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M.S. Rau Antiques

Museum like antiques with a secret back room

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This opulent store, that is filled with high-end antiques, jewelry, and art, feels more like a museum than a store. The best part of this store is the trick door hiding a secret room in the back, which often houses works by painters you would normally see in museums or read about in textbooks. Sometimes the door to the secret room is propped open, but if not ask one of the employees to let you in.

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(888) 711-8084

630 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

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M.S. Rau Antiques

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Appetite Repair Shop

Hole in the wall serving gourmet take out dinners

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This Algiers Point hole-in-the wall serves up delectable, gourmet, take-out dinners until they run out. The menu changes daily, but you can bet whatever is available will be incredible. Once you receive your food, take it to the levee for a picnic, because there is no seating here. If your timing is right, you could pair your dinner with a great sunset.

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James McLeod

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Rosalita's Backyard Tacos

Alleyway counter slinging quality tacos

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This hole-in-the-fence, back alley taco shack is brought to you by two New Orleans restaurant veterans who open up their counter on (taco) Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9pm. Check their Facebook page for the day's menu and any updates on their hours. They don't serve alcohol, but you can BYO from Bud Rips down the street or order some of their homemade lemonade. Cash only.

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David Salazar

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Carriage House Bookshop

Hidden gem of a bookshop with great prices

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This true hidden gem is a far cry from your typical library book sale. Most of the books are new or only slightly used and while they don't stock everything, they offer a great selection. Not only are the majority of the books only $1, but all of the proceeds go to the library. If all of that isn't enough to convince you to visit, it is housed in the former carriage house of a beautiful St. Charles mansion that is now home to the Latter Branch Public Library. The only catch is that it is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 to 2.

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5120 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

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Carriage House Bookshop

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Mardi Gras Museum

Small costume filled museum above Arnaud’s

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This hidden museum above Arnaud's restaurant is named for Count Arnaud's daughter, Germaine Cazenave Wells, who reigned as queen over twenty-two Mardi Gras balls. The small museum filled with her and her family members' costumes is free and open to the public during the restaurant's operating hours.

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(504) 523-5433

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA

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The Music Box Village

Music-producing treehouses and event space

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This sound art installation is open to the public for exploration on the weekends, unless there is a private event going on, so check their website before heading over. They host performances and events during the week and art markets some weekends, so see if anything special is happening while you are in town.

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4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA

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