With a western border that hugs the shore of the Charles River, Cambridge's Riverside neighborhood fits "the Coast" nickname. This quiet tourist-grade district exudes a college-town vibe and provides a variety of rental housing. You can't beat the location — Harvard and MIT sit just minutes away by foot, or hop in your car or take the Red Line for a 20-minute trip to downtown Boston.
If you ask locals where to go for good seafood, they'll tell you to find your way to Live & Kicking Lobsters. Make note of the address on Putnam Street, or you might just miss this unassuming eatery. Shelter under an umbrella at an outdoor table and tuck into a serving of seafood chowder, a bowl of clam steamers, or a creamy lobster-salad sandwich. If you're in the mood for vegetarian fare, fill your body with organic whole-food eats at Life Alive. Try the Swami, and enjoy a flavor burst from tamari almonds, kale, raisins, and sweet onions served over brown rice with a sweet curry sauce topping.