Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side
The northwestern part of Louisiana, in and around Shreveport-Bossier City, is a little different than the rest of the state. It’s a mixture of spicy Cajun tradition and wide-open Texas spirit, “where cowboy meets Creole.” Here, spicy Louisiana crawfish meet cowboy-cut ribeye steaks. The music that drifts through the air could be Dixieland jazz or Texas roadhouse blues, depending on which side of the street you’re on.
“Louisiana’s Other Side” is a term used to describe our location in the state and our unique combination of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole culture and East Texas cowboy heritage. From the glittering excitement of the casinos to the wonderful array of festivals, the mouth-watering local cuisine, fantastic shopping and numerous outdoor activities, museums and attractions – Shreveport-Bossier has all of the necessary ingredients for a memorable getaway. Visit www.shreveport-bossier.org to explore all that Louisiana’s Other Side has to offer.
From boutiques to antiques, Shreveport-Bossier offers a variety of shopping options.
The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk, situated on the Red River in Bossier City, is the largest outlet, lifestyle, dining and entertainment destination in Louisiana. Explore more than 60 outlet stores and restaurants in the Boardwalk and, when you’re finished, wrap up your day with a movie at the Regal Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14 and IMAX. Head over to the famous Line Avenue shopping district, which has more than 75 specialty shops including fantastic antique malls, unique clothing boutiques and more. Southeast Shreveport is one of the fastest-growing shopping areas in Shreveport-Bossier, offering a diverse selection of shops located along Youree Drive. Be sure to dine at local favorites such as Strawn’s Eat Shop or Fairfield Grocery if you’re shopping in the neighborhood.
Shreveport-Bossier is home to more than 30 museums and galleries of every imaginable size and type. Writing for the Wall Street Journal in 2012, art critic Willard Spiegelman described R.W. Norton Art Gallery – which sits on 43 acres of lush garden space in the center of Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood – as “an excellent little museum…worth a detour or even a trip.” “The Norton,” as it is known to locals, is home to a collection of American and European art spanning seven centuries.
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is Louisiana’s only Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The museum is home to an unpredictable assortment of original art and historic artifacts, manuscripts and documents, including paintings by celebrated folk artist Clementine Hunter, a collection of Native American artifacts comprising the Webb Native American Galleries, and a mind-bogglingly intricate gallery of 22 beeswax dioramas known as “Louisiana in Miniature.”
Downtown Shreveport rewards artsy explorers with a variety of cultural attractions. Artspace, under the direction of Academy Award-winning writer and illustrator William Joyce, is a beautifully-restored gallery housing nationally-touring exhibits on three floors. Downtown Shreveport is also home to the Official State Theatre of Louisiana. The glorious Strand Theatre, a lovingly-restored 1925 “movie palace,” rivals the world’s finest opera houses. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Strand has been recognized by USA Weekend magazine as “one of the top five glitziest theatres for live performance anywhere in the United States.”
Located just steps from the Strand Theatre’s entrance, Robinson Film Center is a two-screen, not-for-profit cinema arts complex exhibiting independent, foreign and classic cinema daily. In addition to film exhibition, the venue hosts several annual film festivals, offers hands-on film production classes for children of all ages, and is home to Abby Singer’s Bistro, a full-service restaurant and bar featuring Shreveport’s only outdoor dining balcony.
From traditional Cajun and Creole favorites like crawfish étouffée, gumbo, po-boys and jambalaya to global cuisines including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and more, Shreveport-Bossier’s food scene is a unique blend of many cultures that could only be found in Louisiana. Click here to view the Locals Eat Here guide, a popular guide to local restaurants in Shreveport-Bossier.
Looking to taste some local legends? Visit Herby-K’s, a seafood joint serving up rich, spicy crawfish étouffée and their signature “Shrimp Buster” sandwiches since 1936; or head to Fertitta’s Delicatessen, an Italian sandwich shop that opened in 1927 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Save room for dessert, because no trip to Shreveport-Bossier is complete without sampling the acclaimed ice box pies at Strawn’s Eat Shop, which have been profiled in Southern Living and featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Looking for an off-the-beaten-path gem? Head to Kim's Seafood and Po-Boy for po-boy sandwiches stuffed with Louisiana seafood, spicy boiled crawfish and shrimp, and “only in Louisiana” creations like handmade crawfish eggrolls.
Louisiana is also known for unique libations, an area in which Shreveport-Bossier excels. A number of local restaurants specialize in serving traditional Louisiana cocktails. Try a Pimm’s Cup at 2Johns Steak & Seafood, a Hurricane at Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant or a Sazerac from Wine Country Bistro.
Shreveport-Bossier City’s six riverboat casinos and live horseracing track lend 24-hour excitement to Louisiana's Other Side. No matter when you visit, you'll find something new and unexpected, as our casinos regularly add machines, tables and games. Whether you love a good slot machine or enjoy table games such as Black Jack, Big Six or Roulette, you'll find excitement here.
Our list of fun spots includes: Horseshoe Hotel & Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino, DiamondJacks Casino Resort & Hotel, Eldorado Casino Resort & Hotel, Boomtown Casino & Hotel, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, a horse track and casino. The most recent addition to Shreveport-Bossier’s gaming options, Margaritaville Resort Casino, is located adjacent to The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.
Louisiana's Other Side is an interesting mix of modern convenience and natural beauty, providing visitors and locals alike with the opportunity to enjoy outdoor fun without having to stray too far. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise, and Shreveport-Bossier City offers a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. Our convenient location straddling the Red River means fishing and water sports are plentiful, while Cross Lake offers a postcard-perfect vision of romance, fun, and relaxation for an afternoon on its shores.
Looking for something truly unique to our area? Have a close encounter with gators galore at Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo, where adventurous visitors can zip-line through the swamp! Climb aboard the Spirit of the Red River Cruise for a fun, educational boat tour. Hike seven miles of nature trails at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, or just pack your things and head out for some of the best fishing you'll find anywhere.
Don’t forget to bring your clubs, because we've got excellent golf courses. Try Hal Sutton’s signature course, Olde Oaks Golf Club, Fred Couples’ signature course, The Golf Club at StoneBridge or any of our other fine courses. When you're on Louisiana's Other Side, you're never far off course.
For more information on things to see, do, taste and experience, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org. To learn about upcoming events in the community, visit www.sbfunguide.com. To keep up with the latest news from Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side through social media, “Like” us on Facebook or “Follow” us on Twitter.