The bells are ringing. Bells? Oh, you know, the metaphorical bells shouting “It’s summer, and we’re vaccinated!” In case you didn’t hear, things are looking a bit different in our city as of May 29th. And sure, this doesn’t mean normality has arrived, but something in the family of normal seems to loom on the horizon for a Boston summer. Nothing says hope and excitement like suntans, long days, cold drinks, and good friends. What better way to thank the community that kept us strong for the last 15 months than to jump back into it, find a new favorite coffee spot, and have patio dinner with your vaccinated friend group? I talked to our team here at Spyce to hear about some of our favorite places in Boston and Camberville. Now we want to share these local gems with you! Maybe we will even see you there.
First up, pizza in Harvard Square. “Pinocchio’s Pizza & Subs on Winthrop Street in Harvard Sq is a landmark that deserves its fame. When I first moved to the area as a broke college student half a country away from anything I’d ever known, a Noch’s slice of Sicilian Tomato & Basil with a bottle of Orangina became my new sense of home.” – Dave Crowell
Next, a bit of exercise is good for the heart. “The Handle Bar Indoor Cycling Studios in Harvard Sq – I’ve been going to their studios since the first one opened in South Boston, and each new space keeps getting better and better. It’s a great community and the rides and music selections continue to be the best in the city (and on Peloton…in my opinion.)” – Lauren McCafferty
“Sofra Bakery in Cambridge has next level sweets, pastries, and other unique treats.” – Kale Rogers
“If you need a waffle, specifically liege waffle, any time of the day, morning, late at night, afternoon snack, hit up Zinneken’s Waffles in Harvard Sq; this is the best waffle I’ve ever had. Briefly resembling the bliss of a donut, it is both crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside, with tons of toppings like strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate, and banana. Such a cute and local stop for delicious food, and you can smell it all the way down the street!” – Haley Williams
Need to watch some live music and want a fantastic local venue? Hit up the Sinclair Music Hall in Harvard Square for mid-sized concerts, delicious food from the rooftop gastropub, and drinks in the venue. – Dave, Charles, Haley, and many many other Cambervillians
Need a new exercise routine? “Barre & Soul in Harvard Sq. has been amazing for both my physical and mental health during the last few months. Taking the time to disconnect and practice yoga and barre from such amazing people and instructors has been so fun and rewarding, especially in the heart of the square. They have indoor, outdoor and virtual options, so there is something for everyone!” -Haley Williams
“DeLux Cafe in the South End of Boston is such a funky spot with good food and good cocktails!” – Kale Rogers
“After eating Spyce in Christopher Columbus Park, head to the bar Parla in the North End where you need to play the Dungeon Master game (part of ordering cocktails!), then go to Improv Asylum down the street for a show and thank science for developing vaccines as you laugh your butt off in a room with other people.” – Brady Knight
Need fun food and adventure? Head out to Castle Island in South Boston. There is a ton of green space to roam, explore, and picnic. Plus an amazing few of the water and the city! Sullivan’s is a great place right on Castle Island to get a bit to eat, or a giant ice cream cone. I roller skate and the island has plenty of paved areas to skate around and enjoy the views on wheels.” – Gilesa Thomas
“Coffee in the middle of downtown Boston is like deciding on candy in the candy store, but a few recommendations are Ogawa Coffee, with unique, Japanese inspired offerings and a calming, natural-light filled sitting area and The Well Coffeehouse, which is a non-profit and has tons of seating, coffee flavors, and friendly staff!” – Nick Creedon
We hope you are inspired by some of our favorites, and go out this week to find your own! It is such a joy to support and enjoy what our local community has to offer.