MIT rests at the heart of Central Square, so in this quirky part of Cambridge you’ll be amused to an unmatched creativity! It’s a hub of innovation, Toast was born here, Pfizer is headquartered there, and the neighborhood is just a whole lot of fun! There’s a scientific twist on many local businesses, given the nature of the many MIT students who inhabit it! Yet, if you’re beyond your college years, Central Square offers a great dining scene and fun entertainment.
Use the guide below to get a taste of the neighborhood:
1. Grab a bite at Little Donkey
Ken Oringer and Jamie Bisonette, two award-winning Boston Chefs create Asian fusion using exotic ingredients but familiar dishes. Stop by for brunch or dinner and you’re certain to be blown away! We love their burger, ramen, and desserts!
505 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
2. Get a laugh at ImprovBoston
Founded in 1982 by Nicholas Emanuel and Katy Bolger, this cozy spot offers improv stand-up in an intimate setting! Sometimes you’ll be the butt of the joke, but the audience takes it like champs! You’re in for a great laugh at this essential Cambridge spot!
620 Massachusetts Ave Ste 6, Cambridge, MA 02139
3. Enjoy the New York Times’ favorite ice cream
Yeah, that’s correct. The New York Times’ favorite ice cream isn’t even in New York, it’s here in Cambridge! Toscanini’s which recently renovated this location, has some of the creamiest ice cream in the most innovative flavors. Always on the menu is its out-of-this world B3 flavor-featuring brownie, brown butter, and brown sugar. It’s decadent, creamy, salty, sweet perfection.
899 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
4. Go for a walk on Cambridge side
Perhaps one of the best views of Boston is actually from the Cambridge side of the Charles River Esplanade. Take a walk off the Mass Ave. bridge parallel to the river going towards Longfellow bridge to get some great views and even better pictures! In the summer there are plenty of boats to watch and you can even head over to Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Kendall Square to get on the water yourself!
5. Load up on specialty pancakes
Brookline Lunch on Brookline Street in Cambridge makes some of the best pancakes in the state! Inspired by two famous middle eastern desserts, try the Baklava pancakes anytime or wait for the drop of their Nabulsia (kunefeh-inspired pancakes) for a real showstopper!
5 Brookline St, Cambridge, MA 02139