Cambridge may be known for its quirky personality, but the area also boasts a chic flaire with its restaurants, bars, entertainment, and fitness destinations. From where to workout to our favorite hidden gems, we’ve rounded up the must-see spots around this coveted neighborhood.
VIM Fitness aims to add luxury to your workout, all while staying environmentally friendly. The 7,000 square-foot locale offers up dedicated spaces for pilates, yoga, barre, and spinning junkies. For any residual tension, unwind in the facility’s steam rooms and saunas. 350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-577-1100
Flour—the area’s must-try bakery—has something for everyone, whether it’s your morning cold brew, a made-to-order salad, or a decadent afternoon snack of lemon meringue pie. The Harvard Ave location boasts an updated feel, with clean modern lines, while still retaining the neighborhood charm. 114 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, 617-714-3205
Dressed up in 1920’s and Old Hollywood style décor, Cuchi Cuchi and its staff are beyond funky, fun, and flirty. Perfect for a night out with friends, the restaurant is an international affair, serving up small plates (not to be called tapas) as well as signature and vintage cocktails; suggestions include the prohibition-era Barrel-Aged Negroni and the seductive Moulin Rouge. 795 Main St., Cambridge, 617-864-2929
On Sunday mornings, Puritan & Company serves up the brunch of your dreams. In the mood for something savory? Try their asparagus and cheddar scramble, corned beef hash, or beet-cured salmon with an everything bagel, cream cheese, and shallots. For those with a sweet tooth, snack on the a la carte extras, including cinnamon buns, chocolate pretzel croissants, or their famous monkey bread. 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-615-6195
A4cade by Area Four is a literal hidden gem. The arcade bar—yes, you’ve read that right—can only be accessed through a speakeasy-style entrance in Roxy’s, of grilled cheese fame. What looks like a kitchen entrance opens to a space with arcade games, pinball and skee-ball machines, a foosball table, and more. Area Four offers up a fun drink menu—including “two player” cocktails served in TARDIS or lunchbox thermoses—while Roxy’s doles out deliciously melted grilled cheese sandwiches. 292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-714-3960