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Smith Hill is a district in the northern area in Providence. Only a couple minutes from Federal Hill, Smith Hill provides a sense of entertainment and places to visit. Smith Hill is probably best known for its St Patrick's Parade and Bolivian Festival. Smith Hill has two main streets which are Chalkstone Ave and Smith St.

Get in[edit]

By public transportation[edit]

  • RIPTA, +1 401 781-9400. Services across all of Rhode Island and throughout Providence. Buses 56 and 57 goes straight through the Smith Hill area.

Get around[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

If you have a bike, you can go up and down Smith Hill with no problem. Everything is close by in Smith Hill, that a bike is perfect if you do not want to use a car.

See[edit]

Map of Providence/Smith Hill

Do[edit]

  • 1 Davis Park, 50 Raymond St. (at the beginning of Smith Hill). Davis Park is a great place for kids. Equipped with brand new playground equipments such as swings and slides, Davis park also has a basketball court, 3 baseball fields, and a track.
  • Rogers Rec Center, 60 Camden Ave (next to Harry Kizarian Elementary School), +1 401 455-8854. Daily noon-9PM. It has a basketball and a swimming pool open in the summer. The basketball court is also known to hold events, volley ball tournaments, basketball tournaments and more. In the summer, the pool is open daily noon - 5PM.

Events[edit]

  • Bolivian Festival, 244 Smith St, +1 401 274-9245. Held on August 15-16, the Bolivian Festival starts at St Patrick's Church and the parade ends in the ice rink downtown. The parade is a dedication to Virgen de Urkupiña. Saturday's time is 2PM through 9PM. Then, on Sunday, the fun begins at 2PM and lasts until 6PM. Free admission.
  • St. Patrick's Parade. A celebration of Irish heritage. It has been celebrated on Smith St. for more than 20 years, and takes up the entire street. The parade starts at noon.

Buy[edit]

  • ALDI, 539 Smith Street. A discount grocery store.
  • Off Campus Bookstore, 1017 Smith Street. It provides books for college students at significantly lower prices than those that can be found in University bookstores. A family-run business.

Eat[edit]

  • Mandarin Garden - 555 Chalkstone Ave +1 401 751-0144. A Chinese restaurant right in the middle of Smith Hill. Although they do not deliver they serve fine authentic Chinese food. This small family owned restaurant, may get busy at times, so it is better that you call in rather than waiting inside for your food to be done. Cheap prices for big appetites.
  • I Love Mexico - 283 Smith St +1 401 273-2026, in Smith Hill. I Love Mexico is a restaurant/bar. Authentic Mexican food is served here, with prices varying. Inside are 2 plasma TVs, making the environment feel comfortable for the costumers.
  • Newport Creamery, 673 Smith Street, +1 401 351-4677. Su-Th 7AM-10PM, F Sa 7AM-11PM. This location is the only one left in the city of Providence. It has been around for quite a while and offers a friendly, family oriented eating environment. It is an Ice cream shop and grill in one so if you are in the mood for anything ranging from a good burger to fish and chips or a couple scoops of your favorite flavored ice cream all available for a decent price you should consider Newport Creamery. They are also known for their signature shake, the "Awful Awful" which means its awful big and awful good which is available in a variety of flavors. The restaurant also offers an outdoor walk-up window for those interested in enjoying the weather and still having good food or wanting to have their favorite frozen treat.
  • Cool Licks Creamery, 1808 Smith Street. This ice cream shop on the edge of Centerdale offers 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream, multiple flavors of hard ice cream, as well as an assortment of other delicious frozen treats. Take the family out in the nice weather and enjoy the outdoor seating to enjoy a frozen treat or two.

Drink[edit]

  • Smith Hill Tap, 465 Smith St., +1 401 331-3235. A 21+ bar on Smith Street. A small bar with plenty of drinks and the price varies. Open til late into the night.
  • Club X, 681 Valley St.. An indoor club, but in the summer, also has an outside part to go party. Open 4 nights a week, you can party the night away. There are some days where there are themes, such as hip-hop night and Latin night. Depending on the theme/event the age limit varies with it. The price ranges from 10$ to ladies free. It is usually 21+ for men and 18+ for women, but depending on the theme it may change.
  • Bradley's Café, 571 Admiral St. Located behind Providence College, Bradley's Café includes a full menu of beer along with a mixed variety of mixed drinks all at a fair price. This is a College hotspot on Thursdays so if that's not your crowd, Thursday may not be the night for you. Come down and enjoy a drink, watch a game, have a bite from the menu and bump elbows with the locals.

Sleep[edit]

Adept Property Management - 531 Smith St +1-800-275-8777 - Apartments are up for rent around this neighborhood.

Connect[edit]

Post Office - 351 Smith Street. Open M-F 8AM to 5PM, Sa 8AM to 2PM, Su closed. This postal office is compact.

Cope[edit]

Coin-Op Laundry Mat - 282 Smith St +1 401 331-9562. The big washers are $3.25 for 20 minutes, and the smaller ones vary. The dryer is 25 cents = 8 minutes (50 cents = 16 minutes). This laundry mat only accepts quarters. You can make change at the front desk.

Elmhurst Hair Salon - 1017 Smith Street. With an old school vibe and quality barbers behind the chair this shop is sure to give more than just a good cut. If you're in the area be sure to stop by.

Go next[edit]

  • 2 Fargnoli Park (on Smith St, between Sharon st and April ct). This park offers a playground for the children, a baseball field for local little league team games, basketball courts for all ages, and in the summer time there is even a free water park sponsored by the city of Providence. This park is clean, well kept, easily accessible, has convenient parking, and is close to a Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Shop and gas station. It's on the Ripta bus 57 route.
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