The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts home to approximately 11,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The university comprises 186 acres in the Kendall square neighborhood and extends for over a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River, just across the Harvard Bridge from downtown Boston. Recognized as one of the world’s top universities, MIT’s aim is to “educate students in science and technology in addition to other areas of scholarship."
Stay: The closest hotels to campus, all within walking distance include: Le Meridien Cambridge, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and the Boston Marriott Cambridge. For a more unique stay, The Kendall is a small boutique property housed in a 19th century building on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel Marlowe is a quick 5-10 minute drive from campus, overlooking the Charles River and downtown Boston. The Marlowe provides complimentary kayaks and bikes--an added plus for exploring Cambridge by land or sea. Other options a short drive away include the Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express.
Breakfast: Tatte’s Bakery and Cafe, an extremely popular Boston breakfast and lunch spot from Israeli chef Tzurit Or, has three locations in East Cambridge and a brand new location in Harvard Square. If you’re in a rush grab one of Tatte's delicious croissants or muffins, or even better a chocolate hazelnut twist, but try and carve out time for shakshuka, a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. Flour Bakery and Cafe, is a smart choice at any time of the day—either at 7 am for a morning coffee or at lunchtime with an array of excellent sandwiches, salads and stuffed breads. We’re big fans of Flour’s breakfast sandwich, a mix of eggs with bacon, cheddar and arugula topped with dijonaise. The Friendly Toast, in Kendall Square is a fun retro, diner for homey, comfort food. The wacky, kitschy décor looks like it was bought at front lawn tag sales and small town flea markets. This is a popular place for weekend brunch so be prepared for long lines.
Lunch: Clover Food Lab has four locations in Cambridge, three in east Cambridge and one on Harvard Square. Clover is a high quality, fast food vegetarian chain that boasts an average speed time per order of 3.5 minutes. Founded by Ayr Muir, An MIT grad with a Harvard MBA, the focus is on speed, flavor, and consistency in a constantly changing menu. The friendly staff guides you in your selection, and we love the whole concept down to the delicious food. Café Luna is always crowded with students and locals, a go-to for sandwiches and salads. Area Four is a trendy café and bakery known for their gourmet pizzas. Mamaleh’s, a new addition in Cambridge, is a modern Jewish Delicatessen, also serving breakfast and dinner.
Casual: You don’t need to cross the river; some of the area’s hottest tables are located right in Cambridge and nearby Somerville. At Little Donkey, the new sibling to hot Boston restaurants Toro and Coppa, has a global tapas menu that's been getting rave reviews. (Also a good choice for breakfast or lunch.) Modern, spacious Mead Hall is a gastropub with a large selection of craft beers. Get your brisket fix at new Smoke Shop. With a diverse wine list and a cool urban vibe, Puritan & Company features a farm to table American menu, close by in Inman Square. Over in Somerville, an area that couldn’t be any hotter food wise, head to Sarma. Many Bostonians claim it’s their favorite night out for delicious, modern Mediterranean small plates from chef Ana Sortun and Cassie Piuma . Other Somerville hot spots include: Foundry on Elm, Highland Kitchen, Spoke, Bronwyn and La Brasa.
A Step Up: Catalyst is a new American restaurant in a large, airy space. On every foodie’s list, Alden & Harlow is a Harvard Square hot spot for adventurous new American fare served in a rustic, chic subterranean room. The decor might read casual, but this is food for a sophisticated palette. Oleana, chef Ana Sortun’s original Middle Eastern restaurant is still going strong after 16 years, specializing in inventive Mediterranean cuisine sourced from her husband, Chris Kurth’s, Siena Farms. In warm weather the patio is a lovely place to spend an evening. Loyal Nine’s menu highlights New England’s culinary traditions sourcing ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Book a seat at Craigie on Main for a memorable meal. Across the bridge in Boston, have a grand night in true supper club style at Yvonne’s, experience sushi heaven at O-Ya or indulge in upscale French fare at Mistral, Menton or No. 9 Park.
Local Attractions: Allow some time to explore the MIT campus with remarkable landmarks by architects such as Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinean. Walk around world famous Harvard Square and visit the Harvard University Art Museums or the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Boston is just minutes away by cab, uber or subway and has countless worthy attractions if you have more time. Walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail from Boston Commons to Bunker Hill. Visit Quincy Market, Top of the Hub, Newbury Street, Boston Commons, and the New England Aquarium. A short drive from downtown, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is a must for history buffs. Baseball fans can tour one of America’s most famous stadiums, Fenway Park, home to the Green Monster.
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+ MIT CHEAT SHEET +
Stratton Student Center
Beantown Coffee House and Café
Tatte’s Bakery and Cafe
Flour Bakery and Cafe
The Friendly Toast
Clover Food Lab
Puritan & Company
Foundry on Elm
Alden & Harlow
Craigie on Main
No. 9 Park.
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