1241 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
The French Quarter has changed a lot over the last 100 years. Back then, its inimitable architecture and music and food and spirit were the cornerstones of the finest city in America. But that was then. Over the past five decades, the stardust has been replaced with Starbucks, voodoo paved over by violence, thrills no longer as profitable as chills. Beads and Pat O’Brien’s Bar both convince tourists that there’s no need to leave Bourbon Street, and the locals take pride in that sequestering.
And while there are plenty of dog friendly New Orleans spots in and around the Crescent City if you want a true NOLA experience, we know sometimes you might just want to sit with a latte and a pastry and check out the scene with your pup, and maybe a spot on the edge of the French Quarter is where you’ll want to be.
Enter one of our favorites, Café Envie. Sitting pretty between the French Market and a bunch of gutter punks, this corner spot invites everyone in with massive doors—constantly open, by the way—and enough outdoor tables to fit most of the folks coming in. It’s a normal café to the untrained eye, but once you pull up a seat to sip your espresso or enjoy your omelet, you’ll soon discover that it also doubles as one of the greatest people-watching spots in all of New Orleans.
Dogs? Oh yes. Dogs are one of the biggest reasons we’re here. Big dogs, little dogs, fancy dogs and fabulous dogs all accompany their equally distinct owners, quietly waiting on a treat from the counter. For the humans, the coffee is good and quick, prices are more than affordable and no one there says “expresso.”
And the best part? It’s right on the fringe of the Quarter should you heed our advice.