Longue Vue House & Gardens
7 Bamboo Rd., Mid-City
Compared to most landmarks in the city, the Stein family’s Longue Vue estate is fairly new as it was built in the early 1940’s—but it's still very cool. Within the main building you’ll find a well-preserved collection of antique furniture and a slew of modern art treasures, including ones by Kandinsky and Picasso. Though the eight acres of sprawling gardens were almost entirely ruined by hurricane Katrina, they were lovingly replanted according to the original landscaper’s plans, and now play host to daily visitors, educational programs, and a summer camp for little ones.
Swan River Yoga
2940 Canal St., Mid-City
This two-story yoga studio—helmed by Keith Porteous and Michelle Baker—wins points for both its teachers and the space, a two-story former public library that the duo restored post Katrina. It is gorgeous—airy, bright—with a giant mural commissioned by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression that they uncovered while rehabilitating the building. Besides a traditional menu of classes (many of which are 90 minutes), they offer sound baths, acroyoga, pre-natal yoga, and body work. And, there's an on-site vegan café serving delicious dals.
Hollygrove Market & Farm
8301 Olive St., Mid-City
The mission of this volunteer-driven, sustainability-minded urban farm is to provide easy access to fresh produce—sourced from backyard growers and local micro-farms—to anyone who wants it via a cooperative market or a twenty-five-dollar weekly produce box. The farm itself is open to visitors and serves as training ground for anyone looking to start a community garden or farm of their own.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., Mid-City
Whether Parkway Bakery & Tavern has the best Po’Boys in town is a matter of opinion, but it’s a fact that theirs are backed by over 100-years worth of experience, which really says something. The menu offers dozens of varieties, all of which can be enhanced with bacon. With its rickety floor and wood-paneled walls, the Tavern lunch counter hasn’t changed much in the last century, the food and drink offering, on the other hand, now includes turkey and alligator gumbo, local beers, and craft cocktails.