Baton Rouge on a Budget

Here's some top picks for enjoying the capital city without spending a fortune.

USS Kidd

Tour the U.S.S. Kidd, a fletcher-class destroyer

Let's dig into some of Baton Rouge’s hidden gems and local favorites that don’t break the bank. Here are our Top 10 favorite places, and none cost more than $10 to enjoy.

Uncle E’s Wings & Things

Price Breakdown: combos <$10

With items like Gucci, Huh Bruh and Plum Stupid on the menu, you have to stop by here as soon as possible. This local eatery is anchored by its incredibly inexpensive, floor-length menu, which features our favorite six-inch, three-meat burger (beef patties, hot sausage links, and bacon), The Apostle.  Go with an empty stomach, and you’ll leave with a satisfied smile. 

Main Street Market

Price Breakdown: <$10

This market, located on Main Street, features a collection of local shops and restaurants such as GoYaYa’s Crepes, FRESH Salads and Wraps, and TaylorMade Gourmet. Any day of the week, you will want to seek out the market’s unique fare.  It’s also home to the Red Stick Farmers Market on Saturdays. 

Atcha Bakery & Café  

Price Breakdown: $5

Considered to be some of the best Mediterranean in the city, this café is also one of our favorites.  Where else in Baton Rouge can you get a gyro wrap, a ton of hummus and a drink for so cheap?  Yeah, stop thinking. At Atcha, the food is fantastic and the service is even better.  If you’re nice, they might hook you up with some delicious baklava. 

Coffee Call

Price Breakdown: <$10

If you want some late-night coffee with a taste of New Orleans, then look no further.  You can treat a friend to café au lait and beignets for very little.  Grab extra napkins as the warm beignets are covered in powdered sugar.  Eat, drink and be messy!

Chelsea’s Café

Price Breakdown: $10

Like a troll under the bridge, Chelsea’s sits under the Perkins Road Overpass ready to snatch you, but you won’t be disappointed to be pulled in.  Whether you’re coming to eat, view the art, or hear a comedy show, the café has a little bit of everything.  We usually go for the indie/folk bands the venue books. While there, check out the local art gallery for no extra cost. 

Varsity Theatre 

Price Breakdown: $10 (ticket prices do vary, and some are more than $10)

When you think of Baton Rouge, music and LSU come to mind.  Both thoughts combine here in the North Gate area near campus.  The theater has hosted big artists such as Jason Aldean and local favorites such as Meriwether, Better than Ezra and The Michael Foster Project.  The Varsity is one of our favorite places to get our musical bang for our buck. 

Shaw Center for the Arts

Price Breakdown: Free

You can’t fully enjoy downtown Baton Rouge without stopping by the Shaw Center.  The enormous museum complex provides activities for families and for couples looking for a romantic evening.  While we skip the romantic dinners with each other, we enjoy visiting the LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery, which is free.  If art isn’t your thing, move on up like George and Weezie to Tsunami for some amazing sushi and an awesome view of the city from their rooftop deck.  To eat cheaply there, order the Grande Isle Roll for $6.  

LSU Lakes

Price Breakdown: Free

We rarely love to run, but when we do decide to stop eating and exercise, we put on our best varsity gear and head for the LSU Lakes.  The Lakes provide a nice setting—much better than a standard gym.  Seeing all of the grand houses, oak trees and LSU’s campus makes us forget we’re working out.  We should do this more often!

BREC Extreme Sports and Skate Park

Price Breakdown: Free

We love to rock and roll—as in rock climbing and rolling on mountain bikes and skateboards.  This is the only place to do all of that.  We split up on the wheels and meet back up at the rock-climbing tower.  If extremities aren’t your favorite, there’s beach volleyball, baseball, tennis and a playground for kids. 

Levee/ USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial

Price Breakdown: Free (Levee)/$8 for adults (USS Kidd)

Walk along the levee bordering the mighty Mississippi River and you’ll find a dock commonly known as the “Paper Clips” for its unusual appearance, steep hills to roll down, casinos and the USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial.  At the Louisiana Memorial Plaza, spend time looking at the names of fallen heroes and the eternal flame and reading the stories of our nation’s brave heroes.  Walk the decks of this World War II destroyer. Visiting this attraction is worth every penny.