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Harvard Square

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Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 491 3434
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One need only ascend from the T station to realize this is the center of...

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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Harvard Square

Lots to do. So many things to see. The T station is right there, so it is a great opportunity to access transportation. Great place to just relax. Great place to take pictures too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jay K

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Gurgaon, India
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148 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had lunch at Park restaurant in the square and then settled down on one of the well appointed outdoor benches to soak in some sun and atmosphere. And there are some interesting shops as well.

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Thank RocketCaptain
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to do. So many things to see. The T station is right there, so it is a great opportunity to access transportation. Great place to just relax. Great place to take pictures too.

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Thank Jay K
Accra, Ghana
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47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jugglers, artists, musicians, people watching. This is Harvard Square, a hub of variety, diversity and activity!

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Thank YesTheyDid
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly, Harvard Square and its environs lack joy and diversity and unique qualities it had in it's heigh day(s) of the 60's and 70's. Many of the extra-ordinary small, independently owned businesses and restaurants are long gone because of the high cost of rent. Having said this, here are a few places worth the visit: SURVIVING GEMS! Bartley's Burgers Erlichman's... More 

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Thank Tobias P
New York
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Harvard Square is annoying. It's a mess, always busy, and is very touristy. It's a requisite transit point if you want to visit Harvard University. And yeah, while you're there, you may want to walk around the square a little bit. The Coop is right there, where you can pick up some way-too-expensive Harvard themed memorabilia. But recognize this area... More 

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Thank RunrDave
Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tons of shopping, eateries, coffee shops for both the young and the old. A fun spot that offers so much for everyone.

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Thank ugojoema
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm live in Cambridge and proud to bring any of my friends to Harvard Square when they visit from other States. It's a fun place to see and always something to do.

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Boston, MA
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148 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well, just walk around and take it all in. There will be something you find interesting at some time during your adventure. If it's not the crowd, then the shopping our the food, but simmering will keep you drawn to this spot. Be prepared to move out of people's way. It seems folks forgot the word excuse me or just... More 

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Thank mcmalvarez
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wide variety of shops, Bars and Restaurants in great Harvard style. Do not miss when visiting Boston or Cambridge

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Thank rliem
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58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly I don't know why it was such a top attraction, maybe because I was here during the holiday period so it was quite empty, not much happenings.

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Thank Elsie_nguyen

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