With an edgy (though outdated) rep that still keeps some Bostonians at bay, Central Square's one of the Hub's more diverse and eclectic 'hoods, boasting an alterna-crunch vibe and penchant for curry, coffee shops, and the homeless. And while you've probably watched soccer at the Phoenix, rocked out at the Middle East, or
done some light reading at the Marxist Center for Education grabbed a cocktail at Green Street, there are a slew of other hidden gems scattered about the neighborhood. Here are seven of them.
1. Coast Cafe233 River St, Cambridge
2. Danger!Awesome10 Prospect St, Cambridge
3. Andala Coffee House286 Franklin St, Cambridge
4. Havana Club288 Green St, Cambridge
5. Keezer's Classic Clothing140 River St, Cambridge
6. River Gods125 River St, Boston
7. Mass Ave Diner906 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
If you're craving soul food, make a beeline for Central Square's Coast Cafe, where authentic Southern-style fried chicken, slow-smoked BBQ ribs, and hearty sides like baked mac & cheese and fried plantains are yours for the gorging. The friendly team here serves only lunch and dinner, but the kitchen opens at 11am on Saturdays, making Coast and its chicken & waffles a solid brunch contender. Be prepared to take it with you, as there are only a few seats in this modest counter-serve spot.
After they helped Ok Go (those dudes on treadmills) shoot a video, two MIT grads were on the receiving end of some pretty advanced laser-etching technology courtesy of the band. And what did they do with that amazing education and their new equipment? They opened a store that will handsomely engrave nearly anything you want (DUH) - MacBooks, iPhones, briefcases, etc.
Stop by this Middle Eastern coffee shop for a relaxed cup of joe and an Arabic-bread sando -- or just to enjoy an afternoon hookah sesh on the pretty patio.
If you're looking for somewhere to late-night salsa, this place's got you covered with a club that fits 300-plus and offers a full bar and complimentary lessons. You might have to look a little hard, though, as it's housed inside Green St's Greek American Political Club (just follow the signs). If you just want some late-night salsa for your Fritos, though, you'll have better luck elsewhere.
Affordable vintage and second-hand suits & tuxes are the go-to goods at this institution, where JFK himself sold his suits during his time at Hahvahd.
Did you accidentally stumble onto the set of Alice in Wonderland 2: Winter is Coming? No -- you’ve just walked into one of the weirdest and coolest bar-staurants in Central Square. Pay homage to the river gods by slurping down an Amazon’s worth of classic cocktails, then chase it down with one of their tasty sandos, all amidst the gargoyle-bedecked walls, red-velvet seating, and Halloween-year-round decor.