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December 29, 2015 1:37 PM EST

Rome, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles: to the savviest and most experienced travelers, it may seem there’s little to see in any that hasn’t been covered in local, national, or international guides. But those in the know realize that the most popular cities can offer the best discoveries—stretches that don’t draw the crowds, but are equally worthy of a visit for their architectural splendor, other worldly charm, or hyper-local shops and boutiques.

We’ve rounded up our favorite secret streets in some of the most sought-after destinations worldwide. Read on for the list, or jump ahead to your city of interest: Barcelona; Beijing;Boston; Chicago; London; Los Angeles; Maui; Rome; San Francisco; and Tokyo.

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