Main Street, the center of town, is dotted with clothing, home, and gift stores, like Zuzu’s of East Greenwich (165 Main St.) for women’s fashion; A Gracious Soul Shop (110 Main St.) for consciously sourced apparel and gifts; and Organical Botanical (110 Main St.), which sells its own herbal, aromatherapeutic bath and body products. Le’s Isle Rose (1000 Division St. #20) is an enormous store packed with souvenirs, gifts, clothing, home decor, and fresh flowers. Blueprint 5 (631 Main St.), an upscale men’s store, features imported Italian clothing and an on-site tailor. Enjoy lively Main Street Strolls once a month showcasing these retailers and more on July 21 (Music on Main) and August 18 (Taste of EG).
Food lovers: find shelves upon shelves of specialty wine, craft beer, and spirits at The Savory Grape (1000 Division St. Unit 130), and preorder an expertly assembled charcuterie board to carry out (or dine in on the patio) from Graze on Main (58 Main St.). Complete a picnic lunch with a trip to Dave’s Fresh Marketplace, a Rhode Island staple with locations all over the state; Back to Basics Natural Foods (500 Main St.) for fresh and locally grown goods; and grab a snack for your four-legged friend from Bone Appetit (102 Main St.), an eco-friendly dog treat store. And for plant lovers, Wildwood Nursery & Garden Center (659 Frenchtown Rd.) – a lush wonderland of greenery – is a must-see, with a summer event July 23.
When people from Providence are heading to East Greenwich for dinner, you know big things are happening in the culinary scene. The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar (219 Main St.) focuses on farm-to-table contemporary cuisine using local ingredients. Breakfast and lunch are next level at Dante’s Kitchen (315 Main St.), where American favorites are served with a creative Southern twist. With three locations, T’s Restaurant (5600 Post Rd.) is a local favorite homestyle restaurant known for their all-day breakfast and art by the owner.
For worldly cuisine, no passport is needed when you’re on Main Street. La Masseria (223 Main St.) serves upscale Italian cuisine in an authentic countryside setting. Raku Sakura (148 Main St.) can cure any sushi fix. Rasa (149 Main St.) is an upscale Indian restaurant, and Kon Asian Bistro & Hibachi Grill (553 Main St.) offers a fun dining experience with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. For craft brews, LineSider
Brewing Company (1485 South County Tr.) is a small-batch beer facility and taproom.
Even coffee gets the epicurean treatment in East Greenwich. Felicia’s Coffee (5757 Post Rd.) offers an inviting coffeehouse atmosphere with a huge selection of flavored and specialty coffee. Main Street Coffee (137 Main St.) doubles as both a coffee shop and espresso martini bar. Brunch bites, mason jar cocktails, and ocean ambiance set the tone at Drip Coffee House ( 2725 South County Tr.). Not a coffee fan? Spill the Tea (4372 Post Rd.) is a sustainable tea house serving healthful and fun iced and hot varieties.
To taste some of Rhode Island’s food heritage, stop by Jigger’s Diner (145 Main St.), which has been around since 1917 and is a go-to destination for johnnycakes, the iconic food made from cornmeal ground at Kenyon’s Grist Mill in Kingston. A second location, Jigger’s South (640 Boston Neck Rd., North Kingstown), will be open for summer.
Until 1854, East Greenwich was one of five state capitals in Rhode Island, one for each county. The seat of the legislature rotated among them. It also claims to be the birthplace of the US Navy, as established by a 1772 General Assembly resolution. Several other towns also stake this claim, but East Greenwich is the earliest and the only one to involve specific governmental authorization. See East Greenwich’s history for yourself at its two museums. The Varnum House Museum (57 Pierce St.) is a Georgian mansion that is a time capsule of early American life. The Varnum Memorial Armory (6 Main St.) houses a military history museum, including artifacts from the Revolutionary War and weapons from World Wars I and II.
East Greenwich’s location on Greenwich Cove makes it easy for day-tripping boaters to make a stop. The East Greenwich Marina(45 Water St.) usually offers transient dockage by the hour or overnight and has two on-site restaurants: Finn’s Harborside (38 Water St.) serves up fresh seafood and live music on the weekends, and Blu on the Water (20 Water St.) is the place to see and be seen in this coastal town. Also featuring stunning views of the cove is Water Street Kitchen & Bar (28 Water St.). All are great choices for grabbing a bite after watching vessels compete in the East Greenwich Yacht Club Annual Regatta (EGYCRegatta.com) on July 9.
From crowd-pleasing cover bands to one-of-a-kind comedy acts and more, the Greenwich Odeum (59 Main St.) is the place to be for live music and performances all season. Catch local acts jamming out at The Patio on Main (431 Main St.), The Trap (the neighborhood bar inside Safehouse) (195 Old Forge Rd.), and
Union & Main (455 Main St.), too.
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