Let’s just establish this upfront: New Orleans East is a haul from the French Quarter, and you’re probably going to have to convince a friend with a car to take you. When you arrive at Dong Phuong Bakery, though, and bite into its fluffy, crusty banh mi baguette, all that trouble will melt away. Home to one of the most substantial Vietnamese populations in the United States, spending the morning wandering around the produce-laden Village de l’Est farmers market while sipping a Vietnamese coffee (then topping it off with a red bean bubble tea) is the stuff of summertime dreams.
Know Before You Go: The farmers market gets started around sunrise (6 a.m.) and for the best experience, it’s good to arrive early. Save room for lunch at Dong Phuong, where the Vietnamese sausage banh mi is the choice pick.
14207 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70129
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