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Harvard Square
Harvard Square

Harvard Square

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Sights and Museums, Landmark, Neighborhood
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18 Brattle St #352, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-3434
http://www.harvardsquare.com/
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Harvard Square is a large intersection in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts adjacent to the campus of Harvard University. It is a major transportation hub and commercial center for the residents ... Read more
of surrounding neighborhoods and university students. The square serves as a gathering place for many different communities running the gamut from goths to communists to graduate students. The diversity of patrons to the area reflects the university’s influence and importance, and many of the commercial ventures target the student demographic with low prices and fun events.

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

LOVE Harvard Square! Fun wandering around, exploring all the random little shops.

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Quebec City, Canada

Harvard Square is a quaint area. You’ll get a great view of Havard’s iconic history and buildings. You can take a tour of the area.

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Edinburgh, UK

Full of restaurants and shops. It can get pretty touristy in the summer especially, but still a nice place to spend either an afternoon or evening.

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San Francisco, California

How can you miss Harvard square? Great place with loads of street music, places to hang out, places to eat,grab a beer. There're book stores where you can read books and of course buy new/used books.

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Jacksonville

Beautiful place to walk around. So many places to choose from to eat. A lot of cute stores to go in.

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Portland, Oregon, USA

Entrance to the famed Harvard Yard. The Coop is the best place for all your book desires.

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Fun area. We wondered into the Coop and grabbed a coffee and sat to read a few books. Quiest, clean, and warm.

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East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

I love "Hahvahd Square"! It's a great spot to go to explore and see street performers and also they have a lot of great street festivals! If your looking for Nightlife there is a lot to choose from here as well!

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Local from Gloucester, Massachusetts

An eclectic array of restaurants, shops and close to Harvard University and MIT.

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Local from Malden, Massachusetts

Great restaurants and coffee shops. Take a stroll through Harvard's campus.

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Local from Cambridge, Massachusetts

You can walk to Harvard sq from here. There are wonderful shops, restaurants and in the summer, street performers.

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Harvard Square is a large triangular area near the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street. It is the historic center of Cambridge.[2] Adjacent to Harvard Yard, the historic heart of Harvard University,[3] the Square (as it is sometimes called locally) functions as a commercial center for Harvard students, as well as residents of western Cambridge and the inner western and northern suburbs of Boston. These residents use the Harvard station, a major MBTA Red Line subway and bus transportation hub.
In an extended sense, the name "Harvard Square" can also refer to the entire neighborhood surrounding this intersection for several blocks in each direction. The nearby Cambridge Common has become a park area with a playground, baseball field, and a number of monuments, several relating to the Revolutionary War.

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts

From the HarvardSquare.com website:
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.

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Bedford

Harvard square is just off campus and offers a variety of shopping and dining options. Here you will also find the Red Line T stop and the Harvard Coop.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

A bustling square filled with coffee shops and boutique stores, Harvard Square is tourist friendly and is within a stone's throw away from Harvard University.

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Great crowd of students, fun shops and some very good food. I feel the foodie scene here has very much improved over the past few years. The shopping though is not as great as it once was, small boutiques have been replaced by some of the stores you can find elsewhere in downtown Boston. It's a great place to hang out and there's always a chance for some culture!

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Local from Cambridge

The hub of Cambridge, if we're honest. Lots of shops and restaurants and connections to other places.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Studied here for the summer. Always lively! My favorite places are the Harvard Bookstore and Harvard Coop. I can spend hours there!

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Little downtown area within Harvard university where you can chill at a cute cafe or buy some souvenirs. Good place to take a stroll if you're in Boston!

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Dublin, California, USA

Harvard square is always happening. The local shops around the square are a treat, they are really one of the kind shops that cannot be found elsewhere (Black Ink, Julep, Cardullo's, Zinnia), there is something for everyone to see and love. There are plenty of famous eateries around the square as well, they can be identified with long lines extending to the outside. Great spot on a day just for exploring.

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