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Address: Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-555-1212
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Students from Brown University, and other schools in the area...

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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Funky street with great retail, shopping, and cheap eats for teens and college students

This is a great street to visit whether you are adults or college students. It has mom and pops stores, restaurants of all prices, and even an Urban Outfitters. Lots for teens... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tracy P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great street to visit whether you are adults or college students. It has mom and pops stores, restaurants of all prices, and even an Urban Outfitters. Lots for teens and college kids. As for adults we had fun people watching, and walking around.

Thank Tracy P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cool street to walk and people watch. The army navy store is nice. Lots of casual dining spots for college kids on the go.

Thank bobbylupo
Wellington, Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good street to walk down and enjoy eats and drinks. Wonderful place to visit in Rhode Island . Good ambiance to the stores and the area in general

Thank julie g
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We were at Brown on a campus tour and were looking for a place for lunch. Thayer Street north of the campus has about every kind of food that you could want. We had Indian but there was also Greek, Mediterranean, Arabic, Chinese, Mexican etc. There wasn't much in the way of shopping unless you want to pick up some... More 

Thank Climb14ers
Iowa City, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Fun, active, busy street lined with restaurants and locally owned shops, including the Brown University Bookstore. Cheap pizza slices and froyo, that sort of thing, but also a couple of nice restaurants and bars.

1 Thank iowahome
St. Petersburg, Florida
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125 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I have mixed feelings about Thayer Street. On the one hand, there are some cool shops here but on the other, it's always busy with students from Brown of JWU, which is really annoying. It's nice to walk if it's not late at night with all the drunk students. Avoid anytime after 1am.

2 Thank HurricaneHetty
Providence, Rhode Island
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Thayer Street is the heartbeat of the microcosm of Brown University and RI School of Design. It is approximately 4 blocks long, and its packed with things to do. If you're into books, there is the Brown University Book Store, open to anyone. There are several clothing shops, including Spectrum India, which has some very colorful and very unusual stuff.... More 

1 Thank John A
Richmond, Va
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

I walked 25 minutes from the Hilton to see this area and was not impressed. Some of the shops I especially wanted to see were closed, altho students were all over the place, and it was midday. Off this street there are some lovely homes with beautiful gardens, some associated with Brown University, but overall don't waste your time going... More 

1 Thank 788Susan
Providence, Rhode Island
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I enjoy Thayer street because it has amazing restuarants and bars. It is lively during Sept-May due to college students being in the city. In the summer it is lively as well but not as rough you have time to go and enjoy the boutique stores and have a drink outside in Andreas. Also see a foreign or independent movie... More 

1 Thank Solarte87
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great place to people watch - you will be surprised by what you see here! Students from all of the local colleges keep this place new and refreshing.

Thank Lori S

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