So you’re in New Orleans for a conference and you’ve got two hours to spend on yourself before your next session. The French Quarter is great; but how about something different?. if you like architecture, food, shopping, and people watching, take a stroll on Magazine Street, from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue.
Where to go: Take a taxi or an Uber to the corner of Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue. Magazine Street crosses two other major streets. Walk six blocks up to Washington Avenue (Starbucks on the corner). Then, walk up another seven blocks to Louisiana Avenue. The street has a combination of residential homes, retail stores, and restaurants.
What Makes It Special: Magazine Street is just flat out full of New Orleans charm. There are some beautiful examples of classic New Orleans architecture, from Greek Revival to Italianate to simple shotgun houses. Shotguns are the most common type of residential structure in the city and, according to city lore, got the name because you can shoot a shotgun through the front door and watch the bullet travel straight through and out the back door.
Magazine Street also has some delightful shops and restaurants. Nadeau Furniture’s “furniture with soul” includes handcrafted furniture and home accessories. Funky Monkey specializes in vintage clothing and accessories for men and women. And we love the selection of goodies at the Fleurty Girl and Phina boutiques. Joey K’s, on the corner of Magazine and 7th Street, is one of the most popular eateries in town. Try the shrimp Remoulade salad and the fried crab claws.
Make Sure You: Walk one block over to Camp Street (which runs parallel to Magazine Street) between Philip and First Street. This block has some of the most beautiful examples of New Orleans architecture that we’ve ever seen. Back on Magazine Street, definitely shop at Defend NOLA. The shop uses part of the proceeds from its cool hats and t-shirts to support cultural organizations in the city. And don’t miss Queork! Everything in the store is made of cork, from shoes (!) to umbrellas to handbags to home accessories.
Also, you must try the specialty hot dogs at Dat Dog. Pick your sausage (a selection that includes crawfish, duck, and alligator sausages to German wieners to New Orleans hot sausage) and then your topping. For dessert, walk a few blocks back down Magazine to Sucre and try the chocolate, ice cream, or yummy macarons.