Our Favorite Salem Coffee Shops
As you probably know, we’re a creative agency. That often means long days and late hours–which often also means coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. You probably also know that we’re located in the heart of Salem, MA, a place known for its history, as well as its great local shops.
So, we thought we’d put two-and-two together for you, and, in no specific order, talk about our favorite local places to fuel our creativity.
Front Street Coffee House
20 Front Street, Salem, MA
This place is definitely one of our favorites. Apart from the atmosphere and delicious (and reasonably priced) food, Front Street has fantastic coffee. They brew their iced coffee Americano, so it’s always rich and flavorful, and there’s so much variety in what you can get. The area’s architecture, alone, makes it worth the visit. Plus, there’s free wifi and great music.
Melita Fiore Patisserie
83 Washington Street, Salem, MA
Located right below us and by far the closest to the Commuter Rail station, Melita Fiore brings you right into France with it’s beautiful decor and classy atmosphere. Their coffee’s good, and their European-style baked goods are to die for. Heads up, though: they’re closed on Mondays.
Located right on Essex Street, Red Line Cafe is right in the middle of things–especially in October. This place has everything from custom-made crepes, to “cappuccino smoothies”–which Dan and Mazen regularly devour. The food and drinks (especially the lemonade) are delicious, and they’re especially great if you’re gluten-free!
Gulu Gulu Cafe
247 Essex Street, Salem, MA
The Gulu Gulu Cafe is right by the famous Bewitched statue. They’ve got great food, a great atmosphere, and the best (read: prettiest) lattes and hot cocoa you can get. And they’re most definitely the only place on our list with a liquor license (great options, too). The Gulu Gulu is especially great for dinner and drinks, with a fantastic music scene–almost as fantastic as their name.
Jaho Coffee Roasters
197 Derby Street, Salem, MA
If you’re ever by Derby Wharf, Jaho’s definitely worth the visit. It’s close to the Customs House, where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked while writing The Scarlet Letter, and you can take your cup of coffee over to the Friendship for a nice view of the water. They’ve got a ton of great food, and so many unique drinks you can’t get anywhere else (like red velvet lattes and frozen bubble tea). And they’re open late!
#Repost from @square — Even the latte art is spooky at Anil’s @JahoCoffee in Pickering Wharf, Salem, the Halloween capital of the world: “When I came back from a year in Tokyo I was surprised by how much mass service coffee there was here. A loungey coffee shop was missing. We do lots of seasonal latte art, during halloween we’ll make pumpkins. Now our customers know to ask for it. A lot of couples will request a heart for their date.” #LiveLocal
A&J King Artisan Bakers
48 Central Street, Salem, MA
These guys are artisan bakers, alright. Their pastries, cookies, breads and coconut macaroons are easily the best in town. But what most don’t know is that they have pretty good coffee, too. A&J King makes a clear effort to source local dairy, eggs, fruits, grains, chocolate and produce–which is both really nice, and really delicious. And we love their caramel spice cookies around the holidays!
Written by Lauren Beader.