Things to do in New Orleans: Bywater & Marigny Edition
Welcome to life outside of the French Quarter and we hope your experience will now be bro-free. Now that you have taken a step in the right direction, here are some places to explore.
1. It’s New Orleans, you gotta start with the food.
One of the best things about the Bywater is how budget-friendly the food is. The quality of food at St Roche Market doesn’t compare to some of the amazing restaurants in the area but it gets an A for variety and affordability. Heading in further east? One of the cities most renowned places to get a po-boy is at Gene’s Po-boys but my personal favorite is referred to most as the “Orange store”. The actual name is the North Rampart Food Store which to my delight and detriment was just around the corner from the hostel I worked at. I highly recommend calling ahead. This place gets packed and closing times can vary. Bonus: There is a Banksy across the street that I grew to cherish.
Hank’s Supermarket is another local secret, it’s also a convenience store. You can get 2 pieces of fried fish for $2.00 and 2 pieces of chicken for $3.00. Don’t skip the sauce. You haven’t lived until you’ve had convenience store chicken in New Orleans.
For those who want a more refined experience check out Bacchanal Wine & Spirits. Enjoy local jazz music while you pair wine and cheese.
2. Relax at Crescent City Park.
There’s not much grass but there are a lot of swinging benches. Crescent City Park has some of the best views of the Mississippi. You can also see the abandoned ships from the old Naval Base nearby. Check that out after.
3. Catch a show
The music box village is a unique venue that looks more like a playhouse than a theatre.
Siberia Lounge, Saturn Bar, and Hi-Ho Lounge are three laidback bars that are just a hop away from each other. There’s no need to dress up at these bars but hot outfits are always appreciated.
Siberia Lounge – Free comedy on Mondays.
Saturn Bar – Dance your heart out at Saturn Bar which has weekly 80s and 90s nights.
Hi-Ho Lounge– I was highly impressed by the quality of burlesque I saw at a $10.00 amateur night. They host regular comedy nights and meet-ups for musicians.
4. Go shopping on St. Claude Ave
5. Work It
For those of you that want to burn off those extra calories from all the amazing food you’ve consumed, rumor has it that there is a free gym.