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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, 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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People watching here is great. College students, tourists, celebrities (occasionally). Also, great shopping and food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
William A C
key west, United States
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on parents weekend and enjoyed walking on Thayer Street. It is full of energy and enthusiasm. You can get a cup of coffee and window shop while you are waiting for your table. This is a definite location to go to if you are visiting for the weekend.

Thank greatlady482
key west, United States
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

People watching here is great. College students, tourists, celebrities (occasionally). Also, great shopping and food.

Thank William A C
Barrington, Rhode Island
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48 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Wander through the blocks of Thayer Street and you'll encounter lots of good eateries, the excellent Brown bookstore, and some nice places to shop -- including some offering unique gifts. Good restaurants include Kabob & Curry, Andreas, Haruki East, and Byblos, among many others. Ample ice cream, pizza, burgers, and coffee, too. A great place to stroll, window-shop, and eat.

2 Thank RhodeScholar123
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

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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216 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

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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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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127 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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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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89 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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 

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