For shopping, dining or just a casual stroll, no street in New Orleans is quite like Magazine Street. A six-mile-long stretch of this Garden District and Uptown thoroughfare features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
For many generations, Magazine Street has attracted bohemians and the well-heeled alike. It was named for a “magazin,” a warehouse that was built in the late 1700s to house products awaiting export. Today this vibrant street features a range of local architecture – from the large columned Greek Revival style of the mid-19th century to the colorful Victorian cottages trimmed in quirky gingerbread millwork.
Specialty coffee shops offer free wifi and outdoor tables for people-watching and casual conversation. Restaurants feature cuisines ranging from traditional Creole to Vietnamese, Indian, or Columbian, and everything in between. Visitors can choose between some of the city’s finest restaurants or opt for a more casual dining experience, with options like gourmet hotdog stands and food trucks. There are a number of bars and nightclubs along the stretch, offering a wide variety of live music, from traditional jazz and brass bands to indie rock and hip hop.
But as locals will tell you, it is the antiques and artwork that draw aficionados to Magazine Street. Whether you are looking for fine China, exquisite handcrafted items, used and new books, imported rugs, jewelry, ornate furniture, silver utensils and other tableware, crystal chandeliers and other 19th and early 20th century home furnishings – there’s an excellent chance you will find it on Magazine Street. Looking for fine art to take home with you? A wide selection of galleries are open for business, offering paintings, sculptures and other artistic media.
Magazine Street is easily accessible by car or public transportation from the French Quarter or Downtown New Orleans. For more information and maps, visit www.magazinestreet.com.