Open 16 hours a day, seven days a week with two floors of seating, Cafe Algiers is the place to crush your caffeine craving. The house coffee is $2.25 a cup, and the drink selection ranges from black, herbal, and Darjeeling teas to espressos and lattes.
40 Brattle St. #3, Cambridge. Daily 8 a.m. to midnight.
2. Let loose.
If you haven’t made it to “The Donkey Show” yet, forget your reading period stress and immerse yourself in “the ultimate disco experience.” Get ready for a night of dirty dancing and fantasy, and brush up on your ’70s lyrics.
Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. Saturdays 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets $25-49, group discounts available. Eighteen to enter, 21 to drink.
Embark on a tour of chocolate sweet spots around Harvard Square. The details and locations are kept under wraps, but tantalizing hints include talk of a wall of chocolate. If you don’t have the money or time, check out their feature stop on your own—L.A. Burdick at 52 Brattle St.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $48 for adults. See http://www.bostonchocolatetours.com/ for ticket information.
Take your mind off finals and get into the holiday spirit with an ice skating session at the 2,900-square-foot rink outside The Charles Hotel. The opening on Dec. 12, which is open to the public, will feature complimentary skating and rentals from noon to 8 p.m., as well as chowder and hot chocolate.
The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. Monday to Friday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 skate rentals and $5 skating fee.
When you need to escape mentally but are trapped in Lamont, check out some of the quirkier distractions on the Web. Try damnyouautocorrect.com or hungoverowls.tumblr.com if you are more of a visual learner.