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Where to Get Your Sugar Rush in Providence

With this never-ending stream of midterms, it can be nice to know the best places in Providence to get some sugar and serotonin. Even if all your midterms are over and your grades have been uploaded, you deserve a sweet treat to celebrate. Providence is not a huge city, but it has lots of sugar to offer. Check out my list below of all the best places (in no particular order) to get your sweets. Make sure to grab your friends because they will not want to miss out on these great places. I hope you’re hungry because here comes the sugar rush!


1. PVDonuts

79 Ives Street

If you’ve never had PVDonuts then you are really missing out. They have giant, thick, delicious donuts that will put you straight into a food coma. Seriously, half a donut in I don’t think I could eat anything else for the rest of the day. They have their staple donuts that are available year-round but also keep an eye out for their monthly menus to see what donut creations are featured that month.


2. Insomnia Cookies

307 Thayer Street

We all know and love our beloved insomnia cookies, so of course, I had to add them to this list. There is nothing like a nice warm cookie to add some sugar to your day. Best of all, they deliver! You don’t even need to leave campus to taste the goodness of your favorite kind of cookies.


3. Ellie’s 

225 Weybosset Street

Not many people on campus know about or appreciate the charming Ellie’s. They are open for breakfast and lunch and have a beautiful assortment of pastries and other treats. If you’re feeling fancy, try some of their macarons, you will not be disappointed. Personally, their croissants always have me drooling. I must say, anything you get there will taste like a little slice of heaven.


4. Knead Donuts

55 Cromwell Street

If this place sounds familiar then you’re probably right. There have been a few events where PC had Knead Donuts cater and provided us with one of the best stress relievers—donuts. You can never know too many good donut places, so here is another one for your list. Make sure you check out all the gourmet donuts this place has to offer.


5. LaSalle Bakery

685 Admiral Street

The beauty of LaSalle is how close it is to campus. Just a brief walk away and you have access to a wide variety of pastries. They have a treat for whatever you’re feeling. It can be really nice to go there on the weekend with some friends and get something delicious to take a break from a Ray breakfast.


6. Pastiche

92 Spruce Street

This place is a little pricier than the others, but this bakery has a wide array of cakes and pastries that everyone can find something they love. If you and your group usually have a hard time picking what you collectively want, this place is perfect for letting everyone get the type of treat you need.


7. Ben & Jerry’s

224 Thayer Street

While yes, we have Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at several locations on campus, it’s a pint of a price gouge. It is actually less expensive to buy your pint there. Plus then you are guaranteed to get your preferred flavors. On-campus I feel like it is always a scavenger hunt to find any flavor but Cherry Garcia (If no one is buying it why is it constantly restocked?). Plus you can buy a quart instead at Ben and Jerry’s for those extra tough weeks. Now that we can’t get our milkshake fix at McPhail’s anymore, Ben and Jerry’s also provides a solution to that. You can even design your own shake if you’re feeling adventurous.


8. La Creperie

82 Fones Alley

I have not been able to go to La Creperie yet, but it is certainly on my list. Who doesn’t love a good crepe? I have heard great things about all of their options. They have both sweet and savory crepes for whatever you are feeling, but it doesn’t stop there. They also have waffles, smoothies, and so many other treats to choose from. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this place.


9. Feed the Cheeks

182 Wayland Ave

Feed the Cheeks is fairly new to the Providence scene. However, in their short time open they’ve managed to make a big splash. This is another place on my list to go to. This place has “thicc” cookies that look absolutely amazing. These are the ooey-gooey cookies we all deserve. I never knew watching a video of a cookie being broken in half could be so satisfying. Plus the aesthetic of their little bakery is everything. The whole place radiates with sugar and good vibes.


10. Honorable mention: Frisky Fries

100 Washington Street

If you’re wondering why this crazy person just put a french fry place on a sugar rush list, you’ve clearly never heard of Frisky Fries. Who said french fries couldn’t be made into a dessert? At Frisky Fries fries are the meal, the side, AND the dessert. Whatever you’re craving, they have a fry for that. They have both regular and waffle fries, plus sweet potato too. There is something there for everyone, even if you just want your fries “naked” as they say.

Samantha Dietel

Providence '23

Samantha Dietel is a junior Psychology and Elementary/Special Ed double major and is senior editor for the Providence chapter of HC. She loves to stay involved on campus and is a choreographer for Dance Club, participates in Active Minds, Education Club, PAWS, PC Pals, volunteers with Inspiring Minds, and is a member of the Psi Chi honor society. As a local near Providence, she enjoys guiding her friends around the city and showing them what it has to offer. Samantha also enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and a good binge-watch.
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