Over the past 10 years, the Bywater neighborhood has taken off. With quaint restaurants, unique artwork and laid back nightlife, the Bywater is a must-visit during any trip to New Orleans. The colorful neighborhood will catch your eye and give you a weekend full of interesting finds. Here is our list of what you should check out…
Grab locally made pastries and coffee to start your day at this neighborhood bakery. You can’t miss their red building and the food is as beautiful as it is delicious. They are also famous for chantilly cake, as well as their selection of King Cakes come Carnival season.
Located right on the Mississippi River, Crescent Park is an ideal green space for walking, biking, picnicking and watching the ships go by. It’s also one of the best vantage points for watching the sunset over the New Orleans skyline. You can travel through the Bywater on the newly pathed walkway.
This neighborhood taproom and craft micro-brewery is great for beer lovers and some fresh air. Their funky selection of unique beers captures the eclectic vibe of the neighborhood. Check their social media for food truck pop-ups and special events. The fun space is dog friendly as well.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, Elizabeth’s is a must. This funky spot has been slinging comfort food and breakfast classics with a twist since 1998. Their praline bacon is a star dish, but the menu has plenty to choose from.
In many places in New Orleans, especially Elizabeth’s, you will see Dr. Bob’s eclectic art adorn the walls. Famous for his “Be Nice or Leave” signs, Dr. Bob is a local artist who uses various objects to create artwork. His studio is the perfect stop for a New Orleans gift or to just admire some of the city’s famous sayings.
If you’re looking for a festive way to spend your day, the Country Club is ideal. On Saturdays, their drag brunch is a hot commodity-- so make sure to make reservations well in advance. Outside of the restaurant, you will find an inviting pool and cabana. Buy a day pass and take a dip!
Bacchanal is more than just a wine bar and is not your typical set up. Grab the wine of your choosing from their wine shop in the front, then head back to enjoy it in their shaded courtyard. Live music, cheese plates and more add to the experience.
Red's is not your average Chinese restaurant. You can spot this Bywater gem by their red facade. The menu features a New Orleans twist on traditional Chinese dishes, and is the ultimate comfort food. They serve vegan-friendly and gluten free options as well. ProTip: Order the cheeseburger fried rice!
Speaking of plant-based eateries, you can savor fresh, local ingredients at this vegan-friendly cafe. Sneaky Pickle is a casual, welcoming and delicious spot to indulge in healthy dishes.
Local artist, Brandan “Bmike” Odums, transformed a 35,000 sqaure foot warehouse into his one-of-a-kind art studio. Tour the exquisite space that depicts revolutionaries, Civil Rights legends, New Orleanians and more. You can’t miss his large mural across the building.
Award-winning chef, Nina Compton, opened her second restaurant in 2018. This casual eatery exudes charm. Enjoy great libations and interesting dishes inspired by local farms.
Music Box Village is no ordinary sculpture garden. Each structure is made from musical instruments and resemble tree houses. Spend your day exploring the space or check out their performance schedule. They often host concerts and special events.
Off the beaten path, you will find a hidden oasis. Behind a wooden fence, a secret garden and small bistro stand. Feel like you are transported to Paris with tartines, charcuterie, escargot and more.
Also with Parisian vibes, Saint Germain is a French wine bar and restaurant specializing in natural wines. Their reservation-only dining room serves dinner Thursday-Saturday with a menu changing daily. The chefs interact with diners and explain each course.
Find Brooklyn-style pizzas right in the heart of the Bywater. Locals flock to this laid-back pizzeria with great outdoor seating and a neighborhood vibe. Aside from their pies, they also have great pastas, salads and even vegan options.
Looking for even more reasons to visit the Bywater? See why Fodor’s named it a “must-visit” for 2019 here.