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Aug 19, 2010 09:07 PM

Coffee/Cafe in the CBD open after 6pm?

Hey guys,

I'm a grad student who just moved to NOLA, and I'm looking for a coffee shop or cafe to study/work in late at night (and by late I mean 9pm). I live in the CBD (near the intersection of Canal and Rampart), and I've noticed that any coffee shop within walking distance closes around 6pm... any recommendations?

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  1. I did a little recon work this morning. The PJ's in the lobby of the Royal St. Charles Hotel (corner of St. Charles and Common, across common from Place St. Charles) stays open until 9 p.m. Which isn't bad for the CBD as you know. I'm not aware of any other in the CBD that stays open past 4 or 5 p.m. Although you might find something in the Quarter. (Cafe du Monde, of course, is open 24/7 but I woudn't consider it a good place to study.)

    FWIW, Rue de la Course (3121 Magazine-not the CBD) is a great place to study and stays open till midnight 7 days a week.

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    1. re: Shiloh

      Oh, great, thanks! I will definitely check that PJ's out. And Rue de la Course, if I have time to go down to magazine

      1. re: cheetah_pita

        Rue de la Course on Magazine is not walking distance form Canal and Rampart in my opinion. If that is what the original poster is seeking (walking distance at night) Envie, I agree with well lit areas etc but a female later at night alone, might be a long walk (I used to go all over, and not worry. Maybe having a child made me less tough...

        If driving isn't an issue, Zotz on Oak St stays open late:

        8210 Oak St
        New Orleans, LA 70118
        (504) 861-2224

    2. What about the french quarter?

      1. Cafe Envie on Decatur St is open until midnight, but it's not really within walking distance. CC's on Royal is open until 9. As far as I know, all the other coffee shops in the Quarter (apart from CDM) close by 6 PM.

        Cafe Envie
        1241 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          Cafe Envie is a 10-5 minute walk from Canal, thru the scenic quarter. definitely walkable :)

          if worried about safety after hours, just remember normal city living rules. populated areas, busy streets, wits about you, etc.

          no problem tho.

          1. re: kibbles

            I should have said that I wouldn't walk it, personally. But I'm lazy. :)

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Ooo, thanks everyone! I will definitely check out Cafe Envie - it looks like it's a bit of a walk, but not too far. Going through the Quarter hasn't been so bad at night - it's usually when I hit the northern part of Canal (near Rampart) that I start to wish for pepper spray.

              CC's looks like a good option too - and will force me to leave by 9pm, which is probably for the better :)

              1. re: cheetah_pita

                eh..i work in the CBD and walk thru the quarter every nite on my way home. really it isnt bad -- Canal is one of the busier streets and its unlikely you will be assaulted in front of a bunch of people. its just definitely urban, with the bus stops and tattoo shops. may be different than what youre used to, but not necessarily bad. i remind my friends to use the same heads-up common sense they use in chicago.

                good news is the city is restoring the classic old theatre so in the next year or so there will be even more ped traffic.