November 17, 2021

#StayLocal2021 Guide to Salem, MA

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#StayLocalMA (#StayLocal2021) is an innovative and collaborative regional approach to explore, dine, and shop locally. Creative Collective created The Stay Local MA Campaign to support your favorite small businesses throughout the community – both in-store and online and keep your money local.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of most communities and on the North Shore that couldn’t be more true,” said John Andrews (he/him), President and Founder of Creative Collective.

Salem, MA is an internationally renowned tourist destination and Halloween capital. Yet, there is so much happening in this city beyond October (Things to Do in Salem’s newest guide “Salem’s Other Seasons” is super helpful in this regard as well). But now that Haunted Happenings are over, and Holiday Happenings is well on its way, it’s time for the 2021 #StayLocal Guide to Witch City. 

Here are our picks for the best of eating, drinking, shopping, arts & culture, hospitality, and entertainment in Salem, MA. 

Salem is a North of Boston shopping hotspot with tons of unique options for every kind of taste. Goth and alternative wear, witch kitsch, designer fabrics, fine art and handmade crafts, eccentric housewares, souvenir shops, wine and gifts are just a small sampling of what you can find here. These are some of our favorite places to #ShopLocal in Salem. 

Salem is a foodie destination that just keeps getting better. They’ve got taverns and fine dining and pizza and sushi and just about everything else. Here’s some of our favorite places to #EatLocal in Salem, MA. 


Cafés and Quick Bites

  • Adea’s Mediterranean – 90 Lafayette St: Mediterranean small & shared plates in a no-frills setting with an open kitchen.
  • Front Street Coffeehouse – 20 Front St: Warm, unpretentious coffeehouse serving espresso drinks, sandwiches, soups, salads & baked good 
  • Goodnight Fatty – 1 Washington Square: Cookies and ice cream 
  • Jaho Coffee & Tea – 197 Derby Street: Artisanal coffee roasters, teahouse & bakery offering drinks, light fare & fresh pastries.
  • Jolie Tea Company – 105 Essex Street: Cozy, charming place offering many unique teas from around the world, plus scones & French macarons.
  • Odd Meter Coffee – 60 Washington Street – Coffee, specialty drinks, and pastries
  • Wolf Next Door Coffee – 142 Derby St: Neighborhood coffee shop


  • Bambolina – 288 Derby Street: Rustic-cool spot serving wood-fired pies, small plates, wine & craft beer to hip crowds.
  • BitBar – 278 Derby St: Bar offering old-school arcade games, craft beer & playful eats like donut burgers.
  • Gulu Gulu Café – 247 Essex St: Cozy, unpretentious coffeehouse offering an eclectic global menu of small bites, plus live music.
  • Finz Seafood and Grill – 86 Wharf St: Upscale-casual seafood, steak & cocktail destination situated on the harbor with deck & ocean views 
  • Flying Saucer Pizza Co. – 118 Washington St: Pizzas topped with local ingredients pair with craft beers in funky digs sporting space decor
  • Koto Grill and Sushi – 90 Washington St: Casual bar & eatery offering specialty sushi rolls, Japanese/Chinese/Thai dishes, sake & cocktails 
  • Ledger – 125 Washington Street: Upscale restaurant & bar serving New England cuisine in a 19th-century bank building
  • The Lobster Shanty – 25 Front St: Bustling, informal eatery & bar with classic seafood & outdoor tables, plus live music on weekends
  • Opus Salem – 87 Washington St: Hip haunt featuring New American small plates, sushi, cocktails & live events amid whimsical decor
  • Sea Level Oyster Bar – 94 Wharf St: Oysters, lobster rolls, specialty cocktails & more offered in a casual joint with water views.
  • The Village Tavern – 168 Essex St: Upbeat American tavern with a patio, game room & big beer list serving classic American pub grub.

Salem is a worldwide renowned cultural destination with award winning museums and countless cultural experiences. Here are some our favorite places to #StayLocal and #PlayLocal in Salem, MA: 

Arts and Culture


Theatre and Performance

4th Annual Art + Design Open Call Exhibition And Sale | Learn More

Head to Old Town Hall in Downtown Salem to support the 4th Annual Salem State Art + Design Exhibition and Sale November 29 – December 10. Works by students and alumni make excellent gifts for the holidays. There are no commissions, all proceeds go directly to the Artist. | Closing Reception: Friday, December 10, 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

Fine Art and Photography

Holiday Artists Market at Salem Old Town Hall | Learn More

History and Culture


Health and Wellness

Are you a Salem-based small business who would like to be included in this list? Send us a message at with the subject line “#StayLocal2021 in Salem.”

Creative Collective’s #NonprofitNovember to highlight nonprofits, foundations, and community organizations North of Boston

This November, Creative Collective is launching #NonprofitNovember, a social media campaign geared towards bringing awareness to local nonprofits and encouraging the public to support. Nonprofit and community organizations foster civic engagement, leadership, and growth for cities, and the role they occupy as cultural touchstones and educational hubs in North Shore communities is difficult to miss. 

Learn more.