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] law.harvard.edu or call us at 617-495-1880.

Community Events

Day Trips

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 Box
MondayFriday – 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Harkness Commons

MondayThursday – 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday – 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 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 aubonpain.com 1360 Massachusetts Ave –  617.497.9797
  • Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage mrbartley.com $820 1246 Mass. Ave – 6173546559
  • b.good bgood.com $20 24 Dunster St. – 6173546559
  • Cambridge Common cambridgecommonrestaurant.com $10201667 Mass. Ave – 6175471228
  • Charlie’s Kitchen charlieskitchen.com  $1020 10 Eliot St. – 6174929646
  • Christopher’s Restaurant & Bar christopherscambridge.com 1920 Mass. Ave – 6178769180
  • Craigie Street Bistro craigieonmain.com $45 and up, 5 Craigie Cir. – 6174975511
  • Daedalus daedalusharvardsquare.com $1530 45.5 Mt. Auburn St. – 6173490071
  • Darwin’s Ltd. Darwinsltd.com $10 or less 148 Mt. Auburn St.  - 6173545233
  • Fire + Ice, fireice.com $1530 1230 Mass. Ave – 6175479007
  • Flat Patties, $510 81 Mt. Auburn St  - 6178716871
  • Grafton Street graftonstreetcambridge.com $2030 1230 Mass. Ave – 6174970400
  • Grendel’s Den grendelsden.com $2030 89 Winthrop St. – 6174911160
  • Harvest harvestcambridge.com $3045 44 Brattle St  - 6178682255
  • Henrietta’s Table henriettastable.com $3045 1 Bennett St  - 6176615005
  • John Harvard’s Brew House johnharvards.com $1020 33 Dunster St. – 6178683585
  • OM omrestaurant.com $30 92 Winthrop St  - 6175762800
  • Noir noirbar.com $1520 1 Bennett St. – 6176618010
  • Rafiki Bistro rafikibistro.com $1020 1682 Mass Ave – 6176617810
  • The Red House theredhouse.com $2030 98 Winthrop St. – 6175760605
  • Redline redlinecambridge.com $1540 1688 Mass. Ave  - 6174919851
  • Rialto rialtorestaurant.com $35 and up 1 Bennett St. – 6176615050
  • Temple Bar templebarcambridge.com $1530 1688 Mass. Ave – 6175475055
  • Tommy Doyle’s tommydoyles.com $10 or less 96  Winthrop St. – 6178640655
  • Tory Row toryrow.us $1020 3 Brattle St. – 6178768769
  • T.W. Food twfoodrestaurant.com $2035 377 Walden St  - 6178644745
  • Upstairs on the Square upstaironsthesquare.com $45 and up 91 Winthrop St. – 6178641933
  • West Side Lounge westsidelounge.com $1530 1680 Mass. Ave – 6174415566

Coffees & Teas

  • Algier’s Coffee House 40 Brattle St., Cambridge 6174921557
  • Dunkin’ Donuts www.dunkindonuts.com

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

Convenience Stores 

  • 7Eleven 40 JFK St., Cambridge 6178648095 www.7eleven.com
  • 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 Cathleen Collins in the Dean of Students Office 617-496-2467 or ccollins @ 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)

  • Dates of Operation:
    Sunday, August 29th, 2010 through Wednesday May 11th, 2011
  • Hours of Operation:
    6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday)

Service will be suspended on all University recognized holidays except Veteran’s Day, President’s Day and during the following recess periods:

  • Thanksgiving Recess
    Wednesday, Nov 24th –Saturday, Nov 27th , 2010
  • Winter Recess     
    Tuesday, December 21st through Saturday, January 1st , 2011

The driver will ask for valid Harvard ID’s to document rider ship.

Other Information:
These times are approximate and could change due to traffic and or weather conditions.
Riders should call 617-495-0400 for customer service or send emails to shuttle@harvard.edu

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 Cabwww.cambridgecab.com – (617) 252-3333 & (617) 259-6668

Ambassador Brattle Taxi and Yellow Cabwww.brattlecourier.com – (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.