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Harvard Square

Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 491 3434
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Ranked #12 of 83 things to do in Cambridge
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping, People-watching
Owner description: One need only ascend from the T station to realize this is the center...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping, People-watching
Owner description: One need only ascend from the T station to realize this is the center of action in Cambridge. Founded in 1630 as a colonial village, this eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, bookstores, gathering places and old landmarks reflects the area's historic and academic flavor.
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Upatoi, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The expectations of Harvard and its' history were met with the exception of the extremely high occurrence of running into panhandlers all around the Harvard campus and the streets just off of the campus proper. I have no doubt that some truly are in need of help, but why just off of the campus of a college property of this... More 

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Canton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great shops, very walkable. Great vibe with all the college aged and eccentric locals roaming around. The Charles is a short walk from the square and s real nice place to sit and relax after a meal in the square.

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Boston, MA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

over the last quarter-century, the square has lost much of the character once provided by primarily independent shops, most all of which have been forced out by ridiculous rents and replaced by the chain stores that can pay those rents. but despite that, it keeps on keeping on. the cigar store is still there (i think; just occurs to me... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Exciting & fun place to spend time before joining the tour of Harvard Campus. Many interesting & unique shops. Also in the favourite students pizza place.

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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38 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I love Harvard Square for the vibrant energy! No matter what kind of IQ you have you always feel smart being around Harvard Square. They have many awesome restaurants and cute little shops! Curios George store is really awesome for kids. Hard to find parking but if you go a little far on the street parking you can find some... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Planned on stopping to see Harvard Campus for less than an hour and ended staying around Harvard Square almost three! We walked our the campus ourselves, it is a gorgeous campus and I would recommend stopping by if you are a tourist. There were tours going on but we just did our own things. It is so pretty and a... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We only had a few hours to spend in Harvard Square but it was worth it - a beautiful place with lots of lovely buildings. We were there during holiday time so, no students. I'm sure it would have been a lot busier during term time. Worth a walk round.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

As if getting to see the beautiful Harvard campus wasn't enough, we stopped for lunch and a look around Harvard Square afterwards. There are a few frozen custard shops - a must! Although merchandise shops are quite pricy, don't hesitate to look around. It's great to sit at a corner cafe and watch everyone bustle about, and was an experience... More 

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Boston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I love Harvard Square not only for a few good shops such as Crema for coffee lunch and sweets, Tess for unusual cloths, the Harvard Coop for quick books, and any bank you need but also the churches, #1 bus, and the museums ... peabody, fogg, bush and stackler.. enjoy a walk to see all the historical haunts, and find... More 

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

One of the most prestigious university in the world, worth a little visit. Every time we go in Boston, we stop to this place every time. The annoying part is the lack of bathroom and all the buildings are locked, so we cannot visit a bit and no access to WC facilities.

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