Cocktail bar with views of the city lit up at night
Modeled after a 1940's artist's loft, this chic rooftop bar at The Pontchartrain Hotel is a local favorite. This intimate bar has both indoor and outdoor seating where you can sip their incredible cocktails and take in an incredible view of the city.
The Avenue Pub
Internationally acclaimed bar with world-class beer list
This unassuming 24-hour spot on the St. Charles streetcar line has a world class beer list and delicious pub grub. The staff are super knowledgeable about their beers, so feel free to ask a few questions or just strike up a conversation. They have an awesome balcony upstairs overlooking St. Charles and they often host beer related events, so be on the lookout for those.
Some of the best pho in the city
Like much of Vietnam, New Orleans is subtropical, Catholic and nearly surrounded by water. So when the Vietnam War ended, many Vietnamese fled to New Orleans, bringing their food and traditions with them. Therefore the best pho in the city is an often debated topic, and Lilly's is alway near the top, if not in the number one spot. While the bowls of pho are massive, if you think you can manage, get an order of roasted pork spring rolls as well. They are closed on Sunday, but the delicious Pho Noi Viet isn't and it is only two blocks up Magazine.
Turkey and the Wolf
Inventive, delicious sandwiches
This quirky and nostalgia inducing sandwich spot with great cocktails is not your typical sandwich shop. After you order from the inventive and delicious menu take your number to an open table. Consider ordering their vanilla soft serve with some offbeat toppings before you leave. If you like this place, Chef Mason Hereford also runs the breakfast spot Molly's Rise and Shine.
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 from Uptown to Downtown: Momomin for minimal women's fashions, The GOOD Shop (just off Magazine) for locally sourced gifts with a cause, Miette for funky gifts, Sunday Shop for high design home goods, Century Girl Vintage for elegant vintage wares, Saint Claude Social Club (just off Magazine) for gorgeous accessories, Tchoup Industries (just off Magazine) for handmade bags and backpacks, Disko Obscura (just off Magazine) for records, Krewe for designer eyewear, and NOLA Mix Records for (unsurprisingly) records.
Stein's Market and Deli
Jewish-Italian deli with bagels and sandwiches
This deli serves bagels with schmear and meat-heavy sandwiches in addition to a-la-carte specialty meats, cheeses & beers. If you are a beer person, be sure to check out their separate beer room. Communal tables are available, but if you have a larger group, it is probably best to take your food to go.