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Things to do in Cambridge

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cambridge. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cambridge attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cambridge to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cambridge.

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  • B-Side Lounge

    This kitschy, retro faux-dive, where a giant model airplane hangs from the antique tin ceiling, is hugely popular with post-college hipsters and ot... More
  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    The only Le Corbusier-built structure in the United States, the Carpenter Center stands in stark contrast to its more staid neighbors on Harvard ... More
  • Christina's

    Easily recognizable by its lavender-colored façade, Christina’s is a popular spot for homemade ice cream. Located in Inman Square between Harvard a... More
  • Club Passim

    Located in Harvard Square, this 125-seat performance venue has been hosting some of the best live folk and acoustic musicians since 1958. Back in t... More
  • Elevate Destinations

    This small, five-year-old company promotes carbon-neutral activities and donates five percent of each trip’s revenues to local communities.  T+L Tr... More
  • Formaggio Kitchen

    Foodies love this gourmet shop for its huge selection of French jams, Tuscan honeys, and Asian teas—but cheeses are the main draw. The owners seek ... More
  • Globe Corner Bookstore

    This Harvard Square bookstore has sparked countless travel dreams and plans. Now located in a bright, spacious store, the Globe's vast selection of... More
  • Harvard Square

    Founded in 1630 as the colonial village of Newtowne, Cambridge's thronged central square today is filled with chain stores and roving students—not ... More
  • Iggy’s Bread of the World

    Iggy's, a brick storefront sandwiched between a lumber supply warehouse and a fire station in Cambridge's industrial area, supplies many of the ci... More
  • Institute of Contemporary Art

    The first museum built in Boston in more than a century, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened in Fort Point in 2006. The museum houses a perfor... More
  • OM Lounge

    Chef Rachel Klein gets a lot of attention for her global cuisine in the second-floor restaurant, but mixologist Jon Ross's herbal-infused cocktails... More
  • Overseas Adventure Travel

    Overseas Adventure Travel was founded in 1978 by former schoolteacher Judi Wineland, who was inspired to enter the industry after a trip to Africa.... More
  • The Enormous Room

    A rotating cast of top turntablists spins an ever-changing mix of hip-hop, rare groove, and mellow electronica in this ironically tiny space. The n... More
  • The Middle East

    Hearty platters of falafel and hummus gave this Central Square club its name, but it’s the wide variety of live music that’s made its reputation. A... More

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