Shopping in Providence
Shopping is historic in Providence!
The city is home to the oldest mall in America, the Arcade (circa 1828),
and also one of the newest malls in America, Providence Place, opened in 1999.
Several additional shopping districts in the city are popular destinations.The Arcade
The oldest indoor shopping mall in America (c. 1828),
the Arcade features massive granite columns and extensive
interior ornamental wrought iron work.
A National Historic Landmark,
the Greek Revival building boasts a facade with six gigantic Ionic columns,
intricate cast iron railings, and three tiers of shops and dining.
Located in the heart of downtown Providence,
Providence Place was designed to compliment and
enhance the architecture of the adjacent State
House and historic downtown. Providence Place is
linked to the Rhode Island Convention Center via a
pedestrian skybridge to the adjoining Westin Hotel,
with Waterplace Park and the Amtrak station
conveniently located across the street.
Providence Place began operating on August 20, 1999,
and features anchor stores Nordstrom's, Filenes,
and Lord & Taylor, over 150 specialty shops and boutiques,
five full-service restaurants on street-level,
a nine-level parking garage, 16-screen movie complex
and 400-seat IMAX theater.
A magnet for art lovers, this street is
flanked by galleries, antique shops and coffeehouses.
It is a popular hang-out for Rhode Island School of Design students.
Located on the edge of the Brown University
campus in the heart of the residential East Side,
Thayer Street is home to college bookstores, clothing shops, and trendy bars.