Seven Stars Bakery, West Side Providence

Coffee Shop July 31, 2018
Dave

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Seven Stars Bakery, West Side Providence

Positioned on the corner of Broadway and Knight Street, Seven Stars is a neighborhood bakery that is one of the bedrocks of the West side of Providence. It is one of three Seven Stars in Rhode Island, and probably my favorite, due in part because I used to live nearby and go here a decent amount.

When I arrive I am able to find a parking spot fairly close by. It is street parking, but there aren’t any meters on Broadway (thankfully), so I’m not complaining. They do have a small parking lot on Knight street, but from what I recall, it’s always full so I don’t even bother checking if there’s a spot available. I remember from my past experiences here that they don’t have wifi, so it isn’t the place to go if you have any work that requires going online. In a pinch you could always bring a wifi hot spot or set one up on your smartphone, however. It’s worth noting that although I’ll be rating them as a coffee shop, they are better known for their exceptional baked goods, (especially their breads), so keep that in mind as you read on.

With the knowledge that I won’t be doing work on my computer, and with an hour to kill, I venture in, camera in one hand, and a book in the other. The goal is to take some photos, get some coffee, relax, and finish reading my book. Here we go!

High ceilings, wood accents, and an a beautiful display of bakery items and loaves of bread all lend to a modern neighborhood bakery feel that’s quite pleasant.
Time for a free cup of iced coffee. It’s a hot day and I’m really looking forward to this.
There’s a trendy meets timeless vibe going on in here that works very well.
They offer me choice of a small or large coffee. I could definitely use the extra caffeine, so I opt for the large, delivered by very friendly staff.
The tables are packed in tight, so there is a lot of seating, but you’re also close to your neighbors. This could be a plus or minus depending on your disposition.
This coffee is excellent, and it doesn’t last long.
There is a spot in the corner that is basically the best seat in the house. I’m going for it.
Now that I’ve relocated, I can start doing a bit of reading. Today I’m going to try to finish Gorilla Mindset. It’s actually quite a good motivational book. It’s packed with good advice and it’s an easy read. You can check it out here, and if you like it, that’s an affiliate link, so you’ll be supporting the coffee 401 if you decide to purchase it. Boom! Double win!
If you like their coffee you can stock up! Money doesn’t buy everything, but it can bring the Seven Stars coffee experience to the comfort of your own home.
They try to keep ingredients local where possible, which is always great to see.

So there you have it. It was a few years ago when I used to come here, and they have definitely upped their game since then. It looks better than ever, and the people who are here today all seem friendly. Some people are meeting friends and others are getting work done, or reading. I ended up finishing my book! With some new knowledge gained, and some exercises from the book to try out I pack up and prepare to head out.

Finish my book? Check. Have some great coffee? Check. Mission accomplished. That’s it for this round. I’ll say goodbye for now, until the next coffee adventure!

The Coffee 401 Verdict
  • 9/10
    Iced Coffee - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Atmosphere - 8/10
  • 8.5/10
    Place to meet a friend - 8.5/10
  • 6.5/10
    Place for a coffee date - 6.5/10
  • 7/10
    Place for a work session - 7/10
7.8/10

Summary

  • The coffee is sourced from George Howell, and is quite good. To find out more check out the George Howell’s site http://www.georgehowellcoffee.com/
  • The atmosphere is really great for a bakery, but it isn’t quite to the level of some of the dedicated coffee houses in Rhode Island.
  • Seven Stars is a decent spot to meet friends. There’s a lively atmosphere and the outdoor seating is nice in the summer. Also parking is free on the streets around it unlike some of the other coffee shops in Providence.
  • That being said, I personally wouldn’t make this my top choice if I was meeting someone for a first date. It’s not bad, by any means, but it isn’t as cozy and private as some of the top options. The chances your conversation will be overheard are pretty high.
  • Most of the tables are pretty small, and the number of outlets are limited, and there’s no wifi, which might be a no go scenario for some. However, as a place to unplug and focus on work or reading, it’s a decent option. Especially if you can get that back corner table.

While there are a few drawbacks compared to a place where coffee and staying awhile are more of the focus, the Seven Stars on Broadway manages to hold its own as a solid coffee spot. As a bakery it’s top notch, and it definitely gets a high recommendation overall from The Coffee 401. There is something different about the West side of Providence that feels more community driven, and slightly set apart from the stress of downtown without fully relinquishing the vibe of the city. It’s a good feeling. But don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself. It’s a trip well worth it.

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