Located at the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch avenues, across from the bright orange Healing Center that includes the New Orleans Food Co-Op, St. Roch Market first opened in 1875 as just one of the city’s many public markets. Although it was restored in 2012 with $3.7 million in public funds, it took awhile for a stalwart team of foodie entrepreneurs to navigate the red tape necessary to open for business.
Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis, founders of the Launch Pad work space, now lease the space. They even selected the 13 food vendors that bring the market to vibrant life.
The restored St. Roch Market is something special — Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono
St. Roch Market is an easy walk or bike ride from the French Quarter, and it’s just across the street from the Marigny, where more and more visitors are finding their way.
Open daily at 7 a.m. for coffee and pastry and then serving full-on food service starting at 9 a.m., the market stays open till 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and till 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
What’s good to eat and drink at St. Roch Market? The list is a long one:
Named for the sweet berry that grows in Louisiana’s swamps, The Mayhaw is the brainchild of Ali Mills, a barkeep who won over legions of fans at Coquette.
There are four local beers on tap and wine by the glass or the bottle. Try a Mary Pickford, a refreshing blend of rum; pineapple; maraschino' and Southern, homemade grenadine on the rocks.
Curious Oyster Company
Melissa Martin and Effie Michot, co-founders of Mosquito Supper Club, also run this raw oyster bar that features bivalves from the Gulf, West and East Coasts.
Smoked fish, seafood salad and other fishy options are also served.
Brandon Blackwell and Jen Sherrod, last of Upperline and Martinique Bistro, purvey fresh local seafood and tasty seafood-oriented small plates at Elysian Seafood.
Khristopher Doll proffers artisan charcuterie at St. Roch Market — Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono
Salumiere Kristopher Doll moved to New Orleans after being recruited by Donald Link to open Butcher.
Now set up to do his own sausages and curing in a kitchen on the other side of St. Claude Avenue, Doll is a wizard with specialty meats, charcuterie, sandwiches and cheeseboards.
Sweet and savory crepes, made to order, are created by local New Orleanians Lesley and Artis Turner. Try the Munch, stuffed with pulled pork; mac and cheese; and barbecue sauce.
Founded by Dylan Maisel, Juice NOLA is the spot for fresh cold-pressed juices, unique salad options and other healthy bites.
St. Roch Forage
Seasonal produce isn’t a typical souvenir, but you just might want a taste of local satsumas or other fruit or veggies as you peruse the market.
Farm boxes are available to locals – a great community option.
The Sweet Spot
Founded by Donna Maloney, The Sweet Spot proffers fresh baked cakes (Try the carrot.); cookies; muffins; and more.
Crusty loaves of bread are baked by a Bywater bread maker nearby.
Coast Roast Coffee
Kevin Pedeaux wants you to love your coffee, and he's happy to give you a taste to be sure the brew is a fit for your palate.
Pedeaux has a roasting facility just over the border in Mississippi, with a slew of fragrant beans available by the brewed cup or by the pound.
The best sausage sandwich ever, from Shank Charcuterie — Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono
Chefs Rita Bernhardt and William Barial are behind PDR, an extension of the Private Dining Room speakeasy run out of their Treme home.
Here, PDR stands for "public dining room," with a menu of small plates that might include kale salad with miso buttermilk dressing or a fried chicken sandwich with garlic-thyme aioli.
Sample savory, fresh Nigerian cuisine from Chef Tunde Wey’s West African outpost, Lagos.
Traditional dishes include pepper soup, fish with pepper sauce and jollof rice.
If you saw the movie Chef, you’ve seen a pretty good rendition of Micah Martello’s life.
Burnt out after years of high-volume cooking, the Baton Rouge native launched the King Creole food truck three years ago, and he's now offering upscale Southern comfort food at the St. Roch Market.
Korean-meets-Creole entrepreneur Kayti Chung-Williams marries her native Korean cuisine with her adopted New Orleans style of cooking for one of the most interesting options at the market.
Check out Koreole's fried chicken and their po' boys with Korean slaw.