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An Instagram Tour Of The East Side Of Providence

By stephanie - September 22, 2016
When you live in a neighborhood as beautiful as the East Side of Providence, you have tons of Instagrammable moments. So we thought what better way to showcase this amazing historical district, than through the eyes of the residents. So join us for an Instagram tour of The East Side of Providence to see all the great sites. Then once your interest in piqued, check out our video tour and learn more about the community profile of this thriving neighborhood.

1. Lippit Park on the East Side of Providence

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ6cVAvDrVH/?r=mg1   Looking for delicious artisanal foods to stock your pantry? Take a stroll through the Hope Street Farmers Market in Lippit Park. Every Saturday and Wednesday during the summer, dozens of local vendors sell heirloom produce, farm-raised meat, and fresh-baked breads to inspire your next meal. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to set up a picnic right in the park! Share a meal with your neighbors or just sit back with your family and friends to enjoy the sounds of local acoustic musicians.

2. Benefit Juice Bar

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ0sMxBD2Kh/?r=mg1   Kick start your day with a healthy fresh-squeezed juice, power-packed smoothie, or a delicious cup of fair-trade coffee at Benefit Juice Bar. Located right in the heart of the historic East Side of Providence, Benefit Juice Bar is a perfect spot to stop through for a quick to-go order or grab a seat to hear some of the best local artists, curl up with a good book, or join lively debates with Brown and RISD students who love this eclectic hangout.

3. India Point Park

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGkJhcgw_1N/?r=mg1 If you need to take a break from city life for a minute, head over to India Point Park. Located right along the junction of the Seekonk and Providence Rivers, India Point Park is a gorgeous place to take a leisurely stroll with your dog, play frisbee with your friends, and just relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Also, if you are looking for a great place to host an event like a wedding, family reunion, or company picnic, India Point Park is the perfect spot!

4. Fox Point

https://www.instagram.com/p/_7ew2gIExm/?r=mg1   Are you a local history buff? Do you love the gorgeous details of Federal, Greek, and Italianate architecture? Take a tour of the Fox Point neighborhood. Established in 1680, Fox Point was once a major trading point for Colonial America and its still connected to its historical roots. Check out the architectural styles of some of the oldest homes in America and see how the thriving artistic residents have added their own flair to this wonderful community.

5. Providence Art Club

https://www.instagram.com/p/-R9XmFgVA7/?r=mg1   Established in 1880 to foster and preserve local art, the Providence Art Club is still an important part of the thriving art scene. Located in a picturesque row of historic homes, the Providence Art Club is four gorgeous buildings, each with a unique club function. Sign up for membership to take a class with master artists or get some studio time in. Membership not for you? You can also simply stop by to enjoy a free public exhibit.

6. The Ann Eliza Burgess House

https://www.instagram.com/p/1BJ_aQhUZY/?r=mg1   Built in 1852, the Ann Eliza Burgess House is a gorgeous example of East Providence’s historic houses. Beautifully restored, this Greek Revival home was beautifully restored to include all the modern conveniences, while still maintaining its period charm and detail. Located on 130 Prospect Street, it’s an easy home to see on a walking tour through College Hill.

7. Benefit Street Architecture

https://www.instagram.com/p/LfhX7eSI5s/?r=mg1   If you want to learn more about the history of Providence, there is no better place than Benefit Street. Once a rundown part of town, through the work of the Providence Preservation Society, Benefit Street is now one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the country. Take a 90-minute walking tour with the Rhode Island Historical Society (http://www.rihs.org/) to see gorgeously restored Colonial and Victorian Homes like the James Burr House built in 1786, the Amos Allen House built in 1773, or the Anthenaeum, once a favorite hangout of the famed writer H.P. Lovecraft.

8. The Duck And Bunny

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE8zSwwri2F/?r=mg1   After taking a walking tour, you may be looking for a great place to unwind and relax. That is where The Duck and Bunny comes in. As the east side’s most famous snuggery, this comfy destination is a great place to relax with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a cigar. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with one of their world-famous cupcakes and crepes!

9. Coffee Exchange

https://www.instagram.com/p/vTW5vNHbOs/?r=mg1   There’s nothing better than a great cup of coffee. As Wickenden Street’s premiere coffee spot, you can sample a wide selection of sustainable, fair trade coffee from all over the world to find the perfect blend for you. Coffee Exchange is also a great spot to meet local artists and students, and sit back and enjoy some people watching while you recharge for your busy day!  

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