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The Comprehensive Guide to New Orleans

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An eclectic city home to the greatest jazz, arts festivals and cuisine one can experience, NOLA has something for everyone – sip cocktails on a carousel, float away to the sound of live blues and explore your adventurous side with some of the best fishing in the world.

Stay

Maison de la Luz is a fully private guest house located just a few blocks from the Vieux Carre. All spaces in the hotel  are for hotel guests only, making this eclectic property a quiet respite. All guests are welcome to enjoy the neighborhood perks, including full access to the adjacent Ace Hotel’s amenities, including signing privileges at all of their outlets. Be sure to visit Bar Marilou’s secret guest-only lounge to enjoy the full menu with the privacy included with your Maison de la Luz stay.

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is traditional to the core, complete with a resident jazz musician. The large and welcoming hotel still retains soul and charm, which is mostly to do with the people. They shine, they care and they always greet you with a genuine smile. The hotel spa is one of the best in the city, a dark and quiet oasis right off of canal street. You definitely know you’re in New Orleans during the 80 minute full body voodoo ritual massage, as the treatment room exudes a light fragrance of absinthe and cypress. | Book Here >>

The Roosevelt New Orleans has a long and colorful history, stretching back to the early 1900’s, from politics to prohibition. And as such, is widely considered a locals’ favorite. The Sazerac Bar was one of the first to allow women into an historically gentleman-only bar, and this anniversary –Storming the Sazerac– is celebrated annually to this day, as folks from around the city dress in prohibition-era attire and enjoy cocktails. | Book Here >>

Maison de la Luz
Maison de la Luz

Dine

Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar
Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar

Drink

Sunday Shop, Magazine Street
Sunday Shop – Magazine Street

Shop

Two favorite spots for shopping in New Orleans are along Magazine Street in the Garden District- Uptown, and along Royal Street in the French Quarter.

Along Magazine Street, you’ll find plenty of clothing boutiques and home décor shops. Plan to spend the good part of the day down in this area. We usually recommend starting up in the Garden District at Sunday Shop (unique global finds for the home) then hitting spots like Monomin (perfect for the minimalist adult and baby), Marion Cage (simple mod jewelr), Pilot & Powell (highly curated stylish collection of clothing), Julie Neill Designs (chic handcrafted chandeliers and fixtures ), Shaun Smith Home (design firm, as well as furnishings), Villa Vici (modern design-forward home furnishing and décor), and on and on, just pop in and out as something catches your eye, making your way into Uptown.

Along Royal Street, it’s all about the antique shops – furnishings and jewelry – blocks and blocks of them. M.S. Rau Antiques & Keil’s Antiques are sure bets and are more like museums with the quality of inventory. Once you’ve perused Royal Street if you’re still looking for that perfect item, the owners of one of  The Soniat House also have an in-house shop of hand-picked 18th, 19th, and 20th century French, English, and Italian pieces aptly called Soniat House Antiques. Everything about it is exceptionally good, particularly since it is lesser known you really feel as though you’re being allowed a glimpse into a successful hotelier’s collection.

Side bar: If you’re in town with young children, The French Library – a shop carrying French books, toys, games – should be a must visit. They often have story time, classes, and other themed events.

Audubon Park
Audubon Park

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No matter what you decide to explore during your visit to ‘The Big Easy,’ you’re sure to be enchanted by New Orleans’ enumerable charms. Ping us on social during your trip so we can see the spots you’re checking out!

 

Stay

Maison de La Luz, 546 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
The Roosevelt, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

Dine

Coquette, 2800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 265-0421
Herbsaint, 701 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 524-4114
Domilise’s Restaurant, 5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 899-9126
Drago’s, 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 584-3911
Saba, 5757 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 324-7770
Cavan, 3607 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | (504) 509-7655
Adolfo’s, 611 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70117 | (504) 948-3800
Bywater American Bistro, 2900 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117 | (504) 605-3827
Pêche Seafood Grill, 800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | (504) 522-1744
Josephine Estelle, 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | (504) 930-3070
Sylvain,625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | (504) 265-8123

Drink

Cafe Amelie, 912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 | +1 (504) 412-8965
Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge, 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 523-3341
Salon Restaurant, 622 B Conti St, Upstairs, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 267-7098
Bouligny Tavern, 3641 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 891-1810
Napoleon House, 500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 524-9752
Sylvain, 625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 265-8123
Cane and Table, 1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 | +1 (504) 581-1112
The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 899-9308

Shop

Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 342-2087
Monomin, 2104 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 827-1269
Marion Cage, 3807 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 891-8848
Pilot and Powell, 3901 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 827-1727
Julie Neill Designs, 3908 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 899-4201
Shaun Smith Home, 3947 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 896-1020
M.S. Rau Antiques, 630 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 224-5132
Keil’s Antiques, 325 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 522-4552
Soniat House Antiques, 1139 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116 | +1 (504) 212-0200 ext. 2
The French Library, 3811 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | +1 (504) 267-3707

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Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116 | +1 (504) 949-0696
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116 | +1 (504) 942-3731
The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | +1 (504) 528-1944
Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118 | +1 (504) 861-2537

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