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Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 491 3434
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping, People-watching
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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There's a lot of stores, restaurants and giftshops all around harvard square.the best way to go is with the "T"(subway).just get down at Harvard square station and you'll already... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Longueuil,Qc
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Longueuil,Qc
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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There's a lot of stores, restaurants and giftshops all around harvard square.the best way to go is with the "T"(subway).just get down at Harvard square station and you'll already be in the middle of it.

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Vermont
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Cute, trendy neighborhood. Fun to wander. Especially liked Curious George store. Bought Harvard memorabilia at Crimson Corner. Traffic was very heavy.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Although I found a great little Japanese restaurant called Sentouka (not listed on trip advisor, and selling only tonkatsu) nearby, the square itself is tatty and plagued by various shops selling overpriced Harvard merchandise and novelty tat. Wandering off into the college squares is the highlight, but the shops are nothing special at all. The square is really just a... More 

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Mishawaka
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A wide variety of shops, coffee shops, eclectic restaurants are interesting. The Harvard CO OP Bookstore was fully stocked and very busy. Also some great historical buildings and churches tucked in the area.

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Utica, New York
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Preppy shops that are fun to explore and people watch. I like wandering into the boutiques and of course exploring the COOP.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Over the past 30 years, much has changed with the venerable Harvard Square. The record stores - Tower, HMV, Strawberry and the Coop's own record department which were always eclectic in their selection - are long gone while the Coop is nothing more than a glorified B & N - books and sweat shirts. The casual dining places looked decidedly... More 

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wooloomooloo
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A surprisingly seedy area - at the time of my visit, it was full of homeless people and junkies. Hard to believe that this is happening just outside (and within) a University (albeit one of extreme privilege).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Enjoyed my coffee in the 2nd level of Starbucks where the view was fantastic! So many great places to see from this central location that are within walking distance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I've been before but today I went via Hubway bicycle rental. Rode through the campus, square and along the Charles. Great area.

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Medford, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

A lot to do in this area, feels like you're in England. Not as touristy as expected. I often go here for restaurants and cafes.

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