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Harvard Square

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Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-491-3434
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Welcome to Harvard Square

Each year, over 8 million men, women and children...

Welcome to Harvard Square

Each year, over 8 million men, women and children visit Harvard Square. Visitors come for a variety of reasons; this is a place of history, of books, of ideas, and of learning. It is a place of bookstores and coffee houses, of fine dining and eclectic shopping. It is a place of folk music and old theaters, of Cuban ballet and world-class music, of street-performers and award-winning pizza, of public discourse, and public art. Whatever brings you here, we welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay.

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Cambridge is a unique city. It has within its boundaries two of the top universities in the world, Harvard and MIT. As a result, the city boasts thousands of students and places... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bossier City, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The quaint shops and architecture of Harvard Square whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy world we live in. The serene surroundings of hanging flower baskets on lamp posts make you feel as if you are in a small village rather than in Boston.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I remember Harvard Square from my days attending the B School, but I didn't recall so many souvenir shops and tourists there. The Square seems to have lost some charm in exchange for commerce. Disappointing....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

More tourists than students but it is the start of alumni reunion weekend. Worth a visit if you are coming here anyway. Many restaurants and local options to choose from.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bookstores, nice buildings, specialty shops, coffee, clothing stores, lots to see and do, worth the stop. The Harvard campus is very pretty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here while walking around Boston. I don't understand why this square is supposed to be special; if anything it's a bit crowded but that is pretty much it. Anyway, is worth a short walk I guess.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And use yah Blinkah! What can I say, if you are planning a Boston trip, definitely hit Harvard Square in Cambridge which is just outside the city. It is a great place to walk around checking out unique shops and great food venues. It's a very unique, old city feel that you can't find just anywhere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've always loved Harvard Square... from my first visit in the mid 70's till now. So much character. Great little shops... there were more individually owned shops back in the day... more chains now. Still, a great place to walk around and check out the shops, restaurants, coffee spots. The student population, especially the Harvard connection brings out the "college... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You'll be there if you are using the T-train. So you'll be there if you're in Harvard's neighborhood.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cambridge is a unique city. It has within its boundaries two of the top universities in the world, Harvard and MIT. As a result, the city boasts thousands of students and places where they congregate. Harvard Square is at the center of the city and given the importance of the university, a place for pilgrimage for those aspiring to join... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what could be more fun than wandering around Harvard Square? So many restaurants, such great shops, beautiful historic sights. The Harvard Coop is a must for logo merchandise. Burdick Chocolate just off the square is a must for hot liquid chocolate and great gourmet bars. Parking can be challenging but its well worth the effort.

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