Many people assume that the grandest city of Louisiana is New Orleans, with its glittering streets, alive with activity and energy, but the Big Easy is not the only gem of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, the state capital, is the home of every LSU Tiger and Louisiana Politician. But, BR is much more than that as well.
At first glance, Baton Rouge has a larger corporate presence. Businesses are everywhere, streets are filled with traffic and there is a rushed, busy feeling that sometimes takes over the entire downtown area.
But is Baton Rouge only remembered as a hub of corporate buzz?
There are three key luxuries about Baton Rouge: food, music and art. Take a ride with us as we go through some of the subtleties that make Baton Rouge the true capital of Louisiana.
As we go through this list, be sure to remember: Not all luxuries need to be big and extravagant.
The Local Art Scene: Shaw Center for the Arts
The Shaw Center truly has something for every artistic mind. Days can be spent walking around the galleries, listening to the strum of a concert as the sun goes down or indulge in a quiet, decadent dinner for two overlooking the river from one of the best views in Baton Rouge.
What are some of the things that bring all of the artists, enthusiasts and connoisseurs together under the roof of the Shaw Center?
The gallery features contemporary art exhibits. For 45 years and counting, the Baton Rouge Gallery has been highlighting local artists, giving the public exposure to new art concepts and exhibitions that speak to them and inspire them. The region’s best emerging and established visual artists’ work can be seen nearly every month, and all different media is welcome. Each exhibition is kicked off with a First Wednesday, a free event that is open to the public.
Accompanying the art exhibitions is the Movies & Music on the Lawn series. Locals and visitors alike get to snack under the stars as local musicians provide a fresh take on different classic, silent films. These live bands change the tone of the silent movies with live music.
Baton Rouge Culinary Tour: Follow Your Taste Buds
C’est Si Bon Food Tour and the Capital City Culinary Tour
Take a 2.5 hour leisurely paced, guided walking tour in Downtown Baton Rouge that includes food tastings at local restaurants infused with entertaining historical and cultural details. Or create your own tour of Baton Rouge. Just follow your taste buds and your meals will never be regretted.
Some Possible Eats in BR
- Strand’s Café
- Mason’s Grill
- The Chimes
- Louie’s Cafe
- Harrington’s Café
- Main Street Market
- Taco de Paco (Food Truck Wround-Ups)
- Curbside (Food Truck Wround-Ups)
Luxury Rides in Baton Rouge: Black Car Services
Whether you’ve stopped by for a quick bite or have come to celebrate with friends and family or you’ve lived in Baton Rouge your entire life, one thing is certain: Baton Rouge is filled with quiet luxuries. Experiencing Baton Rouge is much like riding in a luxury vehicle—you sit back and enjoy the small pleasures, you watch the world appear in front of you and you always focus on the details.
From the subtleties of an open-mic night at the M Bar, listening to local Slam Poets, to a feature at the Shaw Center of the Arts—an all night marathon of independent French films—there is a high level of culture in Baton Rouge. A culture that is harmonized between contemporary art galleries, fun events, a creative restaurant scene and a rich history that is found downtown.
Once you’ve given Baton Rouge a chance, she’ll certainly win a permanent place in your heart.