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Porter Square

Cambridge, MA
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Ranked #20 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Neighborhoods
Most recent review
- Sep 7, 2014
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Quincy MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Porter Square seems to be becoming blander, but there are still independently owned ethnic restaurants, coffee shops, consignment shops, music and gift shops that make it worth a trip. Take the train to Porter Square, and enjoy the mile walk down Massachusetts Ave, stopping for food, coffee, tea, drinks, or shopping. Ascending from Porter Square station is like rising slowly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Upland Road has some of the prettiest houses in Cambridge with great landscaping. Raymond Park and McMath parks are close by and great places for kids and pets.

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Guelph, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

It's not so much of an attraction as a place to stop for a while and pass through. As a transport hub, it works well connecting buses, commuter trains and subways. By the way, use the subways and avoid Boston gridlock which is awful. Porter Square has bagel shops, pubs, restaurants, pharmacies and other necessary spots for the traveler. Surrounding... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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246 reviews 246 reviews
136 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Grocery store, hardware store, fitness, hangout for locals. Nothing to bring tourists unless you are homesick for your routine. There is a Tibetan book , art and clothing store on the edge. Restaurants are ok but not worth a special trip.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Porter Square is enjoyable with much to offer for a variety of interests. One of the highlights for me is there's a "Michaels" craft store! Plus, "Christopher's" is a very good restaurant (I'll write a review on them too) across the street. And of course, a Porter Square review is not complete without mentioning, "Porter Square Books"! The bookstore also... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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180 reviews 180 reviews
55 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If Harvard Square exudes old-school class and Central Square is youthful and ethnically diverse, Porter Square has a sleeker and more modern feel. It's mostly just a big shopping center, but there IS a bunch of cool stuff here: Porter Square Books (one of the best local bookstores), Lesley University, and the Shops at Porter, where there are a bunch... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I love coming here. It has everything you need 24/7. Right on MBTA red line stop, You have great restaurants,asian food court, a big grocery store as well as little shops within walking distance. Toad is right across the street (free live music , everyday). Baptiste Yoga and Healthworks is there too. Don't expect a hipster place though.... Parking can... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

24 Hour Grocery Store: Shaws 24 Hour Drug Store: CVS Places to study: Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts (both have bathrooms and don't rush you out) Gyms: Planet Fitness, Healthworks, and Workout World Subway MBTA: Porter Square stop on redline (steps from everything above) Lots of restaurants Davis Square is a walkable distance away Harvard Square is one train stop... More

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Royalton, Vermont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of our favorite places to visit in Boston are the little shops just east of Porter Square along Mass Ave. There is a place to buy elegant hand made wrapping paper. A place for stocking stuffers. Across the street is a wonderful place to buy Christmas Tree decorations, crafts from around the world. We also love the store filled... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Porter is less known for its restaurants than Harvard but it should be. The Elephant Walk (4 star), Christopher's (5), Chez Henri (4), Addis Abbas (5), RahDee (5) and the West side lounge (5) are all here. And is home to the little Newtowne Socrates delicious but terribly unhealthy semi-dive bar/pizza house (4). And there are a lot of other... More

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