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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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Tour groups were milling about- parents and college students alike, compounded by those of us who just appreciate the history! Well organized chaos.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kathryn B
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Lutz, Florida
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Lutz, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tour groups were milling about- parents and college students alike, compounded by those of us who just appreciate the history! Well organized chaos.

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Thank Kathryn B
Ely, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Harvard Square is full of restaurants, shops selling Harvard clothing (official and unofficial) as well as a few odd-types. Well worth a wonder round to take in the atmosphere. The Red Line stops under the square making it easy to get to.

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Castaic, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are many shops and restaurants to visit. Park or Park Tavern was nice with good food and service. There is also bike rentals nearby and the river has great bike paths to follow.

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Thank Bill W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Because I didn't ride my bike from Cape Cod I was forced to try and park. Right. And when you are able to do so, add $20 at least to the price of your no GMO vegan feast. Oh, and do you want to discuss the filth, litter, garbage in the streets and sidewalks? I mean really?! Merchants don't care?... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice area full of shops and restaurants. Restaurant are not fancy and good for college students on a budge

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Hermitage, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Being in Cambridge in January was made more pleasant by the heartbeat of Harvard Square with its hip vibe present everywhere. Actually students were due to return from holiday and yet those there provide such a pulse that I couldn't imagine what it is like with all students racing around. Super places to eat! Oh some many to choose from... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely leafy walking area with good restaurants and a few retail shops. Suggest you do a hop on and hop off tour so that you get to see more without getting sore legs from all the walking.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit. You can get here by adding on the loop on the hop On hop off tour or by car ofcorse. It's a busy place and we were lucky to find parking on a side street. We visited the famous Harvard book Store as well as a few campus stores. It is. Rey expensive... More 

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really busy place with many stores and restaurants. I don't think this is a must see if you are in Boston. Too many tourists, bums, and those poor students who just want to get where they are going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Taking the subway and stopping at Harvard square for a walk is a must if you're spending some time in Boston area. The ambiance is impressive, the night life is exciting and there are plenty of places to stop for a easy and quick lunch/dinner or also some fancy places to make the day a bit special. My personal recommendation... More 

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