Nice area right next to Harvard Campus. Loads of shopping options, but definitely expensive. There are also tourists everywhere, so it can be quite crowded. There are definitely some local gems, but it's hard to find them if you're not a local :-). Pro tip: get some hot chocolate at Burdick's (especially in the winter). Chocolate heaven.
Nice university square. Lots of activity and people. I loved the tiny mice; they were so adorable. Not everyone thought they were cute but hey.
A fun place to hang out and meet people. Plenty to do to keep you entertained
So lively and colorful, I loved the atmosphere...
Harvard Square has been the home of my heart from my childhood in the 70s, through all its transformations over 40 years. Harvard Square is a place to go to just *be* - whether a punk pit rat, a grad student with a laptop and a need for the ambient bustle of the crowd, or someone who prefers to stop and engage with street musicians, magicians, artists, or the homeless/good-hearted perennial local personalities. Even vegetarians can and must eat a Bartley's burger, and then fortified patronize the local literary emporium, Harvard Book Store. Take your selection to Crema Cafe, Tealuxe, or the hidden Cafe Pamplona, and later in the night see music at the Sinclair, comedy at the Hong Kong, theater at the A.R.T., or feminist genderqueer burlesque at the satellite space Oberon. Just go.