From City Park to Tulane: A guide to Mid-City’s Carrollton Avenue

If you find yourself in this stretch, you'll also find more than enough to fill your day. 

by Mary Staes
May 1, 2019

Carrollton is a big ole street. I don’t know what I was thinking telling myself I could traverse it all in one day. So, this guide covers the avenue from City Park to about Tulane Avenue. And if you find yourself in this stretch, you’ll also find more than enough to fill your day.

Morning

The Bean Gallery

I’ll keep it 100, I tried to go to Cafe Du Monde in City Park first. Surprise! They don’t open until 9 a.m. By that time I’m already dying of caffeine starvation, so I went to The Bean Gallery, which is just a short drive or a walk from the park. The baristas were really sweet to a first-timer. And there’s free WiFi and a community library for bonus points. There’s also plenty of patio seating if that’s your thing.

The Bean Gallery
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Getting there
637 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 6:30am–12am
Fri-Sat 6:30am–10pm
Sun 6:30am–12am
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Home Malone

In 2016, New Orleans native and local artist Kristin Malone opened this storefront full of locally made home items and decor made by other local artists. I really love that it’s a home store within an actual home, occupying one side of a duplex, and there is lots to shop for. Downstairs has a kids section, and upstairs are even more items like candles and T-shirts.

Home Malone
Getting there
629 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 10am–4pm
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Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop

So this might be my new secret hideaway. It’s located in the same house as Home Malone, and it’s locally owned. The shop is named after the owner Candice Huber’s grandparents, who grew up in the Mid-City neighborhood. There’s a room upstairs to read to the little ones and a game/study room. Free WiFi is also a plus, so if you need somewhere quiet to read or want to gather up friends to try some board games, here’s your new hideout. Thank me later.

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop
Getting there
432 N Anthony St Suite 305C, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed-Fri 10am–4pm
Sat-Sun 10am–6pm
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Lunch

Namese

I’m all about Vietnamese spots. Usually, I have to pick between pho and banh mi. Not here, the lunch special features both! The bubble tea here is also really good.

Brocato’s

Since 1905, the Brocato family has been making some of the best Italian and Sicilian dessert in town. Their store feels like stepping back in time, with slow-turning ceiling fans, glass apothecary jars of candy and glass-topped tables.

Angelo Brocato
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Getting there
214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Sat 10am–10pm
Sun 10am–9pm
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Evening

Revel Bar and Cafe

Across the street is Revel, a gorgeous bar run by fourth-generation bartender Chris McMillian and his wife, Laura. You can always catch at least one of them there. McMillian is named by Imbibe Magazine as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities and is always welcoming about cocktail history and suggestions. Because I have the alcoholic sophistication of a 22-year-old, I ordered my usual rum punch, but Laura suggested a Pimm’s Cup instead. It was light and refreshing with the fruitiness I needed to hide my potential bad decisions later in the night. Their kitchen is open at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Revel Cafe & Bar
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Getting there
133 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 5–10pm
Fri-Sat 5–11pm
Sun Closed
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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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