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Best of Boston: Cambridge Edition

Mon July 29, 2019

We let you in on Cambridge bites that won Best of Boston awards. Now it’s time we share the best businesses in the city of squares. We give you our guide to this year’s winners!


Best Craft Store

Gather Here: Whether you’re a sewing veteran or are looking for a new hobby, Cambridge’s only stitch lounge will set you up. Gather Here workshops offer DIY hacks to make perfect personalized gifts.

Best Kid’s Toy Store

Henry Bear’s Park: Get your little ones to unplug with a trip to Henry Bear’s Park. They have toys, games, books and puzzles appropriate for all age groups.

Best Neighborhood Shop, Harvard Square

Harvard Book Store: You can almost feel the history seeping out from the walls of this Cambridge landmark. The store may be over 80 years old, but it has plenty of new book clubs and events for bibliophiles of every age. Two floors are also full of classics, bestsellers and discounted books with markdowns that are too good to be true.


Best Cycling Studio

The Handle Bar: What started as a one-off cycling boutique in Southie has now made its way to Harvard Square. Classes consist not only of sprints and hills, but also incorporate weights to give your arms a workout. Another reason for The Handle Bar’s popularity is because of studio policies like providing complimentary cycling shoe rentals.

Best Running Apparel

Heartbreak Hill Running Company: Experience runners high just by walking through the door of Heartbreak Hill. Their team has the gear, apparel and knowledge to get runners of all levels moving in a confident direction. The best part? Free running clubs are available to get you off the coach and on the pavement.

Best Bike Repair

Quad Bikes: This non-profit bike shop has been serving the Harvard community for over 15 years. Their reasonable pricing and friendly service make them the go-to solution for bike repairs.


Best Dance Troupe

The Dance Complex: This troupe embodies the diversity of Cambridge’s art district. The members of the troupe perform many types of dance including modern to traditional Indian.

Best Independent Cinema

Brattle Theatre: Swop a night of Netflix for an authentic night out with friends. With a single screen and an intimate theater, the Brattle makes patrons feel like they’re at a private viewing. Since 1953, it has provided Harvard Square with an experience like no other. Showings range from classics to foreign movies to art-house films.

Best Music Venue, Small

The Sinclair: Between local music and bites, you can get the best of both worlds at this Harvard Square venue. Their gastro pub-influenced kitchen serves dinner every day of the week. On weekends, brunch is served starting at 11a.m.

Best Neighborhood Diversion, Harvard Square

American Repertory Theater: The American Repertory Theater is recreating what theatre means. Through transformative theatrical experiences, audience members are no longer just spectators, but part of the programming itself. Discover this Tony-winning theater that inspires actors and directors across the industry.


Best Custom Furniture Maker

Half Crown Design: Bring your Pinterest dream home to life with Half Crown Design. Since 1999, international, award-winning designer, Jodi Robbins, creates beautiful, made-to-order furniture for every room in the house. Not only does Robbins create one-of-a-kind pieces, she creates pieces that will be cherished for generations to come.

Best Framing Specialist

A Street Frames: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what about the frame? At A Street Frames, finding the perfect frame is easy. Invest in a quality frame and let your picture say more. A Street Frames caters to individuals as well as artists, designers, collectors, museums and frame shops around the country.

Best Landscaper

Parterre Garden Services: Let’s face it: there aren’t enough hours in the day to transform our yards into picture-perfect landscapes. That’s where Parterre Garden Services comes in. Allow the experts to create (and maintain!) your very own outdoor oasis.


Best Men’s Wedding Attire

Drinkwater’s: Drinkwater’s is your one-stop-shop for wedding season. You’ll find suits, ties, shoes, accessories and more pieces selected by Gary Drinkwater and his team. Pro tip: take advantage of the shop’s Made to Measure program. Then you can ensure the best fit for your special day.

Best Museum Venue

Harvard Art Museums: Say “I do” surrounded by rich history and beautiful architecture. It has an ivy-covered courtyard and an atrium like no other. This venue is guaranteed to wow your guests with elegance and sophistication.