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Downtown Providence

Has donned the stylish trappings of the past while stepping confidently into the future.

Welcome to Downtown Providence

Art Deco style and historic landmarks shine in this vibrant city center.
Considered the center point of Providence, this stylish and historic neighborhood shines with stunning art deco architecture and sleek contemporary designs. As the heartbeat of the Creative Capital, Downtown Providence boasts vibrant boutiques and first-class culinary destinations, making it not only a bastion of Providence's history but a chic enclave with every modern amenity. 
Taking a cue from its stylish past, Downtown Providence has proven itself as the center not only of the city but of cultural, design, and business innovation. Honoring the past with a stunning restoration of the Arcade Providence, Providence has donned the stylish trappings of the past while stepping confidently into the future. Built-in 1828, the Arcade was the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States and presents a prime example of Greek Revival architecture. Today this elegant piece of Providence’s past has been restored to its original grandeur, with luxe modern updates like chic micro-lofts and unique small businesses featuring hip whiskey bars and global cuisine.

What to Love

  • Culinary destination 
  • Historic landmarks
  • Hip pubs and stylish bistros 
  • Gorgeous art deco design

People & Lifestyle

With an elegant history, stunning architecture, and the creativity and youthful spirit of a classic college town, Downtown Providence is the coveted home to university students, young professionals, and stylish families looking for a bit of urban chic.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

As home to the prestigious culinary institute Johnson and Wales University, it’s hardly a surprise that Downtown Providence contains some of the city’s most outstanding culinary delights. The upscale Mill's Tavern offers a historic setting, elevated steakhouse fare, and fresh seafood. This elegant bistro, which has been voted one of the top restaurants in Providence, shines with an extensive wine list and a sumptuous menu of seasonal dishes and wine pairings.
The iconic Hemenway's Restaurant features fresh, top-of-catch seafood and a noted wine list, while its airy dining room and wall of riverside windows delight guests with scenic views and luxurious details. Circe, like her namesake, is bright and stylish. The refined New American fare showcases New England’s freshest seafood and chef-driven delicacies, like lobster caramel with seared scallops, sauteed spinach, and champagne beurre blanc, while the elegant elixirs on the cocktail menu are deserving of the magical goddess herself. With first-rate hospitality and Euro-Italian classics, Capriccio dazzles with a decadent menu, rare wines, and elegant fireplaces. Sophisticated and stylish, the refined menu includes upmarket classics like boeuf Wellington, caviar, escargot, and a raw bar.

Things to Do

As the center of the Creative Capital, Downtown Providence delights in concocting the most innovative and unique cultural and artistic festivals in New England. The impressive PVD Fest celebrates Providence’s creative spirit with more than 5,000 artists, performers, and curators providing live music, dance, culinary masterpieces, and stunning visual art installations.
The downtown district is home to Providence’s signature event, WaterFire. This outstanding fire sculpture installation features nearly 100 bonfires blazing just above the surface of the three rivers passing through the center of downtown Providence. Wander the walking paths that skirt the river and take in the breathtaking sight of this acclaimed event. Founded in 1880, the Providence Art Club was created to foster art appreciation, and today it boasts a wide membership, galleries, programs, and events that educate, inspire, and build the artistic community. The opulent Providence Performing Arts Center entertains with musicals, concerts, dance performances, and special events. This grand 1920’s movie palace also features an exclusive membership club with luxe amenities and upscale experiences.


Downtown Providence is home to the esteemed Johnson and Wales University, which counts as alumni such notable chefs as Emeril Lagasse and Tyler Florence.

Overview for Downtown Providence, RI

5,287 people live in Downtown Providence, where the median age is 34 and the average individual income is $39,523. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

34 years

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Around Downtown Providence, RI

There's plenty to do around Downtown Providence, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bistro Café, LuLi Boutique, and Twenty Stories.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.26 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.96 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.05 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.43 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.13 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.63 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown Providence, RI

Downtown Providence has 2,346 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Downtown Providence do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 5,287 people call Downtown Providence home. The population density is 11,126.191 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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44.47 / 55.53%

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Schools in Downtown Providence, RI

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown Providence. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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