New Orleans is a town of stories, old and older–some real, some imagined, but all with a delicious dose of embellishment. It’s known for culture and music, art and architecture, food and drink, as well as spirits of the alcoholic and other-worldly variety. And nowhere are all of these elements more apparent than in the charm of the French Quarter. Unlike cities with glistening facades, the French Quarter feels like an old book- comfortable, honest and still holding strong. In the Quarter, music seems to permeate the air. It spills though the open doorways and winds its way though the ancient streets.
Tours are great for a general overview of the city. Drinking appears to be a must, though the excess can lead to one’s personal pain. We, however, found a better route.
Meander through its nooks and crannies and you’ll discover treasures both old and new. Among the rows of quaint antique shops and lively cafes lies the Goorin Bros hat shop, a great stop for a bit of style to pull your look together for the night ahead. Just down the street is Antiques De Provence, featuring an elegant collection of interior decor and accessories that are sure to inspire.
As the sun fades and street life emerges, head to Muriel’s Jackson Square for your evening meal. This beautiful converted residence dating back to the 1800s is the quintessential essence of New Orleans, both in its historic structure and award-winning contemporary Creole cuisine. Don’t miss the pain perdu bread pudding with pecan rum sauce. Like the myths and stories of New Orleans, it will haunt you, and definitely in a good way!
After dinner, walk the short distance to Bourbon Street and take in the spectacle that the French Quarter is so well known for. The scene is vibrant and alive, lights and music seem to pour from every crevice and the mood is festive and infectious. With limitless options available, your chances to dance the night away, and create a few stories of your own, are there for the taking.
Shamaa Von Spindler is a Los Angeles-based designer, artist and photographer. You can see more of her work at thesensualist.typepad.com.
Interested in visiting New Orleans? Here’s where Shamaa visited on her journey.
Muriel’s Jackson Square
801 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70116-3206
Antiques De Provence
623 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
709 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116