A day in chilly Gentilly

It looks residential and low-key, but some of the best food and chill spots in the city are here.

by Mary Staes
October 29, 2018

For many, Gentilly has become almost an extension of Lakeview. It has a family-friendly atmosphere, with lots of places to eat and chill dotted among the residential areas.


Pontilly Coffee and Snowballs

To start your day off right, you’ll probably want a nic cup of coffee. Tucked away across from the Baptist Seminary, these hidden gems have indoor and outdoor seating and tables for up to 6 people if you want a quiet meeting space. The coffee shop doesn’t close until 9 p.m., so it’s a nice place to sit and study. All of the profits go to Bethel Community Baptist Church, which operates faith-based treatment programs. The prices are reasonable, with a 20-oz iced coffee at $2.75 and a large cup of Cafe’ Americano ringing in at $2.75. The snowball stand also offers snacks like chips, nachos and hot dogs.

Pontilly Coffee
Getting there
4000 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA
Mon-Sun 6am–9pm
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Daytime Activities

Joe Bartholomew Golf Course

After you’ve gotten your hot cup of joe, it’s time to explore. This quiet golf course sits across from Southern University of New Orleans’ campus, nestled in the back of Pontchartrain Park. The public course offers 18-holes and was opened in 1956 as the Pontchartrain Golf Course. It underwent renovations in 1979, and was renamed to honor the first African-American inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.

6514 Congress Dr
Getting there
6514 Congress Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA

Lakefront Marinas

Gentilly sits along Lake Pontchartrain, with Southern University of New Orleans and the University of New Orleans both bordering the lake. Everyone who grew up here has memories of being on the lake, whether it’s sitting by the stairs watching the waves come up, or running on the levees as a child. The lake always offers a beautiful view, and it’s a great place to sit alone and think or gather some friends to chill and have fun.

Pontchartrain Park

Home of the Pontchartrain Park Patriots, this park boasts lots of club athletics. If you and your kids are just visiting, there is a playground with equipment, baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a fenced field for play.

6500 Press Dr
Getting there
6500 Press Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA


Zimmer’s Seafood

So, sometimes there’s a line out of the door here, but that’s how you know the food is good. When crawfish is in season, getting at least four pounds is your best bet. It’s amazing. You can also get seafood plates here, like shrimp po-boy or soft shell crabs, shrimp salad as well as their fresh seafood. It’s perfect for grabbing some food before dinner or taking a pound of seafood out to the lake.

Zimmer's Seafood
Getting there
4915 St Anthony Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 10am–6pm
Fri 10am–7pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun Closed
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Happy Hour/Night Time

Daquiris & Company

It’s the end of the day, and maybe you don’t like lines that are always out to Chef Menteur at the daquiri shop near the seminary. This shop has lots of seating, and it’s where people in the neighborhood come to grab a drink after work. There’s even a food menu so you can get something in your stomach before that house special takes over.

Daiquiris & Company
Getting there
6301 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
Mon-Sun 11am–11pm
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Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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