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Bayou Road
Bayou Road
Bayou Road

Bayou Road

Get to know New Orleans’ oldest street

Historically known as the first road laid in the City of New Orleans, Bayou Road remains a stomping ground for innovation and culture. On your next trip to New Orleans, explore this historic stretch of land that’s a hub for Black-owned businesses.

Justen Williams, NOTMC
Bayou Road

History of Bayou Road 

Bayou Road was formed over 300 years ago as a pathway to bridge the gap between Bayou St. John and the Mississippi River where trade took place. It laid the groundwork for where New Orleans would later be founded, and where many of the landmarks we associate the city with were birthed. Today, it’s a hub for Black-owned businesses spanning the neighborhoods of Esplanade Ridge and Tremé

Where to Eat and Drink on Bayou Road 

Explore the Black-owned businesses that line Bayou Road. McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’ is the go-to place for fried chicken at the Broad-Avenue-end of the block. Addis NOLA brings Ethiopian cuisine to the spotlight with authentic dishes. Enjoy Caribbean cuisine at CoCo Hut and cupcakes and pastries at CupCake Fairies.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

In addition to the litany of Black-owned businesses lining Bayou Road, check out the other local spots to eat and drink. For breakfast tacos and cheap eats, visit Pagoda Café. Leo’s Bread is the local bakery in the area. Coffee lovers can spend all day at The Flagpole or Old Road Coffee.

Lauren Saizan, NOTMC

Museums and Shops on Bayou Road 

Community Book Center is a community space and bookstore with a collection of books by Black authors. Round the corner to le museé de f.p.c., a museum dedicated to telling the stories of free people of color throughout New Orleans history.

Nightlife on Bayou Road 

Whiskey & Sticks is the spot for spirits and cigars on Bayou Road. Enjoy both indoor and outdoor lounge seating at this hidden gem. Also on Bayou Road, Club Caribbean will get you on the dance floor. Live musicians and DJs take over this night club in reggae style. Both spots for nightlife are Black-owned businesses.