Accommodations and Meals

Drawing of two pairs of embroidered slippers

Embroidered Slippers, 1878

Photo Credit: From Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)

"The chance conversation in the train, when, to avoid dispute, one consents to a few statements that one knows ultimately to implicate murder, is already a betrayal" -- §5

Whether coming by air, commuter rail or car, our Directions will help you navigate your way to and around the Brandeis University campus. The easiest way to get to Brandeis from Boston or Cambridge is by taking the Fitchburg Line of the Commuter Rail from either North Station or Porter Square to the Brandeis/Roberts stop. The symposium will be held at the Mandel Center for the Humanities in the Mandel Reading Room 303.

Places to Stay

Cambridge and Waltham offer lots of options for accommodations. In Cambridge, you'll find museums, restaurants and coffee shops in a number of concentrated areas with public transportation available giving easy access to campus. Waltham is suburban with a cute downtown area, though you will need a car to navigate around, including getting to campus.

Access to the Red Line/commuter rail.
  • Hotel 1868 (Porter Sq.)

  • Porter Square Hotel

  • Freepoint Hotel Cambridge, Tapestry Collection (15 min. walk to Alewife Station)

  • Holiday Inn Express (15 min. walk to Kendall Station)

  • Sheraton Commander (Harvard Sq)

  • Harvard Square Hotel


For places to stay in and around Waltham, please consult the Brandeis University Places to Stay page.

Places to Eat

Cambridge/Porter Square
  • Coffee/Sandwiches:

    • Bourbon Coffee (bakery items)

    • Cafe Zing (bakery items; within Porter Sq. Books)

    • Simon's Coffee Shop

    • Hi-Rise Bread Company (bakery items)

  • Giulia (Italian)

  • Newtowne Grill (pub and pizza)

  • Changsho (Chinese)

  • New American:

    • Christopher's Restaurant & Bar (burgers; brunch also offered)

    • The Abbey (pub and bar)

  • Yumne Wo Katare (Japanese; ramen)

  • Anna’s Taqueria (burritos, quesadillas to go)

Harvard Square
  • Café/Coffee:

    • Darwin’s
    • Cafe Pamplona
    • Tatte
    • Pavement
  • Clover Food Lab (vegetarian, to-go)

  • New American:

    • Alden and Harlow (American fare and cocktails on tap)

    • The Sinclair (gastropub and music venue)

    • Russell House Tavern (New American fare, craft cocktails and microbrews)

    • Beat Brew Hall (also lunch/live music)

  • Border Cafe (Cajun and Tex-Mex)

  • Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

  • Orinoco (Venezuelan)

  • Felipe’s Taqueria (Mexican food, cocktails, seasonal roof deck)

  • The Maharaja (Indian lunch and buffet, with views)

  • Charlie’s Kitchen (pub, beer garden)

  • Toscano (Italian)

  • sweetgreen (organic salads, soup )

  • Fast food burger chains:
    • Tasty Burger (burgers and beer)

    • Shake Shack (gourmet burgers and frozen custard)

  • Smith Campus Center (a variety of to-go options)

  • Cafe on the Common (coffee, sandwiches, bakery)

  • Gustazo Cuban Restaurant and Cafe

  • Balani (experimental fare)

  • Masao’s Kitchen (vegan and macrobiotic)

  • Charcoal Guido’s (pizza, Italian)

  • New American:

    • Red Bird

    • Tempo (bistro and bar)

  • In a Pickle (American-style breakfast, brunch, lunch)

  • Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

  • Il Capriccio (Italian)

  • Tree Top Thai Cuisine

  • Moody’s Deli and Provisions

  • MuLan (Taiwanese)

  • Bison County Restaurant (Western-themed barbecue)
  • Brelundi Ristorante (Italian)