What is New Orleans’ Irish Channel?
Bound by Jackson Avenue and Delachaise, Magazine, and Tchoupitoulas streets, New Orleans’ Irish Channel is a quaint neighborhood named in honor of the wave of Irish immigrants who first settled there in the 1830s. Then, it was known for its shotgun homes, working-class community, and the ports and breweries where many residents worked.
Today, the Irish Channel remains a mainly residential neighborhood with a thriving brewery scene and a number of local hangouts and restaurants.
What to do in New Orleans’ Irish Channel?
With restaurants, shopping, unique homes and lots of breweries, the Irish Channel is full of New Orleans charm. Browse the stops below for ideas and inspiration during your next trip.
Molly’s Rise and Shine
Start your day with a hearty breakfast from Molly’s Rise and Shine. Their unique menu puts a modern twist on classic breakfast fare. Try something savory and filling like the Grand Slam McMuffin or breakfast burrito, or opt for a lighter option like the roasted carrot yogurt. Whichever you choose, Molly’s is a great way to begin your day.
Ditching breakfast but down for brunch? Look no further than Atchafalaya. You can find sweet and savory New Orleanian brunch classics like shrimp & grits or chicken & waffles. Paired with their signature Bloody Mary and other specialty cocktails, you’ve got yourself the makings for a perfect mid-morning meal.
Antiques on Jackson
Whether you’re window shopping or planning to purchase, Antiques on Jackson is a fun stop to make. They specialize in extravagant and unique antiques and furnishings. Their collection is robust and awe-worthy. Stop by while strolling along Jackson Avenue.
Turkey and the Wolf
Named one of the 12 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater in 2017 and beloved by locals, Turkey and the Wolf is a must-try Irish Channel stop. Using fresh and local ingredients, Turkey and the Wolf creates wacky signature sandwiches and small plates perfect for a midday pick-me-up.
Get all your souvenir shopping done in one spot! Zѐle is a permanent indoor art market, filled with unique goods all made by local artists and entrepreneurs. From paintings, t-shirts, jewelry, candles, dish towels, and much more, you’re sure to find something special to commemorate your trip to New Orleans.
Whether you’re shopping or simply admiring, there’s no place like one of New Orleans’ many local art galleries. Two of the city’s beloved (and most colorful) local artists have galleries in the Irish channel: Terrance Osbourne and Becky Fos. See their unique views of the city and maybe take a piece home with you!
This local favorite combines boutique, second-hand, and costume shopping all in one place. Find a festive new wig, score a vintage band tee for your collection, or bring home a one-of-a-kind accessory to spice up your everyday wardrobe or your costume closet.
Banh Mi Boys
Banh Mi Boys is known city-wide for its inventive and delicious takes on bánh mì – a Vietnamese sub-style sandwich. Get a taste of NOLA’s Vietnamese culture and cuisine before continuing your tour of the Irish Channel.
Can’t get enough breakfast food? Slim Goodies Diner does all-day breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and has been one of New Orleans’ top breakfast spots for almost a decade. Be sure to try something with Slim’s homemade crawfish étouffée like the Les Bon Temps Omelet or the Crabby Wife.
IRISH CHANNEL HANGOUTS, BREWERIES, AND BARS
Your trip through the Irish Channel isn’t complete without a stop at Parasol’s, a legendary dive with a roast beef po-boy that is adored by many far and wide. The cheap drinks and beer draw in customers year-round, and they also make a great frozen Irish Coffee, which you can grab to go for a stroll around the neighborhood.
Frosés, margaritas, Moscow Mules and more - Tchoup Yard is a trendy Irish Channel bar filled with color and fun. With mostly outdoor seating it's the perfect place to go for a drink on a warm day. Outdoor games and bar snacks are available, and on those colder nights, cozy up next to one of the fire pits or portable heaters or enjoy the warmth of the interior bar with a helping of cheese fries.
Miel Brewery + Taproom
Miel is an independent microbrewery that prides itself on serving quality beer that is environmentally-friendly. Stop by this pet-friendly establishment with your favorite pup and enjoy a brew on their sleek outdoor patio.
With 48 beers on tap and a selection of more than 100 bottles, The Bulldog is a beer-lover's dream. Stop by for a pint and a burger, or enjoy a sunny afternoon on their dog-friendly patio that looks out over Magazine Street.
Levee Baking Co.
Tucked away on the corner of Magazine and Ninth streets, Levee Baking Co.’s pastries are to die for. Croissants, cinnamon rolls and vegan cookies are our top picks from their menu. Jams and other local goods are sold along with coffee and tea.
Beignet bites, anyone? Choose from traditional beignets, seasonal beignets, fancy beignets, bubbles & beignets, and a whole host of savory options like flatbread pizzas and chicken wings. The Vintage is flanked with outdoor seating, adding to the truly Parisian experience. Order a cocktail from their vintage-inspired menu and watch the colorful traffic down Magazine Street.
NOLA Brewery & Taproom
NOLA Brewery is a Tchoupitoulas Street staple. Using their extensive beer, ale, and lager selection, guests can create custom tasting flights. Grab a slice from NOLA Pizza Co., their in-house pizzeria specializing in New York-style pies, and head to their outdoor patio and deck seating with views of the Mississippi to enjoy your brew.