In recent years, the St. Claude Corridor has transformed into a bustling hotspot of New Orleans art. It’s a stomping ground for young creators, bold ventures, and new ideas – and they’re all worth experiencing on your New Orleans adventure.
You can feel the creative energy all along St. Claude Avenue, the main thoroughfare from which the St. Claude Corridor gets its name. From the Marigny to the St. Claude and Bywater neighborhoods, everything mixes and meshes on the avenue: the city’s history, the recent influx of artists & new residents, and a vibrant emerging art scene.
Ready to discover the exciting hotspots of the St. Claude Corridor? Here’s all the essentials for exploring the neighborhood.
Music in the St. Claude Corridor
At the corner of Marigny Street and St. Claude, the Hi-Ho Lounge is a longtime hub of New Orleans nightlife. On any given night of the week, you can catch local music live onstage – or a one-of-a-kind show of NOLA’s diverse art scene.
In addition to great music, the space hosts everything from comedy, improv, and burlesque performances. Their open-door policy to eclectic artists makes every show at Hi-Ho an incredible time.
Pro Tip: Hi Ho’s courtyard area is home to Fry & Pie, a delicious late-night dining spot that offers several French fry dishes and mouthwatering desserts.
Cafe Istanbul resides inside the serene walls of the New Orleans Healing Center, but the venue is always pulsing with energy. Fun, funky, and fine-tuned for live music, it’s a New Orleans hub of diverse and avant-garde performances.
With a calendar that spans the full spectrum of entertainment, Café Istanbul has earned its place as a beloved NOLA hotspot. Open-mic poetry nights, theatre shows, as well as acrobatic and belly dance performances often grace the stage.
Food in the St. Claude Corridor
St. Roch Market
If you only have one meal in the St. Claude Corridor, make sure it’s at the St. Roch Market.
First built in 1875 as an open-air public market, this food hall-style eatery is an innovative favorite.
The space is designed as a hub of up and coming food and drink vendors, serving as an upscale food court that offers dozens of options from longtime NOLA restaurants and exciting new ventures alike. And their patio seating is the perfect place to dine or drink with a group.
A square, glowing red sign with no name is all that marks the location for Red’s Chinese. But you can ask any local in the area and they’ll all agree – this out-of-the-way eatery is worth a visit.
Creative Chinese fare with a Southern twist is what this Bywater spot does best. And their dive-bar atmosphere fits the diner’s down to earth vibe. An open kitchen, outdoor patio, and daily food and drink specials make Red’s charmingly cozy.
Art in the St. Claude Corridor
The Art Garage
Part venue, part installation, and 100% New Orleans, The Art Garage is eye-catching to say the least.
This immersive art market is a creative multi-space that hosts a wide range of events like music shows, theater performances, body painting, fire dancing, magic shows, and more.
It’s housed in an old auto body warehouse, right in the heart of the Saint Claude Corridor, and definitely deserves a spot on your to-do list.
Dozens of Galleries
There are so many galleries full of cutting-edge artwork along St. Claude – Good Children Gallery hosts a wide range of mixed media artists and trans-disciplinary exhibits.
And right down the avenue, The New Orleans Art Center devotes its vast space to local art exhibitions, theatre productions, and performance art shows. And for a gorgeous, artist-run gallery full of NOLA talent, be sure to check out The Front.
Explore the St. Claude Corridor When You Stay at Bienville House
Our boutique hotel in the heart of the French Quarter is the perfect spot for exploring all of New Orleans’ treasured neighborhoods. Bienville House is just a few blocks away from the city’s newest Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line, which takes you right to the creative hub of the St. Claude Corridor.
Fill your NOLA adventure excitement, fun, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Book your stay at Bienville House today.