Mid-City is one of the hottest spots in Baton Rouge right now. Anchored by Government Street and located in between downtown and Jefferson Highway, this stretch of land is where the creatives live and breathe. While Government Street is populated with local businesses and restaurants, the neighborhood features smaller areas full of artistic vibes and laid-back attitude. There’s the Ogden Park neighborhood, which features eight blocks within Mid City. There’s also the Capital Heights neighborhood, which has a quieter vibe, but still brims with welcoming atmosphere. And they all congeal into a bigger section of the city that is full of events, festivals and, more recently, its own Mardi Gras parade.
Fun fact: In the past year, the arts scene in Mid City has continued to expand with the birth of new events such as the monthly Mid City Rising as well as the Mid City Makers Market.
- Art hops: The neighborhood’s Mid City Merchants associates hosts seasonal art hops such as White Light Night in the winter and Hot Art Cool Nights at the top of summer. At each event, locals peruse artists’ latest works at nearby businesses and galleries.
- Hear some good music: There’s the iconic blues bar Phil Brady’s, with its weekly Thursday night blues jams. Mid City Ballroom recently opened, offering local showcases of bands in all different genres. For a more laid-back affair, don’t miss the Bee Nice concert series, which features family-friendly vibes in an eclectic backyard setting.
- The go-to area for foodies: The main drag in the neighborhood is packed with hotspots for food-lovers, including Curbside Burgers, French Truck Coffee, Simple Joe Cafe, Rocca Pizzeria, Tiger Deaux-nuts and Elsie’s Plate & Pie. That’s not to mention the opening of the city’s first food hall, White Star Market, and one of the most popular local bars, The Radio Bar.
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