St. Claude Avenue
A historic thoroughfare touching the Marigny, Bywater, and St. Roch districts, St. Claude Avenue today is a hotbed for visual and performing artists on the fringe of their disciplines. Those who live and work in and around St. Claude have a collaborative approach to creativity. Many of the galleries, pop-up restaurants, music clubs, multi-use spaces, studios and theatres are owned and operated on a co-op basis.
St. Claude Avenue has always been a bit on the fringe. In recent years, however, the city has turned its attention toward the area and exciting new developments are expected.
Mind and Body
From bounce dance classes to yoga and meditation, you’ll find plenty of mind/body healing on St. Claude Avenue. Be sure to also check out the film screenings, poetry readings and variety shows happening every day at small venues up and down the avenue.
St. Claude Avenue’s galleries and venues are often camouflaged or unmarked, and only the most savvy local knows how to find them. But if you just ask, you might stumble upon some of St. Claude’s hidden treasures and experience new art being made right before your eyes. The art galleries of St. Claude Avenue open their doors and welcome visitors to both observe and participate in the making of art.
Dining and Nightlife
Grab a drink at a local wine bar and ask your server where to find some of the area’s famed pop-up restaurants. From pasta places to Russian delicacies, you’ll find some really special dishes on St. Claude.
This area is the spot for fringe and alternative nightlife. In addition to cocktails and late-night dance parties, you’ll also find comedy, burlesque, and puppet shows along St. Claude Avenue.
How to Get There
St. Claude Avenue is a short taxi ride from the French Quarter. Visitors can also hop on the St. Claude/Jackson Barracks or Franklin bus lines at Canal Street to be taken to St. Claude’s densest areas.