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GoNOLA Guide to Pokemon Go

Because you gotta catch ’em all.

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A Pokemon Go mask at Mardi Gras World. (Photo via Mardi Gras World)

The Pokemon revival is sweeping the nation and the world — and New Orleans is no exception. Sure, you can meet up for the NOLA PokeCrawl on Aug. 27 (not to mention Pokemon bar crawls in neighborhods like the Marigny and French Quarter) … but isn’t it more fun to find them on your own? Keep reading for where to find Pokemon hotbeds all over the city, plus gyms, spots, and even places for Pokemon Go clothes with a NOLA twist.

Pokemon in New Orleans

Space and sites

Playing Pokemon Go at Mardi Gras World. (Photo via Mardi Gras World)
A Pidgey Pokemon waits to swoop down on any crumbs at District Donuts. (Photo via @mellectric on Instagram)
A Krabby Pokemon in Couturie Forest within City Park. (Photo via @nolalishak on Instagram)

Recreational, public spaces like parks and museums are a must-go for a fruitful Pokemon harvest. Try the New Orleans Museum of Art, Audubon Park, Bayou St. John, and City Park – according to one player, “City Park by far has the most Pokemon.”

Remember, the type of Pokemon can vary based on where you’re searching. If you’re after a water Pokemon, head to the Lakefront or along the Mississippi River, or even the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Parks are the place to go for grass Pokemon.

Loyola University and Mardi Gras World are two other areas where Pokemon are plentiful. They’ve also been spotted at District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew in the Lower Garden District waiting for crumbs.

Pokestops

Almost any building is fair game for a Pokestop, including churches, landmarks, and more. Wait, what’s a Pokestop? Think of it as an alternative reality shop to get the items you need to catch even more Pokemon!

One of our favorite Pokestops is the tap fountain at The Bulldog on Magazine Street: people often put out lures at this location to attract Pokemon (Pulp & Grind Coffee on Camp Street also puts out lures). Another fun Pokestop is Audubon Zoo: just remember to look at the real animals while you’re visiting. Or, try Anne Rice‘s house in the Garden District. As evidenced by The Bulldog, bars are popular spots for Pokestops — you can drink and work out at the same time. Here are a few others to try:

  • Pal’s Lounge, 949 N. Rendon St.
  • Monkey Hill Bar, 6100 Magazine St.
  • Kajun’s Pub, 2256 St. Claude Ave.
  • Le Bon Temps Roule, 4801 Magazine St.
  • Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave.
  • Mid-City Yacht Club, 440 S. St. Patrick St.
  • Blind Pelican, 1628 St. Charles Ave.
A Tauros Pokemon at Pulp & Grind. (Photo via Pulp & Grind on Instagram)

Gyms

Did ya catch a lot of Pokemon? Show them off at a gym, and earn coins while you’re at it if you “own” the gym. Comprising the New Orleans gyms are several of the cities best foodie gems: Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Stein’s Deli, Irish House, and Atchafalaya, to name a few. Other notable gyms include Half Moon Bar, Rock ‘n’ Bowl, and the small park in front of Degas House in Mid-City

Pika Pika

Pikachu is still one of the game’s most beloved characters. If you’re hoping to catch one in New Orleans, try Superior Grill on St. Charles Avenue or hiding within the sprawling, picturesque acreage of City Park.

A Jigglypuff-approved dress at Trashy Diva. (Photo via Trashy Diva on Instagram)

Lagniappe: Pokemon FLair

We’ve spotted a few places with Pokemon-themed clothing, food, and drinks. Jean Therapy has a great Pokemon t-shirt, and Trashy Diva is happy to help match their custom dresses to your favorite Pokemon (in evidence: Jigglypuff). Get yourself a Pokemon Snowball in City Park, and keep an eye out for bar crawls around the city with specialty cocktails at select stops created in honor of the Pokemon Go craze. Now, “Go” forth and conquer!

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