The Best International Cuisine In New Orleans

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Lauren Gruber

The flavorful cuisines of New Orleans combine the influences of many cultural traditions; from Creole to Afro-Carribean. Read on for our guide to the best international restaurants in this Louisiana city.

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1. Bennachin

Bar, Restaurant, American

Bennachin doesn’t skimp on quality when it comes to its vegetarian-friendly, West African food. The BYOB enchants with lunch specials and its plentiful Gambian and Cameroonian dishes. The Sisay Singho is sure to please, with its baked chicken, plantains and coconut rice. It’s a great hidden gem for low-key, laid-back lunches. Any vegetable dish served over cous cous and their tomato sauce is award-worthy. Sukho ThaiThe Thai restaurant features a delicious variety of dishes with a full bar including fine wine, sakes, Asian beers and Thai specialty cocktails. The fresh ingredients are standouts, with extensive vegetarian and vegan entree options on the menu. Patrons can also order by spice level. Don’t miss out on the seafood and noodle options with spicy and tangy sauces.

2. Carmo


Located in the Warehouse district, Carmo serves tropical, Caribbean, Latin American and Brazilian cuisines with plentiful vegetarian and vegan dishes. They emphasize their fresh, organic ingredients in their traditionally-inspired plates. These dishes aren’t boring, as the chefs know flavoring and seasoning. Rico sandwiches and broken noodle dishes are standouts, but also try their exotic tropical fruit drinks with the likes of caja and cacau.

Carmo, 527 Julia St New Orleans, LA 70130 504-875-4132

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3. Magasin

Cafe, Bakery, Grocery Store, Vietnamese, Fast Food

Magasin Vietnamese Cafe, New Orleans
The Vietnamese Cafe, Magasin, inspires with its authentic pho dishes and banh mi sandwiches. Customers love their specialty egg rolls. For something light, lemongrass chicken or vermicelli with veggies is a good option. ©Megg/Flickr

4. Atchafalaya Restaurant

Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary

Great for brunch, but open until the late evening, Atchafalaya servers makes your cravings and fantasies come true. For brunch, a Bloody Mary bar is set up with fun additions like hot sauces. Specialties like alligator sausage and eggs atchafalaya, with jumbo lump crab and hollandaise sauce, are standouts, but also look out for their Southern comfort foods like fried green tomatoes and house-made cocktails. ©Robert Young/Flickr

5. K-Paul’s


K Paul’s offers gourmet Cajun and Creole cuisine to hungry residents and visitors of New Orleans. Must-trys are the blackened drum and the pan fried rabbit. Among the other Cajun delicacies are the pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo. It’s also set in a stunning 1834 French quarter structure with seasonal balcony seating.

K-Paul’s, 416 Chartres St New Orleans, LA 70130 504-596-2530

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