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Harvard Square

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Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
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00:00 - 23:59
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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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Nice college town atmosphere with many shops and eateries

We stumbled into a small eatery called Flat Patties (33 Brattle St) which has no website that I could find, but the pub lunch food and low prices were a pleasant surprise... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Shelburne, Vermont
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Shelburne, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stumbled into a small eatery called Flat Patties (33 Brattle St) which has no website that I could find, but the pub lunch food and low prices were a pleasant surprise. Hamburgers in the $4-6 range, grilled chicken sandwich for $4, Yuengling lager pint for $3.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are restaurants and stores but nothing exceptional. The grave yard and old church are interesting but most of the "square" is just commercial.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Harvard Square has always been pretentious. But it used to be pretentious in a locally interesting, funky way. Since the decline of rent control, the fassive gentrification of the Boston area and other catastrophes, it's become the home to a bunch of boring you-can-find-this-anywhere outlets like the Gap or Urban Outfitters. Nothing wrong with those stores, but I can shop... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our daughter used to work at the privately-owned Harvard Book Store just off of Harvard Square. Because of this we tend to go to the Square every time we visit her in Boston. It has something for everyone, from high brow to just shopping. The Bookstore is awesome. Every book you could ever want. The staff is really into books... More 

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Wading River, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to visit. So much energy and vibe. A great place to start exploring the area. Parking is right around the corner.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Harvard Square still boasts Harvard Yard (just behind it), with its charming freshman dorms and departmental and administrative buildings, some dating back to the 1700s. And Harvard's river houses (dorms for upperclassman along the Charles River) are worth seeing, as is the Charles itself at this bend of the river. However, student dining and purchasing habits combined with an historically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

If you are within two hundred miles and have never been you simply must visit this world icon. 8th wonder!!

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

It's always a joy to stop into Harvard Square as well as the campus. Lovely bookstores and cute coffee shops. Great local shopping and fun to see a bit of history.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Lots of fun eclectic restaurants and shops in this area. Good college town vibe. Lots of coffee options. Great area to walk around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Harvard Square has a lot of restaurants and shops. I would highly recommend this for anyone visiting Cambridge.

Thank John M

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