The Kendall Square Rooftop Garden

Kendall Square Roof Garden

No sense in overselling this, but it is a quick change of scenery in Kendall Square: a humble, six-story lift into a big bubble of fresh air over one of MIT's main drags.

I liked Steph J.'s Yelp review. She's not easily impressed, and she got it about right.

Read Steph J.'s review of Cambridge Center Roof Garden on Yelp

One thing this garden always had going for it: surprise. It was hard to find, and unexpected. You had to wind your way through a few anonymous lobbies, and out into a parking garage, the whole time saying to yourselves, "Are we sure we've got this right?"

I always expected someone to stop me, especially since it's located just outside Google's Cambridge office. "Sorry. Not for the general public." 

But it is public, negotiated during a recent building boom. The designer tells the story

And it's no longer secret. Just follow these new signs from the street: 

​​​​Kendall Square Roof Garden

​​​​Kendall Square Roof Garden

​​​​Kendall Square Roof Garden

Once you're up there, it's... a garden. 

​​​​Kendall Square Roof Garden

The surrounding buildings are drab; the height is not impressive; and it's no longer secret. 

It also doesn't have any shade, so either the time has to be right (morning or late afternoon/early evening) or the day has to be cloudy. 

Lunch in the garden seems like a good idea, particularly with a Clover just below, on street level. But, again, if it's a bright, sunny, and noonish -- might not be that great. 

So why am I recommending this? Not sure. Maybe I'm still living in its "secret" past.

Or just putting it out there, for that late afternoon/early evening when it just perfectly fits the bill. 

Yeah, that's it. 

It's open from dawn to dusk.