neighborhood guides: cambridge’s harvard square

Since getting back to the States, I’ve done a little less traveling and a little more settling down. Thankfully, I finally got some sightseeing done two weeks ago that I haven’t been able to write about. I decided to head to nearby Cambridge to walk around Harvard Square and it didn’t disappoint.

View of Harvard Square, Cambridge. September 2014.
View of Harvard Square, Cambridge. September 2014.

Harvard Square, which is easily accessible on the T’s red line, is the historic center of Cambridge and is filled with tons of fun stores.

Charles Sumner Statue in Harvard Yard, Cambridge. September 2014.
Charles Sumner Statue by Harvard Yard, Cambridge. September 2014.

The square is also feet away from Harvard Yard, at the center of the prestigious Harvard University. I’ve visited Harvard before, so I decided to skip it this time around.  However, I definitely recommend it for first time visitors.

During  my recent trip, I decided to first stop at the Harvard COOP to pick up a much needed replacement Moleskine notebook. I then took a walk around the neighborhood and checked out a couple of the nearby stores.

Jazzy's Homemade Ice Cream in Harvard Square, Cambridge. September 2014.
Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream in Harvard Square, Cambridge. September 2014.

Harvard Square has a great number of restaurants, from chain stores to local pubs. There’s a restaurant for every taste and need.  Since it was still pretty warm, I decided to stop by a cute ice cream store called Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream. I decided to try out the very delicious coffee flavored ice cream, but I also heard several customers praise Lizzy’s Charles River Crunch.

Afterwards I walked towards Brattle Street, which is just a few blocks away from Harvard Square.  Brattle Street is home to scores of historical buildings and was known as “King’s Highway” and “Tory Row” prior to the American Revolution.  My favorite building had to be Brattle Hall, which is home to both the famous Brattle Theater and Cambridge staple Algiers Coffee House.

Brattle Square near Harvard Square in Cambridge. September 2014.
Brattle Square near Harvard Square in Cambridge. September 2014.

My afternoon in Harvard Square was great and I definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Boston & Cambridge. Now that I’m settled in here, I’m hoping to visit a lot more of the neighborhoods Boston and the surrounding cities/towns have to offer.

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