Lagniappe: Food, Music, and Fun Activities

Neighborhoods in New Orleans

The following is a compilation of student recommendations for (amazing) food and fun activities in New Orleans. Credit goes entirely to the the Class of 2019 medical students!


Cochon Butcher (Neighborhood: Art / Warehouse District)
Best reasonably priced butcher/sandwich shop around, without the wait expected at the main store around the corner. 

Peche  (Neighborhood: Art / Warehouse District)
It is impossible to order something from their menu that is not incredible. Consistently high quality grub, albeit pricey.

Bacchanal (Neighborhood: Bywater)
Excellent Wine/Cheese bar in the Bywater. You buy a bottle of wine and select your whole cheeses which they open and plate for you while you enjoy on their outdoor seeting area that usually has live musice in the evening. Super chill, and likely to see Tulane med students there on their free time.

The Joint (Neighborhood: Bywater)
Super delectable pulled pork and ribs. The smell from the smoker alone is worth it. Affordable, too!

Seed (Neighborhood: Central City)
Vegan restaurant with vegan versions of some new orleans comfort food-also a great space. I recommend trying the gumbo and the deep fried tofu! 

Luke (Neighborhood: Central Business District)
If you like oysters, Luke has a great 75 cent/oyster and 1/2 off drinks happy hour. Walking distance from school!

Royal House (Neighborhood: French Quarter)
Best crawfish etouffee I’ve ever had. They also have great oysters. I’ve never had to wait long for a table and the service is excellent.

Verti Marte (Neighborhood: French Quarter)
Looks like a tiny convenience store, but there is a deli in the back that has huge scrumptious sandwiches like ‘The Royal Feast.’ Phone in an order for pickup if you want to avoid lines or the wait.

Green Goddess (Neighborhood: French Quarter)
Small ‘hip hole-in-the-wall’ restaurant that offers a small menu vegetarian and classic options of creole foods and full bar.

High Volt (Neighborhood: Garden District)
Coffee shop with great vibe and sandwiches/salads/baked goods! (including vegan BLT and egg avocado breakfast sandwiches) 

Ignatius (Neighborhood: Garden District/Magazine)
Really good spot for etouffee, red beans, jambalaya, etc. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Rum House (Neighborhood: Garden District/Magazine)
Love this place..some of the best tacos in the city. Always busy but service is fast. Good margaritas too. $2 taco Tuesdays!!

Brisbi’s (Neighborhood: Lakeview)
Great and cheap (oxymoron anyone?) oyster happy hour right on the lakefront. Especially fantastic at sunset.

Port of Call (Neighborhood: Marigny)
Awesome hamburgers and baked potatoes, very strong blended drinks, and a truly bizarre Tiki Bar atmosphere.

Mimi’s in the Marigny (Neighborhood: Marigny)
Really good tapas – order the “Trust Me.”

Cake Cafe (Neighborhood: Marigny)
Get an entree, add a cupcake for just $1. Also delicious King Cake. Afterwards, take a short walk to Crescent Park and enjoy the sights along the riverfront.  

Delachaise (Neighborhod: Touro)
Wine. Delicious food. Nice outdoor patio on St. Charles.

Parkway Bakery (Neighborhood: Treme/Mid-City)
This is one of the historic poboy places. It can be way packed during meal hours, but it is highly worth the wait. Tuesdays they have an oyster poboy that’s to die for and I’m a big fan of the surf and turf poboy (roast beef and fried shrimp). They’re known for their roast beef.

Willie Mae’s (Neighborhood: Treme/Mid-City or Uptown/River Bend)
“Food network called this the #1 fried chicken place in the nation. I’m in agreement. Known for their liquid batter, you will come out of this with one of the tastiest pieces of fried chicken you’ve ever tried. Don’t miss out on all of their incredible sides, either. The Uptown one also has a cute little market in the back and it’s a lot easier to sit down at the Uptown one. The Treme/mid-city one has a bar in the back where you can order faster than waiting for one of their 6 tables.

Shaya (Neighborhood: Uptown)
The best Meditteranean/Israeli food in the city. Arguably the best restaurant in the city. Has won numerous awards. Try to get a reservation, but if you don’t make one in advance it’s worth sitting at the bar. The pita is out of the world.

Boucherie (Neighborhood: Uptown)
My #1 restaurant in the city. Amazing reasonably priced food and drinks. Usually requires a reservation but they always hold 2 tables outside and the bar for walk ins. Get there at 5:20 and you should have no problem.

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Bacchanal (Neighborhood: Bywater)
Live music, amazing cheese, wine, and small plates!!

Maple Leaf Bar (Neighborhood: Carrolton)
This is an incredibly historic bar (that’s moved a few times, hence the name) that has a regular schedule and a few variations from time to time. Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band plays here every Tuesday, Thursdays can be George Porter Jr. and Johnny Vidacovich. Also a hefty cover (usually $10).

Frenchmen Street (Neighborhood: French Quarter)
This is about 10 different bars that cater to a lot of different tastes and preferences. Cafe Negril can be spacey jazz or reggae, while the Spotted Cat can be traditional jazz or funk. Maison is popular for both its food and drink selection as well as the eclectic nature of its bands and the consistency of the music. You can walk from club to club since they all basically touch each other. Worth at least a night.

Preservation Hall (Neighborhood: French Quarter)
Live classic jazz. Small audience and historic ambience. Shows are Wed and Fri nights at 8, 9 and 10pm. $20.

Tipitina’s (Neighborhood: Garden District)
Although they don’t have shows every night, Tipitina’s is a great place to see local live music. Despite being on the more expensive side of a night of local music (somewhere between $10 and $20), they have the best bands and this is a historical venue for the city.

Banks St. Bar (Neighborhood: Mid-City)
Are you looking for a dive bar with good music and a burger popup inside? This is sort of the local hang in Mid City, but it’s a blast to see music here if you like the real deal kind of thing.


WWII Museum (Neighborhood: Central Business District)
Its the National WWII museum. Nice way to spend a few hours of your time if you’re into history and all that jazz.

Pharmacy Museum (Neighborhood: French Quarter)
19th century Pharmary from NOLA. Interesting history of NOLA and medicine from that time period. Tickets $5. Be sure to go when there is the tour.

Later Branch Public Library (Neighborhood: Garden District)
Sure, it’s a public library but it’s also a former mansion. Free place to sit back and chill, either in the house or out on the grounds. It’s being renovated so it may not be open to the public at this time. 

New Orleans Boulder Lounge (Neighborhood: Garden District)
Climbing, yoga, and fitness. Opened in August 2015- the first and only climbing gym in the city in over 10 years! Beautiful space, great climbing community- check it out!

City Park (Neighborhood: Mid-City)
Beautiful outdoor space with walking/running/biking/ nature/paved trails and fields. If you’re (un)lucky, you might see a coyote or a gator 😛

Kayaking Bayou St. John (Neighborhood: Mid-City / Bayou St. John)
If you’re in town for the weekend/more than a day and are looking for “outdoorsy” things to do, Bayou Paddlesports offers kayak rentals most of the year. It’s a peaceful way to spend an afternoon and somewhat experience nature.

The Fly (Audubon Park; Neighborhood: Uptown)
Behind the Audubon Zoo on the Mississippi River. Great sunsets with a background of tugboats on the river.

Pure Barre (Neighborhood: Uptown)
If you’re in to barre workouts, Pilates, yoga, or want to try out a new workout while you’re in town Pure Barre is great! Call the studio to reserve a spot in class. The studio is warm and welcoming, and there’s also a boutique with more “athleisure-wear” attire than you could ever dream of.

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