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CAFÉ, CASUAL DINING, SPILL THE BEANS

Spill The Beans: Five Stars for Seven Stars

Tori Trogani - June 13, 2016

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.

Seven Stars Bakery Hope Street Providence RI

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.

Danishes and Croissant at Seven Stars Bakery & Cafe Hope Street Providence RI

Seven Stars Pastry Case

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.

Beautifully baked breads at Seven Stars Bakery Hope Street Providence RI

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!

 

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HOURS:

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

ADDRESS: 

Seven Stars Bakery

820 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone (all locations): 401.521.2200

https://sevenstarsbakery.com/

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. 

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CAFÉ, CASUAL DINING, EATS & DRINKS, SPILL THE BEANS

SPILL THE BEANS: REDEFINING ARTISAN IN WAYLAND SQUARE

Tori Trogani - June 6, 2016

We  actually first stumbled upon L’artisan while in pursuit of a totally different bakery/restaurant. The family got really into the show Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel about two years back and when a place in Providence got featured we knew we had to check it out. We set out to find La Laiterie at Farmstead in Wayland Square with a lot of excitement only to find that they had since closed and the owners had moved back to Boston where they had opened a new restaurant called Townsman (which we are dying to try out!).

But it wasn’t a wasted trip because while we were driving around, confused, looking for La Laiterie we found the beautiful L’artisan Café & Bakery instead!

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AT THE BIJOU, THINGS TO DO

AT THE BIJOU: AN EAST SIDE CLASSIC

Julia Trogani - May 9, 2016

In this modern era of movie viewing, when you can watch almost anything you want anytime you want, it’s kind of amazing that people still go to movie theaters at all!  But there is something about the shared experience of seeing a movie, especially in the beautiful, vintage theaters that now house many of our art house cinemas, that keeps people coming back for more.

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OUTDOORS, THINGS TO DO

STROLLING DOWN THE BOULEVARD IN PROVIDENCE, RI

Tori Trogani - October 29, 2015

It officially feels like fall!

I always get very excited when the leaves start changing. It means I can pull out my autumn wardrobe and start wearing my cozy sweaters and my embarrassingly large collection of boots. It means hot cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and hot chocolate with nutmeg and cinnamon. It means Halloween and Thanksgiving (and that Christmas is quickly approaching). It means it’s the season for my all-time favorite smell: chimney smoke on crisp, cold air. And, of course, it also means gorgeous, colorful trees.

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