Cambridge is a land of "squares" — from Harvard Square to Davis Square, from Central Square to Kendall Square, there is nothing more hip and harder to find than Inman Square. Situated between Central Square and Harvard Square, there's no specific stop for it on the metro, so it might as well be a fairytale to someone who's never heard of it. However, if you're looking for a local neighborhood with plenty of elbow room and some truly unique eateries, get thee to the square of Inman.
You'll sense an easy-going atmosphere as you watch bubbles that frequently float from an neighborhood apartment building. Perhaps the reason this neighborhood is so relaxed is because of the numerous yoga studios in the area, where people say, namaste to a balanced and healthy body. Generic malls are taboo here, instead, owner-run businesses carry specialized items. Stellabella Toys and Bird by Bird feature goodies for those shopping for little ones, Poor Little Rich Girl vintage boutique is tucked away here too, and is not as crowded as its popular Newbury Street counterpart. You'll also find a few home décor shops in this coveted hidden community: Boutique Fabulous and Inman Sq. Hardware are both worth visiting.
Independently owned restaurants draw crowds as more people discover the area. Even in the winter, folks suit up to bring a little frost to their tongues at Christina's Home Made Ice Cream, where creamy flavors like burnt sugar, kahlua, and jalapeño are favorites. Enjoy Indian fare at Pujabi Dahba or Mexican food at the Ole Mexico Grill, both serve delicious, traditional fare at affordable prices. In addition, Casa Portugal is a great place to get a taste of the Portuguese and Brazilian influences in the area. Inman Square also offers a casual nightlife for the post college-aged crowd. Actors and comedians made some of their first appearances in the club scene here, including Jay Leno and Jane Curtain (from the original cast of Saturday Night Live.)
Visit www.inmansquare.com for a detailed listing of photos and descriptions of the local businesses. It's hard to not fall in love with this quirky area, so go ahead and fall. You'll just have to find it first.
Subway: Take 83 bus or Red Line to Central Square stop, 15 minute walk. Centered on the intersection of Cambridge and Hampshire Street.