Arcadian Books & Prints
Toppling with books written in many languages
While this magical, chaotic, gravity defying selection of books towering to the ceiling feels disorganized, there is a little bit of a method to the madness. So if you are looking for something in particular, Russell can find you anything you need. This hole in the wall has a extensive collection of French language books, in addition to offerings in other languages as well. Even if you just stop in for a second to admire the teetering stacks and take in the bookstore smell, this place is a must visit for book lovers.
Faulkner House Books
Faulkner’s former home turned bookshop
This tiny hole in the wall near Jackson square that was the home of William Faulkner is a bookstore with a focus on American literature. They highlight southern authors, especially ones who spent time in the city like Tennessee Williams and of course William Faulkner. Faulkner lived here in 1925 when he was writing Soldier's Pay and he is rumored to still haunt the place, especially when pretty young ladies are around. While this quaint bookstore can get crowded, it is considered one of the most charming bookstores in the country and national literary landmark.
Tennessee Williams House
Where he conceived A Streetcar Named Desire
While he was from Mississippi, Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams moved to New Orleans when he was 28 and made this city his adopted home. While he lived in many different places throughout the French Quarter over the next 44 years, this is where he was living when he came up with A Streetcar Named Desire. He could hear the clanging of the streetcar that used to run down Royal Street through the open windows of his apartment. Every year New Orleans hosts the Tennessee Williams Festival, complete with a 'Stella' shouting contest.
French Truck Coffee
Beloved local chain and roaster
With coffee shops in the CBD, French Quarter, Lower Garden District, Irish Channel and Milan, you are never too far from one of their bright yellow buildings. If you love their coffee, you can take a bag home with you from one of their shops or from most of the grocery stores in the city.
French Truck Coffee
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Inspiration for the Mayfair witches tomb
Located in the beautiful Garden District, this active cemetery is a great example of the above ground cemeteries characteristic of the city. The cast iron tomb of the Karstendiek family that is in the cemetery was Anne Rice's inspiration for the vampire the Mayfair witches tomb in her trilogy. In fact, when Interview With the Vampire was turned into a movie, they filmed a scene here. Rice wrote many of her books while living a few blocks away at 1239 First Street and often peppers her pages with bits of inspiration from the city. She isn't the only writer who lived nearby. F. Scott Fitzgerald only lived in the city for a month but it was at a pivotal time in his career. He stayed at 2900 Prytania Street in a boarding boarding house that overlooked the cemetery while he was editing This Side of Paradise, his soon to be breakthrough hit. Keep in mind that the cemetery closes at 3:00 on weekdays and 4:00 on weekends. If you would like to book a tour, check out Save Our Cemeteries linked below. If you want to do it yourself, click the information icon below for a self guided tour.