February 19, 2016
Visitor’s Guide to Rhode Island: The Hipster
So you are a hipster visiting Rhode Island because, well, it’s super hipster. What do you do to make sure your trip is as hip as it can be? We compiled a list of 5 places to visit that will send your trendy senses into overdrive:
Detox from technology at Better Off on 168 Broadway. This is a hipster’s dream space, a space that is void of iPhone’s and their various sepia photo filter options. Instead, fulfill your fantasy of typing a sonnet on a typewriter or taking truly sepia-toned images of brick facades with a Polaroid camera.
Benefit Street is the perfect place to rock your beard, rolled jeans and tortoise-shell shades. You’ll see meandering Brown and RISD students (who are super hipster, by the way) and an array of cool architecture that lends itself so nicely to any Instagram filter. For some great shots of yourself reading Voltaire amidst towering book shelves, pop into the gorgeous Providence Athenaeum.
For a truly hipster experience, you must be seen at least twice in a dim bar holding a negroni that was made by a bartender with a large beard. Hit one of the many cool bars Providence has to offer, from the classy Eddy Bar to the dive-y but good-ey What Cheer Tavern.
Are your vintage leather loafers wearing out from all the walking you’re doing in Rhode Island? Step into DownCity Outfitters for a closet refresher, pick up a pair of durable but trendy shoes and deck out in clothes that are sporty but still hipster–think hipster-hiker who rides his bike to work. You know you’ve always admired that look.
You can’t be a hipster in Rhode Island without getting a latte and sipping it while staring pensively out a large window. Stop by Dave’s Coffee on South Main Street for a quality cuppa (their honey latte is lovely) and watch RISD students in various states of tiredness float in and out.