Between the museums, Witch Trial attractions, and boutiques, there's so much to do and see in Salem. Guests of our two boutique Salem hotels frequently report back that they find the best bakeries in Salem while out for the day. Here are three recommendations for where you can find a sweet treat, a caffeinated pick-me-up, or a late night snack at the best bakeries in Salem.
A&J King Artisan Bakers | 48 Central St, Salem | (978) 744-4881
This downtown Salem bakery takes its breads and pastry seriously. The owners studied at New England Culinary Institute and trained at Standard Baking Co. in Portland, Maine. They make a variety of breads that changes daily, from sourdough to garlic loaf. A wide selection of pastry, from fruit tarts to sticky buns is also available. Grains, eggs, and fruit are sourced locally and seasonally, making the selection at every visit unique.
Caramel Patisserie | 281 Essex St, Salem | (978) 594-0244
Perhaps this French bakery will catch your eye while you're out exploring Salem, with its floor to ceiling windows. The cases full of pastry and baked goods will be calling to you, from croissants to macarons. Run by a French brother and sister team, this patisserie is the real deal. You'll struggle to narrow down the selection of pastry, all of them beautifully decorated and mouthwateringly tempting. A selection of baguettes, croissants, and savory breads round out the offerings at this Salem bakery.
Goodnight Fatty | 18 Higginson Square, Salem | (978) 822-2277
Born of a late-night cookie craving, Goodnight Fatty serves its cookies or "fatties" on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11pm. The shop started as a pop-up, and the feeling continues with its off-the-beaten path location. Head down the alley between Rockafellas and Ledger to find this cookie bakery. Snickers, Oreos, S'mores, peanut butter, brownies—they all make their way into Goodnight Fatty's cookies. And of course, there's milk to go along with these warm treats!