Cafe Paradiso is one of the last vestiges of the old Harvard Square. The Tasty of Good Will Hunting fame is gone as is Wordsworth and a number great independent places. Somewhere around the late 80s, someone had the bright idea of commercializing Harvard Square. Those bright white buildings in the middle once housed the ubiquitous Structure and other necessary clothing stores. They have been empty for years
But Cafe Paradiso remains. Like Cafe Vittorio in the North End, it is a great place for coffee and gelato as well as sandwiches and other pastries. It is also a great place to chill and hang. It remains the second best people watching spot after Au Bon Pain, but you can only watch kids with mohawks on skateboards for so long.
Check this place out before the landlord decides that it would be a great spot for Baskin and Robbins