New Orleans isn’t exactly known for its cutting-edge fashions, but that’s not to say it isn’t fashionable. Recently named one of the Top 10 “World’s Best Cities” by Travel + Leisure, the Crescent City is trending with a stylish flair as unique as its music and cuisine.
Grab an espresso at mod Merchant and a great crepe to go with it; try the egg-and-coppa version. Then get shopping.
Start at Rubenstein’s, which has been outfitting fashionable locals for more than nine decades, or the spanking new Art of Shaving just next door, where male grooming is elevated from necessity to indulgence. Guys will also be drawn to Adian Gill for Men, where the ho-hum hot towel shave gets kicked way, way up a notch and cool bow ties and other accessories complement the imported shaving products.
Sport your new chapeaux during lunch at über-chic Root, where chef Phillip Lopez’s creative dishes are almost too artful to eat. Order the Indian-spiced aloo gobi and the Cohiba-smoked scallops, which arrive in a cigar box.
Designer bargains abound just steps away at the new Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, the nation’s first urban outlet mall. Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Coach and Johnson & Murphy are among the more than 70 stores featured, while the nearby Shops at Canal Place sparkles with Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue and other upscale boutiques. You'll find even more great stores—more than 120—just minutes from Canal Street at the Lakeside Shopping Center.
All that retailing can leave a serious shopper parched. Drop your bags off, then rehydrate at the hotel bar. Check out the WPA-era murals and the namesake cocktail at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt, or let bar chef Lu Brow whip up something special at the Loews' Swizzle Stick Bar. Or get happy with $4 highballs and $3 shrimp-and-tasso pinchos at SoBou in the "W" French Quarter.
Indulge in elegance at ritzy Restaurant R’evolution, where the stylish interior carries over to the dishes’ dramatic presentations. Take the show-stopping “Death by Gumbo,” for instance, in which the rice is stuffed into a whole quail, or the after-dinner sweets showcased in jewelry boxes.
After dinner, ease into one of the sleek patent-leather banquettes at adjacent Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The Grammy-winning trumpeter performs on Wednesdays, but you’ll find incredible acts on stage any night of the week.
Follow the music (and music lovers) to the trendy Marigny neighborhood, where the beat goes on way into the wee hours, as does the hyper-hip outdoor Frenchmen Art Market.