Laid-back laissez faire: a day in the Marigny

We know, usually you go to the Marigny at night, but there's still plenty to do during the day here.

by Mary Staes
May 24, 2019

The Marigny is usually thought of as a hub for nightlife, but truth be told, this part of town is a cultural gem throughout the day as well. We’ll admit it’s a little quieter when the sun is up, but there’s still plenty to do. The Marigny is easy to walk and the laid-back vibe makes it simple to strike up conversations with people in the neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood that wakes up a little later, so don’t feel rushed to set your alarm for 7 a.m. if you’re spending the day here.

Morning


Cafe Rose Nicaud
This cafe’s size is just right, not too big, not too small. Once you walk in, the staff is happy to answer any questions you have about the food. There are old favorites, like grits, eggs, and toast, and newer menu items like avocado toast, quiche, and even the option to add MCT oil (a purified form of saturated fatty acids) to your coffee for an extra energy boost.

Cafe Rose Nicaud
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Getting there
632 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Louisiana Music Factory

This independent music store has been around since 1992 and specializes in local music. This store packs traditional jazz, blues, zydeco and Cajun music on its shelves, many of which are on independent labels and hard to find out of state. You can find vinyl, tons of CD’s and even score books here.

Louisiana Music Factory
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Getting there
421 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon-Tue 11am–6pm
Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 11am–6pm
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Afternoon

Mona’s Cafe

For more than 20 years, Mona’s has been serving authentic Lebanese food to locals. I ordered sweet tea (because I’m a Southern lady), and from the moment I went to sip it, I knew it was different. It’s made with rosewater, which gives it a perfumed aroma. The tea is sweet, but not Southern iced tea sweet. It’s flavored with pine nuts, and it’s a totally different experience. For my food, I ordered the chicken shawarma, which has amazing flavor. I won’t ever touch store-bought hummus, but the hummus here is homemade and tastes divine. The restaurant also features a corner store where you can buy Middle Eastern food and snacks while you’re waiting for your order. If you’re looking for a break from heavier, typical New Orleans food, Mona’s is a great choice.

Mona's Cafe Frenchmen
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Getting there
504 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Frenchman Art & Books

Recently remodeled and with a new owner this spot has been operating as a bookstore since 1978. There are lots of local authors, art and the store also highlights LGBTQ authors and subjects.

Frenchmen Art and Books
Getting there
600 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon-Wed 12–8pm
Thu 12–10pm
Fri-Sun 12–11:30pm
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Brieux Carre

In April 2017, Robert Bostick took his obsession with home brewing and created Brieux Carre. The brewery comes out with at least two different beers a week, so your experience here will never be the same.
Bostick grows hops for the beer on the property, but the plants are fenced off and away from the beer garden, which was also built by Bostick himself. Pups are welcome to the brewery, and everyone who works at the brewery has a hand in making beer there. Click here to read more about Brieux Carre and its owner.

Brieux Carré Brewing Co.
Getting there
2115 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 12–9pm
Fri-Sat 12–10pm
Sun 12–9pm
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Second Vine Wine

Off the beaten path of Frenchman Street and closer to Rampart Street, Second Wine Wine is a shop and lounge opened in 2014. It’s one of the few local shops that sells Big Freedia’s Ca Di’ Freedia sparkling rose, and it also sells liquor and craft beer. There’s even a picnic table outside if you want to pop open your bottle on site, but you’ll want to visit this shop closer to the evening, as it opens at 4 p.m.

Second Vine Wine
Getting there
4212 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Hours
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed 11am–9pm
Thu-Sat 11am–10pm
Sun 11am–9pm
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Not ready for the fun to end? Click here to check out our article on spending one night only in the Marigny.

Somewhere in the Marigny we should write about? Email us at [email protected] and let us know!

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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