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
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.
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.
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).
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.