Gulu Gulu Cafe is a bohemian outpost offering hard-to-come-by beer, coffee, and light food,  Mare Feldmannova and her husband, Steve Feldmann named their quirky place for the cafe in Prague where they met.

Recalling the inspiration drawn from that Prague Cafe, Feldmann notes, “When we first started out, I don’t think people knew what to make of us.  We have music, but we aren’t a club, we have food, but we aren’t really a restaurant, and when people used to say ‘cafe,’ they would think Starbucks.  We definitely aren’t Starbucks.”  .. Gulu Gulu is more comparable to Hemingway’s Closerie des Lilas.

– North Shore Magazine


Steve and Marie opened their first Gulu Gulu Cafe in Lynn in 2005.  The Salem location was a better fit, and the Gulu Gulu you know today opened in 2007.

This popular coffeehouse teems with a motley mix of crunchy artists and trendy young professionals.  salem’s endearing boho vibe is captured through the focus on visual and performance art, walls are regular refreshed with work from local photographers, painters, and illustrators, whilen local bands and singer-songwriters play nightly.  And there’s pure art in the food, which focuses on a wholesome, veggie=friendly assortment of soups, sandwiches and – most delightful of all – an expansive “build your won crepe” menu of sweet and savory fillings.

– Zagat

Oftentimes, you will see the owners and the dedicated and quirky staff sitting back with a cup of locally brewed coffee or a fantastic pint of beer you simply can’t find anywhere else.  Feel free to say hello!

The mixture of the right amount of distraction, a dash of free wifi, a pinch of good vibes, and a sprinkle of freedom between coffee, wine, tea, or classy beer provides me the perfect balance between yuppy, real world Starbucks and old feel of the laid back college library.

– Young Stragglers Magazine