Salem, MA: Atomic's Favorites

A guide to Salem, Massachusetts based on favorites from our team! 

Salem, Massachusetts is widely known for the Salem Witch Trials, and every October hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way to Salem for its monthlong Haunted Happenings.

Being local to Salem, our team put our heads together and came up with some things to do, places to eat, and other recommendations we'd give to a friend if they were coming in from out of town. Salem has a lot to offer, especially this time of year, so while these are the spots that were recommended most by our team, there are plenty of other great options out there. This is just a great place to start!

Witch & Halloween Attractions


Top Recommendation: The Witch House

The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, known as The Witch House, was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin (1640–1718) and is the only structure you can visit in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692. (Information by: https://www.thewitchhouse.org/)

The Witch House at Salem
310 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
https://www.thewitchhouse.org/

Other Recommendations:

Salem Witch Museum
Bewitched Sculpture
Satanic Temple

Photo by: @purelysalem on Instagram

Museums & Historic Sites


Top Recommendation: Peabody Essex Museum

Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. It’s also one of the largest and fastest-growing. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions and events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present, and underscore the vital importance of creative expression.

Visitors will find hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces, and historic property tours, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese House.

See authentic Witch Trials documents and historic objects alongside creative responses by contemporary artists in The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming, on view at PEM through March 20, 2022. (Information by: salem.org)

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
https://www.pem.org/

Other Recommendations:

House of Seven Gables
Salem Witch Museum
Pioneer Village
Salem Witch Trial Memorial
El Punto Urban Art Museum

Photo by: @peabodyessex on Instagram

Scenic Spots & Walks


Top Recommendation: Derby Wharf & Pickering Wharf

A harbor side shopping-village, filled with history and landmarks alike. This is the perfect place to explore what Salem has to offer: from local shops to waterfront dining on the Salem harbor to the Salem Maritime Site and the Friendship trading ship. (Information by: salem.org)

Derby Wharf & Pickering Wharf
23 Congress St, Salem, MA 01970
https://www.nps.gov/places/derby-wharf.htm

Other Recommendations:

McIntire Historic District
Salem Willows
Ropes Mansion

Photo by: @newenglandnaturepic on Instagram

Local Shops


Top Recommendation: HausWitch Home + Healing

HausWitch Home + Healing is a modern metaphysical lifestyle brand that combines the principles of earth magic, intentionality, interior decorating, and intersectional feminism to bring magic and healing into everyday spaces.

Since opening in 2015, HausWitch has drawn in a global coven of loving, creative individuals who continue to put their energy into worthy causes, community projects, and local activism.

The flagship boutique located in Salem, MA "The Witch City" attracts visitors from all over the world as well as neighbors from just down the street, united in their love for our carefully curated selection of witchy and handmade products by independent makers from around New England and the US!

HausWitch Home + Healing is an inclusive space for all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, abilities, and anyone who feels like they are in need of a truly supportive and safe environment in this ever-changing world. (Information by hauswitchstore.com)

HausWitch Home + Healing
144 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970
https://hauswitchstore.com/

Other Recommendations:

Witch City Wicks
Black Veil Shoppe of Drear & Wonder
Roost & Company
Oak + Moss

Photo by: @hauswitch on Instagram

Breakfast, Brunch & Coffee


Top Recommendation: Ugly Mug

Located in the heart of historic Salem Massachusetts, The Ugly Mug Diner is the perfect spot when you’re looking for fresh, hot, breakfast or brunch served up with love. If you’re looking for breakfast or brunch near me, look no further.

Saddle up to one of our stools, sip a handcrafted latte, and chow down on one of our signature menu items such as Chipotle Brisket Hash, Duck Confit & Waffle, or any one of our amazing Benedicts.

In more of a brunch mood? We’ve got mimosas, a variety of sandwiches, mimosas, homemade sodas, limitless omelette combinations, mimosas, and an always rotating variety of specials. And did we mention mimosas?

Come on down to The Ugly Mug Diner in Salem MA. Make yourself at home. Find out why locals and visitors alike adore our award winning breakfast and colorful staff. We can’t wait to see you. (Information by: uglymugdiner.com)

Ugly Mug Diner
122 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970
uglymugdiner.com

Other Recommendations:

Front Street Coffeehouse
Ledger
Odd Meter Coffee Co
Red's Sandwich Shop
Bagel World

Photo by: @uglymugdiner on Instagram

Lunch & Takeout


Top Recommendation: Sea Level Oyster Bar

Located at Pickering Wharf, with outdoor seating looking over the harbor and Derby Wharf Lighthouse, Sea Level offers a great selection of New England's finest & freshest seafood, gourmet pizza, and an extensive beer list.

Sea Level Oyster Bar
94 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970
https://sealeveloysterbar.com/

Other Recommendations:

Lobster Shanty
Life Alive
Koto Grill & Sushi
A&J King
Howling Wolf

Photo by: @sealevel_oysterbar on Instagram

Dinner Restaurants


Top Recommendation: Ledger Restaurant & Bar

Ledger, located in the former Salem Savings Bank building (circa 1818), is pleased to be a part of the downtown Salem community. This historically unique location houses a progressive New England concept, where traditional 19th-century dishes, cocktails, and techniques are elevated with 21st-century resources. (Information by: ledgersalem.com)

Ledger Restaurant & Bar
125 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970
https://www.ledgersalem.com/

Other Recommendations:

Sea Level
Finz
Turners
Bambolina
Opus
Kokeshi

Cocktails, Beer & Cider


Top Recommendation: Notch Brewery & Tap Room

Full pours for on-site consumption, quart cans to go, and 16oz cans to go (when available). 10 to 14 beers on tap at all times, highlighting session beer styles from all over. Communal tables, counter service, light snacks, no TVs in the main beer hall (Local sports on in the smaller Star Room) and Skee Ball. It's a place to socialize with friends or meet new ones.

Biergarten is open year round (snow, sun, whatever), our 2000 sq ft biergarten has a seating capacity of 200. Communal tables on the South River basin in the warm months, heated stand-ups in the cold months. Watch the tide come and go from our south facing beer garden. Catch a view of our harbor seals, birds of all types and striped bass when they are running (no fishing from the biergarten!). Kubb and Cornhole when it's not busy. (Information by: notchbrewing.com)

Notch Brewery & Tap Room
283R Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
https://www.notchbrewing.com/notchsalem

Other Recommendations:

Far from the Tree Cider
All Souls Lounge
The Roof at Hotel Salem
Opus

Dessert


Top Recommendation: Melt Ice Cream

Our focus is to connect with our community, discover great flavors, and experiment with local ingredients. (Information by: @meltsalem on Instagram)

Melt Ice Cream
60 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970
https://meltsalem.com/

Other Recommendations:

Goodnight Fatty
Coffee Time Bake Shop
Harbor Sweets

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