Boston and Cambridge are two of America’s oldest cities, yet with their high concentration of colleges and universities, they are also very young cities. The greater Boston area has the highest concentration of institutions of higher learning anywhere in North America, and Cambridge has the highest concentration of bookstores anywhere in North America. Below are some attractions that these cities have to offer.
We are within walking distance of Harvard University, and Bus 64 goes to MIT. If you know your destination at either of these institutions, you can use online interactive maps to find it at Harvard and MIT. Tours of Harvard start at Harvard Subway Station.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is a world-class museum with a well-rounded collection.
Close by is the Gardner Museum, an interesting collection housed in a garden-like setting.
Harvard University is home to several museums of renown. For Western art there is the Fogg Art Museum. For Asian art, there is Sackler Museum. Further north is the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which houses the Ware collection of Glass Flowers. Close by is the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
An ever popular yet inexpensive restaurant is The Spice, a Thai restaurant at 24 Holyoke Street in Harvard Square. We especially like their delicious yet inexpensive seafood.
One of our favorite restaurants is Lê’s, a Vietnamese restaurant at 36 Dunster Street in a building called The Garage in Harvard Square. They sell delicious pho, beef noodle soup, in small, medium, and large sizes at good prices.
For those who like good pizza, there is Stone Hearth Pizza, at 182 Western Avenue, a ten-minute walk from Yun’s Place.
Tasty Chinese food can be had at Joyful Garden (聚福軒), below Days Hotel at 1234 Soldiers Field Road, but also accessible opposite 304 Western Avenue. Their multicourse dinners are especially good bargains for groups.
Maki Maki, in Brighton Mills Shopping Center at 304 Western Avenue, offers Japanese sushi and seafood in a buffet setting. And the Chinese waiters and waitresses are very helpful.
Allston Village, at Harvard Avenue and Brighton Avenue, has an incredible variety of restaurants offering the food of many nationalities. No wonder that it is a favorite hangout spot for Boston University students. There is a city parking lot next to Blanchard’s Liquors.
Yun’s Place, a Boston and Cambridge B&B
66 Hopedale St., Boston, MA 02134