xLocated in a former dry cleaning spot that is shaped—as you might imagine—like a pagoda, Pagoda Café is a New Orleans Seventh Ward coffee-and-breakfast gem in the heart of the often-overlooked Caribbean corridor. Operated by an Australian chef who was slinging flat whites before it was cool again, the family-friendly spot is a goldmine for eclectic vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes like the Indian banh mi with green chutney, honey roasted beets, pickled raw vegetables and arugula. If you’re up for heartier eats after chilling out with a locally roasted French Truck Coffee espresso, take a stroll down the block to visit a handful of nearby record stores and island-influenced shops including CoCo Hut, which sells the city’s best jerk chicken and refreshing cane juice.
Know Before You Go: On weekend mornings during peak hours, the wait time at Pagoda can get lengthy. If you’re in a hurry, aim to be an early bird.