Must-See Salem!

Sarah
Must-See Salem!

Food scene

We have yet to try anything here that isn't delicious, so we keep returning :) The cocktails are great, the pasta is fresh, and the menu rotates seasonally. Also if you like calamari you're going to need to try the grilled octopus app. So so good. Pleasant patio seating as well as indoor tables and a small bar.
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Adriatic Restaurant
155 Washington Street
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We have yet to try anything here that isn't delicious, so we keep returning :) The cocktails are great, the pasta is fresh, and the menu rotates seasonally. Also if you like calamari you're going to need to try the grilled octopus app. So so good. Pleasant patio seating as well as indoor tables and a small bar.
Beautiful views down at the waterfront, delicious and fresh seafood. Good idea to get a reservation ahead because they're often full.
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Sea Level Oyster Bar
94 Wharf Street
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Beautiful views down at the waterfront, delicious and fresh seafood. Good idea to get a reservation ahead because they're often full.
Turner's is a local institution. They have a fresh seafood market out of Gloucester, and this is one of their two restaurants in the Boston area. Everything is fresh and delicious. Outdoor patio seating as well as indoor.
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Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall
43 Church St
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Turner's is a local institution. They have a fresh seafood market out of Gloucester, and this is one of their two restaurants in the Boston area. Everything is fresh and delicious. Outdoor patio seating as well as indoor.
Get the coconut-battered fish taco with bacon jam, and you can thank me later. If fish isn't your thing, the vegetarian taco is perfection.
Spitfire Tacos
105 Lafayette Street
Get the coconut-battered fish taco with bacon jam, and you can thank me later. If fish isn't your thing, the vegetarian taco is perfection.
Just a block and a half away, The Derby is your local, friendly spot for pub food. And Wednesday night trivia! You might see us there ;) Huge outdoor patio, rarely a wait, good cocktails.
The Derby Restaurant & Bar
189 Washington St
Just a block and a half away, The Derby is your local, friendly spot for pub food. And Wednesday night trivia! You might see us there ;) Huge outdoor patio, rarely a wait, good cocktails.
I am not vegetarian, but I can't even tell you how good their food is. People come from around the area to eat here. Everything is full of flavor, and you feel amazing after you eat it! My personal favorite bowl is the Thai Peanut Sutra.
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Life Alive Organic Cafe
281 Essex Street
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I am not vegetarian, but I can't even tell you how good their food is. People come from around the area to eat here. Everything is full of flavor, and you feel amazing after you eat it! My personal favorite bowl is the Thai Peanut Sutra.
Rustic fine dining in an intimate setting, Settler is perfect for special occasions. Chef Aaron Chambers brings a New American spin to French classics. Open Wed-Sat evenings with patio and indoor seating. Reservations recommended.
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Settler
2 Lynde Street
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Rustic fine dining in an intimate setting, Settler is perfect for special occasions. Chef Aaron Chambers brings a New American spin to French classics. Open Wed-Sat evenings with patio and indoor seating. Reservations recommended.

Sweet treats

Authentic French patisserie right next door to Life Alive Organic Cafe. Their macarons are happiness.
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Caramel French Patisserie
281 Essex St
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Authentic French patisserie right next door to Life Alive Organic Cafe. Their macarons are happiness.
Just go. Get the chocolate elixir tasting flight, with whipped cream on the side. Your life will never be the same. And if you also get a lavender truffle or a papaya & coconut mediant to go, no one will judge because how can you resist this chocolate.
Kakawa Chocolate House
173 Essex St
Just go. Get the chocolate elixir tasting flight, with whipped cream on the side. Your life will never be the same. And if you also get a lavender truffle or a papaya & coconut mediant to go, no one will judge because how can you resist this chocolate.
Creative flavors made with fresh, local ingredients. Off-beat options like Avocado Lime or Buttered Lobster, as well as classics like White Minty Chip and Chocolate. Yummm.
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Melt Ice Cream
60 Washington St
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Creative flavors made with fresh, local ingredients. Off-beat options like Avocado Lime or Buttered Lobster, as well as classics like White Minty Chip and Chocolate. Yummm.
Charming shop with an incredible array of teas. Also a café serving tea (hot or iced), small snacks, High Tea and Afternoon Tea. Open Wed-Sun.
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Jolie Tea Company
105 Essex St
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Charming shop with an incredible array of teas. Also a café serving tea (hot or iced), small snacks, High Tea and Afternoon Tea. Open Wed-Sun.

Coffee and breakfast

Our favorite coffee shop in Salem! If you like specialty coffee drinks that aren't too sweet, you'll love it too. They make their own syrups and flavors fresh. Josh likes the Iced Mocha and Sarah's fav is the Hangover Latte - whether or not you've over-imbibed, it's a refreshing, herbal take on coffee.
Odd Meter Coffee Co
60 Washington Street
Our favorite coffee shop in Salem! If you like specialty coffee drinks that aren't too sweet, you'll love it too. They make their own syrups and flavors fresh. Josh likes the Iced Mocha and Sarah's fav is the Hangover Latte - whether or not you've over-imbibed, it's a refreshing, herbal take on coffee.
Quirky and yummy! We love Gulu-Gulu's crepes, both regular and gluten-free. They offer seasonal patio seating that is great for people watching, right across from the Essex Street pedestrian zone.
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Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex Street
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Quirky and yummy! We love Gulu-Gulu's crepes, both regular and gluten-free. They offer seasonal patio seating that is great for people watching, right across from the Essex Street pedestrian zone.
Eclectic and homey, the Ugly Mug is a local favorite. Extensive coffee menu and great food!
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Ugly Mug Diner
122 Washington St
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Eclectic and homey, the Ugly Mug is a local favorite. Extensive coffee menu and great food!

For ocean lovers

Who knew Massachusetts could be tropical? Low-key 90-minute cruise around Salem Harbor with hosts Karen and Captain Scott. Beautiful views, fun music and tiki drinks. Their calendar books up so make your reservation early. Must be 21+.
Tiki Hut Boats Corp
10 Blaney Street
Who knew Massachusetts could be tropical? Low-key 90-minute cruise around Salem Harbor with hosts Karen and Captain Scott. Beautiful views, fun music and tiki drinks. Their calendar books up so make your reservation early. Must be 21+.
If you long to get out on the water, this is the tour for you! With sails lasting from 1.75 - 4 hours, you can choose the right kind of adventure. Sunset sails are particularly spectacular. Seasonal May-October, suitable for all ages.
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Schooner Fame
86 Wharf Street
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If you long to get out on the water, this is the tour for you! With sails lasting from 1.75 - 4 hours, you can choose the right kind of adventure. Sunset sails are particularly spectacular. Seasonal May-October, suitable for all ages.
SUP or kayak your way around Salem Harbor! Rentals are hourly, by the half day or day. Salem Willows is a great boardwalk-type atmosphere. It is one of the few attractions not walkable from our home, so if you want to head down check with Sarah or Josh to see if we're available to give you a lift.
Coast to Coast Paddle
296 Cabot Street
SUP or kayak your way around Salem Harbor! Rentals are hourly, by the half day or day. Salem Willows is a great boardwalk-type atmosphere. It is one of the few attractions not walkable from our home, so if you want to head down check with Sarah or Josh to see if we're available to give you a lift.

Nightlife

Out-of-this-world craft cocktails. Local spirits brewed on site. Great backstory. Chill vibe. Food isn't served, so you can bring your own unless they're doing a food pop-up. Open Thursday - Sunday with tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons (advance ticket required). 21+ after 7 pm and on distillery tours.
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Deacon Giles Distillery
75 Canal St
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Out-of-this-world craft cocktails. Local spirits brewed on site. Great backstory. Chill vibe. Food isn't served, so you can bring your own unless they're doing a food pop-up. Open Thursday - Sunday with tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons (advance ticket required). 21+ after 7 pm and on distillery tours.
Small plates, sushi, great drinks, loungy vibe. Opus Underground is their basement nightclub with live music and dancing. *Note - check current COVID restrictions before making plans.
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Opus
87 Washington Street
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Small plates, sushi, great drinks, loungy vibe. Opus Underground is their basement nightclub with live music and dancing. *Note - check current COVID restrictions before making plans.
Fun patio seating, live entertainment many evenings, visit the Tap Room and Game Room for pool, darts, air hockey and skeeball.
Village Tavern
168 Essex St
Fun patio seating, live entertainment many evenings, visit the Tap Room and Game Room for pool, darts, air hockey and skeeball.
Yes, the same Gulu-Gulu with great breakfasts! They're also a fun place to hang out in the evening. Live music and game nights; full menu; strong craft beer selection, libations and wine options.
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Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex Street
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Yes, the same Gulu-Gulu with great breakfasts! They're also a fun place to hang out in the evening. Live music and game nights; full menu; strong craft beer selection, libations and wine options.

Museums & History

A world-class collection with regular special exhibits. One of my favorite places to wander, it's just the right size. Also has a great gift shop where you're sure to find souvenirs for friends back home. (If you like the sailor's knot wreath on your door, look here!)
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Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
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A world-class collection with regular special exhibits. One of my favorite places to wander, it's just the right size. Also has a great gift shop where you're sure to find souvenirs for friends back home. (If you like the sailor's knot wreath on your door, look here!)
Beautiful location right on the harbor, with several self-guided walks and numerous historic houses and merchant buildings to visit. Friendship of Salem is a full-sized replica of a merchant ship that was built in the late 1700s and sailed out of Salem Harbor. You can tour the ship on the weekends. The National Park Service app guides you through the area and lets you know what is currently open.
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Salem Maritime National Historic Site
160 Derby Street
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Beautiful location right on the harbor, with several self-guided walks and numerous historic houses and merchant buildings to visit. Friendship of Salem is a full-sized replica of a merchant ship that was built in the late 1700s and sailed out of Salem Harbor. You can tour the ship on the weekends. The National Park Service app guides you through the area and lets you know what is currently open.
Formerly the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, who presided over the Salem Witch Trials, this museum fills in some of the context surrounding the Salem Witch Trials through the Corwin family's story. The tour is mostly self-guided, but the docents are very knowledgable so be sure to ask any questions you have. Tours are scheduled by time slot and you purchase tickets online.
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The Witch House at Salem
310 Essex Street
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Formerly the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, who presided over the Salem Witch Trials, this museum fills in some of the context surrounding the Salem Witch Trials through the Corwin family's story. The tour is mostly self-guided, but the docents are very knowledgable so be sure to ask any questions you have. Tours are scheduled by time slot and you purchase tickets online.
The inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's eponymous work, the House of the Seven Gables is a fascinating post-medieval house dating back to 1662. Tours of the house give you an inside look at colonial life. Don't miss the delightful gardens!
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The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
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The inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's eponymous work, the House of the Seven Gables is a fascinating post-medieval house dating back to 1662. Tours of the house give you an inside look at colonial life. Don't miss the delightful gardens!
Broad, Chestnut, Essex and Federal Streets make up the McIntire District. You can't miss the chance to walk up and down Chestnut Street and see all the old Federal mansions! The street is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sarah's favorite morning walk is to go through the McIntire District on the way to Odd Meter Coffee; get an iced hangover latte; then swing through the Ropes Mansion Garden on the way back and check what's in bloom. You're welcome ;)
McIntire Historic District
Broad, Chestnut, Essex and Federal Streets make up the McIntire District. You can't miss the chance to walk up and down Chestnut Street and see all the old Federal mansions! The street is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sarah's favorite morning walk is to go through the McIntire District on the way to Odd Meter Coffee; get an iced hangover latte; then swing through the Ropes Mansion Garden on the way back and check what's in bloom. You're welcome ;)

Tours

Four great tour options: History & Hauntings, Merchants & Mansions, Mysteries & Murders (ages 13+) and the Hocus Pocus Movie Locations Tour (October only). Tour guides are very informative and professional.
Witch City Walking Tour
32 Derby Square
Four great tour options: History & Hauntings, Merchants & Mansions, Mysteries & Murders (ages 13+) and the Hocus Pocus Movie Locations Tour (October only). Tour guides are very informative and professional.
Locally-based tour company with expert storytellers. The owners have been featured on the Travel Channel and the History Channel as experts on Salem's history and haunts! Take the Historic Day Tour on weekend afternoons, or for the more daring, the Ghostly Night Tour is offered every evening (including a 10 pm Midnight Prowl in October).
Black Cat Tours
185 Essex St
Locally-based tour company with expert storytellers. The owners have been featured on the Travel Channel and the History Channel as experts on Salem's history and haunts! Take the Historic Day Tour on weekend afternoons, or for the more daring, the Ghostly Night Tour is offered every evening (including a 10 pm Midnight Prowl in October).
Pleasant and informative ride - tour guides are great. Also a great way to get around town if you're tired of walking, with the hop off / hop on option.
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Salem Trolley Inc
8 Central St
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Pleasant and informative ride - tour guides are great. Also a great way to get around town if you're tired of walking, with the hop off / hop on option.