Freret Street has had an unbelievable and exciting revival, with countless restaurants, swanky cocktails and new shops to explore all between Jefferson Avenue and Napoleon Avenue. Just a few blocks north of Saint Charles Avenue, Freret Street is a great spot to head for a good meal or leisurely stroll in the Uptown area. Here are 10 things you can’t miss on Freret Street.

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Image courtesy of Val’s

New Orleans has a number of stellar taco gardens, and Val’s is no exception. This converted garage has ample outdoor space, perfect for sipping palomas. 

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Photographer Rebecca Todd

The infamous hot dog shop offers unique hot dogs piled high with the toppings of your choice in a fun outdoor setting. Every Wednesday night, the hot spot offers a trivia competition as well.

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Photographer Zack Smith

This southern eatery is known for their fried catfish and pies. The also have a great cocktail menu to wash it down.

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Photographer Rebecca Todd

This bagel shop serves a variety of homemade bagels and proudly sells out daily. Head their early to ensure you get one!

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Paul Broussard

While not technically on Freret, this super popular breakfast and lunch spot is just steps from the main drag. Here you’ll find the menu divided into two sections–good cat and bad cat. Find vegan-friendly options or indulge your bad cat cravings with a hot chicken sandwich. 

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Photographer Zack Smith

The swanky vibes and all star bartenders make Cure the best setting to grab drinks with friends or the perfect date sport. Pro tip: order the daily punch!

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Photographer Paul Broussard

Voted best burger in New Orleans, Company Burger will leave your mouth watering. Even better – you can finish it off with a milkshake.

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Photographer Rebecca Todd

Local musicians perform regularly as well as local art exhibitions, film screenings, food trucks, and recording sessions. Pro tip: The mural on the side of their building makes for a great Instagram backdrop.

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Photographer Rebecca Todd

With a pizza oven imported straight from Italy, you can’t go wrong with any of the menu options. This is a great spot for post-market shopping wine and pizza, or after a cocktail at Cure.

 

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Photographer: Gabby Tillero

*Editor's note: Due to Covid-19, the 2021 Freret Street Festival is canceled. You can still support many of the amazing vendors by visiting Freret businesses–and be sure to check out the 2022 fest!

Each Spring, the festival takes place throughout six blocks of Freret between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street. Live music, food, drinks, artwork and children's activities fill the street. It is FREE to attend and open to the public.