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Guidebook for Baton Rouge

Jamie

Guidebook for Baton Rouge

Food Scene
Our housemate loves their breakfast sandwiches!
Simple Joe Cafe
3057 Government St
Our housemate loves their breakfast sandwiches!
Yvette Marie's Cafe
1857 Government Street
The sushi is delicious, their cocktails rock, and the view of the river can't be beat.
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Tsunami Sushi Baton Rouge
100 Lafayette Street
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The sushi is delicious, their cocktails rock, and the view of the river can't be beat.
Great sandwiches.
City Pork Deli & Charcuterie
2363 Hollydale Avenue
Great sandwiches.
All-around fantastic restaurant, with a nice patio and cute little bar. Their house-cut bleu cheese chips are out of this world.
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Bistro Byronz
5412 Government Street
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All-around fantastic restaurant, with a nice patio and cute little bar. Their house-cut bleu cheese chips are out of this world.
Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, the Red Stick Farmer's market boasts some of the best produce, dairy, and meat around. And inside the Main Street Market, you can grab a tasty crepe or a breakfast sandwich too. On the first Sunday of every month, there's an arts market filled with locally made crafts.
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Red Stick Farmers Market
501 N 5th St
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Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, the Red Stick Farmer's market boasts some of the best produce, dairy, and meat around. And inside the Main Street Market, you can grab a tasty crepe or a breakfast sandwich too. On the first Sunday of every month, there's an arts market filled with locally made crafts.
Delicious brunch, lunch, and dinner spot with a focused, fantastic menu. You won't be disappointed.
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City Pork Brasserie & Bar
7327 Jefferson Hwy
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Delicious brunch, lunch, and dinner spot with a focused, fantastic menu. You won't be disappointed.
A bit far from the city center, but this place is worth the drive. Tucked in this corner of the city, there's a lively Vietnamese community, and Viet Garden has a serious yum factor.
Viet Garden
11990 Florida Blvd
A bit far from the city center, but this place is worth the drive. Tucked in this corner of the city, there's a lively Vietnamese community, and Viet Garden has a serious yum factor.
Two words: chargrilled oysters (and also a full menu of delicious South Louisiana cuisine)
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Parrain's Seafood Restaurant
3225 Perkins Road
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Two words: chargrilled oysters (and also a full menu of delicious South Louisiana cuisine)
The best greasy spoon in town! Awesome late-night eats.
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Louie's Cafe
3322 Lake Street
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The best greasy spoon in town! Awesome late-night eats.
Drinks & Nightlife
The hot spot for all of our grad student friends.
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The Radio Bar
3079 Government Street
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The hot spot for all of our grad student friends.
Live music every Thursday night at 7pm. And it's just down the street!
The Guru
1857 Government St
Live music every Thursday night at 7pm. And it's just down the street!
The best spot to hang out and try some local brews. All-day happy hour every Sunday, with live music from 5-7.
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Tin Roof Brewing Co LLC
1624 Wyoming St
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The best spot to hang out and try some local brews. All-day happy hour every Sunday, with live music from 5-7.
My favorite dive bar. If you like to play pool, this is your place.
Duvic's
2854 Kalurah Street
My favorite dive bar. If you like to play pool, this is your place.
Check out the schedule at the Dyson House Listening Room. Great local and national musicians play here frequently. The space is BYOB, and the house gets packed. Show up early.
Dyson House
7575 Jefferson Hwy
Check out the schedule at the Dyson House Listening Room. Great local and national musicians play here frequently. The space is BYOB, and the house gets packed. Show up early.
Great little spot out in the country. Live music every Sunday afternoon starting around 1!
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Bayou Teche Brewing
1106 Bushville Highway
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Great little spot out in the country. Live music every Sunday afternoon starting around 1!
Parish Brewing Co.
229 Jared Dr
Amazing cocktails!
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Olive or Twist
7248 Perkins Road
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Amazing cocktails!
Sightseeing
The tallest state capitol building in the USA, with a sordid history too! Don't miss the view from the top.
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Louisiana State Capitol
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The tallest state capitol building in the USA, with a sordid history too! Don't miss the view from the top.
The Spanish Town neighborhood is one of the oldest in Baton Rouge, established in 1803. Head this way for great architecture and a funky neighborhood vibe. And be sure to grab some boudin from the Spanish Town Market.
Spanish Town Road
The Spanish Town neighborhood is one of the oldest in Baton Rouge, established in 1803. Head this way for great architecture and a funky neighborhood vibe. And be sure to grab some boudin from the Spanish Town Market.
Parks & Nature
Walking, cycling, golf, and an art gallery. What more could you need?
City-Brooks Community Park
1515 Dalrymple Drive
Walking, cycling, golf, and an art gallery. What more could you need?
Lovely little lake. A nice place for a walk.
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Veteran's Memorial Park
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Lovely little lake. A nice place for a walk.
A cute little park right near the LSU campus. They have a dock for boating, and they even have a little beach if you're feeling like basking in the sun.
Milford Wampold Memorial Park
901 Stanford Ave
A cute little park right near the LSU campus. They have a dock for boating, and they even have a little beach if you're feeling like basking in the sun.
If you want to see the classic Louisiana landscape without driving far, stop at Bluebonnet Swamp. This place has tons of bald cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss, and you'll hear the sweet sounds of birds, frogs, and bugs.
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BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
10503 N Oak Hills Pkwy
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If you want to see the classic Louisiana landscape without driving far, stop at Bluebonnet Swamp. This place has tons of bald cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss, and you'll hear the sweet sounds of birds, frogs, and bugs.
A lovely walking path wraps around this arboretum, maintained by LSU, and designed by LSU College of Art & Design faculty. Go learn a lot about trees!
Hilltop Arboretum
11855 Highland Rd
A lovely walking path wraps around this arboretum, maintained by LSU, and designed by LSU College of Art & Design faculty. Go learn a lot about trees!
If you love Carl Sagan or NDT, this is your spot. They run a bunch of space-related events, and host several observation nights throughout the year.
Highland Road Park Observatory
13800 Highland Rd
If you love Carl Sagan or NDT, this is your spot. They run a bunch of space-related events, and host several observation nights throughout the year.
For a real treat, make the trip out to Lake Martin's bird sanctuary, and rent a kayak or canoe. Or take a swamp tour. Worth the drive!
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Lake Martin
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For a real treat, make the trip out to Lake Martin's bird sanctuary, and rent a kayak or canoe. Or take a swamp tour. Worth the drive!
Arts & Culture
A great artist-run gallery with contemporary work of all sorts. In the Summer, there's a monthly outdoor movie screening, and on the third Sunday of every month, they run Sundays@4, a diverse performance series.
Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art
1515 Dalrymple Drive
A great artist-run gallery with contemporary work of all sorts. In the Summer, there's a monthly outdoor movie screening, and on the third Sunday of every month, they run Sundays@4, a diverse performance series.
LSU is beyond explanation. A beautiful, historic campus. A world-class university. And we hear they're good at sports.
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Louisiana State University
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LSU is beyond explanation. A beautiful, historic campus. A world-class university. And we hear they're good at sports.
Check the performance schedule at the Manship. Great series of concerts, film screenings, and theatre.
Manship Theatre
100 Lafayette Street
Check the performance schedule at the Manship. Great series of concerts, film screenings, and theatre.
Stop here if you'd like to learn all about the history and culture of Louisiana. You could spend an entire day here! The music exhibit on the second floor is a must.
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Capitol Park Museum
660 North 4th Street
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Stop here if you'd like to learn all about the history and culture of Louisiana. You could spend an entire day here! The music exhibit on the second floor is a must.
An amazing collection, and the city's only planetarium.
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
100 South River Road
An amazing collection, and the city's only planetarium.
A beautiful building, and a landmark in the city's skyline.
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Louisiana's Old State Capitol
100 North Blvd
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A beautiful building, and a landmark in the city's skyline.
A gallery run by the LSU School of Art, Glassell Gallery hosts exhibitions of work by nationally recognized artists, as well as many LSU graduate students. If you love art, definitely stop at Glassell.
Glassell Gallery
100 Lafayette St
A gallery run by the LSU School of Art, Glassell Gallery hosts exhibitions of work by nationally recognized artists, as well as many LSU graduate students. If you love art, definitely stop at Glassell.
The Arts Council of Baton Rouge hosts a broad range of events, including a craft market on the first Sunday of every month. And at their HQ downtown, they operate the Firehouse Gallery, which runs great exhibitions of local artwork.
Arts Council of Baton Rouge
427 Laurel St
The Arts Council of Baton Rouge hosts a broad range of events, including a craft market on the first Sunday of every month. And at their HQ downtown, they operate the Firehouse Gallery, which runs great exhibitions of local artwork.
There's nothing else like this place. This dance hall right on the water hosts Cajun and Zydeco artists on Sunday evenings. Learn to two-step, and laissez les bon temps rouler.
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Whiskey River Landing
1365 Henderson Levee Road
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There's nothing else like this place. This dance hall right on the water hosts Cajun and Zydeco artists on Sunday evenings. Learn to two-step, and laissez les bon temps rouler.
Shopping
Antiques a-plenty. Great finds at reasonable prices.
The Pink Elephant Antiques
2648 Government St
Antiques a-plenty. Great finds at reasonable prices.
Cool antiques and interiors market, right down the street from our house.
The Market at Circa 1857
1857 Government Street
Cool antiques and interiors market, right down the street from our house.
Amazing vintage clothing and shoes!
Time Warp Boutique
3001 Government St
Amazing vintage clothing and shoes!
The LSU Museum Shop is great for locally made, creative souvenirs and gifts.
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LSU Museum of Art
100 Lafayette Street
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The LSU Museum Shop is great for locally made, creative souvenirs and gifts.
Spices, teas, seasoning salt... You name it, these folks have it. Well worth a visit.
Red Stick Spice Co
660 Jefferson Hwy
Spices, teas, seasoning salt... You name it, these folks have it. Well worth a visit.
Essentials
Old-school grocery store with a fantastic beer and wine selection, and a ton of local specialties. Grab some Cajun seasoning to take home!
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Calandro's Supermarket (Mid-City)
4142 Government Street
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Old-school grocery store with a fantastic beer and wine selection, and a ton of local specialties. Grab some Cajun seasoning to take home!
Love our local TJ's.
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Trader Joe's
3535 Perkins Road
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Love our local TJ's.
Our local post office is a little slow, but it's got old-timey charm.
Audubon Station US Post Office
4500 Government St
Our local post office is a little slow, but it's got old-timey charm.