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NOLA City Guide: South Market District

What to see, do, taste and experience around South Market

Over the past few years, the burgeoning South Market District (bound by S. Rampart and Baronne streets between Lafayette and Julia) has turned what was once a parking-lot wasteland into a vibrant neighborhood of luxury condo/apartment complexes, with more in the works.


South Market residencies include the 15-story Standard, the Beacon, the Paramount and the 24-story Odeon, which is due to open in 2020. Roam around, check out the innovative Mekong-meets-Mississippi mural at Maypop and catch the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s nightly lightshows.

Maypop New Orleans
Maypop serves a popular dim sum brunch on weekends. (©Maypop)


American, Italian, Vietnamese; you’ll discover a world of dining options here. Mexican meets Indian cuisine at celebrated chef Akhtar Nawab’s Otra Vez. Vegans get their fill at The Daily Beet, while Company Burger caters to carnivores. Need a biscuit? Grab one at Willa Jean Bakery.

Willa Jean Bakery New Orleans
A sampling of the biscuit offerings at Willa Jean. (©Rush Jagoe)


Chic, summery women’s clothing is the get at both Lukka and Stonefree. Foodies will find what they’re after at Rouses supermarket, a local chain loaded with edible souvenirs, and Simplee Gourmet, a sleek kitchen boutique that also conducts cooking classes.

Simplee Gourmet New Orleans
Local products share retail space with national brands at Simplee Gourmet. (©Romney Caruso)


The free South Market Live music series takes place the first Saturday of each month, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Becaon (1000 Girod Street), coinciding with the monthly art stroll along gallery-packed Julia Street. The Civic Theatre, dating to vaudeville days, hosts top national touring acts. 

Civic Theater New Orleans
Dating to 1906, the Civic ranks as the city’s oldest performance space. (©Civic Theatre)