New Orleans’ oldest, and first, subdivision of the city is the neighborhood Treme. Minutes from the French Quarter, it is also the oldest African-American neighborhood in the country. This area hosts multiple festivals throughout the year where you can enjoy some local fare while sitting under an old oak tree. With theaters, museums, parks, and some of the best food options in town – take a day to really enjoy the Treme.
Here is a look at a few of their local businesses!
Independently owned, Broad Theater is a four-screen movie house that has played a major role in bringing arthouse films back to New Orleans. Open for only two years, Broad Theater offers an eclectic mix of indie films, as well as high demand Hollywood blockbusters. With comfortable accommodations and a cool interior, Broad Theater houses a full service bar, gourmet snacks, popcorn, and hot food selections to satisfy every movie goers cravings. Along with special screening events, the theater features throwback film favorites on Tuesdays for only $2 admission. Parents are invited to bring their young children to enjoy special matinee screenings on Thursdays-the theater provides a family-friendly environment and has a special sushi menu available. And, all four screens are available for rent for your next movie party or special event.
Open for about five years, this family owned operation is a laid back sanctuary on a bustling corner of Treme. Well-lit with a cozy atmosphere, this café is a chill place to get your caffeine fix, relax with a book, or hang out with friends. They offer a light menu of sandwiches, hot and iced coffee and tea, and, most importantly, snoballs! You can catch some sun on their patio, or enjoy the peace and quiet on one of the couches inside. The coffeeshop also has a small selection of board games for guests to enjoy. This gathering place is a prime spot for people watching, where you can stay up to date with neighborhood happenings on their community board.
The Petit Jazz Museum is a hidden gem in Treme, and the kind of place that makes you feel right at home. Open for less than a year, owner and life-long Treme resident Al Jackson bought and renovated the building that houses this independently curated homage to New Orleans rich history and culture. Mr. Jackson offers daily tours of the museum, often acting as tour guide himself in the humble space that is also his personal home. To explore this museum is to understand the true meaning of New Orleans. It’s history, the people, the struggle, the music. Stop by for a cup of coffee in the afternoon, or swing in for some live piano music and a glass of wine. Everyone, of course, is always welcome.