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Located between Harvard and MIT, this city square boasts a diverse range of pubs, multicultural restaurants and festivals.
Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Although the area gets a bad rep, and is indeed home to many people who are seriously down on their luck, Central Square has a lot to offer: some of the best restaurants in the Boston area (Cragie on Main, Rendezvous, Cuchi Cuchi, Central Kitchen,...More

2  Thank RamblinDan
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed January 13, 2016

While there are a lot of bars and restaurants here, we stay clear. There is a homeless shelter and a methadone clinic here as well. There are scary unbalanced people everywhere. Most of the bars are cash only. Visit at your own risk.

3  Thank GailGee
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

Central Square has it all. Within just a few blocks, one can find all of life's necessities as well as some things that make life worth living. Perhaps the strongest points are the excellent and diverse dining options. Some that quickly jump to mind are...More

Thank bcl208
Reviewed July 5, 2018

We thought a walk from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus to Harvard University would be fun... not so much! And at the very halfway point (Central Square) was the worst. If you want to find Cambridge's most dangerous place, here it is. Police everywhere,...More

Thank Filmcraft
Reviewed June 14, 2018

You would see some decent shopping options around the square, a nearby station for easy connectivity, some homeless people around which you might not like. Few small shops offering souvenirs and tshirts with Harvard or boston written on them and stuff which is likewise.

Thank Kapil M
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Lots of great restaurants, there's a theater (Central Square Theater), modern Asian grocery store with food court (H-Mart), and lots of new construction. And there's lots of homeless folks and aggressive panhandlers and a Goodwill Store, etc, etc. But Cheapo Records and The Middle East...More

Thank Northern_Traveler00
Reviewed March 18, 2018

Go up and down Mass Ave and you'll be able to find interesting gifts, great food from all over the world, and lots of coffee and tea. Good place on a Sunday afternoon for the family.

Thank Indigo_Scott
Reviewed March 5, 2018

There are some interesting shops and cafes (Life Alive, 1369 Coffee House, Mainely Burgers, Pandemonium Books & Games), but they were few and far between.

Thank necramirez
Reviewed December 22, 2017

A delightful Bed and Breakfast. Wonderful, comfortable accommodations. Friendly, helpful staff, Great choices for breakfast. Drinks and snacks available 24 hours a day. Just lovely!

Thank bsskarf
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Gentrification is closing in on Central Sq. There are still plenty of homeless, panhandlers, etc. but more young hip nicely dressed folks than in times past. Nice restaurants too.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

This area of Cambridge sits between MIT and Harvard and is just a regular neighborhood. There are shops and restaurants and it is less busy than either campus area gets. Nice break during my walk.

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed September 15, 2017

central is a bustling square that lies between harvard and mit. There are interesting eateries and shops; however, the overall image is "dirty", unkempt. I've been to lots of cities around the world with plenty of poor and homeless people that are much better kept....More

Thank sharann2017
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