The Riverbend neighborhood sits way Uptown, under shaded oaks. With its own distinct vibe and noticeably slower pace, the Riverbend is an exceptional place for families to have a little fun together. That’s why WGNO television news anchor Anne Cutler (@annecutler) loves to take her little one to Riverbend for a day of exploring. From a classic breakfast to animal sightseeing at the zoo, Cutler’s day in the Riverbend is one to emulate.
Start at Camellia Grill
Don’t let the marble counters fool you — Camellia Grill isn’t stuffy or fancy. In fact, it’s an ideal spot to fuel up before a day of exploring. As Cutler notes, the servers “have a knack for satisfying bellies big and small” with their sunny attitude, crisp bow ties, and impressive knowledge of the menu. Our pick? The crispy waffles.
Hit The Fly
Affectionately known as “The Fly,” this stretch of the levee in Riverbend is a perfect place to watch clouds float in the sky above and riverboats float on the Mississippi below. Local love to bring picnics to the spot and watch the day unfold. It’s also a great location for watching the sunset.
Go wild at the Audubon Zoo
Cutler says Audubon Zoo is one of her favorite places to “inspire young minds with creatures that fly, swim, and run.” The zoo also boasts a lazy river, ropes course, petting zoo, and carousel for even more amusement.
Get a sweet treat
When the season’s right, you can cool off with an icy bite of Plum Street Snoballs. Visiting out of snowball season? Don’t worry — Riverbend is home to Breads on Oak, a quaint bakery where you can pick up homemade pastries and muffins to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Scope out the city’s original streetcars
The iconic green street cars that roll along St. Charles and Carrollton avenues date back to 1835. Whether you catch a ride or simply wave from the street, you’ll instantly feel a sense of that famous New Orleans charm.