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“Unique little shops along Mass Ave”
Review of Porter Square

Ranked #28 of 76 things to do in Cambridge
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Royalton, Vermont
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unique little shops along Mass Ave”
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 with clothing from Ireland. On your way back to Porter Square be sure to get some Japanese noodles in the Sears building and go down into the subway to see the bronzed gloves (Artwork) between the escalators.

Visited November 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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114 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“Great place to eat...”
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 solidly good places too (indian, chinese, and thai) The square is also the HOME of the PORTERHOUSE steak... the Porter hotel that use to serve the "House steak" burned down long ago but the name stuck.

Visited January 2013
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“i live in porter sq!”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

shaws super mkt, porter sq books and cafe, camb naturals, Tags and the T...what more could you want?

Visited October 2011
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boston, ma
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best tiny cafe inside a great independent bookstore”
Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

This review is for Zings inside Porter Square Books. They get their sweet treats from local vendors. A nice selection of fresh sandwiches from Oxford Cafe and the most delicious soft Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Fair trade coffee, iced and hot herbal teas, and my favorite ginger lemonade.
Grab a seat or wander the fabulous bookstore, you won't be disappointed for a quick healthy bite.

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Berkeley, California
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177 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Non-touristy Cambridge”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Usually stay near Central Square but chose this area for cost and access. Glad I did. Mostly residential area, old houses. Nice shopping area and good restaurants. Lesley College within steps of T Red Line. Many students but quiet. Big Shaw's grocery store, nearby a wonderful wine store (beer and hard liquor). Lots of restaurants. I plan to stay here again next year.

Visited May 2012
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