Somerville, a jewel of a city just northwest of Boston, is so dense with interesting bars, restaurants, and cafes that sorting through all the possibilities is overwhelming. Fear not! We’ve sifted through the pile and picked out some hidden gems that truly warrant your consideration. Eat and drink your way through this collection of fun, unique, and delicious Somerville locations, as delightful and eclectic as the city itself.

Saloon This gem in particular is, quite literally, hidden. If you stroll casually down Elm St, you might just miss it, and what a loss that would be. Revitalizing the theme of the pre-prohibition saloon, this world-class whiskey bar memorializes the early 20th century, “when drinks were serious and uncomplicated, and American cuisine was a hearty square meal.” Saloon offers a wide array of whiskeys to please any palette, a creative collection of cocktails,  delectable dinner offerings, and even late-night food menu served on weekends. This is the perfect place to spend an evening celebrating the termination of the alcohol prohibition and to appreciate the history that Saloon has rebuilt, right in Davis Square. saloondavis.com 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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7ate9 Bakery Did someone say cheesecake? 7ate9 Bakery doesn’t have to say a word; their nominations, awards, and impossibly good cheesecake speak for them. After being chosen to represent Boston, 7ate9 was named by the Food Network as one of 11 places in the US to get great cheesecake. Some other accolades include being named Boston’s Best Cheesecake by CBS Boston and being showcased in Edible Boston and the Boston Globe. Hard to argue with that. This welcoming bakery on Highland Ave offers full-sized cheesecakes to be shared as well as mini cheesecakes to be purchased by the dozen or enjoyed solo. Let’s face it, cupcakes are totally over — you definitely want to be the hero at the party with mini cheesecakes for everyone. 7ate9bakery.com 199C Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Bantam Cider Company What started as a family wine-making tradition has become a one-of-a-kind cider-making company that aims to reinvent the understanding of what a great cider really is. With local fruit and fresh ingredients, this neighborhood business produces original, creative, and innovative Modern American Ciders,  demonstrating the multifaceted and untapped (no pun intended) world of cider creation. Aside from introducing people to quenching, sustaining, and pioneering ciders, Bantam Cider Company is determined to have a positive impact on the community it serves, participating in a multitude of events to help make Somerville the best that it can be. www.bantamcider.com 40 Merriam St, Somerville, MA 02143

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Knight Moves Cafe If you like to play games, this Teele Square treasure is your dream come true. The cafe serves organic coffee and freshly baked goodies tasty enough to warrant a visit, but the true allure lies in the games. With over 1,000 games to play — from simple kids games to adult party games, old-school to contemporary, and everything in between — the ever-growing selection of fun is truly limitless. So stop by, drink some great coffee, and play a new discovery or a long-time favorite in the comfort of your very own “living room away from home.” www.knightmovescafe.com 1159 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

Davis Square Hand Crafted Donuts & Bagels Having just opened their doors in August of 2017, this hot-spot in the heart of Davis Square has quickly become a crowd favorite. Along with speciality sandwiches and perfectly toasted bagels, this brand new Somerville jewel specializes in creative and mouth-watering donuts unlike any other. Oreo Cookie, Butternut Crunch, Fruity pebbles, and the unique Somerville Cream donut are just a few of the choices that will confound your selection. With so many irresistible options, don’t be surprised if you walk out with one of everything. www.davissquaredonutsandbagels.com 377 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144

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Tasty Mo:Mo Tasty Mo:Mo owner Sophie Thakali, who immigrated to the US from Nepal in 2006, is a source of good food and good deeds. Not only does her cozy restaurant serve scrumptious, authentic Nepalese dumplings (momos) and other dishes, but it also helps to feed children of Nepal. For each plate of momo sold, Sophie donates a dollar to Food for Education, an organization dedicated to helping children attend school, rather than having to work for food. At Tasty Mo:Mo you can feel good about your food. www.tastymomo.com 02145, 503 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

Backbar Using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients in their creation of unique and enticing cocktails, this incredible find tucked away on Sanborn Ct. has earned its reputation as Union Square’s favorite craft cocktail lounge. Backbar has established a “speak-easy feel without any pretentiousness,” aka the perfect vibe for an evening out with the girls, the guys, the co-workers, the date… need we go on? No matter the occasion, Backbar is the location.  backbarunion.com 7 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143

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Yoshi’s For over ten years, this family-owned home of Japanese and Korean cuisine has provided the Somerville community and beyond with the top-notch sushi. Their full sushi-bar is equipped with the freshest fish and incredibly knowledgeable servers. Dine in or take-out any dish of your choice. If you spend over $30 on takeout, you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary spicy tuna or California roll! www.yoshissomervillema.com 132 College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Vinny’s at Night What started as a neighborhood superette back in 1969 has blossomed into a Sicilian style eatery serving exceptional Italian dishes. With multiple Diner’s Choice awards under its belt, Vinny’s prides itself on its fresh ingredients, authenticity, and cozy charm. Pair your meal with your favorite wine, or try a specialty cocktail, and follow it up with a pick off Vinny’s menu of exquisite desserts. With daily lunch specials and an extensive takeout menu, Vinny’s has you covered. Buon Appetito! www.vinnysatnight.com 76 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

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Off The Beaten Path Not sure which gems to uncover first? You don’t have to choose! Let Off The Beaten Path Food Tours take control for an afternoon of exploration and discovery, with food tours of Davis Square, Porter Square, Harvard Square, and Jamaica Plain. Have a sweet tooth? Check out their specialty chocolate tours! With stops at numerous restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and more, prepare to be introduced to the some of Boston’s best businesses, bite by bite. www.offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com Greater Boston, MA