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Harvard Square

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Harvard Square, Cambridge
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    Erkan S.
    "need to mention Harvard University"(2 Tips)
    Paul H.
    "Tons of shops and restaurants in the area to fully plan your day!"(2 Tips)
    Miriam G.
    "Wonderful place to people watch and feel like an intellectual."(6 Tips)
    Andrew A.
    "Great restaurants Border cafe"(2 Tips)
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  • Boston.com
    Boston.comNovember 26, 2013
    In 2008, the Globe reported that "across the generations Harvard Square remains the crossroads of funk and philosophy, of idealism and consumerism, of red brick and green politics." It's still true. Read more
    Upvoted 19 hours ago
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshApril 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's tough to name specifics here (lots to explore, and you should wander down main streets & side streets to get the vibe.) If I had to guide you, I'd say try Felipe's, L.A. Burdick, & Club Passim.
  • Samantha C.
    Samantha ChartierDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Walk quickly and don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk for a picture. Visit The Tannery, grab a coffee and grab food over at veggie planet! So good!
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 10, 2011
    "During my college years, I used to busk in The Square - you'd be surprised how much money people will pay you to stop singing songs from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical "Cats."" - Conan O'Brien
  • Setenayheart icon on user image
    SetenayOctober 2, 2015
    It is all about Harvard. You can find tons of cafes, restaurant and make a nice walk in campus. You can also take a walk near the Charles River.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithMarch 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You would be making a mistake by not dining here: Border Cafe, Charlie's Kitchen, Mr. And Mrs. Bartley's Burgers to name a small few. Choose any street and find a great restaurant.
    Upvoted Apr 4
  • Bob Vila
    Bob VilaAugust 4, 2011
    This is a terrific spot to start an architectural tour. Within an easy circumference of this intellectual center, you can find three centuries of Cambridge architecture.
  • Otel.com
    Otel.comSeptember 13, 2011
    Aside from having world-class education, Harvard is also situated in an amazing environment. Take a tour of the school and don’t miss the Yard where you’ll see the Memorial Church and Peabody Museum.
  • Shreya C.
    Shreya ChaudhariAugust 19, 2014
    Nice place to walk around at night or even during the day. Lots to see including Harvard lawn and many options to eat or get a quick bite as well.
  • The Daily Free Press
    The Daily Free PressNovember 26, 2012
    The 25th annual Harvard Sq. Holiday Crafts Fair features vendors from all over the world. Dubbed a "high energy alternative marketplace with a great soundtrack," and a "party where you can buy stuff!"
  • A S.heart icon on user image
    A SSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Talented street performers, numerous food options, walking Harvard tour - cannot ever get tired of Harvard square.
  • Enrico S.heart icon on user image
    Enrico SApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot in Cambridge. Lots of good cafes and restaurants. You'll see people from all around the world!
  • Claire B.
    Claire BarrettJune 6, 2012
    Loved the tour run by the Harvard students; suggested donation is $10 per adult & $20 per family. The tour ends near a student run shop where 10% of purchases is put towards assisting students.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Along with Newbury Street, Harvard Square is a great place for people watching and style inspiration.
  • Mike D.heart icon on user image
    Mike DJune 9, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Great neighborhood with awesome shops, restaurants, and bars!
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChenMay 25, 2014
    Super lively place. Amazing restaurants right when you get off the stop (i.e. Russell House, which I really recommend going to).
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AlmeidaNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great in the summer and fall.Grab a latte at ABP and just watch people from all over the world pass by.Great restaurants Border cafe, Tavern, Grafton street pub, Charlies kitchen just too many to list
  • Brett M. R.
    Brett M. RhyneApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A lot of people don't know this, but Harvard encourages unemployed people to audit its classes in order to improve their job prospects. Try it!
  • Zach P.heart icon on user image
    Zach ParkerOctober 25, 2019
    Harvard Square 10 minutes to the north of Boston and Allston real estate agency Allston Pads
  • Erkan S.
    Erkan SakaFebruary 10, 2019
    Major subway and the bus station makes your life easier to reach here and go somewhere else. No need to mention Harvard University nearby and Harvard Coop Bookstore
  • Kristin K.heart icon on user image
    Kristin KnutsonNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Save yourself the hassle and expense of parking in the Square -- Go park at Alewife for $7 and ride the T if you plan on shopping and/or dining.
  • Alexandra M.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra MotternAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing food in the area. There's also some specialty shops if you're looking for gifts
  • Michael G.
    Michael GMay 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Taleggio Polenta at Nubar Restaurant. They have outdoor dining and one of the coolest bars I've ever seen.
  • Brett M. R.
    Brett M. RhyneMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great people watching here. And great buskers, too!
  • Winston W.heart icon on user image
    Winston WilliamsJanuary 25, 2014
    Great funky little neighborhood -- interesting spot to people watch & meet folks on the street
  • Ari J.
    Ari JonesAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fast paced and full of tourists. Good food and coffee. Great bus and subway service.
  • Lauren C.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ChristopherJanuary 12, 2018
    Great amount of restaurants and cafes! Great tourist spot!
  • Alex A.heart icon on user image
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    Take the train and get here! Really difficult to park . But the place worths a visit.
  • Andrew B.heart icon on user image
    Andrew BeckerApril 14, 2017
    I come here sometimes, but then I get here and wonder why I'm here.
  • Ashly S.
    Ashly SanfordAugust 29, 2013
    Great area to explore tons of shops and good places to eat and drink.
  • SupahFans S.
    Take your time in Harvard Square. Don't rush through. People Watch.
  • Tracey M.
    Tracey MakenFebruary 12, 2012
    Had a lovely time last week for the Hasty Pudding Festivities. Must say the Crimson do know how to throw a party! Thanks for the hospitality!
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There are 3 great burrito joints here: Anna's near Brattle Square, Felipe's on Mt Auburn St near JFK St, and Boloco on Mt Auburn St by Holyoke St
  • Murdo C.
    Murdo ConnochieAugust 15, 2011
    The Hahvahd Tour is great. The guides are very informative and it costs as much as you want to tip.
  • M3t47 G.heart icon on user image
    M3t47 G34rAugust 3, 2016
    Lots of artsy shops and restaurants. Remember to go to Orinoco!
  • Miriam G.heart icon on user image
    Miriam GoldmanJuly 27, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful place to people watch and feel like an intellectual.
  • Stephanie Anne M.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie Anne McCarthyNovember 8, 2023
    BUSTLING BUSY EAST COASTY BOAT SHOES N BEER. Let’s go again.
  • Nhon M.heart icon on user image
    Nhon MaMay 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to Zinnekens in harvard square. Their waffles are amazing and always hot
  • George W.heart icon on user image
    George WaltersAugust 8, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    It's pretty upscale. Bathroom at Tasty Burger downstairs with no codes on the door.
  • Nadia S.heart icon on user image
    Nadia SwanApril 6, 2018
    Love this area!
  • Gino Salon
    Gino SalonAugust 9, 2012
    Any student in the area can receive a special '20% student discount' @ our salon 617-876-6186 Check us out.
  • Nhon M.heart icon on user image
    Nhon MaJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to zinnekens for an authentic Belgian waffle. 1154 Mass av is the address
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SchraderNovember 7, 2014
    This might be my favorite place of all time. Beautiful area.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2014
    This place is super unique and busy. It's an experience.
  • Nhon M.heart icon on user image
    Nhon MaJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Yummy authentic Belgian waffles at Zinneken's
  • Dasha S.
    Dasha SmirnovaAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A Skin Care Salon at the garage is the best place for Brazilian waxes, Anya's technique is quick and gentle
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 10, 2014
    Good shopping and fun places to eat
  • Paul H.heart icon on user image
    Paul H.February 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Tons of shops and restaurants in the area to fully plan your day!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FalmanAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    insanely crowded on weekends…so if you're just passing through…beware
  • Raphael Armand M.
    Raphael Armand MifanoAugust 31, 2014
    Sweet memory of this place! Shopping, food and drink with friends!
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