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Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 491 3434
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Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Dining
Description: 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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Very fun shops, good food.Great place to walk around and sightsee. Easy to access via subway. Very pretty buildings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very fun shops, good food.Great place to walk around and sightsee. Easy to access via subway. Very pretty buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you get out at the Harvard Square subway stop, and just wander the streets, it's fun. There are so many great food choices! There are often several street performers too. Don't miss the gem of a bookstore called the COOP, the Harvard Bookstore with 3 beautiful levels to sit and ponder a book, and a cafe too. Don't miss... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The train from Boston stops in this Square, so we had to visit, en route to Harvard University. The place was very crowded. There was a large bookstore which we visited. We joined a student led tour for the University from this square.

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Newcastle, Australia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Harvard Square is awesome. Cambridge is awesome, unique, quirky yet FULL of history and traditional things. You have the Harvard bookstore, Harvard itself, and tons of quirky and unique little shops and restaurants. I would frequently come here to visit Border Cafe (DELICIOUS - make a reservation) and Urban Outfitters Bargain Basement (trust me, you want to go here). It's... More 

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Pennsylvania
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I'm not sure what makes this square area so wonderful, perhaps with the Harvard brand name attached to it it seems to have higher quality? To be sure there are some nice attractions here, OK food options, but it is not a real destination as I would see it. There is one amazing coffee shop, but the other stores are... More 

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Harvard Square is your average tourist trap. It's full of chain restaurants, stores, and crowded with tourists. I had never been to Boston before so it was a must see. I could tell that if I lived in Boston I probably wouldn't go that much.

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Navarre, Florida
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Figured it seemed like a popular spot to stop so I had to check it out. Summer so not a lot of kids but neat little area, nice shops

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Sulphur, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The bustle of a college is always fun. Gives you some energy! It was a busy place with a lot of shops and restaurants - so we jumped into a nice little restaurant; had a beer and people watched before walking over to the campus. It's right at the subway stop and definitely worth doing.

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Wonderful setup where you come out of the T and are immediately greeted by Harvard tour guides (who also happen to be Harvard students) offering you free maps and directions. From here it was an easy walk to the Natural History museum and then back to take the student led tour of Harvard, lunch and lots of shopping. I highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Beautiful, prestigious, something to see. Great neighborhood surrounding full of fun, food, shopping. Graduation was occurring so the area was popping. Very nice.

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Address: Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 491 3434
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge

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