Harvard Square
Harvard Square
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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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Ying S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We were staying in a BnB nearby to reminisce and celebrate. The vibes were great despite the ultra high temperatures. We were recommended to have lunch at Pinnoccio which was quite an establishment. Not bad if one likes Italian. The main impression was too touristy.
Written 19 June 2024
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,398 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Harvard Square was not what I expected. It was pretty ordinary in the end. Yes there are stores, restaurants, and the Harvard coop there. But there were also empty stores in the heart of the Harvard campus, a consequence of the pandemic I assume.

It's fine to wander around the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to go to the Square on its own.
Written 3 December 2023
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Nobody special17
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The heart of Harvard and in some ways, Cambridge. Fun, busy, diverse. A must do if you're visiting. Lots to see and do.
Written 23 October 2023
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Keith T
Danville, CA218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The center piece of Harvard Square is the more than well known Harvard Yard - the quad that houses the famous Harvard College.
On a hot and humid day, I got to see one of the oldest colleges in the country. The red brick buildings with the ivy covered walls and walkways crisscrossing the modest size, car-free, tree covered inner campus is definitely worth seeing. The well advertised Harvard Coop, on the other hand, was surprisingly sterile, boring and carries mostly items targeting tourists. The old Harvard Bookstore, not far away, interestingly is a true bookstore with every inch of its tight quarters packed with printed material. Navigating the narrow paths between stacks and walls of books was in itself an adventure.
I spent nearly three hours visiting the fantastic Harvard Art Museum located just outside the Yard. This is a gem of a museum with a spectacular atrium graced by a giant Calder mobile. The collection is modest in volume but exquisite in quality reflecting the wealth of donors and deep pockets in acquisition. Best of all, admission was free.
Written 13 September 2023
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Chris H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Club Passim is just off Harvard Square. They were hosting Ellis Paul. Great show.
Good acoustics. Friendly staff. They have a small menu, you can do dinner or a snack.
Written 13 July 2023
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32Morten
Finland500 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This was a quite boring experience. There are some shops around but not really anything which could elevate your experience. Walking around the area was nice, though.
Written 24 June 2023
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ModdyinVermont
New Orleans, LA262 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The newsstands are all gone from Harvard Sq! No place to buy a paper. How sad. Cardullo's is still there, and the Brattle Theater and Charlie's Kitchen. All the old landmarks are gone: Wursthaus, Out of Town News, Jonathan Swift's.
Written 11 June 2023
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Julia M
Indianapolis, Indiana472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I can see how this would be a fun and vibrant place to hang out, with all the student energy and its central location. But coming during Harvard's graduation week it's a crowded, confusing mess. You can barely walk on the sidewalks. Do yourself a favor and give it a miss if you are a graduation visitor, unless you are in dire need of a CVS errand.
Written 24 May 2023
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ2,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Super fun area to check out while in the area! Beautiful shops / places to eat nestled right next to Harvard University! Very walker friendly. Lots of public parking lots (parking prices are on the higher side- makes since due to tourists)

Beautiful walking area with plenty of shops. Such a fun vibe. You can also walk over to the campus while there & see all the beautiful buildings! Stunning buildings!

Most shops are open late too which is a plus since I stopped in after dinner hours to shop. Very clean & safe feeling!
Written 10 May 2023
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA1,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Business
A charming spot that serves as student central for eating, shops, and more. Feels like an extension of the Harvard campus.
Written 14 March 2023
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