It’s been a little over a month since I packed my bags and moved to Louisiana’s capital city. While I’m getting into the groove at my new job and starting a new daily routine, I’ve had some time on the weekends to explore!
I’ve found some great restaurants and cafe spots to eat, sip and relax no matter the occasion. I’m a sucker for cute coffee shops and local restaurants. It just really enhances the moving-to-a-new-city experience!
So far, here are my favorite spots in Baton Rouge:
Garden District coffee
I found this quaint coffee shop on my lunch break this week. I love the location because it’s in the middle of a quiet neighborhood and the streets are not as busy. Phew, gotta love BR traffic!
Make sure to try the iced coffee with pecan infused coffee beans & almond milk. It’s refreshing & decadent!
My cousin and her husband invited us to this hidden gem literally under an overpass. The place has a lively atmosphere with low lighting and modern & rustic details. The cocktails are delicious and you have to try their small plates and the mound of Brussel sprouts they give you!
Bao Vietnamese Kitchen
This place just opened not too long ago and is near my new apartment. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, I highly recommend the pho dishes! There’s nothing like a big bowl of steaming broth and noodles for $10.
This coffee shop is also close to my work and right next to LSU campus! Most of the time, it’s filled with college students studying, but it’s still a great place to read a book and drink their scrumptious chai latte.
P.S. – Make sure to order the chai latte for “here.” They pour the latte in this adorable glass mug! It’s the little things, ya’ll.
This is Tiger country, so if you’re not watching LSU play in the College World Series on a weekend…what are you doing? Ashton and I headed to the Bulldog with our new puppy pug, Gus. It’s one of the most pet-friendly places in town! And they weren’t kidding. We were there with for the whole afternoon, and dogs were everywhere. The Bulldog has a fun atmosphere, great beer and really good junk food. Try the egg rolls!
Magpie Cafe (on Perkins)
While visiting last year, I visited this cafe’s downtown location, which has a very different vibe than the Perkins cafe! Both are equally adorable, but the Perkins location is much more quaint, but still very lively! It’s a great place to catch up with friends over a homemade latte.
So far, I have only been to this place once, but it left a long-lasting impression! My cousin invited my mom and I to lunch while we were apartment hunting in April. The cocktails are so yummy and the sushi flavors are out of this world. You also can’t beat the rooftop view of the river! Not too shabby for a spontaneous lunch date.
I’m still exploring new places every weekend, and I absolutely love it.
If you have any restaurant/cafe recommendations, please leave a comment below!