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Atmark Favorites: Eight Can’t-Miss Cambridge Neighborhoods

This post began as a list of our five favorites. But there’s so much to love about our surrounding neighborhoods at the Atmark that we couldn’t narrow it down. Here follows the expanded list.

We’ll lead off with Harvard Square, for the history, architecture, fabulous food and abundance of bookshops and coffee stops. Take in the green space with a walk through Harvard Yard or the Cambridge Common and nearby historic cemetery.

For a great evening out, enjoy contemporary cuisine at one of Kendall Square’s hip restaurants, followed by an indie film at the cushy Kendall Cinema. Looking for an afternoon excursion? Grab a delicious food truck lunch and take in a panoramic view of Boston’s skyline with a stroll along the Charles River.

Huron Villageboasts posh shops with high-end clothing and furniture, and plenty of galleries, restaurants and cafes. It’s also just steps from Fresh Pond Reservation a lovely, tucked-away place where you can reflect and recharge with a quiet walk among the trees.

Specialty shops at Porter Square and along nearby Mass. Ave. offer the best in local pottery, imported gifts, paper crafts and fancy footwear. From fun sports pubs to locally sourced pizza, Porter is also a great place to grab a good meal and a microbrew.

Any meal of the day, from a giant pancake breakfast to after-hours ice cream cones, can be relished to the fullest in Inman Square, along with terrific live music. Cambridge locals, new immigrants to the city and Harvard grad students live side by side and take much pride in their vibrant neighborhood.

Central Square is your go-to spot for an amazing range of delicious ethnic foods. Restaurant lines wind down the street. And the clubs here aren’t just for after hours: Visitors dance by night and cheer their chosen World Cup teams by day.

If mall shopping is your thing, hit the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall in East Cambridge. The neighborhood is also home to the Boston Museum of Science and a place to board the one of the city’s famous Duck Boats for a tour.

Small galleries and artist studios abound in Cambridgeport, where artists’ works also adorn the neighborhood’s gourmet bakery and coffee shops. A popular farmers market enjoys a brisk business almost year-round, and local shops specialize in delicacies like the famous New England lobster roll.

At the Atmark, one of the many reasons we love our community is the chance to discover something new every day, without ever feeling like a tourist. Step into any of these neighborhoods, and you’ll see just what we mean