Step through the impressive doors into Rue de la Course Coffeehouse at the corner of S. Carrollton and Oak St. and you can feel the history; the building has been around since the early 1900’s. Back then it was known as Merchants Bank and was the third largest bank in the U.S. offering services to those in the import/export trade.
Just steps off the Carrollton streetcar line, this is your kind of place if you appreciate super high ceilings, expansive windows, and a counter that goes on and on. You’re surrounded by intricate relief and frieze architectural details. Keep your eyes out for the gargoyles over the arches and note the fleur de lis details in the vintage chandelier.
There’s plenty of indoor seating with great wooden tables and chairs. You can also sit on the second level or sip your coffee al fresco at one of the sidewalk tables.
Rue de la Course serves a variety of bagel sandwiches and their pastries and desserts are made fresh daily. Trivia: the name Rue de la Course is French for Race Street, that’s the street where the coffeehouse originated.
Good to Know:
- Rue de la Course is located at 1140 S. Carrollton Ave.
- Hours are 6:30AM-11PM Monday-Friday & 7AM-11PM Saturday-Sunday
- Free WI-FI available with any purchase
- There’s another location at 3121 Magazine St.
- Locals will recall that Rue de la Course had several locations throughout the city pre-Katrina