The North End is known as Boston’s Little Italy thanks to its fantastic Italian restaurants, wine shops and charming atmosphere. From Paul Revere’s house to the Old North Church, there are also plenty of attractions for history buffs. While many tourists visit these sites and wait in long lines for the best cannolis, there are also many hidden, sometimes literally, gems. Here’s a roundup of the best, sometimes overlooked, spots in Boston’s North End:

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Maria’s Pastry First up is an exceptional pastry shop on the border of the North End: Maria’s Pastry. Most Bostonians and tourists are familiar with the heavy hitters: Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry. But Maria’s, even though smaller, is right up there with them. Handmade every morning, Maria’s cannolis are the perfect after-dinner treat. mariaspastry.com 46 Cross St, Boston, MA 02113

Cafe Vittoria Taking up a hefty section of Hanover Street, Cafe Vittoria is an exceptional Italian-style cafe. Transport yourself to Italy with their assorted pastries and cafe lattes. This is the perfect spot to take in a soccer game, which is always playing on their tv screens. www.caffevittoria.com 290-296 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

Salumeria Italiana The pleasant family owned deli in the heart of the North End, Salumeria Italiana, has been open for more than 50 years and is one of the best places to support local and Italian manufacturers. Providing Bostonians, tourists, and restaurant owners with delicious pastas, olive oils, vinegars, and meats, it is revered by all. salumeriaitaliana.com 151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

 

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All Saints Way Fourth on the list is a truly hidden gem, All Saints Way, which is located between 4 and 8 Battery Street in an alleyway. The owner, Peter Baldassari, has been collecting trinkets depicting famous saints since his younger days. His hobby turned career path, has grown to occupy the full alley. If you’re lucky enough to visit while Peter is there, he’s known to spark up a conversation and give a quick tour of his favorite collectibles. www.facebook.com/pages/All-Saints-Way/626403744063490 4 Battery St, Boston, MA 02113

Urban Adventours Fifth up is also a roll up. It’s common knowledge that Boston drivers either need to go back to driving school or are all action movie stunt doubles. On top of that, especially in the North End, traffic is just like the board game Rush Hour. When biking is the quickest, healthiest, and best way to travel and learn about our city, a visit to Urban AdvenTours on Atlantic Ave is a given. Whether you want a personal tour or a bike to rent, they’ll help you out. nift.me/biz/118/urban_adventours 103 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110

Next Level Fitness If you’re in Boston for a while, you should definitely check out number six: Next Level Fitness. With many award-winning restaurants, markets, cafes, and bars there needs to be a gym to outweigh all the soulful pleasures. This boutique gym caters to individuals looking for personal attention and small classes designed to push you. www.gonift.com/locations/359 133 Endicott St, Boston, MA 02113

Rigoletto Ristorante Reservations are highly recommended at Rigoletto Ristorante, unless you want to sit at the bar. They have an award-winning wine collection from celebrated vineyards around the world. They are also known their for authentic Italian dishes and delicious oysters. Rigoletto Ristorante is certainly on its way to becoming an iconic Boston staple. www.rigolettoristorante.com 115 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

 

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Mamma Maria If you are looking for a fine dining experience in The North End, try Mamma Maria. Located in a former townhouse, Mamma Maria is one of the most authentic restaurants, serving diners fresh hand made pasta and exquisite desserts. Be sure to make reservations, and if it’s for a special occasion, request to be seated in the small room at the front. www.mammamaria.com 3 North Square, Boston, MA 02113