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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Plaza
“This is a great area with tons of hustle and bustle in the Cambridge area. They have all different kinds of food options from Indian, chinese, Vietnamese, to all American pubs and more. A food scene for the eclectic tongue! I recommend the Beat Brasserie on Brattle street for dinner and a show (live music)!”
  • 124 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Also listed in the dining and drinking section - there is great live music here.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Amazing gastropub. Great, creative food, and a vast array of libations. Another Harvard staple.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“they have great bar nice restaurant. THE BEST MARGARITAS EVER!!!!!!! Amazing Tex/Mex food right at Harvard square”
  • 26 locals recommend
Plaza
“Harvard Square is where you will find Harvard University and dozens of polished bars and restaurants.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafeteria
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“Clover Food Lab is a vegetarian fast food chain, founded in 2008 by MIT material science graduate and Harvard MBA Ayr Muir, which operates food trucks and restaurants in Massachusetts, United States. The company serves a simple menu that changes day to day and with the seasons based on what is available from local farmers and includes a large mix of organic ingredients. he company was founded by Ayr Muir, a graduate of MIT in Material Science and Harvard Business School MBA program.[6] Muir, a distant cousin of naturalist John Muir,[6] has cited environmental motivations as a driving force behind the company's creation. He wishes "to shrink the ecological footprint of the food industry by making fresh, local, sustainable vegetarian food as common and convenient as the fare at Burger King or McDonald's".[6] The company's food trucks are decommissioned and retrofitted cargo vehicles that use recycled vegetable oil to help them run.[7][8] All of the company's utensils, napkins, and other items are compostable.[9] Despite Clover Food Lab's focus on local, sustainable and vegetarian food, Muir consciously avoids branding the company's food as such, fearing that "no one will eat it if we do".[6] Clover Food Lab's trucks and restaurants have minimalist, somewhat industrial design, and include elements that give them the look and feel of a laboratory.[7] The sides and walls are plain white, menus are written on whiteboards with black dry-erase marker, and the restaurants are brightly lit and have mostly stool seating. The kitchen has "a pop-up quality, as if the crew is here temporarily, planning to relocate elsewhere."[10] Staff enter customer orders and process credit and debit cards through an iPod touch system, and give change from their money belts instead of cash registers.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Really good up-scale pizza, take-out spot, no seating at this location. Right in the center of Harvard Square. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bookshop
“This used to be a Barnes and Noble.. it still is I believe (the company may have been purchased) Now its called the Coop bookstore. You can read and browse a massive variety of books. Perfect for studying for Harvard!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“You'll see super long lines for this famous shop in Little Italy--only the locals know to go to the Cambridge location! ;) Grab one of their cannolis and a slice of cheesecake.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A great Harvard Square tucked away jewel. Beautiful atmosphere, great salads, pizza's and more but the spinach and roasted tomato will make you dance.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“From Tintin comic books to delicate drinking glasses, Black Ink always has something fun for the whole family, as well as gifts to bring back home.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“One of the oldest music venues in Cambridge. Mainly folk and world music, this scene was a part of establishing little known acts like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.. Also has a great restaurant inside with beer and wine so you can eat and be entertained. Music 7 days a week. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Delicious Thai food - try the mango curry, the pad thai, or the drunken noodles (which are spicy - the non-spicy version is pad see yew, also very good!). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Beer–inspiration to scribes and essential to the foundation of cultures–is the basis for & key ingredient in the remarkable embellished history of John Harvard’s.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good burgers, beers and right in the middle of all the action. This place opened up their second location in Harvard Square recently and it's worth a stop if you're in the area.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Credit Union
“Harvard Yard,Harvard Law School,Memorial Hall,Harvard Museum of Natural History,Harvard Business School ”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“Also listed in the dining and drinking section - there is great live music here.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Amazing gastropub. Great, creative food, and a vast array of libations. Another Harvard staple.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“they have great bar nice restaurant. THE BEST MARGARITAS EVER!!!!!!! Amazing Tex/Mex food right at Harvard square”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cafeteria
“Clover Food Lab is a vegetarian fast food chain, founded in 2008 by MIT material science graduate and Harvard MBA Ayr Muir, which operates food trucks and restaurants in Massachusetts, United States. The company serves a simple menu that changes day to day and with the seasons based on what is available from local farmers and includes a large mix of organic ingredients. he company was founded by Ayr Muir, a graduate of MIT in Material Science and Harvard Business School MBA program.[6] Muir, a distant cousin of naturalist John Muir,[6] has cited environmental motivations as a driving force behind the company's creation. He wishes "to shrink the ecological footprint of the food industry by making fresh, local, sustainable vegetarian food as common and convenient as the fare at Burger King or McDonald's".[6] The company's food trucks are decommissioned and retrofitted cargo vehicles that use recycled vegetable oil to help them run.[7][8] All of the company's utensils, napkins, and other items are compostable.[9] Despite Clover Food Lab's focus on local, sustainable and vegetarian food, Muir consciously avoids branding the company's food as such, fearing that "no one will eat it if we do".[6] Clover Food Lab's trucks and restaurants have minimalist, somewhat industrial design, and include elements that give them the look and feel of a laboratory.[7] The sides and walls are plain white, menus are written on whiteboards with black dry-erase marker, and the restaurants are brightly lit and have mostly stool seating. The kitchen has "a pop-up quality, as if the crew is here temporarily, planning to relocate elsewhere."[10] Staff enter customer orders and process credit and debit cards through an iPod touch system, and give change from their money belts instead of cash registers.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Really good up-scale pizza, take-out spot, no seating at this location. Right in the center of Harvard Square. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great Harvard Square tucked away jewel. Beautiful atmosphere, great salads, pizza's and more but the spinach and roasted tomato will make you dance.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Thai food - try the mango curry, the pad thai, or the drunken noodles (which are spicy - the non-spicy version is pad see yew, also very good!). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
“Beer–inspiration to scribes and essential to the foundation of cultures–is the basis for & key ingredient in the remarkable embellished history of John Harvard’s.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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