When most people think of New Orleans, they don’t always think of the small, distinct neighborhoods that make up the 504. Just a short drive from downtown lies Lakeview, a quaint section of the city populated with local shops, restaurants, and picturesque nature. Bound between City Park and Metairie and just a few miles from the French Quarter, Lakeview is an area worth adding to your must-see list. Here’s how to spend a day in Lakeview.
Start with Nature
Lakeview’s proximity to City Park makes it the perfect place to start your journey. Known as one of the largest urban parks in the country, the possibilities for fun are endless here. Take a bike ride through one of the park’s many trails, or visit the horses at the Equestrian Farm. Try your hand at a game of tennis, or take a walk through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. City Park is also home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and will soon be home to the Louisiana Children’s Museum, set to open in 2019. If sailing is more your speed, head just outside the park to the Lakefront where the boats set sail daily. If you’re interested in taking to the water yourself, visit NOLA Flyboarding on the Lakefront where you can rent a party boat, jetski, or strap into a flyboard and catch air.
Visit the Local Shops
Local shops make up a large part of Harrison Avenue, which runs through the heart of Lakeview. For the cutest boutique fashion finds, check out Gia’s Boutique, Angelique Boutique, and Swoon. At Little Miss Muffin, you’ll find more than just clothes with their wide range of home decor, toys, and gift items. After visiting these stores, you’ll leave looking like a Southern belle.
Enjoy a Delicious Meal
Lakeview boasts a handful of small restaurants perfect for enjoying a local, delicious meal. If you’re in the mood for seafood, the restaurants on the Lakefront have you covered with fresh oysters, crabs, and other seafood dominating their menus. Stop by the Blue Crab or Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar at the end of Lakeshore Drive for a meal with a waterfront view. A little further into Lakeview, you’ll find Mexican eatery the Velvet Cactus and El Gato Negro where you can taste fresh seafood mixed with Mexican cuisine. Francesca and Reginelli’s are casual Italian restaurants serving pizza, sandwiches, and salads. For an upscale dining experience, check out Cava or Mondo, both spots that put a twist on classic New Orleans dishes.
Have a Sweet Treat
For a perfect way to end your day in Lakeview, treat yourself to something sweet. With an ever-changing and expansive flavor menu, Creole Creamery is the place to go for ice cream. Next door is The Sweet Life Bakery, where you can find baked goods and other sweet treats to take home. Down the street is NOLA Beans, a local coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch. In Lakeview, you’ll also find NOLA Snow Snoballs and District Donuts Sliders Brews, both spots that you can’t pass up while visiting this neighborhood.