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Out and About

Looking for a few things to do during your first few weeks at HLS? The Dean of Students Office has come up with a somewhat exhaustive list of activities. Want to add to this list or have a question? Get in touch with us at dos [at] or call us at 617-495-1880.

Community Events

Day Trips


Walking Tours

Dining Out

On Campus

Harkness Commons contains Harkness Cafeteria ("The Hark"), a full service cafeteria, and the Harkbox Café/Pub. 
The online menu for The Hark is updated weekly for your convenience.

Operating Hours:

Hark Cafe 
Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-2:30 PM  

Pub Grille
Monday-Thursday  2:30 PM-8:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Off Campus

There are many restaurants within walking distance of HLS, and many more in the greater Boston area. Information about some local restaurants is listed below.

  • Au Bon Pain
    1360 Massachusetts Ave -  617.497.9797
  • Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage
    1246 Mass. Ave - 6173546559
  • b.good
    24 Dunster St. - 6173546559
  • Cambridge Common
    1667 Mass. Ave - 6175471228
  • Charlie’s Kitchen 
    10 Eliot St. - 6174929646
  • Christopher’s Restaurant & Bar
    1920 Mass. Ave - 6178769180
  • Craigie Street Bistro
    $45 and up
    5 Craigie Cir. - 6174975511
  • Daedalus
    45.5 Mt. Auburn St. - 6173490071
  • Darwin’s Ltd.
    $10 or less
    148 Mt. Auburn St.  - 6173545233
  • Fire + Ice,
    1230 Mass. Ave - 6175479007
  • Flat Patties
    81 Mt. Auburn St  - 6178716871
  • Grafton Street
    1230 Mass. Ave - 6174970400
  • Grendel’s Den
    89 Winthrop St. - 6174911160
  • Harvest
    44 Brattle St  - 6178682255
  • Henrietta’s Table
    1 Bennett St  - 6176615005
  • John Harvard’s Brew House
    33 Dunster St. - 6178683585
  • OM
    92 Winthrop St  - 6175762800
  • Noir
    1 Bennett St. - 6176618010
  • Rafiki Bistro
    1682 Mass Ave - 6176617810
  • The Red House
    98 Winthrop St. - 6175760605
  • Redline
    1688 Mass. Ave  - 6174919851
  • Rialto
    $35 and up
    1 Bennett St. - 6176615050
  • Temple Bar
    1688 Mass. Ave - 6175475055
  • Tommy Doyle’s
    $10 or less
    96  Winthrop St. - 6178640655
  • Tory Row
    3 Brattle St. - 6178768769
  • T.W. Food
    377 Walden St  - 6178644745
  • Upstairs on the Square
    $45 and up
    91 Winthrop St. - 6178641933
  • West Side Lounge
    1680 Mass. Ave - 6174415566

Coffees & Teas

1) 1 White Street, Cambridge 6173548336 2) 65 JFK Street, Cambridge 6173545096

Convenience Stores 

  • 7Eleven 40 JFK St., Cambridge 6178648095
  • C’est Bon Convenience 1436 Mass Ave., Cambridge 6176611709
  • Louie’s Superette 26 Surrey St., Cambridge 6178766856
  • Montrose Spa 1646 Mass. Ave., Cambridge 6175475053
  • University Market 1105 Mass. Ave., Cambridge 6174925351

Food – Grocers 

1) 49 White St., Cambridge 6174925566 2) 699 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge 6178761450 3) 20 Sidney St., Cambridge 6174945250

Food – Health 

1) 115 Prospect St., Cambridge 6174920070 2) 200 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge 6174910040 3) 340 River Street Cambridge 6178766990

Restaurant Search Websites

Movie Theatres




Sports and Recreation


 Harvard University Shuttles and Vans

 Local Harvard Shuttle Bus Service (617.495.0400)

The Shuttle Bus is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with safe, convenient transportation on the Cambridge and Allston campuses throughout the academic year, except during recesses and a slightly reduced service during the January Term. The service is free to members of the Harvard community. There are several routes that zigzag throughout Harvard University's campuses. For the complete schedule, click here. You can also see where the shuttles are live anytime you want with Shuttle Tracker For the Web and For your Mobile Device. Pocket-sized schedules are available throughout the campuses, including the Information Center located in the Holyoke Center arcade, House offices, libraries, dining halls, and shuttle buses. For more information, call 617.495.0400.

 Medical School Shuttle Service (617.632.2800)

The Medical School Shuttle (M2) is operated by MASCO (Medical, Academic, Scientific, and Community Organization) year-round, Monday through Saturday, between Johnston Gate and the Longwood Medical Area. For schedule information, please call 632-2800. Tickets and passes may be purchased in advance at 350 Longwood Avenue or at the Cash Receipts Office, 368 Holyoke Center. Medical students may ride free by showing a valid HMS photo ID to the driver.

 Fully Accessible Daytime Van Service (617.495.0400), TTY: (617.496.6642)

The Daytime Van Service is intended for persons who, because of mobility impairment or medical condition, find it difficult or impossible to use the regular shuttle bus. Transportation is door to door within the Cambridge and Allston campuses. Rides in the van are by appointment only. All law school student riders must be authorized in advance by Lakshmi Clark in the Dean of Students Office by phone at 617-496-2437 or email at lclark@law. Service times vary for academic, weekend, summer, and recess periods. Please call 617-495-0400 for specific service times and reservation requirements.

Fully Accessible Evening Van Service (617.495.0400)

The Evening Van Service is designed to provide safe transportation throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses as a supplement to the Shuttle Bus. Rides are free and available on demand between 7:00pm and 3:00am nightly (last call received at 2:30am). Please call (617-495-0400) for more information and service requests.

 HLS North Shuttle

A fully accessible, multi-passenger vehicle (12 passenger van, 2 wheelchairs) designed to transport Harvard University Community members to Somerville and Cambridge locations. The driver will ask for valid Harvard IDs to document rider ship and affiliation. The shuttle departs from the parking lot in front of the Lewis International Law Center (1557 Massachusetts Ave)

The driver will ask for valid Harvard ID’s to document rider ship. Other Information: Riders should call 617-495-0400 for customer service or send emails to

 Motorist Assistance Program (617-496-HELP)

Transportation Services provides free on-campus emergency road service for faculty, staff, students, and visitors who need help charging a dead battery, changing a tire, or retrieving keys that have been locked inside a car. This service is available between 8am and midnight, Monday through Friday (except University holidays). Please call (617-496-HELP).


Harvard students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar for only $25/year! Join Zipcar and get access to all of our cars - 24/7. Rent MINIs, VWs, hybrids and more - by the hour ($8.50/hour) or day ($60/day). Rates include gas, insurance and designated parking. Simply reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard and drive away. Harvard students, faculty and staff pay no application fee, no monthly minimum, no membership deposit. You only need to be 21+ to join. Zipcars are available all over Boston, New York and Washington DC.

 MBTA or The "T"

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA or simply the “T”) runs a massive network of public transportation options. They’re also using better and better technology on their website to make their services easier to use. For example, you can use the trip planner to provide a starting and ending location and find the best public transit route in between accessing all MBTA services. You can also download the latest schedules for routes you use regularly to your Palm device or Pocket PC and be able to check the next three buses, trains, etc. at any time. In concert with the MBTA, Harvard Law School offers students the opportunity to sign-up for the MBTA Semester Pass Program at a discount of 25%.

 Local Taxis

Cambridge Taxi Cab - - (617) 252-3333 & (617) 259-6668 Ambassador Brattle Taxi and Yellow Cab - - (617) 492-1100 Cambridge Checker Cab - (617) 497-1500 Cambridge Cab Co - (617) 498-0006 Cambridge Union Taxi - (617) 661-2500 The information on this page has been researched and provided by the Dean of Students office. If you find that any of this information is no longer current, or if you have additional questions that are not answered here, please send an email to dos @ law.

Last modified: November 20, 2014

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