New Orleans March 19, 2019
Most People Don’t Know The Story Behind This Historic Market In New Orleans
Nestled away in the St. Roch neighborhood along St. Claude Avenue lies a beautifully restored food hall that’s quite the hidden gem. Featuring dozens of incredible food vendors, it’s the perfect option to grab a quick bite to eat, and the history behind the building is truly fascinating. Let’s take a look.
Today, St. Roch Market is a chef-centric food hall that’s a popular place to grab a delicious bite to eat.
Since there are multiple vendors, it’s great option if you find yourself in a group where no one can agree on a particular type of cuisine.
The building was built in 1875.
Originally designed as an open air market and named St. Roch after the yellow fever epidemic in the 1870’s. St. Roch is the patron saint of incurable diseases and lost causes, and after the the epidemic, the neighborhood, which was originally called "New Marigny", renamed itself as St. Roch neighborhood, so it was fitting that the market be called St. Roch Market.
The building has undergone several renovations over the years.
The first renovations came after WWI, when the building was enclosed, then again in the 1930’s. Up until the 1950’s, the building was used as a multi-vendor market where locals could purchase fresh produce, butchered meats, and an assortment of prepared foods.
After WWII, the building was renovated yet again to become Lama’s Supermarket.
It was a successful business known for its seafood, hot plate lunches, and a place to buy live chickens.
Unfortunately, the building had fallen into disrepair by the 1990’s.
And then suffered severe damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The building was gutted following the storm, but sat vacant for many years.
In 2014, the market was alive again after a the city leased the building to a private business.
They restored the building to its former glory, giving this historic building a new lease on life.
Today, the food hall features multiple vendors selling just about every type of cuisine you could think of.
New vendors are frequently rotating in, so you can come back again and again to try them all.
And since they have so many vendors, it’s perfect for groups that can’t decide on what they want to eat.
From New Orleans classics to Mediterranean cuisine, there’s truly something for everyone.
They also have a coffee shop and also a bar.
St. Roch is a great little hidden gem to meet up with friends for cocktails.
While the weather is nice, take advantage of their outdoor seating.
St. Roch Market is located at 2381 Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.
Have you ever eaten here? Let us know in the comments below!