Fancy Creole spot that is as good as ever
This James Beard Award winning grand dame has perfected the art of hospitality over the last 125 years. Their haute Creole cuisine & whimsical spaces require a reservation and jacket to be served. Run by the Brennans, one of New Orleans' great culinary families, it was here that the great Ella Brennan launched the careers of Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. While they are incredible for dinner, this Garden District institution invented jazz brunch and serve lunch accompanied by 25¢ martinis.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Historic, above ground, Garden District cemetery
Located in the beautiful Garden District, this active cemetery is a great example of the above ground cemeteries characteristic of the city. It is the resting place of Judge John H. Ferguson of separate but equal fame from the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case, while Homer Plessy is laid to rest in St. Louis No 1. It also one of the city’s most filmed cemeteries, with appearances in Interview with the Vampire, American Horror Story: Coven, Deja Vu, and The Originals. It was the inspiration for the Mayfair Witches tomb in writer Anne Rice's popular series, much of which she wrote while living only a few blocks away. Keep in mind that it 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.
Innovative New American fare and fried chicken brunch
This trendy bistro serves adventurous, beautifully plated, southern-leaning fare, run by the James Beard Award finalists, Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus. They have a very popular brunch on the weekend where the fried chicken platter is a must, but their dinner service should not be missed either. If you like this place, you should try their new, more casual place Thalia as well. Reservations are recommended at this local favorite.
The original, but still one of the best
Years ago, New Orleans was something of a beer capital in the US, brewing beers like Dixie, Jax, Falstaff and Regal in the city. Over the years, production waned and Hurricane Katrina knocked out the final brewery that remained. In 2008, NOLA Brewing set out to change that by bringing local beer back to the city. They started a movement and just over ten years later, there are twelve breweries in the city, with more opening every year. Their two story taproom with a roof deck has over 20 beers on tap and serves the incredible McClure's BBQ out of an interior window. They run tours on Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00, and on the weekend from 2:00 to 4:00 that are free and open to the public.
The Columns Hotel
St. Charles hotel bar with porch seating
This 1883 converted Italianate home is the perfect place to sip a drink on a nice day. Order a drink at the grand, dark wood-lined bar inside before grabbing a table on the large front porch that overlooks the live oak lined St. Charles streetcar line.
Boutiques, galleries & top chefs
Welcome to Magazine, one of the longest shopping streets in the country with almost 5 miles of continuous shops, galleries, and restaurants. As you are walking, pop in to any stores that catch your eye but keep an eye out for these favorites of ours that are listed in order from Downtown to Uptown: DNO for local clothing and accessories, Zele and Garden District Marketplace for local art and gifts, French Truck for coffee, Magazine Antique Mall for antiques and chachkies galore, Terrance Osborne Gallery for colorful local art, Funky Monkey for vintage clothes, accessories and costumes, United Apparel Liquidators for deeply discounted designer wares, Hemline for modern womens clothes, and Lionheart Prints for stationary and gifts.