We recently explored Central City in this video, making a case why the neighborhood is so aptly named. At the center of New Orleans both in location and spirit, Central City is also a microcosm of the city as a whole. We paired up with one of our favorite Instagrammers, @risingcrescent, on a recent Tuesday. Here’s what she did:
Central City Itinerary
Good morning, and #HappyTuesday from Central City, New Orleans! I'm @risingcrescent, and I can't wait to show you around the heart of the city. @churchalley coffee is a staple here, and I couldn't wait to get a delicious breakfast panini with a horchata latte. Yes, a horchata latte. Simply amazing! Nestled beside the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, this quaint coffee shop offers a small menu of healthy eats and a well-rounded drink menu. Follow me along on my #HappyTuesdayTakeover as I show you more of the wonderful gems contributing to the growth of Central City.
Start at Church Alley
Two words: horchata latte. Church Alley also serves up typical coffee drinks, but our vote is definitely for this unique take on a morning favorite. You’ll also find a small menu studded with items like breakfast paninis.
Next stop is @eatdrinksofab — the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Here, you can learn all about the history of Southern foods and drinks by state. They even hold special exhibits, demonstrations and tastings. Also inside, the Museum of the American Cocktail contains artifacts dating back to the 1750s, and La Galerie d'Absinthe holds the largest collection of absinthe artifacts in the world! Of course, that was my favorite part. SoFAB also gives insight to New Orleans legends such as Dooky Chase's Leah Chase and Al Copeland of Popeyes. A must-see for any foodie! I'm @risingcrescent, and this is your #HappyTuesdayTakeover.
You’re already so fabulous. But that’s not what we mean. Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) teaches you about the history of Southern food state by state. Read more about it here.
For lunch, I had to stop by @dryadespublicmarket, which has become a vital part of the resurgence in Central City. On what was once Dryades Street, the market not only offers local produce and groceries, but there are also vendors serving freshly made meals and drinks (the roast beef and pimento cheese on sourdough is my favorite). If you're looking for a new happy hour spot, Bar 38 serves themed drinks as an homage to the building's past as the former McDonogh No. 38 schoolhouse. This spacious building's chandeliers sparkle against industrial architecture, providing a unique study spot or a place to mingle with friends. I'm @risingcrescent, and this is your #HappyTuesdayTakeover.
To market, to market
Dryades Public Market is next on your stop — a bright and airy building with sparkling chandeliers spotlighting industrial architecture. Browse local, affordable produce, and don’t forget to hit the deli counter, buffet, sandwich counter, dessert case, and the bar (yes, the bar).
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is a vibrant space providing activities, programs and creative projects highlighting the contributions of people of African, Caribbean and African-American descent. Most Tuesdays, they offer various workshops or seminars. Plus, there's always a beautiful art exhibit to view. Currently on display at ACAC is "End of the Rainbow, Paradise Imagined", which is a response to the Orlando tragedy. The Diaspora Boutique also offers a variety of gorgeous, handmade goods and clothing. Ashé offers the chance to see and participate in Central City's vibrant culture. I'm @risingcrescent, and this is your #HappyTuesdayTakeover.
Check out Ashé Cultural Arts Center
With a mix of programming and exhibits, Ashe Cultural Arts Center ties it all together with an overarching theme to highlight the contributions of people of African, Caribbean, and African American descent. Don’t miss the mural outside (pictured above) and the Diaspora Boutique inside, offering handmade goods and clothing.
The perfect way to finish my evening is with a few drinks at @eatprimitivo. As its name suggests, Primitivo focuses on dishes prepared over an open hearth, harkening back to more “primitive” methods of cooking. If a grilled prime ribeye (marrow bone and all) isn’t your thing, there’s a fabulous bar with a wide selection of house cocktails. Some are even on tap! I’m so happy I was able to feature some of Central City’s best spots, and I hope this has inspired you to explore this cultural hub of New Orleans! This has been your #HappyTuesdayTakeover, and feel free to follow me @risingcrescent as I explore the Crescent City!
Cap it off with a cocktail
Finish the day like @risingcrescent: a cocktail is definitely in order. Primitivo prepares all its dishes over an open hearth, channeling a more “primitive” method of cooking, but their drink menu is thoroughly modern — some of their cocktails are even on tap.