On the edge of the legendary French Quarter and into the Marigny, two streets meet: Decatur and Frenchmen. Both streets are filled with music lovers, foodies and adventurers seeking a good time at any hour of the day. Below are our top spots in this bustling area.
Located at the former U.S. Mint, the New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the history of jazz through exhibitions, concerts and interactive experiences. This is the perfect afternoon getaway for all music lovers, located just steps from Frenchmen Street. Live performances regularly pack the schedule at the Jazz Museum, so make sure to check the calendar before heading out.
Get your caffeine fix with a frozen Irish coffee from Molly’s at the Market. The drink is legendary at this dive bar, which opens at 10 a.m. daily.
With antiques like European furniture and local art, a little bit of everything can be found at Second Line NOLA. Browse through the outdoor market for antique finds and unique artwork before exploring the rest of the neighborhood.
Just two blocks from Frenchmen Street, The Italian Barrel offers some of the best authentic Italian food in the city. From pastas to overflowing cheese boards and charcuterie featuring rare Italian finds, the white-table-clothed restaurant sets the mood for a date night or a quaint lunch with friends.
Cane & Table is a must for craft cocktails. The all-star bartenders can whip up a variety of unique cocktails with a tropical theme. Start your day there with a boozy brunch or start your night at their happy hour.
Ask any local where to see live music, and they’ll point you to Frenchmen Street. Jazz, blues, reggae and everything in between can be heard among the dozens of clubs along the popular thoroughfare. 30/90 and The Maison are two of the venues to check out with your family. Both serve food, so children are welcome until 10 p.m.! Next door, The Spotted Cat and d.b.a. have some of the best performers and are open nearly every night of the week.
This popular cash-only, no-reservation restaurant serves up Italian and Creole dishes in the heart of Frenchmen Street. Many will tell you it is worth the wait for dinner at this casual eatery, located just above the energetic nightlife. Pro tip: you can grab a drink and hear some live music at Apple Barrel (located directly downstairs) while you wait for your table.
The popular hotdog fast-casual restaurant has a location on Frenchmen Street to cure cravings all night long. Top your dog with everything from crawfish étouffée and sour cream, to blue cheese and jalapenos. This location is their biggest, so grab your friends and people watch from the balcony.