Salem Food Tours
Salem Food Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We are open all year! Please purchase tickets and get information on our Tours on our website, Salem Food Tours . com . Thank you! Since 2012, Salem's award-winning guided food and cultural walking tours. A perfect way to explore Salem while enjoying tastings at some of Salem’s best food shops and restaurants. Enjoy talks with chefs and fellow food lovers. Learn about early colonial dinners, local history, Salem’s illustrious maritime spice trades and more. With today’s cultural and culinary renaissance, locals and visitors agree that Salem is truly a delicious place to explore! Great for corporate teams and mid-size groups. Bridal Tours available. Visit or website for more information on all our year-round offerings, including our sister Tour, the Salem Spirits Trolley. Gift Certificates available. Featured on Chronicle and Fox DayTrippers, as well as Vegetarian Times, Huffpost, the Boston Globe, Northshore Magazine and more!
Salem, Massachusetts

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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jim k
boston78 contributions
Jun 2022
Great touring experience for groups. Our groups (one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday) were greeted and welcomed by Karen and Mark at FINZ Restaurant on Pickering Wharf where the groups had lunch. Both Karen and Mark boarded our chartered bus. Karen directed our driver throughout the bus touring route, while Mark provided us with a wonderfully entertaining and informative tour of historic Salem. This was not a Food Tour. Instead, it was a customized sightseeing tour of Salem personally crafted by Karen for our groups' enjoyment. We were able to see most of Salem's significant landmark attractions and learn about the city's fascinating history. They were the best guides I have ever had the pleasure of working with during decades of travel and tourism operations.
Written June 20, 2022
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Thank you so much Jim! Much appreciate your positive feedback. It was a pleasure to work with you, so glad your groups enjoyed our step-on guide services!
Written July 5, 2022
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Mickey
2 contributions
Oct 2021
My Mom and I took a girls trip to Salem in early October and the afternoon stroll food tour was the HIGHLIGHT of our experience!

Karen was a fantastic host, from answering questions before booking to the tour, her fun and organized nature on the tour, and the variety of stops on the tour, all showed how much detail she put into planning.

The group size was perfect (for reference it was a weekday in Oct) and the amount of history on the tour was nice. She still touches on the witch history in salem but more importantly she expands into other areas such as the spice trade which is a breath of fresh air in a city where everything is centered around the trials.

Simply put: Book this tour, any time of year! If I come back to Salem, you bet I'll be booking with Salem Food Tours!
Written February 26, 2022
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Thank you so so much for your kind review, so glad you enjoyed the Tour! We hope you'll make it back to Salem, pleasure to have you. :)
Written March 4, 2022
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leafpeeper98
Salem, MA2,277 contributions
Dec 2022
Karen did a great job for us at a recent fund raising event. Her effervescent personality is the perfect pairing with sparkling wines and glowing candle light. Just the right blend of nailing the details before hand, then switching on the magic touch of charm and savvy to entertain and delight our guests. There are a lot of moving parts to these events and Karen handled everything with wit, grace and humor while keeping her eye on the bottom line so that our non-profit benefited from the event. I have heard that her food tours make a great holiday gift or family event.
Written December 4, 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind review! It was a pleasure to put together this special event. All the best in '23!
Written January 16, 2023
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Anura86
Los Angeles, CA86 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
I’ve done many food tours in cities domestically, and abroad, and this was one of the best. Their website was informational and easy to use, and they were very quick to respond by email, as well as accommodate my group’s requests for the type of tour, special requests, etc. The tours were very reasonably priced.

We did an afternoon walking tour that was approximately 2.5 hours long, and they had just opened up again with some COVID restrictions. Everyone wears a mask and maintains distance except when eating or drinking. My group of 3 were the only ones on the tour, so it felt very personalized, but I believe they are limiting groups to 10. The tour guide Karen was the owner, and she was incredibly friendly and even re-routed our tour briefly to see a site that was on my list. She provided a good amount of history without being overwhelming, and a stop at the Salem Witch Memorial park was included.

There were 4 food/drink stops, but the 2nd stop actually incorporated 4 different companies and types of culinary experiences in one, so it felt like we were exposed to more than 4 stops. All the business were professional, friendly, immaculate, and reputable in my opinion. They were smaller venues with an “off the beaten path” feel, and all had a genuine and great relationship with Karen. There were even some shop employees that walked out to the street to say hello to her as we were passing. The food was organized at all stops ahead of our arrival, and we were quickly seated and served.

What most impressed me about this tour is that Karen took pictures of us, the stops, and the food/drinks and then provided them in a Flickr account, which left us with some great memories. She also included the businesses and their website links in her email, as well as the food and drinks we tasted at each one to jog our memories if we were ordering. I actually just used it to purchase some cheese at the excellent shop she took us to.

The only thing I would’ve wanted is more time at the initial store we met at for the tour. It had great items, but I didn’t want to buy them at the start of the tour and carry them around for 2.5 hours, and they weren’t open when the tour ended, and we were only in Salem for the day. It would’ve been great to end at that store with time to browse before closing.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this company, as I’m sure they are as attentive, detailed, and passionate about all their tours. The photos and list of stops that Karen emailed afterward were definitely the special touch that made this tour stand out among the others I’ve done. Thank you to Karen and her team for a job well done!
Written August 8, 2020
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Thank you kindly for this wonderful and supportive review, especially during this difficult time with Covid, means the world! So glad you enjoyed! It was a pleasure to have you all! Be well! Hope you make it back to Salem in the future.
Written August 10, 2020
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kim chamberlain
3 contributions
Dec 2020
Karen did such a wonderful job with every aspect of the tour! I couldn’t even decide my favorite part because everything we did was great. She made us feel so welcomed in Salem, and took us to places we’ve never seen before. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in food/wine/history in Salem, and it is priced at a very reasonable rate for all the amazing stuff we did. It was also very nice to have all the places we went to in an email for that we could remember to go to them later. Thank you to Karen and the other tour guides for being awesome!
Written December 25, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review, so glad you enjoyed the Tour and Salem!
Written September 21, 2021
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Steph V
Nesconset, NY1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Friends
This was our fourth time visiting Salem and I can say this tour was a refreshing departure from all the Halloween-witch/ghost tours. We learned so much. My favorite part was the spice place - perfect for a foodie like me! Karen our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. We got some great recommendations on eateries, architecture and art we will definitely be checking out on our next visit! Travel tip: book early if you’re going during the peak season. And try to take the tour early in your stay so you have some time to check out all the places outside the tour stops they recommend.
Written November 9, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind review, it was a pleasure to have you! So glad you enjoyed the Tour!
Written September 21, 2021
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Dawn P.
2 contributions
Jun 2021
Karen was so lovely and considerate during my boyfriend and I's tour! It was dreadfully hot and humid for when we originally had our tour scheduled, so she offered to reschedule us later in the week for when it was cooler. She also adapted the tour for us on the fly when she learned we weren't 21 and therefore couldn't do the wine tasting.
She was so friendly and personable and was really a highlight of our trip! We learned of so many cool places to eat and brought home some good snacks. She recommended so many places for us to eat and sent an email with all of the places we visited with links, and even some pictures she took too! Can't recommend her tour enough!!
Written June 22, 2021
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:) Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you both! So glad you enjoyed the Tour and Salem!
Written September 21, 2021
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Ashley
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
This tour was hands down the best thing we did in Salem! Karen was engaging, knowledgeable, accommodating, and a fantastic host. It’s clear she loves her town and has a passion to share its food and history with others. Everything we had was outstanding. Special shout out to The Cheese Shop and their Aussie Magic cheese!
Written October 3, 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind review, so glad you enjoyed the Tour, and that delicious Aussie Magic. Happy eating!
Written January 21, 2022
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Jo G
8 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Karen is top notch! She was super helpful and even responded to an email that we inquired about places to eat. She was so helpful and conducted a phenomenal tour. She even kept our teenage nieces attention. Thanks Karen we had a blast!
Written June 16, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review, so glad you enjoyed the Tour! Pleasure to have you all!
Written September 21, 2021
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Emil
New York City, NY58 contributions
Oct 2022
I basically planned my trip to Salem around being able to do this tour. Karen, the tour guide, is an incredible wealth of information. She's not only well versed in the wonderful restaurants and purveyors of all-things-food in Salem but the vast and rich history of the city.

From its roots as a fishing village, its rise as a trading empire, and its modern-day renaissance, Salem has left an indelible mark on the American culinary world. Salem Food Tours is your delicious introduction to that legacy.
Written November 1, 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review! It was a pleasure to have you - so glad you enjoyed Salem and the Tour! Thank you again!
Written November 14, 2022
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