Porter Square Biking Guide
It’s summertime in Cambridge and that means biking guides are back! If you’re stopping by for the first time, I’m Gabi Valladares and I’m the founder and blogger of By Gabriella, a site where I share entertaining tips, travel guides, and tasty recipes.
Since last summer, I’ve been partnering up with the team here at the Cambridge Office for Tourism to share bike-friendly guides around Cambridge, Massachusetts. So far, we’ve explored Harvard Square, Kendall Square, and Central Square. Today - it’s all about Porter Square! A square that’s a bit further out, and 100% worth the trip.
Bagelsaurus and Cambridge Common
Where to Eat & Drink:
Bagelsaurus: While I haven’t had every bagel in the Cambridge/Boston area, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Bagelsaurus makes some of the most DELICIOUS bagels yet. And if you’re up for something a little different, I highly recommend the honey rosemary spread. Highly.
Cambridge Common: If you’re lucky enough to be in Porter Square on a weekend, please do yourself a favor and bike on over to Cambridge Common for brunch. We split the brunch burger, grabbed a few drinks, and snacked on the Fried Sweet Plantains. Grab yourself a seat outside if you can, and please get the plantains! And perhaps even enjoy a second order for me. They were beyond delicious.
What to See & Do:
Porter Square Books: Porter Square Books isn’t just an adorable little bookshop in the heart of Porter Square, it also boasts a tasty café. If you have some time on your hands, grab a new read at Porter Square Books, some coffee, and snag a seat outdoors to enjoy the sun while it’s here.
Curio Spice Co.: Walking into Curio Spice is like walking into a dream. I’m constantly using spices when I’m cooking and creating cocktail recipes. Curio Spice’s collection is what dreams are made of; their collection is simply divine.
Honeycomb Creamery: I know this might technically fit in the ‘where to eat & drink’ category, but I’d like to suggest swinging by Honeycomb Creamery for an ice cream cone to take on the road. Is there anything better in summer than walking around with a cold ice cream cone in hand? Maybe just being at the beach, but we’ll plan that outing for another day!
Spindler Confections: Spindler’s storefront is enough to pull you right in. Especially if you’re already nearby visiting Curio! Spindler’s is home to tasty chocolates, decadent caramels, and brittles. If that’s not the perfect post-brunch snack, I don’t know what is.
Where to Stay:
Porter Square Hotel: As you might be able to tell by its appropriate name, the Porter Square Hotel is right in the center of Porter Square. You’re in walking/biking distance to everything, which means you can get from the hotel to some of the best restaurants in Cambridge in just a few minutes. Now that’s my kind of hotel.
My Bike Safety Tips:
Always, always wear your helmet. Is a good hair day worth it? Accidents happen and it's not always someone's fault, but you're extremely vulnerable on your bike in comparison to drivers in cars.
Cambridge is full of roads that have a bike lane. Do your best to bike down those streets, and if you're biking near parked cars, be alert. Drivers exiting their vehicles don't always think to look for cyclists and might open their door as you're biking by. I always suggest biking closer to the moving cars than the parked cars! Sounds backwards, but you definitely don't want to bike into a car door. Alert drivers will see you better than those in parked cars.
Bike with lights! The bike shops in Cambridge are sure to have some and they are worth it. If you think you're going to be out past dark, grab your lights. It's extremely hard to see cyclists in the dark without them - it's always better to err on the side of safety.
Obey traffic laws. Even though you're not in a car, your bike is still a vehicle. Bike with the traffic pattern and stop for lights, stop signs, etc.
For more safety tips and biking rules, click here!
*All photos courtesy of Gabi Valladares
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Gabi grew up in Connecticut, and has been living in Boston for nearly six years. She's a full-time Social Media Director and works with clients ranging from the non-profit sector to tech, and beyond. She is the founder and blogger at By Gabriella, where she stirs up weekly cocktails, shares entertaining tips, and more. She aims to spice up your life(style) with new recipes, creative DIY projects, and as much color as she can possibly cram into each and every post. Outside of blogging for By Gabriella, she freelances in product photography, guest blogging, and social media strategy.
Gabi is also a City Manager for the national non-profit women's networking group, The Lady Project. She works tirelessly with her team to plan events, networking opportunities, and collaborations around Boston, open to everyone who identifies as a woman.More by Gabi Valladares