NOLA City Guide: Frenchmen Street

What to see, do, taste and experience along Frenchmen

Once known as “the locals’ Bourbon,” Frenchmen Street, located in the French Quarter-adjacent Marigny neighborhood, has become a must-visit destination for music lovers. Here we highlight its first few blocks, between Esplanade and Royal.

SEE

Quiet during the day, Frenchmen makes big noise at night. Stroll the after-dark Art Garden, a plein-air gallery that goes until midnight, then check out the artful tattoo designs at Electric Ladyland. You’ll likely stumble upon a great brass band or street poet along the way.

Art Garden New Orleans

PLAY

Frenchmen is packed with amazing music clubs. Move your groove between the Apple BarrelBlue NileCafé Negrild.b.a., MaisonSnug Harborthe Spotted Cat and Three Muses. More a beer than music fan? Tap into Brieux Carré.

Spotted Cat music club New Orleans

EAT 

Dig into gourmet wieners at Dat Dog or modern Mexican at NOLA Cantina. Café Rose Nicaud caters to the morning crowd, while the Royal Frenchmen Bar serves light bites starting at noon. 

Nola Cantina New Orleans

SHOP

Rummage the racks at the Louisiana Music Factory, while listening to live, local bands perform on Saturday afternoons. Bookish types gravitate to Frenchmen Art & Books; hipsters hang at the kitschy-cool Downtown Gallery.

Louisiana Music Factory

 

 

 

Douglas Brantley
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Doug serves as the New Orleans editor for Where. He has lived ...