Shopping in Cambridge

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    Harvard Bookstore

    Family-owned and -operated since 1932, the Harvard Bookstore is not officially affiliated with Harvard University, but it is the university community’s favorite place to come to browse. While the shop maintains an academic focus, there is plenty of fiction for less lofty reading, as well as used books and bargain books in the basement.

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    Grolier Poetry Bookshop

    Founded in 1927, Grolier is the oldest – and perhaps the most famous – poetry bookstore in the USA. Over the years, TS Eliot, ee cummings, Marianne Moore and Allen Ginsberg have all passed through these doors. Today, Grolier continues to foster young poets and poetry readers. Besides selling written poetry and recordings, the store hosts readings and festivals.

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    Raven Used Books

    This cherished shop is one of the last used-books holdouts in Harvard Square. Its huge collection focuses on scholarly titles, especially in the liberal arts, with hundreds of new arrivals each week.

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    Ward Maps

    If you’re into maps, you’ll be into Ward Maps. It has an incredible collection of original antique and reproduction maps, with a special focus on Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. What’s more, maps are printed on coffee mugs, mouse pads, journals and greeting cards, making unique gifts. There's also an awesome selection of T-station signs and other vintage MBTA paraphernalia.

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    Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe

    So many goodies packed into such a small space – you’ll find every sort of imported edible your heart desires here, from caviar to chocolate. The excellent selection of New England products is a good source of souvenirs. Take home some Cranberry Bog Frogs (candy) from Cape Cod, maple sugar candy from Vermont and even clam chowder from Maine.

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    Cambridge Antique Market

    This old brick warehouse in East Cambridge looks foreboding from the outside, but inside is an antiquer’s paradise. With more than 150 dealers on five floors, Cambridge Antique Market is a trove of trash and treasure. The constant turnover of dealers lends a flea-market feel, guaranteeing that you never know what you will find.

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    Forty Winks

    Forty Winks is a little slice of luxurious lingerie heaven. The items are pricey, but they are also soft, silky and oh-so-sexy. And the staff are graciously determined to help you find the perfect fit for body and soul. So if you're looking to treat yourself – or your significant other – this is an excellent place to start.

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    Cambridge Artists Cooperative

    Owned and operated by Cambridge artists, this two-level gallery displays an ever-changing exhibit of their work. The pieces are crafty: handmade jewelry, woven scarves, leather products and pottery. The craftspeople double as sales staff, so you may get to meet the creative force behind your souvenir.

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    Cheapo Records

    With tunes blasting out onto the sidewalk, Cheapo Records lures in music lovers to browse through its huge selection of vinyl and decent selection of CDs. The staff know their stuff, and the collection spans all genres, with a fun box of new arrivals for the regulars. And yes, they really are cheapo.

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    Planet Records

    Harvard Square is still a great place to get your vinyl fix and your first stop should probably be Planet Records. It's a small space with an impressive selection, especially of jazz and classical music. Blues, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B and, of course, rock are also well represented.

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    Central Flea

    Part garage sale, part art market, part street fair, Central Flea is a diverse urban market. There's less art but more grit than at the other New England Open Markets, which means it caters to locals, scavengers and treasure-hunters, in addition to yuppies and visitors.

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    Curious George Store

    You can find the much-loved tales about the mischievous monkey, Curious George, in this store, but there are also thousands of other books and toys to choose from. Curious George authors HA and Margret Rey lived for more than 30 years on nearby Brattle St.

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    Rodney's Bookstore

    Mainly, Rodney sells bookcases and books (including some 45,000 used and discounted books in all genres). It's a quirky place, though, as it also carries an eclectic collection of vintage posters, an odd assortment of furniture and miscellaneous other stuff.

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    Games People Play

    A lovely little store run by folks who are passionate about playing games. The well-curated selection includes many unique toys and games that are imported from Europe and beyond. These players know their stuff, so be sure to ask for recommendations.

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    Garment District

    If your memories of bygone fashion eras have faded like an old pair of jeans, this store will bring it all back. The upstairs is organized by decade and filled with highly wearable vintage duds. There's also a large selection of new and used contemporary clothing. Downstairs, Dollar-a-Pound offers piles of clothes that are priced by the pound.

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    Out of Town News

    Dating to 1955, Out of Town News is a national historic landmark. This quintessential newsstand sells magazines from all over the world, plus a diverse selection of newspapers. Even if you’re not looking for reading material, you need to know this place, as it’s the top spot to meet up with friends coming off the T.

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    In Your Ear

    In an out-of-the-way spot on the edge of Harvard Square, this underground (literally) record shop is everything it should be. Crammed with LPs and 45s, it also stocks a huge selection of CDs, DVDs and even eight-tracks. The original ‘Mothership’ store is on Commonwealth Ave in Brighton, near the Paradise Rock Club.

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    Dickson Bros

    Locals know that you can find just about anything you need for your home at this old-timer hardware store. From house paint to cleaning supplies, from kitchen accessories to storage bins, it's all crammed into this three-story space in the heart of Harvard Square. Faithfully serving customers since 1943.

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    The Garage

    The Garage (formerly a parking garage) is a gritty mini-mall that houses an eclectic mix of upstairs shops and downstairs eats. Chill out with ice cream at Ben & Jerry's, listen to tunes at Newbury Comics, or get some ink at Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing.

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    Boston Costume

    Boston Costume can dress you up like your favorite superhero, sports mascot, literary character or historical figure. Rent or buy. Unsurprisingly, this place is very popular in October, when Halloween comes round.