Harvard Sqyare seems to change character every ten years or so, at least it has changed over twice since my student days. Alas, most of the bookstores have been wiped out by Amazon-dot-com, though your favorite, the Harvard Book Store is still on Mass Ave and the Grolier, a book shop dedicated to poetry on the printed page is just around the corner. The Brattle Street theatre hangs on, but barely. The restaurants you would remember have been replaced by restaurants that today's students will remember in a decade, but the choice is always excellent. Sadly, Charlie's Kitchen and the Hong Kong somehow survive. La Paloma still serves rich coffee and delicious sandwiches underground on Arrow Street, but the exotic smell of Galoise has been extinguished; it is a cozy retreat to go and play with your purchases, be they books or badgers.bladerunner wrote: Harvard Sq. was one of my favorite hangouts all during my dissolute youth. Haven't seen the place in 20 years, but as I remember, there are tons of great bookstores. Especially downstairs in the used book section of Harvard Book Store. If you like old films the Brattle Street Theater is a must. And the restaurants! Chinese, vegetarian, Italian, whatever you're into. If Charlie's Kitchen is still around, it's a fun little neighborhood bar where you can eat in a booth or at the bar and rub elbows with the locals.
Have fun and don't forget to post your adventures !
One hopes that Colonial Drug is forever, but I assume that requires that every member of this list stop in...or call...and buy at least one brush and one puck apiece. Do it soon.