With seven live music venues, two dance troupes and a theatre, Central Square in Cambridge prides itself on being Cambridge's hub of nightlife and culture. Located between Kendall Square and Harvard Square, the Central Square Historic Corridor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It was here the famed New England candy company, Necco, first came to prominence before moving to Boston's South Shore.
In recent years, Central Square has undergone a gradual "gentrification", causing some to feel the area has lost its cultural edge.
This is not the case as any visitor will find unique and ethnic restaurants covering cuisines from Eritrea, Ireland, India, Ethiopia, Mexican and the Mediterranean. And for those who are looking for entertainment after dinner, nightly music is played at the Middle East, rated the best "mid-sized music venue" in Boston; hilarious improvisational actors take the stage at Improv Boston; or an ever-expanding list of theatrical performances are put on at the Central Square Theatre.
Central Square is conveniently located just one stop on the Red Line from our Harvard Square hotel. If you are looking to leisurely stroll through the area's winding streets, you will reach Central Square after an approximately 1.5 mile walk.
Venturing beyond Central Square in Cambridge? Learn more about things to do in Cambridge.