Upscale Shops and Dining

Bowen’s Wharf is located along the waterfront in Newport, Rhode Island. It dates to before the American Revolution and has been a center of commerce, shopping, dining and gathering for hundreds of years. Today, it is one of the first places most visitors go due to its very central location and the variety of things that are offered there.

There are several ways to arrive in Newport. The most popular is to drive and there is abundant parking near the Visitor Center. If you happen to come by boat, there is an area where a dinghy can be tied up. Cruise ships also dock nearby and it is convenient to visit here if Newport is one of your cruise ports.

Bowen’s Wharf is the location of several events and festivals throughout the year. During the holidays, the entire area is awash in lights and holiday cheer. Locals and visitors gather early in December for the Christmas tree lighting and in October for the Seafood Festival.

Shopping is one of the attractions of Bowen’s Wharf. There are a wide variety of shops selling everything from art to chocolate. Among the favorites are:

The Narragansett at 3 Bowen’s Wharf is a lovely clothing store that sells upscale men’s and women’s clothing. Expect to find pieces by Polo, Ralph Lauren, Geiger, Vivella, Max Mara, Geiger and More. Not inexpensive but they do offer sales that are great.

Destination Chocolate at 15 Bowen’s Wharf is a sweet place to stop. If you are looking for something truly unique made from chocolate, this is the place to shop. The good news is, if you become addicted to any of their luscious chocolates, they offer mail order.  Expect to find some unique flavors including grapefruit and lavender. 

Chace N Lulu at 57 America’s Cup Avenue is also part of Bowen’s Wharf. They offer a great selection of designer accessories and original designer women’s clothing.

Dining is also very big at Bowen’s Wharf. There are several outlets that are seasonal but there are also restaurants that are open all year. Among the favorites are the Wharf Pub and Restaurant. If  you are here with the family, this is a good option. With 12 beers on tap, a children’s menu, pub food and entertainment, this is a good place to stop to recharge while enjoying all that Newport and Bowen’s Wharf has to offer.

22 Bowen’s  Wine Bar and Grill  is located right on the water and offers outdoor dining in the nice weather. There menu offers lots of choices including seafood, salads, sandwiches, appetizers and steaks. The wine menu is also extensive.

Bowen’s Wharf is a must do destination when you are visiting Newport, Rhode Island. It has a lot to offer for everyone in the family.