Salem Shopping and Districts

(Salem, Oregon - OR, USA)

As well as being the location of the Oregon State Capitol Building and a host of other historical attractions, downtown Salem is also where you will find a good choice of shopping opportunities and eateries.

The historic Reed Opera House and McCornack Block Addition offers a small but interesting array of shops and eateries in the downtown district, and is also home to the Salem Repertory Theater. Many local stores and specialty shops line the streets around the opera house, standing along roads such as Commercial Street Northeast, Court Street Northeast, Liberty Street Northeast and State Street.

Just a couple of blocks away from the Reed Opera House and situated along Center Street is the Salem Center. This enclosed shopping mall opened at the very end of the 1970s and boasts in the region of 80 stores and eateries, with its principal anchor stores including JC Penney, Kohl's, Nordstrom and Macy's - connected by sky bridges.

Where to Shop

Salem's other main shopping center is the slightly older Lancaster Mall, which first opened its doors to crowds of shoppers in 1971 and has remained busy ever since. Just over 70 stores, eateries and attractions are to be found onsite and include familiar chains such as Best Buy, Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, Macy's, Pier 1 Imports, Sears and Sports Authority.

Many of those shopping at the Lancaster Mall, on the eastern outskirts of Salem, will find that they work up an appetite and choose to make the most of the onsite restaurants and cafes, such as the Applebee's Grill, Bob's Pizza, the Flaming Wok, McGrath's Fish House, Starbucks and Subway. Alternatively, you may simply be coming here to catch one of the movies being screened at the mall's resident Regal Cinemas complex.

Sited just across from the Oregon State Capital State Park, the Salem Saturday Market occupies the corner of Marion Street Northeast and Summer Street Northeast. Open each Saturday from 09:00 until 15:00 (April to October), this market offers a more intimate shopping experience, with the chance to really interact with the locals and purchase some of the freshest produce available.

Also of note in the capital, during the summer months, is the Monday Market at Salem Hospital, the Wednesday Farmers' Market on Chemeketa Street and the Thursday Evening Farmers' Market at the Broadway Commons Plaza.