Inman Square

Inman Square, Union Square and Kirkland Village form a lively triangle slightly off the beaten track from the Red Line, yet still close to major universities. Right on the Cambridge/Somerville line, Inman Square has a focus on independent, local merchants—chain stores are officially banned from the square. Pick up a book or three at Lorem Ipsum (or catch a free movie screening), get a sweet treat at Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream, sample Indian fare at Punjabi Dhaba or Mexican small plates at Ole, or survey the artwork and diverse music acts at the Lily Pad. Union Square, just a 10-minute walk to the north, boasts one of the best farmer’s markets in the area on summer Saturdays, as well as several thriving pubs, music venues and a variety of studios, small local shops, and ethnic cuisine. Kirkland Village, about a 15-minute walk from Harvard Square, is home to the ever-popular Dali, a restaurant that was serving tapas before tapas was cool. Also home to Savenor’s Market, indie bakery and cafe The Biscuit, and the Kebab Factory, Kirkland Village is well worth the walk.