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Take a moment before or after a great meal to discover the hidden gems in our North Shore neighborhoods.

Stella’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is Salem’s hottest dining destination and a not-to-miss dining spot on the North Shore. Why not work up an appetite before dining on their open-air patio this summer? Check out these treasures in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Address: 94 Lafayette Street, Salem 

Steps away: 

  • Challenge your taste buds at The Cheese Shop of Salem45 Lafayette Street. You say you’ve never found a blue or goat cheese you love? Or have never tried a Sardinian cheese? Now is the time. The Cheese Shop can you give you a small taste of their wonderful selection. And don’t worry about falling in love and carrying that wedge home. As we say on our Tours, cheese is meant to be savored and enjoyed at room temperature. They will wrap your cheese in their special cheese paper. It will carry back home perfectly.
  • The Salem Post Office at 2 Margin Street, .2 miles away, is an architecture gem. Built in 1932, it is one of Salem’s finest civic Colonial Revival buildings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designed by Wenham-based architect Philip Horton Smith, the lobby is open to the public weekdays till 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays till 5:00 p.m. With fine details inside and out, its nostalgic appeal brings 18th and 19th century American building styles to life. 
  • Feast your eyes on the gorgeous wall murals both next to Stella’s and in the surrounding neighborhood– the Open Air Museum in the Point neighborhood is an explosion of color and energy. Download their app for the walking map.
  • Take in a moment to pause and reflect at the 9/11 Memorial in front of the Salem Fire Station at 48 Lafayette Street, comprised of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center honoring those who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Organizers of local memorials say the steel fragments offer a rare chance for the public to see and learn about September 11. Firefighter Tom Brophy, who designed the memorial, says that viewers can actually touch this memorial, and in the process, touch history itself.