Cambridge area guide

Get to know Cambridge area by area—the best local restaurants, bars, and things to do in the city

Harvard Square
Photograph: chensiyuanHarvard Square

Cambridge neighborhood guides

Central Square neighborhood guide
Things to do

Central Square neighborhood guide

Although undoubtedly gentrified, Central Square has kept its distinct, rather gritty, identity

Harvard Square neighborhood guide
Things to do

Harvard Square neighborhood guide

The best known of Cambridge’s squares, and certainly one of the most popular, is Harvard Square

Kendall Square neighborhood guide
Things to do

Kendall Square neighborhood guide

Kendall Square has become one of the area’s most exciting places to eat, drink and hang

Guide to music venues on Massachusetts Avenue
Music

Guide to music venues on Massachusetts Avenue

Storied rock clubs, bare-bones bars and raucous DJ lounges are dotted along this major thoroughfare

Top Cambridge attractions

Harvard Art Museums
Museums

Harvard Art Museums

Given Harvard’s history and status, it stands to reason it has one of the country’s best university art collections

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Attractions

Mount Auburn Cemetery

This is the final resting place for Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Charles Bulfinch

Harvard Museum of Natural History
Museums

Harvard Museum of Natural History

This historic museum boasts a vast and slightly creepy collection of stuffed, bottled and dried creatures from around the globe

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Things to do

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

The Peabody features fossils and anthropological artifacts from as far back as the Palaeolithic period

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Restaurants in Cambridge

Craigie on Main
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Craigie on Main

Local “snout-to-tail” pioneer Tony Maws thrills diners with his thoughtful, inventive creations

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Harvest
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Harvest

Since 1975, this refined Harvard Square stalwart has led the farm-to-table charge

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The Smoke Shop
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The Smoke Shop

Chef Andy Husbands delivers championship barbecue in the heart of Kendall Square

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Toscanini's
Restaurants

Toscanini's

The New York Times once called Toscanini's the best ice cream in the world

Bars in Cambridge

Plough & Stars
Bars

Plough & Stars

The Plough has been going strong for some 30-plus years

Phoenix Landing
Bars

Phoenix Landing

Deep house and Guinness may not seem like the most natural match, but Phoenix Landing pulls it off

Brick & Mortar
Bars

Brick & Mortar

Grab a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar to enjoy well-made cocktails and fun, upscale bar snacks

The Field Pub
Bars

The Field Pub

The staff pours a good Guinness, and hard-to-find local brews are often featured