Mid City South – Baton Rouge, LA

Great shops and even better restaurants keep locals and visitors returning to Mid City South in Baton Rouge. Shopping centers can be found throughout the neighborhood, boasting local gems selling specialty goods. Just about 10 minutes from downtown, the area delivers a high-profile location for those seeking to settle in the city of Baton Rouge.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Various restaurants can be found in this part of Baton Rouge. The neighborhood's close proximity to downtown makes it a prime location for dining. The majority of restaurants lie near Jefferson and Corporate. Enjoy authentic Greek dishes at Arzi's Restaurant. This eatery has been servicing Baton Rouge for several years. Regulars constantly return for the great service and the vast menu. Try the sampler platter with its chicken shawarma and gyros or the lamb shank. Arzi's also has great pizza. It opens for both lunch and dinner. The tasty options at Portobello's Grill do not disappoint. The menu boasts cajun favorites along with some Italian-inspired dishes. Try the local favorite, a fish and shrimp creole, which is a cajun dish in a red sauce over rice, or the shrimp and crab Alfredo. Portobello's also serves brunch on the weekends. No matter when you decide to go, make a reservation to avoid a long wait. Family owned and operated for more than twenty years, Cafe Americain Restaurant indulges in the Louisiana culture. Choose from homestyle Louisiana cuisine such as shrimp Orleans or catfish Acadiana. The Cafe has won several awards, including one for Best Overall Restaurant in the area. The nightlife in this area gives locals a chance to escape the college party scene. The lively atmosphere in the bars and clubs guarantee a great time. Patrons brag about the great drink menu at The Radio Bar. Though it can get pretty packed, the great crowd makes it worth it. For an even wider beer selection, stop in The Cove. The menu features well over 300 different beers. Boudreaux & Thibodeaux Restaurant and Bar hosts specialty nights, such as karaoke night. Regulars enjoy the great music and cocktails. As an alternative to bars and clubs, locals on a night out often go to the movie theater or enjoy bowling.

History & Culture

As the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge serves as the political hub for the state. When the city was founded, it quickly grew and experienced rapid expansion. Once people moved to the area, the city became an attractive place for businesses to establish themselves. The Mid-City area quickly gained prominence as businesses began to develop and flourish. The lack of museums in the neighborhood is not an issue since many can be found in nearby parts of Baton Rouge. The Magnolia Mound Plantation House has been restored and expanded over the past several hundred years. This 900-acre plantation has tour guides that dress up in costume and re-enact the eras as well as a wide selection of period art and activities. No annual events are held in the area.


The majority of residents drive to get around the city. Some public parking does have fees associated with it, but many roadside areas are free of charge. Some blocks have metered parking and others have fees. On game days, expect to see a significant increase in fee costs. Capital Area Transit System, also known as CATS, runs buses throughout the Mid City and brings passengers to key locations in the city, including downtown, Louisiana State University and Southern University. Students appreciate the bus routes as they serve as a great alternative to driving. The buses offer free Wi-Fi as well as discounted rates for students and the elderly. Daily and monthly passes can be purchased as well for those who ride frequently. After a night out on the town or for those unfamiliar with the neighborhood, Uber and cab services can be arranged. Use the mobile app for Uber and choose from one of the many cab companies. Cabs are typically not available for hailing or curbside pickup. Walkers can travel safely through the area, though they may experience long distances and few sidewalks between many key locations. The area does have plentiful bike lanes and trails for cyclists, making this a viable alternative for many students.


Mid City South's cost of living matches that of downtown. The median cost of a one-bedroom apartment comes in around $880, lower than that of downtown. Don't expect to pay more than about $4 for a beer at a local bar. Prices can decrease significantly during happy hour. Gas prices remain about 5 percent lower than the national average, and a one-way trip into the downtown area of the city on CATS costs $1.75.


Every weekend, locals flock to the shopping centers in the Mid City South area. Bocage Village Shopping Center and Town Center have great stores and shops such as J. Jill and Creekstone. Find high value and discounted stores throughout. No matter what your shopping needs may be, you will surely find the store that suits you. Stop in at Frock Candy, and browse through the cute and trendy women's clothing and accessories. The fashion-forward lady or even those less concerned with the latest styles can find something to their tastes. Choose a cute dress for a night out on the town and a nice pair of boots, or dress yourself from head to toe. U Silly Goose features children's clothing. In this store, you find infant's smocked clothing, burp cloths and more. The store also has great gifts and trinkets for children of all ages. This quaint establishment sits on Jefferson Highway and opens daily. Merci Beaucoup delivers contemporary women's fashion. This affordable boutique has a great selection of women's clothing and accessories. Regulars return weekly to browse through the merchandise, which is refreshed quite often. Locals choose from three grocery stores to complete their weekly shopping: Whole Foods, Piggly Wiggly and Albertsons. Browse through the weekly circulars for great deals on goods. Calandro's Supermarket remains a prime location for grocery shopping. Patrons prefer this locally owned supermarket for the personalized experience and quality selections. Minutes away, Southside Produce Market opens daily and has fresh produce for lower prices than the local grocers. As Louisiana's largest open-air farmers-style market, it also provides homemade honey, jam and other goods.


Mid City South has a large amount of green space. Patrons visit to enjoy the great outdoors or exercise on one of the many running trails. Webb Park features a golf course, fitness center and a playground for kids. Milton J. Womack Park has a fitness center as well and an indoor basketball court. Saia Park consists of more than three acres of land containing a baseball field, tennis court and playground. None of the parks have a space for dogs, but all are free for recreational use. Annual events at the nearby Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center include overnight stays for students as well as hiking and exploration activities. Many local parks host regular monthly activities for patrons as well as annual Independence Day and Easter events.
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