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Harvard Square

Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • 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)
    Murdo C.
    "The Hahvahd Tour is great."(7 Tips)
88 Tips and reviews
  • people watching
  • tours
  • café
  • tons of shops
  • burritos
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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
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • A S.
    A SSeptember 8, 2015
    Talented street performers, numerous food options, walking Harvard tour - cannot ever get tired of Harvard square.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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!"
  • 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
  • Brett M. R.
    Brett M. RhyneMarch 29, 2013
    Great people watching here. And great buskers, too!
  • Winston W.
    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.
  • 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!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Along with Newbury Street, Harvard Square is a great place for people watching and style inspiration.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    Take the train and get here! Really difficult to park . But the place worths a visit.
  • 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!
  • 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 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.
  • SupahFans S.
    Take your time in Harvard Square. Don't rush through. People Watch.
  • Paul H.
    Paul H.February 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Tons of shops and restaurants in the area to fully plan your day!
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaMay 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to Zinnekens in harvard square. Their waffles are amazing and always hot
  • 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
  • M3t47 G.
    M3t47 G34rAugust 3, 2016
    Lots of artsy shops and restaurants. Remember to go to Orinoco!
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 31, 2014
    Sweet memory of this place! Shopping, food and drink with friends!
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Yummy authentic Belgian waffles at Zinneken's
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchraderNovember 7, 2014
    This might be my favorite place of all time. Beautiful area.
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanJuly 27
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful place to people watch and feel like an intellectual.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FalmanAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    insanely crowded on weekends…so if you're just passing through…beware
  • Andrew B.
    I come here sometimes, but then I get here and wonder why I'm here.
  • 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
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 10, 2014
    Good shopping and fun places to eat
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to zinnekens for an authentic Belgian waffle. 1154 Mass av is the address
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LezovichOctober 22, 2012
    always keep your eyes peeled for child drivers and rurally trained pedestrians
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 8, 2014
    I love Harvard Square💚 So charming😊
  • Nhon M.
    Nhon MaFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Heading to zinneken's for some authentic belgian waffles. A must-try ! ()
  • İlknur D.
    İlknur DemirJune 30, 2015
    Great place, great people. I love this...
  • Nate F.
    Nate FieldJuly 22, 2011
    Car Talk fans: Look for the Dewey, Cheatem & Howe sign. Third floor window.
  • SGA B.
    SGA BostonAugust 31, 2011
    Home of Harvard University, and lots of stores to check out.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2014
    This place is super unique and busy. It's an experience.
  • Louisa R.
    Louisa RigaliDecember 27, 2014
    My home away from home.
  • Choonghyun L.
    Choonghyun LeeMarch 7, 2013
    Awesome. That' it. It doesn't more words.
  • Tracy J.
    Tracy JohnstoneFebruary 18, 2014
    JP lLicks for ice cream no matter how cold
  • Seong H.
    Seong HwangMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Very lively and filled with a lot of tourists
  • Leah R.
    Leah RodriguezJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Avoid the heavy foot traffic by walking on side streets.
  • Brian M.
    Brian ManningSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A must-see in Boston.
  • @javiAlfonzo
    @javiAlfonzoJuly 30, 2011
    Lots of cool people around, Harvard Square is Harvard Square!
  • Ghita
    GhitaAugust 14, 2014
    Chilling @harvardsquare
  • Amber F.
    Amber FernaldApril 11, 2016
    Make sure to grab Shake Shack
  • Constantin W.
    Constantin WOctober 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice Place to get food or drinks!
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerSeptember 22, 2014
    A great place to people watch.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    great place to chill!
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BedardMay 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    check out MayFair - a great free event with live music, food and craft vendors
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MurphySeptember 16, 2012
    bentley shuttle from here = CLUTCH!
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Home sweet home.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KanyeOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There's too many people in this busy square on weekends & events for car traffic.
  • Bob D.
    Bob DonahueMay 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Beware the bicyclists who will run you over rather than jeopardize their win in the imaginary Tour de Force going on in their heads.
  • Sarah N.
    It's super crowded on the weekends
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HarringtonDecember 13, 2011
    Now that you're here why not pay a visit to Haunted Starbucks?
  • Seth B.
    Seth BannonFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all about the chess.
  • Matt Z.
    Matt ZimmermanMay 5, 2012
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf6
  • Zahir H.
    Zahir HassanMay 22, 2016
    Harvard Coop
  • David V.
    David VieraOctober 17, 2010
  • Maia L.
    Maia LukeNovember 2, 2011
    Check out the thrifting.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyAugust 21, 2011
    Parking is horrible. Use public transportation or walk if possible.
  • Danny C.
    Danny ChuaJuly 8, 2011
    square circle square!
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeistAugust 8, 2011
    Watch out for drifters.
  • Jamie Y.
    Jamie YuDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Kind of sketchy! Uh huh.
  • William l.
    William la BlindMay 16, 2013
    Not really Harvard. More like a Harvard themed shopping mall.
  • 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
  • Aaron F.
    Aaron FranklinJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Avoid the crazies!
  • Jamaal B.
    Jamaal BarnesOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Seeking parking? Go down to the Pilgrim lot in central square (mass ave and garden st)
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara SantanaMarch 11, 2015
    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
  • Oscar P.
    Oscar PardoJune 29, 2015
    Una pequeña esquina que conecta varias calles con comercio y movimiento de Harvard.
  • 김형래 H.
    김형래 Henry KimJuly 29, 2015
    일단 숙연해진다. 학생으로 와서야 체면이 서는 곳이지만, 학교의 모범임에는 틀림없다.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneMay 27, 2011
    Tour de FRANCE, Bob D. France. A "Tour de force" is not a bike race. Vocabulary!!!
  • Reich A.
    Reich AndradeSeptember 29, 2014
    Mejor escuela no existe 😍
  • Zorba
    ZorbaNovember 16, 2013
    Harvard'lıda olsa insan insandır
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