City Guide - New Orleans - 6/6/14

New Orleans has been described as so many things: romantic, magical, mysterious, full of ghosts and history, and it is all true. But, New Orleans is more than these words. Years of turmoil, corruption and multi-cultural influence make New Orleans a city so unique the word unique does it no justice. From the regal homes of the Garden District to the bustle of the French Quarters to the unparalleled cuisine and nightlife every visit to the Big Easy is the experience of a lifetime.

TO STAY

Melrose Mansion

Glorious is the only word to describe this lovely boutique on Esplanade Avenue a couple blocks from Bourbon Street. This renovated plantation house has all of it’s original charm, accented with modern touches and luxurious details. 937 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 944-2255

Hotel Royal

Nestled deep in the French Quarter in a renovated Creole townhouse this cozy little boutique is perfect for a quiet getaway. Just far enough from the noise of Bourbon and Decatur Street, but close enough to indulge any late night urge to join the party. 1006 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 524-3900

 

The Column Hotels

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The Columns Hotel is a New Orleans institution. Located on St. Charles Ave in the Garden District this grand hotel a legendary bar with signature cocktails and an excellent porch where you can idly watch the streetcar go by. 3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

 

TO EAT

Atchafalaya

Atchafalaya’s is an ideal restaurant for any foodie. The atmosphere is quiet and intimate, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, the location is discreet. The food is a dream. Impeccably balanced dishes leave you with the taste of New Orleans. The Free-Form Crab Ravioli is a masterpiece. 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

 

Quarter Master

For 30 years Quartermaster has been serving the French Quarter 24/7. Located beyond the “Lavender Line” this “Nellie Deli” serves the best of New Orleans with a whole lot of sass. Best place for late night Po’boys. 1100 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 529-1416 La

 

Boulangerie

This charming French bakery opened on Magazine Street by two brothers in the late 90s. You will NEVER eat a better almond croissant in your life…and everything else here is pretty good, too. 4600 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 269-3777

 

 

TO SHOP

Magazine Street

Anyone looking to experience the splendor of Uptown New Orleans should meander down Magazine Street. This sprawling collection of antique shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants is sure to enchant the most professional browser. Start Uptown (Near Audubon Park) Or Downtown (At Canal Street).

 

The Shops @ Canal Place

A flawless start to any day in the French Quarter, the shops at Canal Place offer the best in high-end style right at the mouth of the Quarter. 333 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 504.522.9200

 

 

Trashy Diva

This local shop features a large assortment of vintage inspired dresses, shoes, and jewelry. Female and locally owned this shop has grown from one location to six charming little hubs for the stlyish. 2048 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 299-8777

 

 

Fifi Mahoney’s

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If you can dream it you can be it. Fifi Mahoney’s is a very fun place specializing in extravagant custom wigs, exclusive cosmetics and costume accessories. 934 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 525-4343

 

 

TO DO

Contemporary Arts Center

The CAC is a large interactive art space with modern works, performances and special events. This is a major cultural hub in NOLA. 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 528-3805

 

 

French Quarter Phantoms

Not your ordinary ghost tour, FQ Phantom’s walking tours are given by master storytellers making the French Quarter’s rich history come alive. You can choose between ghosts, vampires and true crime to name a few. Locally owned and operated Phantom walking tours loves to entertain. 625 Saint Phillip St., New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 666-8300, (888) 90-GHOST

French Quarter

Known as the Vieux Carré, the French Quarter sits on the crescent of the Mississippi. It is the heart and soul of New Orleans. Brimming with history and culture this community is has plenty to see.

 

 

HOW TO GET AROUND

New Orleans has an extensive and easy to understand public transportation system. The streetcar runs from Uptown to Downtown and there is a system of buses that run the entire city. Daily, weekly, and monthly passes called Jazzy Passes are available for purchase from local shops, online or from a bus driver or a streetcar conductor.

WHAT TO WEAR

New Orleans is traditionally very hot almost year round, however, in Autumn the weather gets cooler and you might require a light sweater or cardigan in the evenings.

ADDRESS BOOK

TO STAY

Melrose Mansion 937 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 944-2255
Hotel Royal 1006 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 524-3900
The Columns Hotel 3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

TO EAT

Atchafalaya 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Quarter Master 1100 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 529-1416
La Boulangerie 4600 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 269-3777

TO SHOP

Magazine Street Start Uptown (Near Audubon Park) Or Downtown (At Canal Street).
The Shops @ Canal Place 333 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 504.522.9200
Trashy Diva 2048 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 299-8777
Fifi Mahoney’s 934 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 525-4343

TO DO

Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 528-3805
French Quarter Phantoms 625 Saint Phillip St., New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 666-8300
French Quarter Canal Street to Esplanade between Decatur Street and Rampart

Frances Eugenia