Located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is a vibrant city with numerous universities and a rich culture. Moving here can be daunting, as prices for apartments are high and competition is stiff. But if you know where to go and how to spend your money, Cambridge is a livable city with much to offer.
Across the river, it’s a different way of life. Which side do you want to live on? Here’s a run down of some Cambridge activities.
This mid-sized metropolis contains a number of (vaguely) square-shaped hot spots, each brimming with eateries, boutiques, bookstores, theaters, museums and more. Four of Cambridge’s most interesting squares are sprinkled diagonally from north to south, ending near the deep blue Charles River and the shimmering cityscape of Boston. Sutured together by one of the oldest subway lines in the world, these easily accessible areas provide fun-filled ways to experience the best that Cambridge has to offer.
If you’re looking for a delectable dining experience amongst locals, Porter is your place. This small square attracts big appetites. The area’s restaurants feature all kinds of cuisine, from Ethiopian to Italian. Most of these eateries have a relaxed atmosphere and are reasonably priced. Sugar & Spice, a savory Thai place, and The Elephant Walk, an award-winning French and Cambodian restaurant, are two neighborhood favorites. For post-dinner entertainment, head over to Toad, a cozy, energetic bar with live music.
Sharing its name with the prestigious university it abuts, Harvard Square is a place where funky meets refined. Here you will see alternative music and anime retailers sandwiched between elegant clothing boutiques and antique map stores. Film buffs can catch classic movies at the Brattle Theatre, while art addicts can explore Harvard University’s Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler art museums. The neighborhood is home to Harvard Book Store, a top-notch, independent bookseller, which continually sponsors readings by world-famous authors. If you are hit by sudden pangs of hunger, head over to Rialto, a classy (and pricey) eatery in The Charles Hotel or go to Crazy Dough’s for a nacho pizza.