Cambridge, MA Shopping Overview

Shopping in Cambridge offers dozens of boutiques and specialty stores and one main mall.

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Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA
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The unique shopping scene of boutiques in Cambridge attracts people of the greater Boston area.

Harvard Square

Harvard Square is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Cambridge. In proximity to the university, Harvard Square boasts of a diverse shopping experience. Find a range of things, from high-end to DIY, local to imported, made by hand or made by hemp, and more.

Vintage, antique, florists, Harvard apparel books, hardware and game stores are just a few themes you will find when you sift through more than eight blocks of boutiques and specialty shops. A few shops to peruse are a 100-plus year-old tobacco shop, Leavitt & Peirce Inc., and Japanese phenomenon, Anime Zakka.

Porter Square

Porter Square offers endless entertainment with their unique shops. WardMaps houses a big stock of antique maps from all over the world, but also shows their hometown pride with Boston gear in addition to other fun gifts.

Tibet Arts boutique specializes in clothing, jewelry, and meditation items imported from Tibet. Also from Asia are Tokai Japanese gift shop and other Japanese themed establishments, giving Porter Square the reputation of being a local “Japantown”.

Kendall Square

Kendall Square’s retail claim to fame is being host to the CambridgeSide Galleria, Cambridge’s premier mall. More than 120 stores, like Sears, Best Buy, Macy’s, Apple, H&M and Armani, are spread over three malls. Also, it is a Save That Stuff Inc. green initiative partner.

Besides the Galleria, Kendall Square is home to frequented shops like The Garment District vintage shop.

Urban Areas

Central Square brings locally owned shops, like Star Jewelry, and national chains, like Footlocker, together in downtown Cambridge with more than 20 shops.

Inman Square is home to the Center for New Words, the oldest and longest-running women’s bookstore in the nation, in addition to other stores like Yayla Tribal Rugs.

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