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“hipster heaven”
Review of Davis Square

Davis Square
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Somerville
Certificate of Excellence
Berkeley, California
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82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“hipster heaven”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Yeah, yeah, yeah. No doubt this place is hip and would be a great place to live. The few reviews below are all valid, but I think the question is where to go as a tourist, and I think Harvard Square still has the edge. Harvard, the Coop and other boorkstores, and the vibe cut toward that being the better tourist attraction,
That being said, why not do both (on the T or the bus, parking is hard in both places)? Davis
is more attractive physically (trees?) and does have a lot of interesting small retail. And it is hipper and much less touristy than Harvard Square. Tufts is a 20 minute walk. I walked to Tufts and took the bus from there to Harvard Square.

Visited August 2013
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Urban life at its best”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Davis Square, Somerville, is where three main roads come together (Elm, Highland-- which becomes Holland St.-- and College Ave), just parallel to Mass Ave (in north Cambridge). Its subway station (Red Line) is located right at this intersection, and you can exit at College Ave (where Highland Ave ends) or at Holland St. (steps away from the Somerville Theater).

The square has something for everyone in terms of food and drink, as well as movies, concerts, a weekly flea market and farmers' market (seasonal, and not on the same day), festivals, gifts, and used clothing (upscale and Good Will), not to mention the practical like two drug stores, a gym, a healthcare center, and a historic branch library.

You can visit for dinner and a movie or concert, or just come by for a frozen yogurt (soon we'll have 3 places to choose from) or ice cream, or to hang out at a cafe with a coffee (Diesel Cafe is an independent favorite). You can shoot pool at Diesel or bowl at Flatbread pizza/Sacco's Bowl Haven (I'm not sure if it uses the name Sacco's anymore). You can eat ribs at Redbones; sushi at Snappy Sushi; or pizza and Italian pasta dishes at Mike's, just to name a few places. If the weather's nice, you can eat outside and listen to the live street performers (quality not guaranteed....).

The one downside to Davis Square is that it no longer has a bookstore. There's one a short walk away at Porter Square, but this lack of a bookstore is a real hole in the fabric of the square, and one I hope will be filled eventually.

... Also, for visitors, there are no public bathrooms unless you go into a cafe, like Starbucks or Diesel. Just down College Ave 2 blocks or so is the West Branch library, which has a bathroom in its basement in the children's room, but it has odd hours and is never open past 9 pm (if that).

Visited August 2013
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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“Eclectic location”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Check out the many urban festivals that happen in the square. The quirky, activist, creative alternative to the now over commericalized Harvard Square.

Visited July 2013
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Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
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“Never a dull moment”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

From periodically organized festivals to a constant slew of out door music or guerrilla organized events, there's always something happening in the square to give it a festive atmosphere. There are tons of boutique stores as well as cafes, restaurants and bars to keep you coming back for more. So easy to get to via the Red Line and many buses.

Visited July 2013
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“Fantastic and eclectic location...”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Chances are what you are looking for is found in Davis Square, from Mexican food, to great hamburgers, to amazing pub fares - all found there!

Visited July 2013
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