Tucked behind St. Charles Avenue, bustling Freret Street often goes overlooked by visitors. Hop off that streetcar and explore a bit! Here, we’ve mapped out a few points of interest along the stretch of Freret between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues.
Freret Street is great for people-watching and general gawking. Make sure to note the cool mural art along the way, then stop to peep the new outdoor dining patio at Company Burger and say “yes” to a juicy burger and tots with a milkshake...or something stronger. Scope out the kitten cuteness in the window at Zeus’ Place, stroll through Sailor’s Cross Tattoo & Gallery, then walk a block more to check out one of the city’s oldest hardware stores.
No matter what you’re looking for—French café (Bar Frances), Neapolitan pizza and salum (Ancora) or a fat fried chicken sandwich (Good Bird)—Freret has a full table of dining options. Something sweet? Piccola Gelateria scoops silky gelato in a range of flavors, from basic to bananas.
Grab a to-go coffee from Mojo, then flex those shopping dollars on a wander through Babe New Orleans, a chic clothes and accessories store; Crescent City Comics, a cool comic shop; and Axiom Fine Art Gallery, for some local art. This stretch of Freret is a mecca for it all.
Set off on a beer light at Freret Beer Room before catching a show at Gasa Gasa, which rocks with an ever-changing calendar of artists. The annual Freret Street Festival takes place each April, and features dozens of bands, along with food and craft vendors.