New Orleans' Northshore includes the flavor, music and Creole spirit you’re looking for in a Louisiana holiday – all with a scenic, waterfront view.
Across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish is also home to one of the largest craft breweries in the southeastern USA and is known as a hub for great food and drink. Here’s how to sample it all while visiting the lively towns of the Northshore.
There are numerous bayous and rivers here, not to mention vast Lake Pontchartrain, so what better way to enjoy a meal than with a fantastic view of the water? Go for an upscale experience in a historic venue at The Lakehouse in Mandeville, sample the fresh seafood at Morton’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, or grab a seat outside for verdant views of the Bogue Falaya River at The Chimes in Covington.
A 'seafood boat' featuring catfish, oysters and shrimp awaits a diner at Morton’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar
Fresh and local flavors are abundant at St. Tammany’s farmers markets, where you can nosh your way through Louisiana’s culinary heritage. Year-round venues include Covington Farmers Market, Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market and Camellia City Farmers Market in Slidell. Look for handmade regional specialties like stuffed artichokes, Delta tamales and Creole cream cheese, as well as ultra-fresh, organic produce from the small community of Bush’s GROW. Farm, coveted by the area’s best chefs.
Little ones snack on fresh peaches at the Camellia City Farmers Market
When craft beer lovers think of Louisiana and beer, the first name that comes to mind is Abita Brewing Company. Enjoy a meal at the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, or explore the Covington brewery via a guided tour, which includes four samples of their popular brews. After trying a pint from the tap room, stroll the charming historic district and stop for another at Covington Brewhouse, or check out Old Rail Brewing Company, located just a few minutes from the lakefront in Mandeville.
Abita Brew Pub, a popular spot for beer taste-testing and pub meals
Downtown Culinary Hubs
Eateries in Covington’s Historic District have earned the nicknamed the “culinary triangle,” with three husband-and-wife chef/owner teams cooking and serving at different restaurants within blocks of each other. Find upscale Italian at Del Porto Ristorante, Gulf of Mexico-influenced Southern cuisine at Oxlot 9 and classic American fare at LOLA. In Mandeville, take in more of the scenic waterfront from Rips on the Lake (order any of the seafood items) or The Barley Oak, a German-inspired pub with awesome views from its outdoor patio.
A tempting charcuterie plate at Oxlot 9 in Covington
Fly into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and pick up a rental car or call an Uber. New Orleans’ Northshore is just a 40-minute drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.