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Harvard Square

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Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
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Harvard Square is a world-renowned shopping, dining, cultural and historical destination. Welcome!

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    Paul H.
    "Tons of shops and restaurants in the area to fully plan your day!"(2 Tips)
    Andrew A.
    "Great restaurants Border cafe"(2 Tips)
    Winston W.
    "interesting spot to people watch & meet folks on the street"(5 Tips)
    Murdo C.
    "The Hahvahd Tour is great."(7 Tips)
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  • Boston.com
    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
    Boston.com · November 26, 2013
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  • Otel.com
    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.
    Otel.com · September 13, 2011
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  • Andrew A.
    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
    Andrew Almeida · November 14, 2010
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  • Claire B.
    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.
    Claire Barrett · June 6, 2012
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  • Jenny M.
    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.
    Jenny Mackintosh · April 8, 2013
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  • Jake S.
    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.
    Jake Smith · March 23, 2015
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  • Kerri W.
    the homeless or jobless are annoyingly asking for $$ this time of year new students beware if homeless have a cell phone or liquor or smokes they have more $$ than they let on don't help them
    Kerri White · August 26, 2011
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  • Setenay
    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.
    Setenay · October 2, 2015
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  • Bob Vila
    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.
    Bob Vila · August 4, 2011
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  • Shreya C.
    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.
    Shreya Chaudhari · August 19, 2014
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  • Samantha C.
    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!
    Samantha Chartier · December 21, 2011
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  • The Daily Free Press
    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!"
    The Daily Free Press · November 26, 2012
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  • Bonnie C.
    Super lively place. Amazing restaurants right when you get off the stop (i.e. Russell House, which I really recommend going to).
    Bonnie Chen · May 25, 2014
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  • Brett M. R.
    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!
    Brett M. Rhyne · April 12, 2013
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  • Enrico S.
    Great spot in Cambridge. Lots of good cafes and restaurants. You'll see people from all around the world!
    Enrico S · April 12, 2015
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  • Michael G.
    Try the Taleggio Polenta at Nubar Restaurant. They have outdoor dining and one of the coolest bars I've ever seen.
    Michael G · May 19, 2012
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  • A S.
    Talented street performers, numerous food options, walking Harvard tour - cannot ever get tired of Harvard square.
    A S · September 8, 2015
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  • Kristin K.
    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.
    Kristin Knutson · November 23, 2014
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  • Alejandro F.
    Try the shrimp and crawfish quesadilla differenta and so good. Cant go wrong with the fajitas
    Alejandro Fernandez · October 12, 2015
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  • Team Coco
    "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
    Team Coco · November 10, 2011
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  • Murdo C.
    The Hahvahd Tour is great. The guides are very informative and it costs as much as you want to tip.
    Murdo Connochie · August 15, 2011
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  • Alexandra M.
    Amazing food in the area. There's also some specialty shops if you're looking for gifts
    Alexandra Mottern · August 24, 2014
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  • Winston W.
    Great funky little neighborhood -- interesting spot to people watch & meet folks on the street
    Winston Williams · January 25, 2014
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  • Ari J.
    Fast paced and full of tourists. Good food and coffee. Great bus and subway service.
    Ari Jones · August 7, 2014
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  • Alex A.
    Take the train and get here! Really difficult to park . But the place worths a visit.
    Alex Aprisco · December 29, 2015
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  • Dasha S.
    A Skin Care Salon at the garage is the best place for Brazilian waxes, Anya's technique is quick and gentle
    Dasha Smirnova · August 26, 2011
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  • Eric A.
    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
    Eric Andersen · August 27, 2011
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  • Tracey M.
    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!
    Tracey Maken · February 12, 2012
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  • CollegeFashionista
    Along with Newbury Street, Harvard Square is a great place for people watching and style inspiration.
    CollegeFashionista · January 14, 2014
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  • Brett M. R.
    Great people watching here. And great buskers, too!
    Brett M. Rhyne · March 29, 2013
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  • Ashly S.
    Great area to explore tons of shops and good places to eat and drink.
    Ashly Sanford · August 29, 2013
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  • Paul H.
    Tons of shops and restaurants in the area to fully plan your day!
    Paul H. · February 27, 2012
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  • Nate F.
    Car Talk fans: Look for the Dewey, Cheatem & Howe sign. Third floor window.
    Nate Field · July 22, 2011
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  • Bob D.
    Beware the bicyclists who will run you over rather than jeopardize their win in the imaginary Tour de Force going on in their heads.
    Bob Donahue · May 11, 2010
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  • Gino Salon
    Any student in the area can receive a special '20% student discount' @ our salon 617-876-6186 Check us out.
    Gino Salon · August 9, 2012
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  • Nhon M.
    Head to Zinnekens in harvard square. Their waffles are amazing and always hot
    Nhon Ma · May 30, 2014
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  • Jamaal B.
    Seeking parking? Go down to the Pilgrim lot in central square (mass ave and garden st)
    Jamaal Barnes · October 22, 2011
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  • Shannon L.
    always keep your eyes peeled for child drivers and rurally trained pedestrians
    Shannon Lezovich · October 22, 2012
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  • Leah R.
    Avoid the heavy foot traffic by walking on side streets.
    Leah Rodriguez · July 20, 2012
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  • Chris F.
    insanely crowded on weekends…so if you're just passing through…beware
    Chris Falman · August 21, 2013
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  • Mike B.
    It's okay. Uses to be way better, like everything else.
    Mike Bernis · September 12, 2015
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  • SupahFans S.
    Take your time in Harvard Square. Don't rush through. People Watch.
    SupahFans Streetwear · May 14, 2012
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  • Nhon M.
    Head to Zinnekens in harvard square. Their waffles are amazing !
    Nhon Ma · May 30, 2014
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  • Kristin B.
    check out MayFair - a great free event with live music, food and craft vendors
    Kristin Bedard · May 3, 2010
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  • Nhon M.
    Head to zinnekens for an authentic Belgian waffle. 1154 Mass av is the address
    Nhon Ma · July 19, 2014
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  • Raphael Armand
    Sweet memory of this place! Shopping, food and drink with friends!
    Raphael Armand · August 31, 2014
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  • SGA B.
    Home of Harvard University, and lots of stores to check out.
    SGA Boston · August 31, 2011
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  • Adam S.
    This might be my favorite place of all time. Beautiful area.
    Adam Schrader · November 7, 2014
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  • Dan K.
    There's too many people in this busy square on weekends & events for car traffic.
    Dan Kanye · October 22, 2011
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  • Nicky D.
    The Harvard on rye with the chipotle mayo is key
    Nicky Digital · April 4, 2012
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  • Anthony
    Parking is horrible. Use public transportation or walk if possible.
    Anthony · August 21, 2011
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  • Emilio C.
    This place is super unique and busy. It's an experience.
    Emilio C · May 27, 2014
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  • @javiAlfonzo
    Lots of cool people around, Harvard Square is Harvard Square!
    @javiAlfonzo · July 30, 2011
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  • Alwyn V.
    Its coming back folks to the heyday it once had. Read more
    Alwyn Velasquez · July 26, 2011
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  • Dirty B.
    Good shopping and fun places to eat
    Dirty Bird · August 10, 2014
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  • Seong Hyun H.
    Very lively and filled with a lot of tourists
    Seong Hyun Hwang · March 18, 2015
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  • William l.
    Not really Harvard. More like a Harvard themed shopping mall.
    William la Blind · May 16, 2013
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  • Nhon M.
    Yummy authentic Belgian waffles at Zinneken's
    Nhon Ma · June 28, 2013
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  • Ovgu C.
    I love Harvard Square💚 So charming😊
    Ovgu C. O. · November 8, 2014
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  • Amber F.
    Make sure to grab Shake Shack
    Amber Fernald · April 11
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  • Nhon M.
    Heading to zinneken's for some authentic belgian waffles. A must-try ! ()
    Nhon Ma · February 22, 2014
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  • İlknur D.
    Great place, great people. I love this...
    İlknur Demir · June 30, 2015
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  • Nhon M.
    Head to zinnekens for an authentic Belgian waffle
    Nhon Ma · July 19, 2014
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  • Choonghyun L.
    Awesome. That' it. It doesn't more words.
    Choonghyun Lee · March 7, 2013
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  • Brian M.
    A must-see in Boston.
    Brian Manning · September 15, 2015
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  • Alwyn V.
    No better placxe on a sunny day to stroll… Read more
    Alwyn Velasquez · October 11, 2011
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  • Kevin H.
    Now that you're here why not pay a visit to Haunted Starbucks?
    Kevin Harrington · December 13, 2011
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  • Dimitrios D.
    Touristy area but nice to see Harvard
    Dimitrios D · April 15
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  • Louisa R.
    My home away from home.
    Louisa Rigali · December 27, 2014
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  • Hard R.
    A great place to people watch.
    Hard Rocker · September 22, 2014
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  • Nhon M.
    Head to Zinneken's for Belgian waffles !
    Nhon Ma · April 25, 2013
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  • Tracy J.
    JP lLicks for ice cream no matter how cold
    Tracy Johnstone · February 18, 2014
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  • Seth B.
    It's all about the chess.
    Seth Bannon · February 24, 2012
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  • Ghita
    Chilling @harvardsquare
    Ghita · August 14, 2014
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  • Nhon M.
    Heading to Zinneken's for a Belgian waffle !
    Nhon Ma · February 10, 2014
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  • Taylor M.
    bentley shuttle from here = CLUTCH!
    Taylor Murphy · September 16, 2012
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  • Nhon M.
    I would get a Belgian waffle at Zinneken's !
    Nhon Ma · May 11, 2014
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  • Eric L.
    Watch out for drifters.
    Eric Leist · August 8, 2011
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  • David V.
    PIT RAT FOR LIFE!!! YO!
    David Viera · October 17, 2010
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  • Benjamin D.
    great place to chill!
    Benjamin Doyle · November 7, 2015
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  • Nhon M.
    I would get a Belgian waffle at Zinneken
    Nhon Ma · May 11, 2014
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  • Maia L.
    Check out the thrifting.
    Maia Luke · November 2, 2011
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  • Danny C.
    square circle square!
    Danny Chua · July 8, 2011
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  • Mark J.
    Home sweet home.
    Mark J. · February 21, 2015
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  • Chelsi R.
    love love love :)
    Chelsi Reis · December 23, 2010
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  • Jamie Y.
    Kind of sketchy! Uh huh.
    Jamie Yu · December 9, 2012
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  • Zahir H.
    Harvard Coop
    Zahir Hassan · 3 days ago
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  • Aaron F.
    Avoid the crazies!
    Aaron Franklin · July 15, 2010
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  • Matt Z.
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf6
    Matt Zimmerman · May 5, 2012
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  • Barbara S.
    Sí quieres un tour acercate al kiosko frente al metro y pregunta por el maestro que lo da... Es sorprendente y no te pide más que propina
    Barbara Santana · March 11, 2015
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  • Oscar P.
    Una pequeña esquina que conecta varias calles con comercio y movimiento de Harvard.
    Oscar Pardo · June 29, 2015
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  • Dave S.
    Tour de FRANCE, Bob D. France. A "Tour de force" is not a bike race. Vocabulary!!!
    Dave Silverstone · May 27, 2011
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  • 김형래 H.
    일단 숙연해진다. 학생으로 와서야 체면이 서는 곳이지만, 학교의 모범임에는 틀림없다.
    김형래 Henry Kim · July 29, 2015
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  • Reiich A.
    Mejor escuela no existe 😍
    Reiich Andrade · September 29, 2014
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  • Luiz C.
    Tomar um café no Au Bon Pain, Harvard Square! ☕️🍩
    Luiz Costa · December 28, 2014
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  • Zorba
    Harvard'lıda olsa insan insandır
    Zorba · November 16, 2013
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