Stretching all the way from the Marigny/ Bywater into the Lower Ninth Ward and Arabi, St. Claude Avenue is lined with restaurants and bars, plus eclectic shops and a nightlife all its own. Dive into this fun and funky street on your next trip to New Orleans.
Rooted in the city's Post-Katrina influx of artists and new residents, the revitalization of St. Claude Avenue turned an old street into an innovative hub for food, music, and creativity. An offshoot of North Rampart just upriver from Esplanade on the border of the French Quarter, St. Claude crosses the Industrial Canal, traversing the Holy Cross neighborhood into the town of Arabi in St. Bernard Parish. But in the less than three miles St. Claude Avenue reaches from Esplanade to the Industrial Canal, you’ll find an approachable neighborhood chock full of action.
Some of the best restaurants in the city are located on St. Claude Avenue. St. Roch Market is New Orleans’ long standing food hall with rotating vendors. Morrow’s is a Black-owned restaurant serving Creole/Korean fusion cuisine. Galaxie and Rosalita’s are both great spots for tacos. Stuph'D Beignets & Burgers goes beyond the traditional beignet in their offerings. St. Claude Avenue is also home to Jamaican Jerk House, True Cajun Seafood, and several hole in the wall spots.
For the fun, funky, and eclectic shoppers out there, St. Claude Avenue fits the bill. Be it tattoo shops, a motorcycle shop, a plant shop, or art, this street’s got it all.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum seeks to tell the history of the Lower Ninth Ward through the voices of those who live there. Exhibits and oral histories elevate this museum to one of the best in New Orleans. Next door, check out Material Life, which specializes in African clothing.
The New Orleans Healing Center is a community space that promotes creativity in a variety of ways. It’s the frequent home to photography exhibits and the permanent home of several businesses including The Peach Cobbler Factory and Café Istanbul.
Dive bars and variety shows take over St. Claude come nighttime. Kajun’s is one of the best spots in the city for karaoke. Hi-Ho Lounge and Siberia are great spots for live music. The AllWays Lounge& Cabaret is the go-to spot for burlesque and drag shows, plus plays and variety acts. Check out Sea Cave for arcade games, Saturn Bar for dancing, and the New Orleans Boulder Lounge which is open late on select nights. The Art Garage is an outdoor, nighttime market showcasing art, jewelry, and crafts by local artists.