Everything about New Orleans is filled with history. The city was founded in the 1700's and has continued to grow. The buildings that comprised the earliest days of the city have survived fire and hurricanes. They are available for visitors to see as restaurants, museums and shopping areas. Music of all types is in abundance in the French Quarter and its surrounding areas. The Creole and Cajun cuisines can be found throughout the city, but a six mile stretch of everything that is New Orleans exists on Magazine Street.
The beginning of Magazine Street is near Audubon Park and ends at Canal Street near the French Quarter. All along the way visitors or residents can enjoy places to eat, shop and relax. Locals enjoy Blue Frog Chocolates, Joey K's and the Bulldog Pub. Magazine Street is also a place to find grocery stores like Whole Foods.
There is a charm in the buildings and businesses that provides fun and sophistication. The area of Magazine Street is safe, clean and inviting. It provides an alternative to the bustling area of the French Quarter.
Shopping on Magazine Street offers a large array of offerings. Antique stores such as Aesthetics and Antiques, Audubon Antiques and Balzac Antiques are just some of the establishments that offer 18th and 19th century furniture, art, collectibles, glass or Mardi Gras necklaces.
Clothing stores for babies, teens and adults have selections from Los Angeles, New York and designs that are locally inspired. The Buffalo Exchange offers vintage and designer clothes at bargain prices. Jewelers that create their own designs and replicas of antique pieces are woven throughout Magazine Street. Ann Pratt Designs and Katy Beh are some of the jewelers whose work can be seen and purchased on Magazine Street.
Food can be found in abundance on the street. Joey K's is a favorite of the locals and visitors that find it. They offer traditional Creole pot cooking, large portions of beer and margaritas. Fried seafood is another item on the menu. If people are looking for muffalettas, po-boys, etoufee or red beans and rice the place they go is the Ignatius Eatery and Grocery on Magazine Street. Lunch and dinner are served daily except Tuesday, and there is a weekend brunch.
The Pelham Hotel is at 200 Magazine Street that provides luxury and a great location. It is close to the downtown area, but equally as close to the French Quarter. The St. James Hotel lies just two blocks from the French Quarter and offers the Creole West India atmosphere. There are eighty four rooms that have been recently refurbished. The Cuvee Restaurant on the premises features Creole cuisine.
Stationery, dentists, real estate brokers and spas are all readily available on Magazine Street. The businesses on Magazine Street can be found online in a directory. They may list the times that they are open and what type of merchandise they carry. Directions to the Magazine Street area can be given from wherever you are. To explore the history of New Orleans it is necessary to visit Magazine Street.