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GoNOLA Neighborhood Guide: Top Things to Do in the Marigny

I tried very hard to pare down a list of my favorite things to do in the wonderful New Orleans Marigny neighborhood into a “Top 10,” but I just couldn’t do it.  This neighborhood is on the smaller side, but it packs a significant punch in the way of bars, live music, and restaurants. In recent years, more and more people have been discovering all that the Marigny has to offer.  I guess it’s safe to say this gem is no longer one of New Orleans’ best kept secrets! Here are some of my favorite things to do in the Marigny.

Dining

The Marigny is known for its colorful houses (photo: Katie Barroso)

For breakfast, I recommend Cake Cafe – you can dine al fresco and watch people cruise down Chartres Street on their bikes.

For dinner or late-night tapas, I absolutely love Three Muses – they have great cocktails, live music, and I’ve never ordered a small plate there I didn’t like.

There are so many fabulous restaurants that offer great New Orleans food in the Marigny, it’s hard to pick just a few favorites. Other solid dining options are Adolfo’s, Feelings Cafe, Horn’s Eatery,  Wasabi Sushi and Bar, Schiro’s Cafe, Sukho Thai, Frenchmen Deli & Grocery (no dine-in seating), and the recently-opened Dat Dog.

Coffee/Tea

Who Dat Coffee Cafe is a cute little shop on the corner of Burgundy and Mandeville Streets where you can recharge and enjoy an iced coffee or tea.  The Orange Couch is another local favorite and offers mochi ice cream treats as well as the typical caffeinated lineup.  Other places to get your caffeine fix are Byrdie’s and Flora Gallery & Coffee Shop.

Nightlife

The unique, creative feel of the Marigny neighborhood makes for plenty of diverse and welcoming bars. Options run the gamut, and, again, it’s too hard to pick just one or two.

Small plates and cocktails at Three Muses (photo: Chris Odom, chrisodomphoto.com)

Mimi’s in the Marigny is a local favorite and Big Daddy’s Bar is the perfect place to get in some jukebox time! Lost Love Lounge is open late and has a Vietnamese restaurant in the back for tasty, late-night eats.

R Bar is a friendly place filled with regulars, and they do a crawfish boil on Friday nights that you don’t want to miss (when crawfish are in season). The John is a quirky spot with a toilet theme (i.e., re-purposed and re-painted toilets for chairs) and cheap drinks.

You’d be crazy not to get to Frenchmen Street while enjoying the Marigny, particularly because there you’ll find some of the best live music in the city; d.b.a., The Spotted Cat, Blue Nile, The Apple Barrel, and Maison are some of the hottest spots.

You can make a whole night out of exploring St. Claude Avenue with dancing at HiHo Lounge, catching a show at Siberia, or hanging out at AllWays Lounge. Keep the party going at Kajun’s Pub for late-night karoake.

Shopping

Awesome jewelry by Porter Lyons can be found at the Frenchmen Art Market – my pendant is on the left! (photo: Porter Lyons)

Louisiana Music Factory is a splendid record store to pop into and discover great, local talent.

Mardi Gras Zone is a one-stop shop for all things glitter and costume-related.

The New Orleans Healing Center is a community of local businesses and practitioners, including a food co-op and authentic, award-winning voodoo shop, Island of Salvation Botanica.

Downtown Tattoo & Gallery is the perfect place to find a quirky, different New Orleans souvenir or gift, and all of the tattoo artists and piercers there are skilled and experienced.

The Frenchmen Art Market is comprised of local artists. One of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received is an alligator spine pendant from the market, made by Frenchmen Art Market regular Porter Lyons.

The Marigny Opera House (photo: Alfonso “Pompo” Bresciani, pompo.com)

Entertainment

If you are a movie buff, you’ll want to take in a feature at Indywood on Elysian Fields, a theater specializing in local and independent films.  For you active types, you can sign up for a bike tour of New Orleans with the Confederacy of Cruisers and learn about local history and architecture while you get a feel for different neighborhoods. And if you are into the arts, consider planning an evening around what’s going on at the Marigny Opera House, the stunningly beautiful “church of the arts,” hosting events such as weekly meditations, fashion shows, and, of course, operas.

Also very much worth checking out is The New Movement comedy theatre for improv, sketch, and stand up comedy shows Thursday through Sunday nights.

Lastly, if you are looking for a great way to get some exercise in the Marigny, try the Swan River Yoga studio, or Dancing Grounds for dance classes ranging from hip-hop to contemporary.

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