Brennan's Restaurant, New Orleans

Breakfast at Brennan’s is a must-do and best experienced as a leisurely affair replete with cocktails." (©Chris Granger)

New Orleans for Luxury Travelers

By Douglas Brantley on 01/18/16, updated 05/22/17
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It may seem as though New Orleans is all about crawfish boils and tailgating barbecues, but look in just about any local’s closet and you’ll likely spot shrimp boots and Saints jerseys sharing space with tuxedos and ball gowns. Sure, we dance in the mud at Jazzfest and crack crabs with bare hands; still, we count the nation’s first opera house and many of its oldest fine-dining establishments.

Here, we grab a po’boy or dive into a plate of red beans and rice with little thought to how lucky we are to be afforded such luxuries. But where can one truly indulge in champagne wishes and caviar dreams in the Crescent City? Prepare for some Southern swank.

Brennan's

(©Chris Granger)

Restaurants

Brennan's

When it shuttered in 2013, many locals feared their special occasion go-to was gone for good. Thankfully the legendary restaurant returned and has reclaimed its title as one of the city’s top dining destinations. Breakfast at Brennan’s is a must-do and best experienced as a leisurely, multicourse affair …complete with cocktails.

Royal Street has long ruled as the South’s antiquing epicenter, with M.S. Rau its crown jewel. The massive showroom spans centuries and continents with everything from fine art and furnishings to rare jewelry and timepieces. Searching for a 19th-century porcelain papal tazza? An English mahogany dining table for 32? You’ll find it here.

Lucullus

(©Shawn Fink)

Shopping

Lucullus

It seems only fitting that a city so obsessed with food would be home to the first culinary antiques store. For more than three decades, Lucullus has been sating epicureans’ hunger for fine-dining collectibles and rewarding gourmands, such as Martha Stewart, with gastronomic treasures from the 17th through 20th centuries.

The Shops at Canal Place

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Shopping

The Shops at Canal Place

Tiffany & Co., Coach, Michael Kors, Brooks Brothers, lululemon, Saks Fifth Avenue—luxe is the key word at this tony mall. Nationally renowned retailers are bolstered by local standouts, such as Mignon Faget and Wehmeiers. The third-floor movie theater offers nine screens and dining from the adjacent Gusto café.

Avery Fine Perfumery

(©Avery Fine Perfumery)

Shopping

Avery Fine Perfumery

Its location in a small industrial space near the Contemporary Arts Center provides the first whiff of evidence that this isn’t your average scents shop. At this “smell gallery” perfume is elevated to an art form. Rare fragrances and exclusive lines for both sexes are featured, such as Eight & Bob—the preferred cologne of JFK.

Longue Vue House & Gardens

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Attractions

Longue Vue House & Gardens

This 1930s estate, designed by noted New York architects William and Geoffrey Platt, was home to Sears heiress Edith Stern and her philanthropist husband Edgar. Now open to the public, the Classical Revival mansion is surrounded by pristine gardens laid out by Ellen Biddle Shipman, the “dean of American women landscape architects."

Waldorf Astoria Spa

(©Roosevelt Hotel)

Wellness

Waldorf Astoria Spa

An elegant escape inside the equally elegant Roosevelt Hotel. The sleek space, outfitted in warm woods and cool Venetian plaster, offers a wide range of body services, in addition to lavish indulgences. Double your pleasure with a couples massage including a bottle of champagne and fleur-de-lis chocolates. Ah, the sweet life.

Restaurant R'evolution

(©Royal Sonesta New Orleans)

Restaurants

Restaurant R'evolution

One state-of-the-art kitchen, two nationally celebrated chefs: That’s the recipe for success behind this romantic restaurant just off Bourbon Street. Take the “Caviar Staircase” before diving into “Death by Gumbo." After dessert (“White Chocolate Bread Pudding Crème Brûlée”) a jewelry box arrives, filled with complimentary bonus bites.

Square Root

(©Sara Essex Bradley/Square Root)

Restaurants

Root/Square Root

Cutting-edge chef Phillip Lopez’s cutting-edge eatery, Square Root, is one of the hottest tables in town and, at $150 a seat, one of the priciest. But think of it as dinner and a show. The 10- to 15-course meal includes live entertainment, with Lopez and staff showing off their innovative takes on modern cuisine from the open-air kitchen.

Patrick's Bar Vin

(©Shawn Fink)

Nightlife

Patrick's Bar Vin

How to cap off a luxurious day? With a nightcap, of course. Don’t let this elegant wine bar’s steps-from-Bourbon location fool you. With its moody lighting and cozy, clubby vibe, the sophisticated spot oozes European class and charm. Belgium-born oenophile Patrick Van Hoorebeek knows his stuff, which is evident in the extensive wine list.

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