Joe Higgins/Fished Impressions

Joe Higgins/Fished Impressions

This harbor side shopping-village is the perfect place for visitors and residents to check 
out everything Salem has to offer. Some of the best local shops, waterfront dining on 
Salem Harbor, and first-class lodging all adorn Pickering Wharf, and further cements 
Salem as a top North of Boston destination. 

Their boutique stores and souvenir shops go beyond the tacky tourist traps some seaside 
communities offer as destination shopping. At Picking Wharf, you’ll find the best 
antiques, arts, crafts, gifts, botanicals, and even something for that pet that couldn’t make 
the trip with you. 

Most shops are open seven days of the week, however, it is important to check with 
individual stores and restaurants as exact operating hours vary greatly. 

Pickering Oil Company sold the land that is now Pickering Wharf at half its value in 
exchange for permission to move its tanks farther down Derby Street towards the New 
England Power Plant. Salem Five Cents Saving Bank and three partners bought the 
property, spending $15 million in creating the mixed-use development design that 
included condominiums, restaurants, retail stores and a marina. Pickering Wharf 
officially opened in 1979 with Victoria Station as one of the original restaurants that 
continues to bring diners to Salem’s waterfront today.