Just across the Charles River is the City of Cambridge, often referred to as Boston's "Left Bank", Cambridge is rich in cultural diversity. Over 100,000 residents live in this area of roughly six square miles. Home of Ivy League Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) it's a young vibrant city and if you are visiting Boston, It's worth the trip across the river.
Cambridge has a good mix of unique shopping, theatres, museums, and historic sites. Harvard Square, is loaded with dining, shopping, bookstores, and entertainment options. During warmer months, street performers entertain shoppers and tourists alike. In North Cambridge, Porter Square has the region's largest number of Japanese restaurants and shops.
Don't miss the Harvard Art Museum (it's now one, singular museum) collections at the Sackler gallery (Fogg and Busch Reisinger are closed until 2013) and the world famous Blaschka Glass Flowers (as well as dinosaurs and hundreds of animals) on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Also located near Harvard Square is the highly acclaimed American Repertory Theatre. Take the MBTA Red Line from Boston to get to Cambridge.
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Photo Tour of Harvard Square
Scullers Jazz Club
Led by jazz impresario Fred Taylor, the 200-seat Scullers Jazz Club has become a true Boston landmark offering spectacular views of the Boston's skyline and the Charles River that serve as the perfect backdrop for world-class entertainment you won't see anywhere else in Boston.
Harvard Square is a large area in the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts It is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street, across from Harvard University.
Kendall Square Cinema
Kendall Square Cinema is located in Cambridge between Historic Kendall Square and Central Square near the intersection of Binney Street and Cardinal Medieros Avenue, next to the MIT campus. Since opening its doors in September 1995, it has become Landmark Theatres' most successful venue.
Discover great shopping at Best Buy, Borders, Sears, Filene's, the Apple Store and more. Enjoy casual dining at The Cheesecake Factory, Papa Razzi and California Pizza Kitchen or simply grab a bite on the go at the Waterfront Food Festival.
Restaurants and Bars:
Border Cafe • 32 Church St Cambridge, MA
Tex Mex and Cajun Specialties
Casablanca • 40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA
Enticing Mediterranean cuisine, neighborhood "joint" that has grown to near-legendary status.
Charlie's Kitchen • 10 Eliot St Cambridge, MA
Budget Bar/Restaurant - Home of the Double everything. (Try the Cheesburger, Lobster Rolls)
FiRE + iCE • 50 Church St. Cambridge, MA
The improvisational grill, is located in the heart of Cambridge's Harvard Square just around the corner from the Harvard stop on the Red Line.
Florentina • 143 Main St, Cambridge, MA
Near MIT, family owned casual Italian restaurant
Harvest • 44 Brattle Street [on the walkway] Cambridge, MA
Tucked along a cobblestone pathway in the heart of the square, Harvest provides a welcome respite from the fast-paced world outside. Inside is a combination of soothing earth tones, supple banquettes, dark woods and pastoral art lend an air of understated elegance.
Miracle of Science Bar + Grill • 321 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Leader in geek-chic. Its menu is hand written onto the wall and it was one of the first restaurants to employ the open floor concept. This place is always packed with artists, musicians, geo physicists and computer gurus who know they don't have to go anywhere else looking for a good time.
Pu Pu Hot Pot • 907 Main St., Cambridge, MA
Mandarin-Szechuan restaurant with a Taiwanese emphasis on deep frying and good lists of vegetarian specialties and Shanghai cold appetizers.
One Bennett Street Cambridge, MA
Boston Magazine votes Rialto "Best of Boston" Italian