April 21, 2017
Feeling nostaglic about your golden years spent in college? Whether you went to PC, RISD, Brown, Johnson and Wales or URI’s Providence campus, an afternoon spent strolling through College Hill’s scenic streets is sure to bring back memories. Even if you didn’t attend one of these fine educational institutions, you still will enjoy a day of rubbing shoulders with Rhode Island’s youth. Whether it be dining or fun, College Hill has it all.
RISD Museum of Art
College is all about learning, and what better place to discover more about the world than a museum? Head over to the RISD Museum of Art, which houses a long-term collection containing more than 86,000 works of art. It also has a number of special exhibitions that showcase an array of cultures and media from contemporary clothing to ancient objects. 224 Benefit St., Providence, 401-454-6500, risdmuseum.org.
2nd Time Around
Thrifty college students are always looking for good deals, so why not join them in the hunt? Second Time Around offers top-name brands at affordable prices, and features frequent-buyer cards and online accounts so customers can track their sales in real time. With various locations throughout the Northeast, that frequent-buyer card might (read: definitely will) come in handy. 294 Thayer St., Providence, 401-455-2050, secondtimearound.net.
East Side Pockets
East Side Pockets is the quintessential college eatery: cheap, delicious and packed with cozy charm. It’s a place where drowsy college students’ and polished businessmen’s worlds mesh over falafel. And boy is it good falafel. Load your pocket with hummus, tzatziki, turnip pickles and your source of protein, including beef, lamb, chicken or falafel. 278 Thayer St., Providence, 401-453-1100, eastsidepocket.com.
The Avon Cinema showcases a weekly indie film, which is usually shown at night. Our suggestion? Make an evening of it with dinner and a movie. Before the show, bask in the theater’s classic Art Deco architecture, which dates from its construtciont in 1938. They don’t make movie theaters like this anymore, folks. 260 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-3315, avoncinema.com.
Kabob and Curry
College is a chance to have some international experiences, and Kabob and Curry is a perfect opportunity. For dinner (or lunch for that matter), chow down on a lot more than just the title dishes: Try chicken korma, a lamb samosa or a variety of other dishes. Sip an Indian beer, enjoy some great quality food and admire the vibrant decor. 261 Thayer St, Providence, 401-273-8844, indianrestaurantsri.com.
Brown’s Grad Center Bar
Finish off the night in classic college style: at a bar. The Grad Center Bar is open to all Brown students, present or past, but if you’re not lucky enough to call yourself an alum, you can pay a five dollar cover to get in. Enjoy affordable beers and play a game or two of pool. They also have a sizable collection of board games if that’s more your style. 90 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-0270 brown.edu.