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GoNOLA Find: Bayou Road

See our guide to exploring the businesses along this historic street.

Bayou Road (Photo: Lauren Saizan)

New Orleans is known for many things, including its unique streets. There’s Magazine Street, St. Charles Avenue, Canal Street – the list goes on and on. What many people don’t know is that there was one road that led to all of this, to the city of New Orleans itself.

Bayou Road was formed 300 years ago as a pathway to bridge the gap between Bayou St. John and the Mississippi River where trade took place. It laid the groundwork for where New Orleans would later be founded, and where many of the landmarks we associate the city with were birthed. Today, it is a road that connects several neighborhoods in the city, stretching from the Esplanade Ridge to the French Quarter. It all started with Bayou Road.

Bayou Road (Photo: Lauren Saizan)

As New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial year, new life has been found in even the oldest places. Visiting Bayou Road today, there is a warm, fresh energy in the air. Vibrant shops align the road as both locals and tourists stop in to say hello to shopkeepers. Pink paint coats the exterior, but nothing feels inauthentic here. The shops are a vibrant representation of the neighborhood that they are situated within. Locals rule this hidden gem of New Orleans.

We spent the afternoon visiting with shop owners along Bayou Road, immersing ourselves in the colorful sights and sounds of this historic and vibrant community. See Bayou Road for yourself – you never know what you’ll find until you go.

Cupcake Fairies and Ego’s Gentlemen’s Spa (Photo: Lauren Saizan)

Ego’s Gentlemen’s Spa

2509 Bayou Road
Who says men can’t enjoy a good facial? The newly-opened Ego’s Gentlemen’s Spa sets out to do just that: provide men with spa services in a comfortable atmosphere. Beyond the traditional haircuts the Spa offers, you’ll find massages, acupuncture, hair removal services, facials, and even a MANicure on the menu. Stop by and prepare to be pampered at this shop on Bayou Road. Although the name says otherwise, Ego’s shop owner, Akil, will gladly tell you that women are welcome too.

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