While we love the hustle and bustle of Newport’s waterfront and mansion district during the summer, the crowds can be a bit overwhelming to some. So where to the locals go when they want to escape the crowds? The Broadway District, a short walk from either of our Newport boutique hotels. This neighborhood is full of restaurants, bars, and shops, and has a funkier, locals-only vibe (or just visitors in-the-know) to it than the waterfront. With six blocks of shops and restaurants to explore, you can easily spend an afternoon on Newport’s Broadway District.
First, some history: the Newport Stamp Act Riot took place on Broadway in 1765, similar to the Boston Tea Party, where colonists protested the British government’s taxation of necessary goods like paper for printing and correspondence. For those wanting to learn more about the history of the area, the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, the oldest surviving house in Newport, is open for tours by appointment.
After you’ve brushed up on your local history, grab some lunch at one of the district’s many casual restaurants. Boru Noodle Bar, with its delicious ramen noodle soup, tuna poké, and steamed pork buns, is one of our new favorites. Binge BBQ brings the smoked porky goodness and can even be your late night fix, should you find yourself hankering for some sustenance late on weekends.
Empire Tea & Coffee will give you the caffeine fix you’ll need for perusing the funky shops and boutiques on Broadway. Hunt for that favorite throwback on vinyl at Vinyl Guru Record Shop or add a new signature piece to your wardrobe at the thrift store Closet Revival.
Finally, take in a comedy show at The Firehouse Theater. This improv troupe, called The Bit Players, puts on shows every Friday and Saturday nights, delivering up an evening of hilarity. Pro tip: it’s even BYOB. After a day spend in the Broadway District in Newport, you’re sure to sleep well back at a Lark hotel!