Bywater American Bistro
New American fare in a hip, casual space
James Beard Award winning chef Nina Compton’s sophomore effort is inspired by local and international flavors for this truly American Bistro. Everything on this innovative menu is delicious, so ask your server to guide you through it. Reservations are recommended. If you enjoyed your meal here, try her other spot Compere Lapin.
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. While they are incredible for dinner, this Garden District institution invented jazz brunch and serve lunch accompanied by 25¢ martinis. Various descendants of the Brennans, one of the great New Orleans restaurant families, own fourteen restaurants in the city. The one thing they all have in common is family matriarch Ella Brennan, who helped her brother and father start the original Brennan's in 1943. While she herself didn't cook, her refined palate dictated the offerings at her restaurant where she launched the careers of greats like Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme. During her time, she invented Bananas Foster with the help of Brennan's head chef, Paul Blangé, based on a dish her mother used to make. Though she died in 2018, she is remembered for putting dignified Creole cuisine as well as Cajun country classics on the culinary map, all while providing some of the best service the country has ever seen. Another legendary New Orleans institution, Dooky Chase's, was run by James Beard Award winning chef Leah Chase, who served Creole staples to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama in her art-filled dining room. Though she passed away in 2019 at the age of 96, she never retired and could often be seen greeting guests in the dining hall or preparing her famous gumbo in the kitchen. And while the Queen of Creole got her nickname from her cooking, that isn't all she is remembered for. In the 1960's Dooky Chase's became the meeting place of local civil rights activists. When Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders needed a secret spot to hold their meetings, Dooky Chase's second floor was the place. While these meetings were technically illegal, Dooky Chase's was so popular that authorities didn't shut them down because they feared public backlash. But that didn't mean that the restaurant avoided all retribution. In 1965, a pipe bomb exploded outside the restaurant, with the interior of the building the most likely target. Mrs. Chase is remembered for her incredible food, her contribution to the civil rights movement, her support of the arts, and for being the inspiration for Tiana in The Princess and the Frog.
The Women of NOLA Tour
Learn about the ladies who shaped New Orleans
While most historical tours talk about the men of New Orleans, this 2.5 hour walking tour shines a light on the city's leading ladies. Learn about the women from New Orleans's early years through to today who have shaped the city and its culture.
Tours by Steven
Neyow's Creole Café
Homestyle Creole classics
While the best place to get many of the dishes the region is known for is inside someone's home, Neyow's is one of the few restaurants where you can get good homestyle cooking. Chef Tanya Dubuclet makes a mean gumbo, her charboiled oysters are popular and you can't go wrong with her red beans and rice with fried chicken or any of her seafood. All that food goes nicely with their signature Bow Wow punch.
Fine art galleries, grand antiques and gift shops
Strolling down Royal Street gives you the quintessential French Quarter experience, with tons of shops, people in the streets and music all around. The best way to do it is to start at Hotel Monteleone, stopping in for a drink at the Carousel Bar if you so choose, and wander down the street listening to buskers and popping in and out of stores. These are some Female Owned spots on Royal we think you should check out: Glitter Box NO is an art and gift boutique run by and for women, Nadine Blake offers a curated selection of home decor, stationary, gifts and art, Fifi Mahony's for all of your outlandish wig needs, Porter Lyons (just off Royal) for modern, bohemian jewelry, Antieau Gallery and Gallery Two for contemporary art.
Iberville Street & Royal Street
Magnolia Yoga Studio
Inclusive environment for hot yoga
Magnolia is New Orleans's first Black-owned yoga studio where everyone is welcome to join their hot yoga classes. If you are looking for something a bit more lighthearted and fun, check out their #musicmonday classes.