Magazine Street (aka “the street of dreams”) stretches six miles, from Canal Street all the way Uptown to Audubon Zoo. Along the way are dozens and dozens of cool shops and hip boutiques to explore. You could spend a full day poking around—and should. Here, we scout out its first few blocks between Canal and Natchez streets.
Raise a glass to “the official cocktail of New Orleans” at the Sazerac House museum (opening Oct. 2). Sidestep onto Gravier Street to sneak a peek at the wiener-shaped Lucky Dog pushcarts made famous in “A Confederacy of Dunces,” then take a stroll through the Eliza Jane hotel’s cool lobby and courtyard.
Get the day underway with breakfast and bloody marys at the Ruby Slipper Café. (You’ll find a second location in the 2800 block.) Couvant’s menu focus is full-on French—steak tartare, Lyonnaise salads, moules frites. At the Chophouse it’s all about USDA prime beef and seasonal stone crabs (offered October through May).
Open 24/7, the Everything Shoppe lives up to its moniker with everything from convenience-store staples and tacky souvenirs to a huge selection of booze, beer and wine. Bag a few signature glasses from the Sazerac House, before checking out the easy-breezy women’s wear at Farrah Boutique.
Buzz NOLA offers guided electric-bike tours and weekend night rides on blinged-out cruisers. Hang with the hipsters at the Eliza Jane’s atrium bar, or grab a local brew with the service-industry crowd at the aptly named Little Bar on Gravier.