For shopping, dining or just a casual stroll, no place in New Orleans is quite like Magazine Street. This six-mile-long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
For generations Magazine Street has attracted business and visitors for many different purposes. It was originally named for a “magazin,” a warehouse that was built in the late 1700s to house products awaiting export. Today Magazine Street features a range of historic architecture – from the large columned Greek Revival style of the mid-19th century, to the colorful Victorian cottages trimmed in quirky gingerbread millwork. Its variation of architectural styles, in addition to the endless amount of shops and dining venues, has made Magazine Street is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike.
Specialty coffee shops on Magazine offer free wifi and outdoor tables for people-watching and casual conversation. Within easy walking distance, you’ll find everything from tiny espresso bars to some of New Orleans most popular coffee brands.
Food and Music
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 selections like gourmet hotdog stands and food trucks.
There are also 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.
Art and Antiques
As locals will tell you, it is the antiques and artwork that draw aficionados to Magazine Street. Whether you are looking for fine China, used and new books, jewelry, ornate furniture, or other 19th and early 20th century home furnishings – you’ll find it on Magazine Street.
And if you’re looking for art pieces to take home with you, a wide selection of galleries are open for business, offering paintings, sculptures and other artistic media.
Parades and Events
The French Quarter is famous for its festivals and seasonal parades. But it’s not the only place to enjoy the floats and catch some beads! Magazine Street is a major parade route for different events throughout the year. It’s a great spot for locals, families, and visitors to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and more!
Art for Arts’ Sake
Every Fall, Magazine Street celebrates the opening of the city’s art season. At Art for Arts’ Sake, all of Magazine Street’s shops open up for extended hours and hospitality, for all to celebrate the endless amount of art and inspiration that New Orleans has to offer.
Magazine Street is easily accessible by car or public transportation from the French Quarter or Downtown New Orleans. You can take the St. Charles Streetcar and walk just a few blocks over or take #11 RTA Bus that rides straight down Magazine Street.
For more information and maps, visit www.magazinestreet.com.