CambridgeSide Galleria

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CambridgeSide Galleria
CambridgeSide Galleria.jpg
Entrance to the CambridgeSide Galleria
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°22′3″N 71°4′34″W / 42.36750°N 71.07611°W / 42.36750; -71.07611
Address 100 Cambridgeside Place
Opening date 1990
Management New England Development
Owner New England Development
No. of stores and services 133[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2)[2]
No. of floors 3

The CambridgeSide Galleria is a mall located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that opened in 1990. The original anchor stores were Sears, Filene's (now Macy's) and Lechmere. Lechmere closed in 1997 and it was divided into what is now Best Buy, with a portion later used by Macy's for their housewares and intimate apparel departments. Today the mall has 133 stores, including four restaurants, a food court and six food speciality stores. Apple, Best Buy, Macy's, Sears and T.J.Maxx are the mall's anchor stores.

The mall was an outgrowth of the 1978 East Cambridge Riverfront Plan,[3] which sought to revitalize the then-industrial district between Monsignor O'Brien Highway, Cambridge Parkway, and First Street. The north end of the mall is near the Museum of Science and MBTA's Lechmere Station on the Green Line "E" Branch. It is also located along the Lechmere Canal off the Charles River, from which the Charles River Boat Company operates pleasure trips. Moorings are present at the end of the Canal to allow private boats to be left for brief periods while passengers shop. The Galleria is the only mall in the Boston area with direct access by boat.

Some of the upscale stores are Banana Republic, J.Crew, Guess, Club Monaco, and Armani.


Former Anchors[edit]

Transportation and Parking[edit]

Opposite facade of the mall in Winter.
  • Two parking garages are located within the CambridgeSide Galleria with parking rates varying by time rather than a flat rate. However, if one parks after 5:00 pm Monday-Friday or anytime on Saturday or Sunday then the fee is $1.99 up to one hour and $3.99 up to 10 hours.[4]
  • MBTA Green Line - Lechmere Station Green Line
  • MBTA Bus Connections: 69 (Harvard Square/Holyoke Gate via Cambridge St), 80 (Arlington Center via Medford Hillside), 87 (Arlington Center or Clarendon Hill via Somerville), 88 (Clarendon Hill via Highland Ave)
  • MBTA Orange Line - Community College is approximately ½ mile east of the mall.
  • EZRide shuttle - North Station - Cambridgeport via First Street & Cambridgeside Galleria
  • CambridgeSide Galleria Free Shuttle - Kendall Square & Red Line - CambridgeSide Galleria[5]


  1. ^ "CambridgeSide Galleria Directory Listing". Cambridgeside Galleria. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Cambridgeside Galleria". New England Development. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  3. ^ City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1978). "East Cambridge Riverfront Plan". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ CambridgeSide Galleria Contact Us
  5. ^
  • King, John. "The tide turns at E. Cambridge riverfront." The Boston Globe, December 24, 1988. Real Estate, p. 41.
  • Mehegan, David. "THE BIG GAMBLE: Can new Cambridge mall make it in gloomy economy?" The Boston Globe, September 6, 1990. Economy, p. 39.
  • Community Development Department, City of Cambridge. East Cambridge Riverfront Plan. City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1978.

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