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Best of Salem - Salem, Massachusetts

Each year I receive numerous messages from friends, family, and strangers alike asking for recommendations on what to see and do in the Witch City. It's nearly impossible to choose favorites in a city as rich in eateries, shopping, and attractions as Salem, but I've tried to do just that. Here you will find just some of my favorite go-to spots in the city that I'm lucky enough to call home. This of course is not a comprehensive list, so don't be afraid to venture off and explore whatever piques your interest!


Red's Sandwich Shop
The best breakfast in Salem. No question.

Good Morning Chubby (Sundays Only)
On the go? Try the Shrubby!

Crave (Coming Soon to 105 Lafayette Street)
Unique and craveable breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and sweet treats.


Mercy Tavern 
The best burger in Salem! You have to try the Mercy Burger.

Witch's Brew Cafe
The Witch's Brew Steak is as delicious as it is Instgrammable.

Casa Tequila
Taquitos, frozen margaritas, and all the queso you could ever desire. 


The best view in Salem! A great mix of food for everyone. Try the Crispy Chicken Brochettes.

Bella Verona
Delicious Italian food that transports you right to the North End of Boston.

Broadie's Seaport
Great local spot to fill up on comfort food and fun cocktails.


Pizza World
The weekly go-to for classic pepperoni.

Try the Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pizza!

Salem's best kept secret! Try the Lucifer.


Unmatched creative craft cocktails.

Sea Level
Fun cocktails with a view.

The Tavern at The Hawthorne Hotel
Need a break from the busy season? Tavern on the Green is the perfect escape.


Coffee Time
A delicious assortments of doughnuts, pastries, and coffee drinks.
My go-to is the Iced Mocha Delight and Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnut.

Goodnight Fatty (Weekends Only)
Nostalgia, warm cookies, and the best soft serve in Salem.

Dairy Witch
The absolute best sundae you will ever have!

C O F F E E  +  M O R E

Creative lattes, teas, and even cocktails!

Red Line Cafe
A perfect place to grab a hot chocolate or frozen latte while out shopping.

Brew Box
Ever had a Cereal Milk Latte? You need to.

U N I Q U E  B O U T I Q U E S 

Emporium 32
Step back in time! This boutique experience is like none other.
Home to vintage wares, unique d├ęcor, and even Zoltar. 

Die With Your Boots On
Wear all black? Is Halloween you whole lifestyle? This place is for you.

Salem Spice
Celebrate Salem's rich maritime history while rewarding your taste buds with unique salts and spices from across the globe!

F A V O R I T E  G I F T  S H O P S

The Happy Sunflower
It's as adorable as it sounds. Bright and cheery gifts for all ages.

The House of the Seven Gables 
Located in one of the oldest homes in Salem, an eclectic mix of literary and nautical gifts.

Moody's Home + Gifts
Unique and locally made gifts. Be sure to check out the History by the Sea Candle Collection!

Looking for Historical Haunts? Check out my guest post for Things to do in Salem!

Memoirs - Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, MA, USA

A collection of memoirs written by Salemites that have been digitized and made accessible online.

17th Century Architecture - Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, MA 01970, USA

17th Century Architecture in Salem, Massachusetts

First Period Architecture (approx. 1626-1725) is often characterized by a steeply pitched roof and a central chimney. This colonial style is strongly associated with New England, particularly North America's earliest European settlers which built homes along the coast of Massachusetts. Many of these homes have been greatly altered from their original 17th century construction or re-imagined as they once were. This list focuses on 17th century homes, additional First Period homes built in the early 18th century still exist in Salem.
  • Samuel Robinson-Michael Chapleman House, c. 1650
    69 Essex Street
    Unsubstantiated -This home has been greatly altered.
  • Retire Becket House, c. 1655
    54 Turner Street
    Moved to current location in 1924
  • Pickering House, 1660
    18 Broad Street

    Oldest house in original location
  • Pickman House, 1664
    43 Charter Street
  • Gedney House, 1665
    21 High Street
  • Stephen Daniels House, c. 1667
    1 Daniels Street
  • Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, 1668
    (The House of the Seven Gables)
    54 Turner Street
  • Ransom Boarding House, c. 1670
    14 Becket Street
  • Jonathan Corwin House, c. 1675
    (The Witch House)
    310 Essex Street
  • Narbonne House, 1675
    71 Essex Street
  • Hooper-Hathaway House, c. 1682
    54 Turner Street
  • John Ward House c. 1684
    Brown Street
  • William Murray House, c. 1688
    39 Essex Street

Resource Guide - Photographs of Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, MA, USA
54 Washington Street, c. 1920
Salem State University Archives and Special Collections
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Historical Photographs of Salem, Massachusetts

Resource Guide - Polish Community of Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, MA, USA

Polish Industrial Bank on Derby Street, c. 1920s
Salem State University Archives and Special Collections

In the early 20th century, Salem's Historic Derby Street Neighborhood was predominantly Polish. Attracted to job opportunities in the city’s mills and factories, Polish immigrants began arriving in Salem around 1890 and by 1911, Poles comprised about 8% of the city’s overall population. Religion played a strong role in the Polish community and as the number of Polish Catholics in Salem grew, the need for a permanent house of worship became apparent. Herbert Street and Union Street became the heart of the Polish Catholic presence in the city, after the opening of St. John the Baptist Church, a parochial school, convent, and rectory. St. John the Baptist’s Reverend John Czubek was a central figure in this community, marrying or baptizing many of Salem’s Poles. 

The new church increased the settlement of Polish immigrants in the neighborhood and multiple single-family homes were converted or replaced with multi-family tenements to house the growing population. The neighborhood became a tight knit hub of all Polish activities. Multiple shops, restaurants, and social clubs lined Derby Street and its offshoots, catering to Poles from all regions and religions. The House of the Seven Gables, the namesake of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel, played a crucial role in this community. Caroline Emmerton opened the museum in 1910 to support her adjacent settlement house, which provided classes and workshops to the local immigrant community, a role the museum still honors to this day.

In 1976, The Historic Derby Street Neighborhood was designated a National Historic District due in large part to the hard work of neighborhood residents, led by sisters Alice and Dolores Jordan.

Resources for the history of Poles in Salem, Massachusetts:

MACRIS Tutorial

Salem, MA, USA

The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS)  is an informative database of historic properties and landmarks, created by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

MACRIS is a powerful tool for finding information on historic structures, sites, and landmarks. The bulk of their data dates between 1960 and 2000, with periodic updates. It is especially useful in researching the history of your home or business, or just getting to know your neighborhood.

MACRIS does not include information on all historic properties in Massachusetts, nor does it always reflect the most up-to-date information on file at the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Resource Guide - Maps of Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, MA, USA

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Warren H. Butler, 1930 - Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library

Historical Maps of Salem, Massachusetts

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