, Starbucks, Ben & Gerry's), there are also some local restaurants (at least I believe they are) that... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great, diverse restaurants on the edge of the Brown campus! Something is available for everyone! From fast food to nice sit down restaurants... From desert and pastries to 5 course meals!

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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Three of us spent a ladies weekend recently in Providence. Beautiful city! Great shopping if you are looking for extensive "mall" type shopping. We like the boutique shopping, just poking around. We were sent to Wickenden and Thayer streets, both of which were disappointing. Minimal to young..... We did find our way to Hope street which was fun and pleasant... More 

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New England
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was fun to walk around, shop a little at local shops and we found some great eats. It is great to spend a few hours but certainly there isn't enough to do half a day or anything. Enjoyable and will go back again.

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Rhode Island
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153 reviews 153 reviews
36 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Thayer Street is in the heart of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design campus area. There are a number of unusual shops and some great restaurants along the way. Parking can be challenging but once parked, it is a great place for a walk. There is a movie theater, college bookstore, eateries, and centuries of history to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

As other reviewers have said, this area is very walkable and probably the better way to see things as parking can be a bit of a nightmare. Tons of bike and tree-lined streets filled with shops, restaurants, and cafés full of college kids buried behind stacks of books. The area, especially Thayer, is little hub of activity that then branches... More 

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New England
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Many fun shops, very walkable, really good places for coffee or lunch. Some shops are ordinary, most are unique.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

While a must see if you are going to Providence, don't expect to spend more time here than it takes you to finish your food unless you are going to the Avon Theatre. There are some pretty nice niche shops and a good hookah bar, but unless you are meeting up with friends for a trivia night at Spats (which... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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282 reviews 282 reviews
90 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Thayer street is very busy due to a confluence of colleges locally (Brown, Johnson & Wales, Rhode Island School of Design). It has some chain retail places, but also some unique stores and places to eat as well. Browns main bookstores are on this street, along with a bunch more and there is always a decent buzz due to the... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We enjoyed walking up and down Thayer street and popping into some of the unique shops. I bought incense at an Indian store and my boyfriend bought a jacket at the Army Navy Store. People were very friendly and helpful. The people watching was also fun as we witnessed a sorority pledging new women and a frat singing as they... More 

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