About 10 blocks from the Inn, close to the Universities in Uptown, not far from the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, is a rapidly blossoming business area now referred to as the Freret Arts & Entertainment District. This 8-block neighborhood offers culture, shopping, and great food for locals and visitors alike.
One hop onto a Streetcar outside our St. Charles Street inn and be at Freret in just a few minutes. Here, you can stroll along this historic corridor (where Jewish deli, butcher and bakery shops used to call home) and visit diverse boutique shops, restaurants and bars. We took some friends there this past weekend and we were pleasantly surprised at what has been done in the past 18 months to improve and redefine the street. It’s our opinion that guests to our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast will be drawn this little neighborhood diamond in the rough as the district continues to grow and prosper.
The Freret Business and Property Owner Association formed the group to promote business on the Freret Corridor from Jefferson Avenue to Napoleon Avenue. Their mission is to establish an image that Freret Street is a safe, vibrant, easily accessible destination for shopping, dining and play. And it seemed to us that they have made good on their objective so far.
One of the main stays of the FBPOA is the Freret market. It’s held at the intersection of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue on the first Saturday of each month between September and June. The market is split up along three category lines: food, art, and flea. The Saturday event is a good place to relax and find a unique item, and is important part of the renaissance on Freret Street.
In the second block on Freret (from Napoleon Ave.) , we discovered several restaurants, bars and even a boxing gym of all things, that sponsors “Friday Night Boxing Events” for the public.
Guests that have booked with us will want to check out Sarita’s Grill featuring Latin American fusion cuisine; salad bowls, burritos, tacos, entrees and flan are made with fresh local ingredients. The food was tasty and authentic. We were waited on by Sarita herself and she made quite an impression with her enthusiasm and focused attention on her business and guest satisfaction.
Other notable food establishments in that section of the venue included: High Hat, Dat Dog, Cure and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria. We’ll be writing about them soon. Can’t wait to go back!