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Things to do in Cambridge

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.
College Science Building
“Check out the Harvard Yard and Harvard Square at the most famous university in the world. Harvard Square has plenty of places for food + drink. Like MIT, great scenery along the Charles River.”
  • 209 locals recommend
Park
“If you're walking through the streets of Beacon Hill or the pathways of the Boston Common, you'll notice a building with a golden dome, made from copper and topped with gold. That's the Massachusetts State House, which has been there since 1798 and houses the state's government. There's plenty of Massachusetts history to take in if you visit for a free tour.”
  • 227 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great museum for kids and adults. Check out the Omni theatre and Planetarium for additional activities. ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Garden
“The Public Garden, also known as the Boston Public Garden, is a large park in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
University
“Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has an urban campus that extends more than a mile alongside the Charles River. AMAZING scenery along the Charles (best views of Boston hands downs - even though Stacy claims Piers Park in East Boston has better views). Great places for food + drink in Central Square.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Plaza
“Come see what Cambridge and Harvard is all about! Just take the red line to Harvard square stop.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Pier
“The Charles River Esplanade of Boston, Massachusetts, is a state-owned park situated in the Back Bay area of the city, on the south bank of the Charles River Basin. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“There are multiple branches of this wonderful Vegetarian and Vegan Restuarant. Food is healthy, tasty and a lot of it is locally sourced. ”
  • 126 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Harvard Art Museum is not the size of the Museum of Fine Arts or Gardner Museum in Boston (both of which are amazing), but has a very impressive collection, is housed in a gorgeous, recently gut-renovated building, and is large enough that you undoubtedly will be unable to see the whole thing in one visit. There is also currently (through July 28) a special exhibit called The Bauhaus and Harvard that is quite good and showcases the University’s Bauhaus collection, which is the largest in the world outside of Germany.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is a big shopping mall very near by. Lots of chain stores, Apple store, Best Buy, Macy's.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A newly opened outlet shopping area with many well-known brands. There's also a AMC movie theater! ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Smaller than its downstairs sibling, this enduring rock venue features underground & indie bands.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Wonderful intimate museum with a hand-pulled glass botany exhibit that will blow your mind, minerals exhibited in beautiful wood and glass display cases, a variety of dinosaur, bird and animal exhibits. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“If you need to get to the movies, it's close! And located in lively Davis Square.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Oleana is the best Mediterranean food in Cambridge and possibly all of Massachusetts. In the summer, their garden is a magical place to enjoy a fantastic meal. Great for special occasions or those who appreciate sampling the high-end food scene.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Restaurant
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“Korean grocery chain offering wide range of Asian groceries. The front of a store is a food court selling sushi, curry, and baked goods.”
  • 65 locals recommend

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Top restaurants

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“There are multiple branches of this wonderful Vegetarian and Vegan Restuarant. Food is healthy, tasty and a lot of it is locally sourced. ”
  • 126 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Smaller than its downstairs sibling, this enduring rock venue features underground & indie bands.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Oleana is the best Mediterranean food in Cambridge and possibly all of Massachusetts. In the summer, their garden is a magical place to enjoy a fantastic meal. Great for special occasions or those who appreciate sampling the high-end food scene.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“American comfort food institution that's cafeteria-style for breakfast & lunch, full-serve at night.”
  • 53 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“My favorite restaurant in Harvard Square. Great seasonal ingredients and amazing cocktails. Ask for the "Secret Burger" or even the "Super Secret Burger". They only make 30 or so a night though - so go early if you want to catch one.”
  • 45 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great local place. Fabulous cocktails and homestyle cooking. They have a great brunch scene on Sundays as well as Fried Chicken Mondays. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Meze Restaurant
“Hold out for the Middle Eastern dim sum experience here. Pro tip: get seated at the bar for faster service. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“The Best BBQ, try the buffalo shrimp as an app. They have more than 20 beers on tap”
  • 57 locals recommend

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