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Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Czech
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247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
978-740-8882
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 120
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best crepes!

I Love , LOVE, LOVEEE this joint! I like the food, i like the ambiance, I like how laid back are the employees yet their customer service is top notch! Will deff go back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Zazi N Mike B
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Tampa, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Dining on a budget
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252 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I Love , LOVE, LOVEEE this joint! I like the food, i like the ambiance, I like how laid back are the employees yet their customer service is top notch! Will deff go back!

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

The service was so-so. It's a busy place so don't expect 1:1 attention. Beer list was great both draught and bottled, you can get a flight. Very casual atmosphere and live music at night.

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Hazlet, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

we loved this place. for my friends and i, this was our daily go to place. yes, service was a bit slow but if you're not in a hurry it's worth the visit. we loved the laid back atmosphere and to just hang, have a bite and chat. can't complain about the food. everything we ate was very tasty. going... More 

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Boston
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Great funky neighborhood place in downtown Salem. Have been here several times for breakfasts. Great service, never had a bad meal. The crepes are unbelievable as are all the breakfast sandwiches.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

So i hafta go up to salem and do an AM appointment and circling the center looking for that unlikely parking spot..ooh! .. find one..!..and being early and thinking of a coffee, i look up and i am directly in front of Gulu-Gulu Cafe..so, why not?.. going in find RELAXED comfy funky, good tunes, and warm welcome..nice!...Got breakfast?.. a giant... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There are quite a few places to grab coffee in Salem, but we've tried Gulu-Gulu a number of times because it comes pretty highly recommended. I always feel cramped when visiting (it's extremely popular, and being crowded should't be a negative, it means other people like it!) but I think it's a bit TOO trendy and lacks warmth. Also our... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This cafe only serves breakfast, sandwiches and pancakes/crepes so don't expect a full blown restaurant menu. The menu is fairly innovative and they offer a variety of delicious flavoured coffees. It also has a bar and live music every night so its a pleasant place to while a few hours away

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Boston, Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Didn't feel like making dinner, so we headed to this local spot. What a disappointment. Both food and service were lousy. Two hours in the restaurant for two sandwiches, a cup of tea and hot chocolate. Very infrequent visits to the table by our waitress. We were there on a Thursday night, the place was reasonably full, and they had... More 

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Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Good place. The food is great. Funky hipster setting. I felt young and cool just sitting at Gulu even though I don't have tattoos or piercings. The cordon bleu crepe was big enough for two. The house salad dressing was good. I also got a dish of pickled kielbasa, onions and hot peppers served cold. Sounds crazy, but I've never... More 

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Holliston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

When we arrived a few in our party were disappointed in the limited menu. But once they read through the menu and chose something they were very happy. The Munich Panini was extremely good. So was the artichoke dip. Make sure you use the bathroom because there is amazing urban art in the hallways.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 978-740-8882

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Czech

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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