The Elysian Bar
French style cocktail bar and cafe with small plates
This chic, French feeling bar is part of the Catholic church turned hotel, Hotel Peter and Paul. Run by the team from Bacchanal, they unsurprisingly have a great wine selection in addition to delicious, classic leaning cocktails. This gorgeous spot also prepares incredible small plates with French and Southern origins that shouldn't be missed. In the morning, it functions as a cafe with coffee from local roaster Congregation Coffee and some pastries available.
Loretta's Authentic Pralines
Loretta's recipe goes back five generations
Loretta opened her first shop in the 1980's, using a recipe her family can trace back five generations. In addition to making some of the best pralines in the city, her praline beignets and sweet potato cookies are also fan favorites. She has another location in the French Market.
Mardi Gras Zone
Costumes, produce, lasagna, they have it all
This funky and random general store that never closes has everything you can think of and more. It looks small from the outside but opens up when you walk through the door to a spacious, two story shop. You are greeted by sandwich, pizza, and salad counters and seating along with many different prepared food options. The next section has rows of groceries along with produce and other fresh items, many of which are organic. If you head upstairs, the second floor is filled with Mardi Gras merchandise, costumes and makeup. It's a fun place to wander around and pick up a snack or make a late night food run.
Packed with jazz joints
This is the spot for a night filled with live music. These two blocks of Frenchmen Street, from Checkpoint Charlie's and Dragon's Den on one end to Snug Harbor on the other, have more incredible live music than can be found in most cities. The best way to do Frenchmen is to wander the streets until you hear something you like and follow that music inside. Sometimes the best place to be is in the street milling about and listening to the street musicians or checking out the Palace Market that is open every night. Most of the spots have a small cover, with some of the prices jumping for performances by legends. Be sure to bring cash because many of the bars are cash only. Keep in mind that the bulk of the live music kicks off around 6. If you want a bit more description of each of the spots on Frenchmen, check out the info link below. If you have your heart set on seeing someone in particular, check WWOZ Livewire to see where they are playing during your visit. If you want to eat before starting your night, try the romantic Adolfo's above Apple Barrel. If you need sustenance after a long night try Dat Dog for a really good hot dog and balcony for people watching or 13 Monaghan (or just 13) for late night diner fare and tachos. Go forth and take in the music!
Robson Hatsukami Morgan
NOLA Art Walk
Colorful street art tour
This unique tour shows off a side of the city most tourists don't encounter. Starting at the beginning of Mural Mile, this tour is filled with stories and information about the art you are seeing. Not only will you leave with the beautiful photos you take, but also with a booklet filled with the Instagram information of the artists whose work you've just seen.
NOLA Art Walk
Curated mens and womens vintage pieces
The clothes at this hip vintage shop run on the more casual side, especially in the men's section. The women's section can be dressed up a bit more with many dress and skirt options. They also have an area of little unique items like pipes, knives, jewelry and artwork. You will definitely walk aways with something unique from the hidden gem.