Here for a good time, but not for a long time? Though we could make a strong case as to why you should stay longer than a day, we understand that sometimes you’re just passing through and need to know the best of the best in the Capital City.
It’s not a true Louisiana experience without indulging in this tasty breakfast treat. Brought to Louisiana by Acadian settlers, this pastry is best described as a deep-fried doughnut and is a local breakfast staple. You can find them at restaurants throughout the Capital City, such as Coffee Call and The Vintage. For those in search of something a little more savory, Louie’s Cafe is a diner that is a Baton Rouge staple, having been in business since 1941.
There’s much to do and see in Baton Rouge, even if you’re only in town for a day! Stroll along the riverfront, which is not only the perfect place to bike, run or stroll, but also offers access to many museums, such as the USS KIDD, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Old State Capitol and LSU Museum of Art. Another Capital City can’t-miss is the Louisiana State Capitol, which is the tallest capitol in the United States, standing at 34 stories tall.
Louisiana is known for being a culinary hub, and Baton Rouge is no exception. Indulge in a classic shrimp po’boy from Poor Boy Lloyd’s or check out Elsie’s Plate & Pie, where they offer savory and sweet pies. For something a little different than your typical Cajun fare, BLDG 5 is the place for you. Located in the Perkins Overpass area, BLDG 5 takes familiar dishes and boards and serves them in a carefully curated and intimate space.
La·gniappe (lan-yap): a little something extra. Colorful, locally-owned shops are a staple in Baton Rouge, and you’re sure to find a quirky little gift to bring home to remember your time in Baton Rouge. Government Street is home to antique shops, vintage clothing stores, art studios and specialty gift shops. Local Supply houses products and art from local makers, such as beautifully designed postcards and pottery pieces. Its sister store, Sweet Baton Rouge, offers quirky Louisiana and Baton Rouge-themed graphic tees and is located right next door. B.R.A.S.S. (Baton Rouge Area Souvenir Shop) is your downtown go-to if you’re looking for a special something to take home, offering items such as ornaments, locally-created spice blends, cookbooks and much more.
A day exploring Baton Rouge is sure to move quickly, and soon you’ll be ready for dinner and drinks. Baton Rouge seems to come alive at night, and you’ll want to make your way downtown for dinner and a view of a famed Baton Rouge sunset. Popular dinner spots include Tsunami Sushi, located on the sixth floor of the Shaw Center of the Arts, Capital City Grill, Stroube’s, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Cecelia Creole Bistro and The Little Village. After dinner, make your way towards the music coming from lively Third Street, where you can unwind with a craft cocktail or glass of wine at The Vintage, The River Room, Blend or The Main Lobby, or dance the night away at Happy’s Irish Pub, Boudreaux & Thibodeaux or The Basin Music Hall.
Even if you aren’t here for a long time, we’re sure to show you a good time!