Castor & Chicory
Begin your day in Downtown West Monroe at Castor & Chicory. Grab a Bananas Foster Café au lait and some cinnamon and sugar covered beignets with the chocolate dipping sauce!
After you’ve caffeinated, head to Antique Alley for some unique shopping. Make sure to stop by Rialto, Ouachita Trading Company, and Max Porter Provisions for a variety of options!
It's time for lunch! Head to Waterfront Grill and grab a seat on their deck. Resting on the quiet banks of Bayou DeSiard, this restaurant was featured in Southern Living magazine and is known for its grilled entrees and rustic charm. Try the Catfish DeSiard or the Shrimp Rahkee.
Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
After lunch, head over to the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana to experience a living history of the area. Occupying one of the last standing buildings from the WWII Selman Army Airfield Navigation School, this totally renovated facility is filled with more exhibits and artifacts than one would ever believe. The aviation portion highlights three historic chapters in the nation's and Monroe's history: the Navigation School (largest in the country at the time) that trained over 15,000 navigators during WWII; the birth of Delta Airlines from a regional crop dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers.
It's time to explore and shop some more. Atomic Vintage offers retro furniture and funky vintage items. While you're there, grab one of their local T-shirts to commemorate your visit!
Grab your camera and be ready to be inspired as you stroll down Art Alley. Take in the murals and browse the galleries filled with amazing artwork by local artists.
Flying Heart Brewing & Pub
You have had a busy day, so it's time to relax and enjoy a cold brew. Flying Heart Brewing & Pub serves six beers served year-round and a rotating variety of seasonal brews that are sure to please any palate. They're known for unique craft pizzas made with fresh ingredients on thin, NY-style dough. They also have rotating monthly pizzas, so you can look forward to a new recipe every few weeks. You can find a variety of other foods, like big, German pretzels, chicken wings, and crawfish rub.