In less than 10 years, Freret Street has shifted from a seedy-seeming row of faltering businesses into one of the city's trendier commercial corridors. There are hip cocktail bars (including Cure, the eminence grise of the city's cocktail scene), coffee joints, globally-inspired restaurants and more. Music venue Gasa Gasa draws a younger crowd to see local and touring indie, punk and dance acts. It's definitely a "New New Orleans" vibe, but not unpleasantly so. The annual Freret Fest block party is a highlight of the spring festival calendar.
Who you'll see:
Tattooed hipsters, undergrads, the odd tourist.
Where to eat:
High Hat Cafe. Modern soul food is all over the place these days, but this comfortable spot stands out for its catfish plates and sides (pimiento cheese grits, anyone?). Good cocktails, too
Where to drink:
The Other Bar. This watering hole has a neighborhood feel and is especially nice on uncrowded weeknights. Pass the time with board games and a seen-better-days Skee-ball machine.
Where to get a schmear:
Humble Bagel. The city's long-lamented authentic bagel drought has come to an end, in part thanks to this bustling storefront. Hey! Cafe cold brew is served in Mason jars.
According to the Data Center, some of Freret Street's first merchants were Italian and Jewish immigrants in the 1920s and '30s.