Last week, we spotlighted one of our favorite boutiques in New Orleans, Hattie Sparks - which is located in the city's new South Market District. Modern and chic, the South Market District is quickly becoming the center of a new energy and activity transforming and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic Downtown.
The South Market District encompasses a five-block area at the intersection of the Warehouse/Arts District, CBD, Medical District, and Superdome/Entertainment District. Long lamented as the “parking lot district”, developers successfully turned this area into a walkable neighborhood featuring dozens of urban amenities, including shops, restaurants, salons, grocery stores, and luxury apartments.
We’ve compiled a guide to New Orleans’ newest neighborhood filled with our favorite places to eat, drink, and shop.
Where to Eat
(611 O’Keefe Ave., BlazePizza.com): Fast-fired, custom-built, artisanal pizzas by this in-and-out lunch time favorite. Blaze also offers artisanal salads and a delightful dessert menu.
(Entergy Centre, 1100 Poydras St., AllegroBistro.com): Anchored on the ground floor of the Energy Centre, this long-standing Creole restaurant offers dishes in an upscale Art Deco atmosphere.
(930 Poydras St., JohnnySanchezRestaurant.com): The best Mexican food in town, this chic restaurant operates under the flag of celebrity chef John Besh and business partner Aarón Sánchez.
(916 Lafayette St., CellarDoorNOLA.com): Housed in a former brothel and one of the most unique historic buildings in all of New Orleans, this avant-garde restaurant and bar serves small plates and fine spirits.
(640 Carondelet St., BaliseNOLA.com): Justin Devillier, James Beard nominated chef and owner of La Petite Grocrery, opened Balise as a downtown offshoot of the Uptown staple.
(909 Poydras St., EatCityGreens.com): This salad bar, where wraps, juices and soups are also on the menu, serves seasonal and locally grown greens.
(611 O’Keefe Ave., TheCompanyBurger.com): Local favorite, Company Burger serves award winning burgers, along with fries and shakes.
Willa Jean Bakery
(611 O’Keefe Ave., WillaJean.com): This contemporary bakery serves Southern food (think shrimp and grits), baked goods, specialty coffee and cocktails and is the perfect spot for Sunday Brunch.
Where to Shop
(611 O’Keefe Ave.): One-of-a-kind clothing inspired by the 1960s and ’70s takes center stage at this shop for women
(939 Girod St., Arhaus.com): The sophisticated furniture store with a national presence features handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs for the home environment.
(939 Girod St., HattieSparks.com): A lifestyle boutique with a local collection of home décor, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, books, art and gifts.
(611 O'Keefe St., Barre3.com): Lift, tuck, and tone - Barre3 is an extensive workout that combines ballet barre, pilates and yoga.
(510 O'Keefe St., CivicNOLA.com): New Orleans' oldest historic theatre, originally opened in 1906, the Civic hosts concerts, plays, films, corporate events and private parties
Buff Beauty Bar
(720 Carondelet St., BuffBeautyBar.com): At this one stop salon, stop in for a quick manicure, blowout, or wax.