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Harvard Square

Harvard Square

Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • 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)
97 Tips and reviews
  • people watching
  • tours
  • café
  • tons of shops
  • live music
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    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
  • 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.
    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.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ 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.
  • Jake S.
    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.
  • 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
  • Setenay
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Enrico S.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Alexandra M.
    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
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FernandezOctober 12, 2015
    Try the shrimp and crawfish quesadilla differenta and so good. Cant go wrong with the fajitas
  • Brett M. R.
    Brett M. RhyneMarch 29, 2013
    Great people watching here. And great buskers, too!
  • A S.
    A SSeptember 8, 2015
    Talented street performers, numerous food options, walking Harvard tour - cannot ever get tired of Harvard square.
  • Winston W.
    Winston WilliamsJanuary 25, 2014
    Great funky little neighborhood -- interesting spot to people watch & meet folks on the street
    Upvoted Sep 20
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Brett M. R.
    Brett M. RhyneApril 12, 2013
    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!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Along with Newbury Street, Harvard Square is a great place for people watching and style inspiration.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    Take the train and get here! Really difficult to park . But the place worths a visit.
  • 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
  • Ashly S.
    Ashly SanfordAugust 29, 2013
    Great area to explore tons of shops and good places to eat and drink.
  • Kristin K.
    Kristin KnutsonNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Kerri W.
    Kerri WhiteAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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!
  • Paul H.
    Paul H.February 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Tons of shops and restaurants in the area to fully plan your day!
  • Eric A.
    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
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaMay 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to Zinnekens in harvard square. Their waffles are amazing and always hot
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Yummy authentic Belgian waffles at Zinneken's
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 31, 2014
    Sweet memory of this place! Shopping, food and drink with friends!
  • M3t47 G.
    M3t47 G34rAugust 3
    Lots of artsy shops and restaurants. Remember to go to Orinoco!
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaMay 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to Zinnekens in harvard square. Their waffles are amazing !
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchraderNovember 7, 2014
    This might be my favorite place of all time. Beautiful area.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FalmanAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    insanely crowded on weekends…so if you're just passing through…beware
  • 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.
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalApril 4, 2012
    The Harvard on rye with the chipotle mayo is key
  • SupahFans S.
    Take your time in Harvard Square. Don't rush through. People Watch.
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LezovichOctober 22, 2012
    always keep your eyes peeled for child drivers and rurally trained pedestrians
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to zinnekens for an authentic Belgian waffle. 1154 Mass av is the address
  • Nate F.
    Nate FieldJuly 22, 2011
    Car Talk fans: Look for the Dewey, Cheatem & Howe sign. Third floor window.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 10, 2014
    Good shopping and fun places to eat
  • SGA B.
    SGA BostonAugust 31, 2011
    Home of Harvard University, and lots of stores to check out.
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Heading to zinneken's for some authentic belgian waffles. A must-try ! ()
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 8, 2014
    I love Harvard Square💚 So charming😊
  • İlknur D.
    İlknur DemirJune 30, 2015
    Great place, great people. I love this...
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