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Harvard Square, Cambridge

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Harvard Square is a central meeting and shopping district for Harvard students, and its accessible via the MBTA Red Line. Famous musicians, such as Tracy Chapman and Amanda Palmer, have played here. Many visitors come for the coffee shops and street performers. In fact, a bronze statue of a puppet by Igor Fokin pays tribute to the many street performers. Head to the tourist booth to get information and admire the free Lumen Eclipse exhibit, which showcases local, national, and international artists. Watch skateboarders show off their skills at the Pit. A visit to Harvard Square represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cambridge itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • 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...  more »
  • The trade is well-compared to the region's average-however the Harvard Square is beautiful, obviously it's not full of things to do, but those who visit Boston should visit.
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  • Cambridge is charming and cozy. Visit Harvard University is a dream, and the Harvard Square could not be different. Good place to go hiking, walking and feeling the picturesque atmosphere of the city. Have a cup of coffee to warm up, eat a cannoli and move on. If you want something more nutritious have a sandwich amazing at Mr. Bartley's. Also be sure to buy a souvenir of the University, there are several shops over there.
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  • It's a nice place to be. It's in the middle of everything and there are many stores around. The nice thing about the place is that you can get a good view from the place since there are no tall buildings. I loved it.
  • Harvard Square was one of the first areas I explored when I moved to Boston and I still enjoy coming up and walking around, browsing, etc. Great selection of restaurants and fun to bring folks here who are visiting. Parking is difficult and taking the train is preferable, but a recommendation is to print out a coupon for the Charles Hotel Garage- they have a good 2-hour discount coupon and a $7 flat rate for parking any day between 5pm-12am.
  • Harvard Square is much like any college cultural hub, made even more famous by the institution from which it derives its name. Though it is a tourist trap by any definition, that's not to say it's a bad place. On the contrary, there is a certain cultural charm to it that gives it a more traditional, old-town feel. Couple that with a diverse selection of restaurants and shops and you got yourself a decent place to spend the afternoon.
  • Don't confuse it with the Harvard Yard. This is where the adorable Harvard shops and stores are. Most Harvard tours start here. There's a lot of food and drink places as well. Come here to experience the liveliness of Harvard.
  • Very trendy, full of life kind of place. Fast paced and interesting. Good mingling place!