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Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
+1 978-740-8882
08:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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Methuen, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went in last night for the first time with a friend who had also never been. I had heard great things so I was excited to check it out. To drink I ordered the Cry of the Yeti which was delicious. We split the marinated brie appetizer which was delicious. And for the entree we both got the mac... More 

Thank MKelley567
Bangor, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is really cool, the food was so good (vegan options available), drinks were good, and the waiter and atmosphere were wonderful. I would definitely come here again.

Thank kellsipeth
East Granby, Connecticut
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403 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Few crowds but steady traffic at 1pm Sunday. In the center of touristy salem. Small menu but not scant. We both had salads. Very fresh fields greens [friend had arugula). Fresh apples, goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette (very tasty, not tart). Full bodied coffee. Loud music, good thing we were away from the speakers. Definitely worth returning to.

Thank lakwatsera2014
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Daughter recommended this for crepes, she was right, they were out of this world! I had Czech Traditional, with plum and cinnamon, whipped cream, just right! Husband loved his strawberry, blueberry with sweet sauce. Would definitely go here again!

Thank Shirley W
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Went to Salem with my s/o for our anniversary and stopped in at the Gulu-Gulu café most mornings for coffee as well as the occasional evening pick me up. Great energy, great atmosphere, great menu, would love to go back.

Thank SimplySarabeth
St. Catharines, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place while visiting Salem in December. I was looking for a hot drink to go which they offered but we decided to take a seat. There are both tables and couches to pick from. I grabbed a trivia game to play while we waited for our drinks (which was very quick). My parents and I ordered... More 

York, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

What a fantastic place! We found this little gem through the good reviews on Tripadvisor. It's a chic lounge/bar/restaurant where people meet, work and even (on the table next to us) conduct a job interview! It has a rustic feel and a mix of wood tables and chairs and low tables with couches. Service was swift, polite and humorous -... More 

Thank AlanKit
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Loved the decor and kitschiness of the place. Also loved the crepes (which are hard to find where I live) so that was nice. Great place to bring a laptop and chill, or get some writing done.

Thank Stephanie R
Brockton, Massachusetts
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188 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in on a Sunday for lunch. No waiting ( it is seat yourself). The place was pretty busy so we ended up sitting at a long table that would probably fit 16 with a few other groups of people. The wait between when our order was taken and when we got it wasn't long at all. 10 minutes... More 

Thank CrystalN320
Griffin, Georgia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Loved Gulu-Gulu, we came back twice. The hot chocolate and coffee were amazing and nice to look at. The waffles were great too, we got them with bananas. The atmosphere was nice and calm too, at least early in the morning.

Thank Madi B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3401
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-740-8882

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?