Providence RI

#9. Providence RI

Coffee milk is Rhode Island’s state drink, so it’s no wonder that the capital is considered one of America’s best coffee cities. According to Travel + Leisure, Rhode Island ranked as the state with the best baked goods, and what goes better with a perfect pastry than amazing coffee? The city’s large artist population and Brown University students means the city has a high percentage of coffee connoisseurs streaming to local favorites like The Shop for its familiar vibe and The Coffee Exchange for its beans roasted in small batches.

With nearby beaches and a wealth of history as one of America’s oldest cities, Providence isn’t just known for its java. It’s a city with an under-the-radar arts scene that shouldn’t be missed. Every summer, the WaterFire installation lights up the rivers with bonfires and public art displays, and the famous Rhode Island School of Design Museum is a gem for art admirers.

Coolest Coffee Shop: Dave’s Coffee gets our nod as the coolest, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and homage to the sweet coffee milk drink that every Rhode Islander grew up drinking. Plus, they sell their coffee syrups so you can make your favorite drinks at home.  

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