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Harrison Avenue is Happening in New Orleans Lakeview

Harrison Avenue in Lakeview (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

The Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans is relatively new, as most of the area was built after World War II – however, don’t let the youth fool you: it has plenty to offer. Close in proximity to both Mid-City and City Park, it’s the perfect place to plan a day trip and even incorporate some kid-friendly activities (or not…your choice).

Here are seven Lakeview attractions that you will definitely want to consider visiting on your next trip to New Orleans, separated into categories I find essential for any vacation.

Harrison Avenue in Lakeview (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Eat!

1. Nola Beans
Nola Beans is a very cute café offering breakfast and lunch.  The wraps and the salad selection are both amazing.  Try an iced coffee and an Argonne wrap (roasted turkey, havarti, sprouts, avocado & tomatoes on your choice of wrap).

Location:  762 Harrison Ave.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 7 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 8 AM – 3 PM.

2. Lakeview Harbor
There are only two things you need to remember when you order here:  cheeseburger + sweet potato fries.  If you’re especially hungry, go for a steak.

Location:  911 Harrison Ave.
Hours:  Sunday-Thursday 11 AM-11 PM; Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 1 AM

3. El Gato Negro
If you’re searching for authentic Mexican cuisine, El Gato Negro has just what you’re looking for. Their extensive mouth-watering menu and refreshing margaritas will make every visit, a pleasurable one.

Location: 300 Harrision Ave.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-2PM, 5PM-10PM; Sunday 11AM-2PM, 5PM-9PM

4. Velvet Cactus
This restaurant has a great selection of Mexican inspired dishes. Dining on their outdoor patio leads you to believe you’re on vacation, even though you’re in the heart of the city.

Location: 6300 Argonne Blvd (faces Harrison Ave)
Hours: Monday & Tuesday 4:30PM-9:00PM; Wednesday & Thursday 4:30PM-10:00PM; Friday & Saturday 11:00AM-10:30PM; Sunday 11:00AM-9:00PM

Little Miss Muffin (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Shop!

5. Little Miss Muffin
A nifty boutique offering complimentary gift wrap (thereby making it perfect for souvenir shopping) and complimentary engraving for purchases over $25.  There is a good selection of local artists’ work (I love the Two Sprouts apparel for babies) and everything from home decor to jewelry to shoes.

Location:  766 Harrison Ave.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM

*You can find more Little Miss Muffin info on GoNOLA here.

6. Fini, A Beauty Boutique
This boutique meets the needs of today’s business woman; They offer makeup applications and airbrush tans, along with trendy clothing and accessories.

Location: 6250 General Diaz
Hours: Monday-Friday 11AM-6PM; Saturday 11AM-5PM

Breathe.

7. Lakeshore Park
This is probably the most important part of my vacations: the time I schedule to relax and just soak in the atmosphere and culture of the place I am visiting.  The area surrounding Lake Pontchartrain is actually a series of parks, collectively known as Lakeshore Park.  Bring a blanket and a picnic basket  (or for a quick mid-afternoon snack, stop by Lakeview Brew Coffee Café and pick up a piece of peanut butter pie!)  Lakeshore Park is a great place to people-watch and enjoy the calming effects of being near the water.

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