Over the past few years, the burgeoning South Market District (bound by S. Rampart and Baronne streets between Lafayette and Julia) has turned what was once a parking-lot wasteland into a vibrant neighborhood of luxury condo/apartment complexes, with more in the works.
South Market residencies include the 15-story Standard, the Beacon, the Paramount and the 24-story Odeon, which is due to open in 2020. Roam around, check out the innovative Mekong-meets-Mississippi mural at Maypop and catch the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s nightly lightshows.
American, Italian, Vietnamese; you’ll discover a world of dining options here. Mexican meets Indian cuisine at celebrated chef Akhtar Nawab’s new Otra Vez. Vegans get their fill at The Daily Beet, while Company Burger caters to carnivores. Need a biscuit? Grab one at Willa Jean Bakery.
Chic, summery women’s clothing is the get at both Lukka and Stonefree. Foodies will find what they’re after at Rouses supermarket, a local chain loaded with edible souvenirs, and Simplee Gourmet, a sleek kitchen boutique that also conducts cooking classes.
The free South Market Live music series takes place the first Saturday of each month, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Becaon (1000 Girod Street), coinciding with the monthly art stroll along gallery-packed Julia Street. The Civic Theatre, dating to vaudeville days, hosts top national touring acts.