On sunny days in spring and summer, Brattle Book Shop (on west street – 3-minute walk from downtown crossing) sets up an open-air market – rolling out the cartloads of bargain books in the empty lot adjacent to the store.
Tibetan clothing and handicrafts on display outside of the store.
Located at 1174 Mass Ave near Harvard Square.
Located at 472-480 Mass Avenue in Cambridge, The Middle East is a restaurant and music venue that supports underground and indie rock bands.
The “Crosswinds” mural by Daniel Galvez, which extends above the rooftop, is located on the Brookline Street side of the building.
What seems like an odd name (a la ‘Engrish’) for a restaurant actually makes perfect sense, as it is owned by two sisters named Chin. Located at 86 Harrison Avenue in the heart of Chinatown.
Go in and try the “Matchamacallit”.
This metaphysical supply store is the go-to place for new age books, crystals and mineral specimens, ethnic jewelry and handicrafts, incense, candles, essential oils and the like. When you’re walking down Harvard Avenue on a warm summer day, you will smell the incense wafting out from their doorway.
A cat named Lovebomb and an African gray parrot named Logos live here, coexisting in peaceful harmony.
View of storefront from street:
Lovebomb the kitty kat:
Logos the parrot:
A look inside – carved statues, jewelry and other merchandise:
Mineral specimens, sea shells, wood and semiprecious stone bracelets on display:
Ritual Arts stocks a wide range of incense products, including hand-dipped sticks by Wildberry (choose your own from a selection of about 50 different fragrances), Satya Sughananda (makers of the Nag Champa in the iconic blue box) Indian masala temple incense, resin and charcoal, as well as scented candles and essential oils:
Located at 153 Harvard Avenue, between Comm Ave and Brighton Avenue in Allston.