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Guidebook for Somerville

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Guidebook for Somerville

Food Scene
THREE LITTLE FIGS: Great pastries and sandwiches 5 min walk. Lighter fare. Reeeally good coffee/Cappuccino: I mean seriously they are not messing around. A 5-min walk. Wifi.
278 Highland Ave
278 Highland Ave
THREE LITTLE FIGS: Great pastries and sandwiches 5 min walk. Lighter fare. Reeeally good coffee/Cappuccino: I mean seriously they are not messing around. A 5-min walk. Wifi.
SACCO'S BOWL: a Davis Square classic. You just can't beat old- timey candlepin bowling (a New England classic!) with modern day flatbread pizza and really good beer. It's a no-brainer. (You can get salad too)
45 Day St
45 Day St
SACCO'S BOWL: a Davis Square classic. You just can't beat old- timey candlepin bowling (a New England classic!) with modern day flatbread pizza and really good beer. It's a no-brainer. (You can get salad too)
Lunch/Coffee. Their breakfast burrito is my kinda yummy. Plus who can argue with cappuccino, a pool table, and a b/w photo booth. You have to hawk to score a table there though.
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Diesel Cafe
257 Elm Street
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Lunch/Coffee. Their breakfast burrito is my kinda yummy. Plus who can argue with cappuccino, a pool table, and a b/w photo booth. You have to hawk to score a table there though.
Restau/Bar. I am not much of a meat eater, but people swear by this place for ribs and all that jazz. It's kind of a tradition with a fiercely loyal following.
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Redbones Barbecue
55 Chester Street
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Restau/Bar. I am not much of a meat eater, but people swear by this place for ribs and all that jazz. It's kind of a tradition with a fiercely loyal following.
Self-serve and simple. Tables and troughs. Sauce galore. Ridiculously tasty.
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Amsterdam Falafelshop
248 Elm Street
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Self-serve and simple. Tables and troughs. Sauce galore. Ridiculously tasty.
Torta place. New to the hood - but people are raving about it - like West Coast people! Super casual environment.
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Tenóch Mexican
382 Highland Ave
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Torta place. New to the hood - but people are raving about it - like West Coast people! Super casual environment.
Grown up place. Very good food. Occasionally sublime. Reservations needed. Amazing patio in summer.
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Oleana
134 Hampshire Street
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Grown up place. Very good food. Occasionally sublime. Reservations needed. Amazing patio in summer.
So low key and unpretentious. Consistently good.
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Ebi sushi
290 Somerville Avenue
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So low key and unpretentious. Consistently good.
Casual and family run. I love their food. Usually they ask if you made a reservation, but even though it's tiny I've never made one.
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Istanbul'lu
237 Holland Street
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Casual and family run. I love their food. Usually they ask if you made a reservation, but even though it's tiny I've never made one.
Need cake/no car? Hoof it to 7Ate9. Okay, it's not about the coffee here - It's about the CHEESECAKE.
7ate9 Bakery
199C Highland Ave
Need cake/no car? Hoof it to 7Ate9. Okay, it's not about the coffee here - It's about the CHEESECAKE.
Tired from a long flight? Lemon Thai will not let you down. Phone in your order and walk 30 seconds down the hill to pick it up (faster than their delivery) and really hits the spot.
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Lemon Thai Cuisine
215 Highland Avenue
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Tired from a long flight? Lemon Thai will not let you down. Phone in your order and walk 30 seconds down the hill to pick it up (faster than their delivery) and really hits the spot.
I've heard good things about this Union Square take-out joint. They have a restaurant around the corner too if you want to sit.
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Machu Chicken
25 Union Square
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I've heard good things about this Union Square take-out joint. They have a restaurant around the corner too if you want to sit.
A local brunch tradition. Colorful. Crowded. Breakfast all day with a Portuguese twist.
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The Neighborhood Restaurant
25 Bow St
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A local brunch tradition. Colorful. Crowded. Breakfast all day with a Portuguese twist.
If you've just got to have pancakes and a jukebox with your regular coffee, do it old school at Kelly's. Basic, pastel and chrome, it's a diner. You know the drill.
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Kelly's Diner
674 Broadway
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If you've just got to have pancakes and a jukebox with your regular coffee, do it old school at Kelly's. Basic, pastel and chrome, it's a diner. You know the drill.
New! Cute+Good+An 8-min walk=:) In a strip mall=:(
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Forge Baking Company
626 Somerville Avenue
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New! Cute+Good+An 8-min walk=:) In a strip mall=:(
Little known cafe at the Armory a short walk away. I think it's student run. They have wi-fi. If you're here in winter there's also a great farmer's market in the Armory building every Saturday until about 2pm.
Cafe at the Somerville Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Little known cafe at the Armory a short walk away. I think it's student run. They have wi-fi. If you're here in winter there's also a great farmer's market in the Armory building every Saturday until about 2pm.
Please note I have NEVER tried this place, but for those of you who require it, I wanted you to know it's here and it's VEGAN.
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True Bistro
1153 Broadway
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Please note I have NEVER tried this place, but for those of you who require it, I wanted you to know it's here and it's VEGAN.
It's ultra clean fuel made to taste as good as food that's bad for you: veggies and sauces, nuts and cheese and whole grains and legumes - all organic - basically what I cook at home but with a fantastic juice bar too! So so good.
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Life Alive Organic Cafe
765 Massachusetts Avenue
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It's ultra clean fuel made to taste as good as food that's bad for you: veggies and sauces, nuts and cheese and whole grains and legumes - all organic - basically what I cook at home but with a fantastic juice bar too! So so good.
Simply amazing
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Juliet
257 Washington St
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Simply amazing
Drinks & Nightlife
Best Bar/Bistro a 5-min walk and yummy but super yummy and will not break the bank. Crowded - go early! Great veggie burger or real burger! Lamb gnocchi a fave app:) Kale salad delish. Want your kids to eat their vegetables? Grab a table at 5:30 and order the buffalo brussels sprouts! Tastes like chicken;) Oh, and they do a super popular weekend brunch. (Small parking lot behind.)
150 Highland Ave
150 Highland Ave
Best Bar/Bistro a 5-min walk and yummy but super yummy and will not break the bank. Crowded - go early! Great veggie burger or real burger! Lamb gnocchi a fave app:) Kale salad delish. Want your kids to eat their vegetables? Grab a table at 5:30 and order the buffalo brussels sprouts! Tastes like chicken;) Oh, and they do a super popular weekend brunch. (Small parking lot behind.)
Delicious! Innovative small plate delectables and cocktails. Dinner reservations recommended. Same owners as Cambridge's famed Oleana and Sofra.
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Sarma
249 Pearl Street
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Delicious! Innovative small plate delectables and cocktails. Dinner reservations recommended. Same owners as Cambridge's famed Oleana and Sofra.
Friends have recommended, for wine and their tasty but limited menu. (Small kitchen).
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Spoke Wine Bar
89 Holland Street
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Friends have recommended, for wine and their tasty but limited menu. (Small kitchen).
Overcharming and gaudy, but still a classic and perhaps for this very reason.
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Dali
415 Washington Street
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Overcharming and gaudy, but still a classic and perhaps for this very reason.
This is a very local place - a basic sports bar. Nothing fancy. Pub food. But I hear they have really tasty burgers and mac'n'cheese.
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Olde Magoun's Saloon
518 Medford Street
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This is a very local place - a basic sports bar. Nothing fancy. Pub food. But I hear they have really tasty burgers and mac'n'cheese.
Hipstaville
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Saloon
255 Elm Street
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Hipstaville
secrect hipstaville if ya can find it
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Backbar
7 Sanborn Court
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secrect hipstaville if ya can find it
It looks like it's aiming for slick trendy in the otherwise old school and kinda podunk Magoun Square - I hear it's a Greek place and has tasty fare - I haven't tried it. A 12 min walk, straight shot.
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Daddy Jones Bar
525 Medford St
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It looks like it's aiming for slick trendy in the otherwise old school and kinda podunk Magoun Square - I hear it's a Greek place and has tasty fare - I haven't tried it. A 12 min walk, straight shot.
Go see a really good show, enjoy a stiff drink, and a short stroll home!
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Go see a really good show, enjoy a stiff drink, and a short stroll home!
Arts & Culture
Classic old school cinema, Davis Square. Shows the good stuff. And you can walk there (15-min walk).
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Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
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Classic old school cinema, Davis Square. Shows the good stuff. And you can walk there (15-min walk).
Otherwise known as ONCE: This is a good venue if you want to see local bands in walking distance. JJ the owner books some really good shows. It's a weird one of a kind place - part VFW, part disco lounge. A hipster haven in a good way. Sometimes they cook too. Try Taco Mondays. (Parking lot across the street.)
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Cuisine en Locale
156 Highland Avenue
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Otherwise known as ONCE: This is a good venue if you want to see local bands in walking distance. JJ the owner books some really good shows. It's a weird one of a kind place - part VFW, part disco lounge. A hipster haven in a good way. Sometimes they cook too. Try Taco Mondays. (Parking lot across the street.)
Stitchery/knittery/shop, you name it. Cool folks, fun classes. For Makers.
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gather here
1343 Cambridge Street
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Stitchery/knittery/shop, you name it. Cool folks, fun classes. For Makers.
Wood, Metal, every kind of Making. Take a class!
Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Wood, Metal, every kind of Making. Take a class!
Calling all Climbers Classes Day Passes
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Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
12A Tyler Street
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Calling all Climbers Classes Day Passes
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The Institute of Contemporary Art
25 Harbor Shore Drive
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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
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Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology At Peking University
5 Yiheyuan Rd
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Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
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Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
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Museum of Science
1 Science Park
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MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
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Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave
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Shopping
They are open 24/7 if you need them. They have a MinuteClinic too. About the clinic: Phone:(866) 389-2727 Hours: Saturday 9AM–1PM, 1:30–5:30PM Sunday 10AM–1PM, 1:30–5:30PM Hours might differ Monday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Tuesday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Wednesday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Thursday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Friday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM
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CVS
36 White Street
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They are open 24/7 if you need them. They have a MinuteClinic too. About the clinic: Phone:(866) 389-2727 Hours: Saturday 9AM–1PM, 1:30–5:30PM Sunday 10AM–1PM, 1:30–5:30PM Hours might differ Monday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Tuesday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Wednesday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Thursday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM Friday8AM–1PM, 2–7PM
Need your Ayurvedic tea? Your favorite tincture? Or some organic vegan vitamins with stevia chocolate on the side? This is your place. Natural remedies. Excellent reputation. Knowledgable managers.
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Cambridge Naturals
23 White Street
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Need your Ayurvedic tea? Your favorite tincture? Or some organic vegan vitamins with stevia chocolate on the side? This is your place. Natural remedies. Excellent reputation. Knowledgable managers.
Liquor! An important part of any proper vacation. While it may look like a dump on the outside, inside you will find decent wine and a very good beer selection offered by friendly staff, just a 3-minute walk away.
Somerville Wine & Spirits
235 Highland Ave
Liquor! An important part of any proper vacation. While it may look like a dump on the outside, inside you will find decent wine and a very good beer selection offered by friendly staff, just a 3-minute walk away.
Specialty delectables. High end snackables. Good wine, the like.
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The Wine & Cheese Cask
407 Washington Street
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Specialty delectables. High end snackables. Good wine, the like.
So this is very cool, if you came to cook, and cook meat at that. It's a walk!
M.F. Dulock
201A Highland Avenue
So this is very cool, if you came to cook, and cook meat at that. It's a walk!
Essentials
Not the biggest but the nearest and one of the newest. There five more in Cambridge;)
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Whole Foods Market
45 Beacon Street
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Not the biggest but the nearest and one of the newest. There five more in Cambridge;)
Conventional grocery store. In the Porter Sq shopping plaza with all the basics: Pharmacy, Liquor, Hardware, Crafts, Health, Bookstore, etc.
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Star Market
49 White Street
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Conventional grocery store. In the Porter Sq shopping plaza with all the basics: Pharmacy, Liquor, Hardware, Crafts, Health, Bookstore, etc.
Omg! They have organic milk now at my little corner store! Foot of the hill, 30 second walk. The super basic convenience store: It's limited, but in a pinch you can get eggs and cheese and coffee and TP and whatnot. Oh, and Ben&Jerry's;) ATM, too. Open 7:00AM to 9:30 pm most every day. (617) 628-7209
Somerville Quick Stop
219 Highland Ave
Omg! They have organic milk now at my little corner store! Foot of the hill, 30 second walk. The super basic convenience store: It's limited, but in a pinch you can get eggs and cheese and coffee and TP and whatnot. Oh, and Ben&Jerry's;) ATM, too. Open 7:00AM to 9:30 pm most every day. (617) 628-7209
10 minutes walking. Your basic grocery store. It's your nearest full grocery walking.
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Star Market
275 Beacon Street
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10 minutes walking. Your basic grocery store. It's your nearest full grocery walking.
Chi chi frou frou grocer.
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Savenor's Market
92 Kirkland Street
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Chi chi frou frou grocer.
An adventure in grocery shopping, this market is known for their deals and so can be crowded. Very decent produce for a non-fancy-pants people's market.
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Market Basket
400 Somerville Ave
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An adventure in grocery shopping, this market is known for their deals and so can be crowded. Very decent produce for a non-fancy-pants people's market.
Everything Else
Yoga classes a six-minute walk away, next door to the 3 lil figs cafe.
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O2 Yoga - Somerville
288 Highland Avenue
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Yoga classes a six-minute walk away, next door to the 3 lil figs cafe.
Sightseeing
The very beauty a New England Beach should be. What I grew up with. You can take the commuter rail there, and walk an easy 15 min through coastal mansion land to get there, but fair warning...I hear they now charge a walk-on fee.
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Singing Beach
119 Beach Street
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The very beauty a New England Beach should be. What I grew up with. You can take the commuter rail there, and walk an easy 15 min through coastal mansion land to get there, but fair warning...I hear they now charge a walk-on fee.