Historic shipping port with loads of character. . .and, yes, witches . . .

Explore America's oldest continually operating museum, hear tales of intrigue and mass panic, and stroll the decks of a reconstructed 1797 merchant ship. This coastal town on Boston's north shore may be best known for the 1692 Salem witch trials (and the many attractions dedicated to the history of that hysteria), but so many other activities welcome guests in Salem. Visit and discover a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture, a wide selection of dining options, wares from modern artists and artisans of many skills and trades, and the beautiful beaches and lighthouses in nearby Marblehead.

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The Merchant


The Merchant has lived many lives prior to becoming a chic and intimately sized Salem boutique hotel removed from the bustle of downtown. Our name and tagline are an homage to Joshua Ward, the post Revolutionary War sea merchant and privateer who commissioned this stunning federal style building.

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The Hotel Salem


Exposed brick, loft-style rooms, and a cool mid-century modern aesthetic lend a funky vibe to this dynamic, retail-inspired boutique hotel. Located just off Salem’s acclaimed pedestrian mall, this 44-room hotel was a former anchor department store in the heart of “witch city.”

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Where to Dine

A&J King Bakery

(978) 744-4881   View Website   48 Central Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Pastries, bread, sandwiches, and coffee, oh my! Using traditional baking techniques, A&J King spends hours creating artisanal breads and pastries for you to enjoy (almost) as slowly. The array of fresh offerings changes seasonally and based on local availability of ingredients.  


(978) 594-1832   View Website   155 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

While stellar seafood is the star in Salem, Adriatic does it with a geographic twist.  The menu is full of market-fresh dishes inspired by the Meditterranean location of its namesake sea, topped off with a thoughtful wine list of imported varietals and blends.


(978) 594-8709   View Website   288 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

It's all about the pizza at this cozy Salem spot. Using simple and authentic ingredients - imported Italian flour, crushed tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella - and a handmade wood-burning oven from Italy, Bambolina turns out some of the best Neopolitan pizza we've tasted on this side of the Atlantic. Pair your pizza or creative Italian entrée with a local craft beer or a glass of wine from their modern selection.

Brew Box on Essex

(978) 594-5164   View Website   131-2 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

With an expansive selection of coffee and coffee drinks, this little shop is the perfect place to grab an iced coffee to accompany you on your wanders around Salem during the spring and summer season or for a warm latte to wait out the storm during the winter months. We recommend pairing your drink choice with one of their tasty breakfast or lunch items.


(978) 744-8485   View Website   76 Wharf Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

We like our seafood with an ocean view on the side, please. Finz, surrounded on three sides by windows overlooking sparkling Salem Harbor, offers just that with both inside and outside dining options. The menu features a raw bar and an innovative menu that includes options for landlubbers as well.

Firenze Trattoria Salem

(978) 219-1188   View Website   2 Lynde Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Enjoy the flavors of gourmet Italian cuisine without leaving the North Shore. This little gem (which does not accept reservations) blends authentic Tuscan-style cooking with Salem’s neighborhood vibe.

Flatbread Company

(978) 744-2829   View Website   311 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

We suggest starting off with a large organic salad to share, topped with bell peppers, Kalamata olives, roasted corn and your choice of cheese or meat and then digging into the main course. Choose one of the house favorites or build our own "no boundaries" flatbread.

Flying Saucer Pizza CompanyBuzz-Worthy

(978) 594-8189   View Website   118 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

This stand-out pizza parlor turns the traditional pie on its head and gives it a healthy gourmet spin. With an eclectic menu built on seasonal ingredients, Flying Saucer has something for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

Front Street Cafe

(978) 740-6697   View Website   20 Front Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01923

A homegrown, neighborhood cafe with a heart. And sandwiches, lots of sandwiches. We dare you to dream up a combination that the Front Street Cafe staff didn't conceive of first. Loads of soups, salads, and fresh juices, too.

Goodnight Fatty

(978) 822-2277   View Website   18 Higginson Square, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Just a block from The Merchant, located in the alley at Higginson Sq. Salem MA, this late night pop-up cookie shop offers a variety of unique small batch, homemade cookies, served warm at the end of a great night out.

Howling Wolf Taqueria

(978) 744-9653   View Website   76 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

A great place to grab a margarita, a hearty plate of nachos, or some quesadillas. Everything is made daily from fresh ingredients.

Ledger Restaurant

(978) 594-1908   View Website   125 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

An extensive beer and wine list, creative cocktails, unique dishes and a warm, inviting atmosphere come together at Ledger to create an authentic, memorable experience. We suggest getting a little bit of everything starting with the Raw Bar, a starter or two (Popovers with apple butter anyone?), and digging into your main course of choice whether that be their Braised Colorado Lamb Shank, Lobster Spaghetti or Filet Frites --truly, you can't go wrong.

Life Alive

(978) 594-4644   View Website   281 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Flavorful an organic vegetarian food fast is what you’ll find at Life Alive. Based on the belief that good food nurtures the soul and spirit, their menu is chock full of vegetable and grain-based dishes and a plethora of sides that allow you to craft your own perfect meal.

Milk and Honey

(978) 744-6639   View Website   32 Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Tucked away in a picturesque brick building, this green grocer is your one stop shop for picnic provisions. Shelves and displays are stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, sweets, and prepared foods. Want to know the farm where your produce was grown? Just ask. Wine, a staple in our picnic basket, is also available.

Notch Brewery + Tap Room

(978) 238-9060   View Website   283 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Whether you’re looking to sip on a cold brew or have a small bite, you can enjoy both in either the tap room or biergarten – which can be a great place to enjoy some fresh spring, summer or fall weather.


(978) 744-9600   View Website   87 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

East meets West at Opus, a quirky yet refined spot. Dine on creative sushi combinations and cocktails or a three course meal in the main room and then retire to the dimly lit Morroccan-style Opus Underground lounge for nightly live entertainment.

Sea Level Oyster Bar

(978) 741-0555   View Website   94 Wharf Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

We love spending an afternoon at the raw bar of Sea Level with oysters and clams on the half shell and a glass of white wine. Its waterfront location means there's a great view of the harbor, and it's the perfect place to stop in to refresh yourself after exploring the town. The menu tends towards the more casual with fried clams, steamed mussels, and calamari.

Sea Level Oyster Bar

(978) 741-0555   View Website   94 Wharf Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Fresh seafood and edgy martinis with herbs and ginger. Sit back and enjoy the view up the entire harbor into Marblehead.

The Cheese Shop of Salem

(978) 498-4820   View Website   45 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Incredible European and local cheeses, wines, and gourmet snacks -- the perfect place to stock up for an afternoon picnic. We should also mention that the Cheese Shop hosts an Epic Grilled Cheese pop-up every Saturday.

Turner's Seafood

(978) 745-7665   View Website   43 Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Located in historic Lyceum Hall, this seafood market and grille is one of Salem's most scenic seafood restaurants. With a seafood market and wholesale fish business spanning generations, Turner's offers some of the freshest, locally caught seafood on the North Shore. Experience some New England seafood classics with Newfoundland Finnan Haddie or a traditional steamed lobster dinner.

Turners Seafood

(978) 745-7665   View Website   43 Church Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

You've heard of farm to table, but how about dock to dinner? Located in Salem's storied Lyceum Hall, this authentic "shuck and serve" oyster bar is also home to the city's only true seafood market. 

Ugly MugNoteable

(978) 745-6844   View Website   122 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Indulge in a mischievous take on the classic American diner, located right next to The Merchant. Order up some eggs, bacon, and biscuits, or take your taste buds for a walk on the wild side with a Mexiluxe (fried egg, hash, poblano & cotija cheese) and a Screaming Nancy (a spicy twist on hot chocolate).