Happy 4th of July! Our post is up late today, I know, but I’m very excited to tell you about the 4th of July outing we just had so you can check out some of amazing places we went. We decided to take a trip down to Newport tonight to see the Newport Harbor Fireworks (post going up on Wednesday!), but on the way, we stopped for dinner at Pasta Beach.
I have never gone into a Seven Stars Bakery without finding lines of locals picking up their favorite pastries, muffins, croissant and beautifully baked breads. Tori, Cassie and I met at the Hope Street location today to do a bit of shopping and indulge in a little something delicious from this busy café/bakery and, as always, found the place humming with hungry patrons.
Snaking our way through the stanchions to the case, we were greeted with an amazing array of baked goods: ginger scones, sticky buns, raisin danish, chocolate almond croissant – what to choose? We picked out our pastries, placed our orders for cappuccinos and tea and quickly grabbed an open table.
The interior of this Seven Stars location has an industrial vibe with cement floors and a huge metal door on one wall that once belonged to a wood fired oven until the shops bread production was moved off site. Cozy café tables and counters line the front wall and window, while in the rear there is long wood table with benches for communal seating. We were lucky enough to get a table by the window on this beautiful, sunny fall day. Getting seating here can be bit challenging in cooler weather, but as temps warm up the seating situation eases when they open a petite but pretty patio for outdoor dining.
I am kind of a pushover for good latte art and the baristas here are experts in that department (witness the gallery of masterpieces on the wall behind the coffee bar). The owners take an equal amount of care choosing their coffee, developing relationships with fair trade farms and using local coffee roaster New Harvest. The result is delicious coffee that perfectly complements their baked goods. We all enjoyed our treats today. Cassie and I split a moist and delicious pumpkin walnut muffin, while Tori chose their buttery, flakey bacon, goat cheese and prosciutto danish.
The bread at Seven Stars is stellar so we grabbed a crusty baguette for the road before heading out to shop the fab shops of Hope Street. I highly recommend trying the olive bread made with Kalamata and Moroccan cured olives – so good!
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 7pm
SEVEN STARS BAKERY: $
Key $: $14 and under $$: $15 to $30 $$$: $31 to $50 $$$$ More than $50
Seven Stars Bakery
820 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone (all locations): 401.521.2200
Seven Stars on Hope Street has a small parking lot. Additional parking can be found on the side streets adjacent and across the street from the building.