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Weekend Getaway for the Shopping Enthusiast

Ruston, LA 71270

Ruston is the most dreamy spot for a weekend trip. We may be biased, but we feel as though our charming city has something for any type of traveler. We have created an itinerary for those who have come to Ruston ready to shop til they drop. 



Kick the weekend off with a trip to Board and Bottle downtown. They serve delicious coffee, along with scones, and other tasty breakfast or lunch options. The cozy and eclectic atmosphere is a perfect place to visit with friends and plan out your weekend activities. Once you’re caffeinated, head out to explore charming Downtown Ruston. Be sure to carve out a few minutes to stop and do a mini photoshoot in front of one of downtown’s colorful murals


Ruston’s walkable downtown is the ideal place to shop and stroll. Some of the must-visit shops include Boutique Barr, Chartreuse Pear, The Collective, Garden Baby, and No. 9 Books & Records. A full list of downtown stores can be found here. Take a short walk across the tracks to Uptown Downtown for lunch and treats. From light wraps to specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, their menu has something that is sure to hit the spot. 


Go ahead and break out one of the new outfits you bought for dinner and drinks at Trio’s, known for their Mediterranean-inspired menu and gourmet specials. In addition to an impressive menu, Trio's also offers a fantastic bar that serves beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. 



The best way to start a Saturday morning in Ruston is at the Farmers Market. This open-air market features fresh produce, eggs, jams, salsas, baked goods and other locally-made items. The market is open year-round every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm. 


While you’re in Bulldog country be sure to get yourself some official Louisiana Tech Merch from FanBase. For lunch, head over to Ponchatoulas, a staple of Downtown Ruston. This Louisiana Tech alumni-owned restaurant offers Cajun classics and southern specialties in a family-friendly atmosphere. Make your way over to Lauren Roebuck Designs to find some art, furniture or decor to bring back home with you.



After a long day of shopping, you’ll probably be ready for dinner and drinks. Roma Italian Bistro is a fun option for a night out. Good food, cold drinks, and a great atmosphere is the usual Saturday night scene at this local establishment. Make sure to check our calendar for any events.




Before your weekend is over, make your way to Park Ave Diner for a delicious Sunday brunch. Their menu offers classic brunch dishes and mimosas. Aside from truly delicious food and wonderful service, Park Ave Diner provides a relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for your Sunday morning.


We hope you enjoy your weekend experience in Ruston, complete with some great, local shopping. Be sure to come visit again soon!


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