By Dina Fierro
The allure of New Orleans is simple. Despite a lush and fascinating history, the ‘Crescent City’ seduces visitors with a can’t miss mix of decadence that includes good ol’ Southern and Cajun cuisines, 24 hour bars and clubs, and seedy strip clubs and live sex shows on Bourbon (apologies but we couldn’t bring ourselves to check those out, even for the sake of journalism. Revoke our card if you must.) This writer paid a recent visit for an entirely delightful wedding, but managed to soak up some great shopping and delightful restaurants and bars along the way.
New Orleans got a tad sweeter with the recent opening of Sucre, a dessert boutique on trendy Magazine Street. Offerings include regionally inspired truffles, boxed chocolates (love that packaging!), gelato, macaroons and a full lunch menu. 3025 Magazine Street, 504.520.8311.
Drinking at Pat O’Brien’s is a lot like eating in the Olive Garden Times Square. That said, we didn’t let the circus like atmosphere sway us from the mission at hand. Instead, we sucked down potent, yet tasty, $7 Hurricanes and watched the crowd of tourists get rowdy. 718 St. Peter Street, 504.525.4823
Aidan Gill’s shave boutique, again on Magazine Street, is the place to go for gorgeous, imported men’s grooming products, a traditional hot shave, a nice neat whiskey and terribly cute sales help (bow tie boy, I’m talking about you.) An absolute must for any so- called beauty lover. 2026 Magazine Street, 504.587.9090.
Judging by the regular line out the door, Acme Oyster House is by no means a BN discovery. That said, head on over to this convenient French Quarter spot for yummy raw oysters, ‘po boys and the very best cole slaw in town. 724 Iberville Street, 504.522.5973.
Sure, the 24 hour Café du Monde is a bit of a cliché but their chicory enhanced coffee is an absolute must to defeat any lingering hangovers (see Pat O’Brien’s). 1039 Decatur Street, 800.772.2927.
Oh, my. The $35 prix fixe brunch (it offers more than 100 buffet items) at The Court of Two Sisters is where it’s at for weekend brunches. Aim to sit in the lovely courtyard (reservations are recommended) and be sure to put some bread pudding with whisky sauce on your plate. 613 Royal Street, 504.522.7273.
Did we mention our love of candy? Well, just in case we forgot, make sure you pay a visit to Southern Candy Makers, where you can snatch up homemade taffy and clever chocolate gators, fleur-de-lis’ and crawfish. Cheesy? Perhaps…but the chocolate is delicious and they make perfect take-home gifts for those left behind. 334 Decatur Street, 504.523.5544.
Last, but certainly not least on your itinerary should be Nadine Blake’s lovely lifestyle shop in the Vieux Carre (that’s French Quarter talk for…the French Quarter). The store specializes in paper goods (including sweet letterpress cards), textiles (bright pillows and pj’s) and other delightfully unnecessary accoutrements. We’ll take three of everything. 1036 Rue Royal, 504.529.4913.
So, if you leave New Orleans all shopped out and feeling like a bloat-ation device, fab. Just call our mission accomplished.