Readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine have ranked Providence as America’s third favorite city.
According to the magazine, The Rhode Island capital woos travelers with hip locals, walkable streets and charming public spaces. But the city closes the deal with its wealth of edible specialties, like grilled pizza at Al Forno or Bacaro, and the java laced with sweet coffee milk (Rhode Island’s official state drink). For pastries, go to one of the three branches of Seven Stars Bakery. Providence also ranked highly for food trucks, including what could be the nation’s first restaurant on wheels (Haven Bros., which started in 1916) and newcomer MootzaDeli, offering cheesy signature sandwiches layered with prosciutto, mozzarella, olive spread, and pesto.
Travel + Leisure’s America’s Favorite Places survey opened on 10/8/2015 and closed on 04/15/2016. The open-response survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories, including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. Cities are defined as governed bodies with a population over 100,000. After discarding incomplete ballots and cities that received less than 20 votes, each entry was ranked according to an average score.
Buffalo, New York was ranked number one, followed by San Antonio, TX, Norfolk, VA, and Nashville, TN rounded out the top 5.