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A Perfect Day in New Orleans: Mignon Faget's Itinerary

The iconic jeweler designs an iconic day in the city

Born and raised in the Crescent City, Mignon Faget's New Orleans is as multifaceted as her four-decade career. So how does the popular jewelry designer pass a good time? Follow in her footsteps. 

8:30 am: Park and go

“I live on Bayou St. John, so I would advise starting the day at Morning Call in City Park. It’s in a beautiful building we used to call the casino.” 

9 am: Down on the bayou

“Take a short walk along the bayou. You can also arrange for a kayak or canoe ride. Mid-City has its own type of beauty. It’s not the Garden District by any means, but it’s a very early settlement with a lot of history and a mixture of shotgun, raised and plantation houses. There’s the Pitot House and the rectory for Our Lady of the Rosary—both very early, historic buildings. The bayou was actually the portage that the Indians used to come from the lake to the river.”

Pitot House
The circa-1799 Pitot House was home to the first mayor of incorporated New Orleans. (©Louisiana Landmarks Society)

10 am: Museum quality

“From there, go to the New Orleans Museum of Art, its outdoor sculpture garden and City Park’s Botanical Gardens.”

12:30 pm: Going once, going twice…

“Head uptown to the Neal Auction Company, my favorite auction house. Then have lunch at La Petite Grocery. The salads are to die for, and their soups I love.”

La Petite Grocery
La Petite Grocery is located in a former corner market. (©La Petite Grocery)

2:30 pm: The art of loafing

“Visit my flagship Mignon Faget gallery at 3801 Magazine Street and wander around Magazine, which is a lot of fun. Then visit the Newcomb Art Gallery on the Tulane University campus. They have major-class exhibits there.”

Newcomb Art Gallery
In addition to rotating exhibits, the Newcomb Art Gallery features a wide variety of Arts + Crafts Newcomb pottery. (©Newcomb Art Gallery)

6 pm: Meaux, please

“Have an early dinner at Meauxbar. It’s so unpretentious; you’ll see local people there rather than tourists.”

7:30 pm: Classic act

“End the day just across the street in Armstrong Park, where you can take in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.”