Five Places to Go in Cambridge

Take the train from Boston and discover these gems

Outside the historic halls of Harvard University, this vibrant neighbourhood (a 10-minute train ride from Boston) has everything from vintage wares and poetry to raw honey and small plates.

Alden & Harlow

The small plates at Alden & Harlow deliver unexpected flavour combinations with New American flare. Recent menu offerings include corn pancakes with shishito peppers and clams with smoked pig’s tail, parsley and chili toast.

Brattle Theatre 

Below Alden & Harlow, Brattle Theatre has a lineup that includes contemporary films like Cloverfield, classics like North by Northwest and cult favorites like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The theatre’s calendar is dotted with theme weeks and special events.

Bob Slate Stationer

In addition to the thesis paper and bindings favoured by countless Harvard alums, Bob Slate Stationer sells custom stationery, vintage-style postcards and a wide assortment of fountain pens. 

Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Established in 1927, Grolier Poetry Book Shop may be the oldest all-poetry bookstore in the United States. The shop sells classics and contemporary work and publishes poetry through its own press.

Follow the Honey

If bees can make it, you can find it at Follow the Honey. This basement boutique stocks beeswax candles, honey-infused soap, books on beekeeping and vats of sustainably sourced honey (available on tap). Sidle up to the store’s “raw bar” for a tasting. 

Getting there: WestJet flies to Boston four times a day from Toronto and Halifax.

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