Little Sister is a New East Side Cafe with Latin Flair in Providence

The Hope Street spot from the same owners of Rebelle Artisan Bagels serves takeout pastries, coffee and breakfast and lunch options.

Where to eat
Persimmon
Piloted by multiple James Beard Foundation Award-nominated chef Champe Speidel, this modern eatery serves ingredient- and technique-driven American cuisine. Persimmon’s menu changes a bit from night to night, but Chef Speidel’s culinary vision remains a constant, putting exceptional skill, passion and flavor into in each and every dish. 99 Hope St., Providence, 432-7422, persimmonri.com.

Dune Brothers
Sure, a city-based seafood shack might sound odd—but hear us out. Housed in Providence’s Innovation and Design District, Dune Brothers is certainly bringing ingenuity to the Capital City with its charming walk-up window and its locally sourced eats. Try the cloudy New England chowder recipe, made up of fresh Rhode Island littlenecks and hand cut potatoes. 239 Dyer St., Providence, 480-1269, dunebrothers.com.

Further afield
GottaQ BBQ
Once named by MSN as one of the top fifty barbecue joints in the country, GottaQ cooks up authentic wood-smoked pork, tri-tip and beef brisket, baby back ribs and pulled chicken. Don’t skimp on sides like mac and cheese, barbecue pit beans, brisket chili and more. This is classic barbecue done right, but you’re just going to have to taste it to believe it. 2000 Mendon Rd., #10, Cumberland, 475-4227, gottaq.net.

Where to explore
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Discover more than 160 species of animals (think: elephants, snow leopards, red pandas and even a Komodo dragon) in naturalistic exhibits throughout the forty-acre grounds. Outdoor interactive play areas are available year long and animal feeding opportunities and other special features are offered seasonally. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 785-3510, rwpzoo.org.

Providence Ghost Tour
Take a walk on the spooky side of Rhode Island’s history with the Providence Ghost Tour. Beginning and ending at Prospect Terrace Park on the East Side of Providence, knowledgeable guides will lead you by lantern-light in the footsteps of the area’s deceased-but-not-quite-departed residents. Congdon Street, Providence, 484-8687, providenceghosttour.com.

Further afield
R1 Indoor Karting
R1 Indoor Karting lets customers zoom around a kart track at blistering speeds. Equipped with the latest in go-kart technology, the electric vehicles have the power of a racecar without the fumes. The asphalt track is specifically designed for karting, meaning you’ll have a fast experience all around. While you’re there, also try your hand at axe throwing at the onsite Axe Bar or race against the clock in their Legends of the Hidden Temple-themed escape room. 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 721-5554, r1indoorkarting.com.

Where to shop
Frog and Toad
Gift shops can seem pretty humdrum when stocked with the same generic knick-knacks and bric-a-brac. That’s not the case with Frog and Toad. While their brick and mortars are currently closed for in-person shopping, you can browse their online inventory jam-packed with a quirky assortment of art, apparel, jewelry, games and more and arrange same-day curbside pickup at the Hope Street location. 795 Hope St., Providence, 831-3434, frogandtoadstore.com.

Campus Fine Wines
Everyone deserves to sit down with a nice glass of cabernet (or whatever your drink may be) after a long, hard day of work. Luckily, Campus Fine Wines is here and more than happy to cultivate your thirst. Peruse the wide selection of small production, organic wines and thoughtfully chosen beers and spirits at your leisure or rely on the specially curated staff picks. 127 Brook St., Providence, 621-9650, campusfinewines.com.

FURTHER AFIELD
Ocean State Apparel
If you’re feeling nostalgic, you might want to take a gander at Ocean State Apparel’s inventory. The store is well-known for its Little Rhody-themed souvenirs and gifts, including T-shirts and signage with funny slogans, various products created by local artisans, and iconic Rhode Island fare including Del’s lemonade packets and Iggy’s doughboy mix. Best of all? The shelves are also stocked with a slew of Benny’s (R.I.P.) memorabilia. 2105 Post Rd., Warwick, 737-0686, oceanstatesouvenirs.com.