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10 Favorite Breakfast Spots in Salem, Massachusetts

Salem has no shortage of breakfast spots, from local favorites to new and innovative brunch offerings. Start your day of exploring downtown with a hearty meal or celebrate with brunch and mimosas before setting off to museums, shops, and more. Find some of our favorite Salem restaurants for breakfast below, and share your favorites in the comments!

Classic Breakfasts

Fountain Place

Fountain Place is located right on the edge of the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall near Washington Street, serving up breakfast all-day. Their breakfast menu features a variety of eggs benedict plus plenty of options to craft the perfect omelette. Fountain Place is open daily 8 am-3 pm for dining in and takeout. Find menus and order online at fountainplacerestaurant.com.

Red’s Sandwich Shop

Located in the historic London Coffee House on Central Street, Red’s is a local’s favorite. Known for dishes like their more-than-plate-sized pancakes, omelettes, French Toast, grilled breakfast sandwiches, and more. They’re open for dine-in and takeout (order online or call ahead for takeout), and Red’s is a great place to stop for lunch too for its location while walking the Salem Heritage Trail.

Regatta Pub at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Stay on the water by the shops along Pickering Wharf with an overnight at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites and enjoy breakfast right downstairs in the Regatta Pub (or with room-service!) The menu features all the breakfast classics with egg dishes, Belgian Waffles , and French Toast, plus mimosas and Bloody Marys.


Tavern on the Green in the Hawthorne Hotel

To cap off an overnight downtown or to stop in for a bite before setting off to explore the Peabody Essex Museum or Salem Witch Museum, visit the Tavern in the Hawthorne Hotel. Their weekend brunch specials are available Saturdays and Sundays 10 am-1:30 pm and include unique dishes like chicken and waffles, breakfast sliders, and churro fries. Find menus and reservations at hawthornehotel.com.

Turner’s Seafood

New for 2021, Turner’s Seafood now offers brunch on weekends! Weekend brunch at Turner’s features breakfast classics alongside twists on some of Turner’s most popular dishes like their crab cakes eggs benedict. Grab a mimosa and brunch in with Turner’s in Salem’s historic Lyceum Hall- Reservations are available online at turners-seafood.com.

Something Sweet

Caramel Patisserie

Start your day with a croissant from Caramel Patisserie, homemade on site in traditional, almond and chocolate varieties, or opt for something even sweeter like a Paris-Brest Eclair, a choux pastry stuffed with a hazelnut crème and topped with sliced almonds. Don’t leave Caramel without picking up a box of macarons- they come in 10 flavors and they change seasonally!

Coffee Time Bake Shop

For breakfast on the go, stop at Coffee Time on your way into downtown Salem. Grab a hot coffee, chocolate, or freshly brewed tea to go along with assorted pastries (including their famous real cream Bismarks), muffins, bagels, and more. If your visit to Salem happens to fall during Lent, don’t miss Coffee Time‘s Paczki, a traditional Polish pastry made with their real whipped cream.

Jolie Tea Company

Jolie Tea Company recently moved to a new expanded space on Derby Street! With hundreds of varieties of loose leaf tea to choose from, Jolie’s is a tea lover’s dream. Order online to pick up tea and pastries to go for a quick breakfast downtown. Order at istheteainyou.com

Odd Meter Coffee Co.

Salem’s newest coffee shop, Odd Meter Coffee Co. has specialty coffees you can order alongside pastry bites from A&J King. In addition to freshly brewed coffees and teas, their seasonal latte specials and Spiced Iced are not to be missed.

Wolf Next Door Coffee

Wolf Next Door (owned by Diane and Lee Wolf of the Lobster Shanty) has an impressive coffee selection with cold brews, drip coffee and more, plus a full food menu offering breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and pastries and even soups if you’re stopping by for lunch.

For more breakfast ideas in Salem:

  • Brothers Taverna
  • Finz (weekend brunch)
  • Ledger (weekend brunch)
  • Ugly Mug

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