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GoNOLA Find: Food Halls in New Orleans

Elysian Oyster Bar is inside St. Roch Market (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

We all know that New Orleans is famous for its food. There’s red beans and rice, gumbo, po-boys, crawfish…we could go on for days. With so many options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes time to decide what your next meal will be. Lucky for you, New Orleans is also home to some fabulous food halls with options galore. They showcase the best of New Orleans food while also including cuisines from around the globe. Stop into one of these food halls for a culinary experience like no other.

St. Roch Market (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

St. Roch Market

2381 St. Claude Ave.

Located in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, just outside of the French Quarter is St. Roch Market. When it first came onto the scene in 2015, there was truly nothing like it. Since then, more food halls have popped up across the city, but St. Roch Market has remained a favorite of ours.

Enjoy food from 12 different vendors, including Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Haitian, Burmese and Malaysian, and Mexican cuisine. Southern comfort food and fresh seafood (including a raw oyster bar) are also served here, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Enjoy Happy Hour at the Mayhaw Bar Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. Plan to spend some time at St. Roch, then kick back, grab a drink at the bar, and go on a culinary tour of the world.

The Mayhaw Bar at Auction House Market (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Auction House Market

801 Magazine St.

Opened in 2018, Auction House Market is relatively new to the New Orleans food hall scene. Even if you’re not hungry, this place is worth a visit; cozy decor surround the white marble bar in the center of the hall, framed by lush greenery hanging overhead. The food options are unique and plentiful, too.

Indulge in poke bowls, Thai-style barbecue, empanadas, Indian street food, fresh seafood, and detox smoothies at Auction House. Macarons and coffee make this spot the perfect place for an afternoon break. Similar to St. Roch, the Mayhaw Bar serves up specialty cocktails as well as a Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Pythian Market (Photo Credit Randy P Schmidt)

Pythian Market

234 Loyola Ave.

Located across from City Hall and the New Orleans Public Library, Pythian Market is housed in the old Pythian Building, a former gathering place for African Americans during the early Civil Rights movement. The central downtown location of the food hall makes it a great spot to enjoy a meal before an event in the nearby Smoothing King Center or Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Enjoy Creole, Cajun, Latin-American, Middle Eastern, Italian, Vietnamese, and Carribbean cuisine at the Pythian. Bar 1908 serves cocktails, beer, wine, and frozen drinks, and the Pythain’s Happy Hour (from 4-7 p.m. daily) includes food as well as drink specials. Rotating pop-ups change daily but have included donuts, macarons, and king cake in the past. Visit the Pythian Market on weekends for Jazz Brunch Saturdays.

French Market District
The French Market (Photo: Paul Broussard)

French Market

1008 N Peters St.

The French Market is an open-air food market in the French Quarter. Dating back to 1791, the market originated as a Native American trading post along the Mississippi River. A place for commerce, over the years the iconic food hall has become home to some of New Orleans’ greatest festivals, including French Quarter Fest and the Creole Tomato Festival, among others.

The space includes a flea market with handmade crafts and works of art, a pedestrian plaza known as Duth Alley, and a variety of food stands. You’ll find mainly classic New Orleans cuisine such as po-boys, beignets, pralines, and fresh seafood. The French Market is the place to go for a taste of New Orleans.

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