Located in Cambridge, MA just outside of Boston, Harvard Square is the trendy shopping, dining, and entertainment hotspot surrounding Harvard University, the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Most of the Academy Award-winning movie Good Will Hunting was filmed right here. When you walk down the street, don't be surprised to see street musicians playing Japanese instruments instead of the traditional guitar. Combine all this with students from Boston area schools ambling around, and you have Harvard Square: an inexplicably unique college-town central.
The shopping around here is anything but ordinary. Chain stores like Urban Outfitters, LUSH Cosmetics, Origins, and Newbury Comics are the minority in this area. One-of-a-kind bookstores are around every corner. The tobacco connoisseur should visit Leavitt & Peirce, to find all the goods of an old-fashioned tobacco shop: smoking supplies, classic games, and shaving supplies. The store stands in the original location, and has been open for almost 120 years.
For a fun craft adventure, check out Beadworks, which has every type of bead you could possibly imagine, from Swarovski crystal to Venetian glass. To be sure, all Harvard Square visitors have to go to the COOP. This college bookstore was founded in 1882 by Harvard Students. Today, it is one of the largest college bookstores in the country, and is the best place to find Harvard University gifts and apparel.
All that shopping will surely help you work up an appetite. Endless, mouthwatering cuisine options consume Harvard Square; whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or a tasty ice cream, you will have many places to choose from. For the best burger you'll ever have (in all of America, says the Boston Globe newspaper), check out Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage, the trendiest joint in the area for the past 50 years. Feeling in the mood for some quick Italian instead? Head over to Pinocchio's Pizza. The small location surely doesn't represent the sumptuous flavors of their famous Sicilian pizza and sub sandwiches. If you just want a snack, Lizzy's Ice Cream is the place to go for homemade frozen favorites.
Harvard Square is truly one of those places where all visitors will find their niche. Crew fans can check out the Head of the Charles Regatta in October to see rowers from all over the world race down the Charles River. For a bit of culture, the Harvard Museum of Natural History boasts a vast collection of animal specimens, gems and minerals, fossils, and stunning glass flower exhibits. From tasty restaurant to one-of-a-kind shops, this exclusive area will make you want to stay all day.