Fathom Favorites : New Orleans

1. National WWII Museum

Why this, why here? NOLA resident Andrew Higgins invented the Higgins Boat, which turned the tide of the war in the Allies' favor. It's a fantastic museum, so take a few hours (skip the IMAX experience). Stop by The American Sector for a post-museum repast.

945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70130

2. Warehouse Art District

A fresh-faced neighborhood for the arts: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Arts Center, the excellent World War II Museum, and contemporary art galleries.

Camp St. and Julia St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

3. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

America's first licensed apothecary has two floors crammed with cool old pharmacy tools, tincture bottles, and remedies — great for a few hours of poking around. Don’t miss the wheelchair used in Benjamin Button, the old soda fountain, or the antique eyewear collection.

514 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

4. St. Charles Streetcar Ride

A great way to get your architectural bearings: Hitch a ride on a mahogany trolley car (from 1835) to glimpse grand old homes, the zoological gardens, Tulane and Loyola universities.

Canal St., at Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

5. Voodoo Museum

Filled with folklore and Southern mystic charm. Curious curios to boot. Take 20 minutes, and you'll have an introduction into the magical history of NOLA.

724 Dumaine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70116

6. Pitot House

A meticulously restored version of 18th-century Creole architecture. And the former home of NOLA’s first American mayor post-Louisiana Purchase.

1440 Moss St.
New Orleans, LA, 70119

7. Longue Vue House

A really great example of American Neoclassical architecture and design. On a nice day, tour the eight acres of nine gardens.

7 Bamboo Rd.
New Orleans, LA, 70124

8. Besthof Sculpture Garden

Pick up an audio guide and stroll the footpaths of the NOMA’s backyard.

1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA, 70124

9. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

A butterfly sanctuary with a koi pond and terrific staff. A great place to take the kids, especially if they like to eat bugs after they learn about them. (Crickets and seasoned waxworms are served in the cafeteria.)

423 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA, 70118

10. Museum of the American Cocktail

Could there be a more perfect home for this new institution? Try and time your visit with one of their seminars (like “The Mindful Bartender,” or “The Math of Mixology”).

1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA, 70118

11. Peche

Local celeb chef Donald Link does it again with this handsome temple to the Gulf Shore bounty. Beyond the beautiful raw bar offerings, there are loads of sustainable offerings like whole grilled fish, shrimp toasts, seafood gumbo, and smothered catfish (of course). This is clean eating — well, by NOLA standards — so indulge in that seafood tower and finish off with a Satsuma Shuffle or slice of key lime pie.

800 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70130

12. Surrey's Café & Juice Bar

Local brunch favorite specializing in Central American dishes like migas and huevos rancheros. Absolutely unmissable: fresh-squeezed orange-mango-pineapple juice.

1418 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70130

13. HiVolt

Step a few feet off Magazine for a frothy chai tea latte, vegan muffins, and plenty of seating to spread out with a newspaper or computer.

1829 Sophie Wright Pl.
New Orleans, 70130

14. Stein's Market & Deli

When you've had your fill of po-boys, peruse the 40+ sandwich menu at the traditional Jewish deli run by a recovering attorney from Philadelphia.

2207 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70130

15. District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.

Bite-size burgers, waffle fries, a revolving list of fancy donut flavors, and free Wi-Fi.

2209 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70130

16. La Petite Grocery

A grocery store-turned-neighborhood bistro, with delicious blue crab beignets and the tastiest cheeseburger in town.

4238 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

17. Casamento's Restaurant

Wall-to-wall tile covers the interior of this old-school oyster spot dating back to 1919. Try the famous oyster loaf loaded with giant fried oysters. Check the calendar: They're closed from June to August.

4330 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

18. Pizza Domenica

The second outpost of John Besh's wood-burning oven pizza restaurant. The daily half-price happy hour means really good pizza at a really good price.

4933 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

19. Superfood Bar

Wake up with a fresh juice from this cafe-juice bar hybrid. Coconut water, green juice, and tropical smoothies are some favorite choices.  

4113 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

20. Dick & Jenny's

A funky, beloved, casual dining spot run by a husband-wife team (hence the moniker). It has a strong legion of followers who dig the solid, seasonal, eclectic menu (which includes fritters, gumbo, and vegetarian pasta). 

4501 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA, 70115

21. Saint Coffee

This local coffee spot is small, spacious, and sparse, save for some very cool murals painted by local artists. Charming baristas serve top-notch espresso drinks and locally made pastries. Equally accessible for checking email and striking up conversations with strangers.


2709 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70117

22. Mimi's in the Marigny

You're starving. It's midnight. Move your party to this divey gem that never seems to close. Downstairs looks like a regular old bar, but do not underestimate the late-night tapas menu (yes, tapas). Head upstairs and order patatas bravas, mushroom manchego toast, goat cheese croquettas, and other delicious snacks to soak up the alcohol.

2601 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA, 70117

23. Blue Dot Donuts

It's a marketer's dream-come-true: The city's most buzzed about doughnut shop is run by a couple of police officers. It's one big pastry case of delights: red velvet, maple bacon, PB&J, and orange frosted doughnuts are glazed, filled, twisted, and also made into ice cream sandwiches.

4301 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA, 70119

24. The Orange Couch

This corner shop, quietly residing on a residential street, feels like a real find. A diverse crowd settles into the morning with Vietnamese coffees, chai teas, and Japanese mochi sweets. A bright orange couch punctuates the bright white room.

2339 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA, 70117

25. Dat Dog

A wildly popular doghouse serves a variety of sausages (andouille, crawfish, alligator) with condiments like wasabi, kraut, and homemade chili.

5031 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA, 70115

26. Domenica

This John Besh restaurant, part of the historic Roosevelt Hotel, is modern and masculine. The food is homemade Italian: shareable, rustic meat plates, pizza, and antipasti make the perfect excuse for family style dining.

123 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA , 70112

27. Parkway Bakery and Tavern

Make room for lunch: gravy-drenched roast beef po-boys, just one of 25 varieties.

538 Hagan Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70119

28. Camellia Grill

Take the long, scenic route by street car (it’s about 40 minutes from the French Quarter) and prepare to wait during the brunch rush. The Creole townhouse has an old-fashioned diner feel and a wide Formica bar where you should sit and order a chili omelette and an ice cream freeze. Or a pecan pie heated up in the fryer. Note: There's a French Quarter location open for business at 540 Chartres Street.

626 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, 70118

29. Gautreau’s

This is the city’s best-kept foodie secret. The elegant dining room, tucked away on a residential street Uptown (drive slow, or you’ll miss it) feels like a very special club house. The chef, James Beard rising star Sue Zemanick, keeps Louisiana cuisine fresh and inventive (if there are pierogis on the menu, order them and don’t ask questions).

1728 Soniat St.
New Orleans, LA, 70115

30. Cochon

The foodie hangout and local chef depot pays homage to the Cajun meat boucherie (meat market). Yes, you just ate some gator. Lunch-time meat hankerings are taken care of in the adjacent Butcher (where you can get the high-end version of a mufaletta).


930 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, 70130

31. Café du Monde

It's a tourist trap, but there's fried dough covered with mounds of powdered sugar, and you are only human. Best bet: Buy a can of chicory coffee and a souvenir box of beignet mix to recreate your own Du Monde at home.

800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA, 70116

32. Herbsaint

Sophisticated farm-to-table fare, excellent (laid-back) service, and mellow lunch crowd. Take the folks. Linger with wine.

701 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

33. Bayona

James Beard notable and Top Chef Susan Spicer has a long list of excellent NOLA restaurants under her belt, but this New American — no, New Louisianan — spot consistently delivers top-notch food and service on a beautiful patio (when weather permits). Everyone talks about the duck sandwich.

430 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70112

34. Central Grocery

Old-fashioned Italian grocer serving one of the best renditions of the famed mufaletta, a football-shaped sandwich stuffed with cured meets, cheese, crushed olives, and pickled veggies. They are eaten by the quarter and sold by the half, but order a whole — this is not the time to be shy about your appetite.

923 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA, 70116

35. Felix's

Local-yocal oyster bar. Stand at the counter (it's more fun than sitting), order a dozen, and shoot the breeze with the affable shuckers. They’ll crack jokes as you whip together your own spicy cocktail sauce (lemon, ketchup, horseradish, Saltine crackers) on the spot.

739 Iberville St.
New Orleans, 70130

36. The Troubadour

An easy and stylish newcomer in the Central Business District that's not trying too hard, but hits certain notes — room comfort, dining options, rooftop views — just right.

1111 Gravier St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

37. The Roosevelt

The NOLA landmark hotel has old-fashioned appeal (big marble lobby, over-stuffed furniture) and a few modern updates, including a huge post-Katrina renovation and chef John Besh's Domenica restaurant (a somewhat boring dining room turning out fantastically un-boring dishes).

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA, 70112

38. Loft 523

Imaginatively designed boutique hotel, where each of the eighteen rooms is airy, spacious, and decorated like an artsy urban loft. Bonus points for the huge bathrooms and personal hotel assistants (who cater to your whims).

523 Gravier St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

39. Soniat House

For those craving a nostalgic, genteel Nawlins setting, there's this charming wrought-iron townhouse triplet filled with French antiques, Frette linens, and quiet courtyards.


1133 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA, 70116

40. International House

Oversize Beaux-Art building with oversized furniture, flecked gold, and lots of damask fabric. Business travelers looking for extra pizazz should book here.

221 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

41. Lanaux Mansion

Old-fashioned rooms for let are cute, kitschy, and close to Frenchmen Street. Which means you can make a quick stumble home after a night of heavy jazz.

547 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, 70116

42. Cornstalk Hotel

This French Quarter mansion stands back a bit from Royal Street, which makes for prime veiwing beyond the iron cornstalk fence. Inside, hallways and guest rooms have high ceilings, chandeliers, fabric wallpaper, and stately Victorian furnishings to match.

915 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA, 70116

43. Friend

A stylish men's shop straight outta Brooklyn. Brands include APC, Saturday Surf NYC, and Soludos. Check out the magazine rack for a hard-to-find indie titles.

600 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, 70130

44. Defend New Orleans

Skip the touristy T-shirt shops in the Quarter and pick up a locally designed tees instead. Proceeds from sales are donated to post-Katrina recovery efforts.

1101 First St.
New Orleans, 70130

45. Earth Savers

Half shop, half spa, it's just as easy to lose yourself in the Dead Sea mud treatment as in the rows of serums and shampoos.

5501 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

46. Grove Street Press

Run by a pair of cousins who set up a manual printing press in a little shed in Louisiana. Now it's a full-blown shop selling mighty nice greeting cards, prints, and "life's little, yet abundant joys."

521 Saint Joseph St.
New Orleans, 70130

47. Octavia Books

A favorite spot for bookworms with a special selection of local literature and city-centric titles. 

513 Octavia St.
New Orleans, 70115

48. Mitch's Flowers

Where you can pick up Oysteria's gorgeous, handmade oyster plates, an excellent gift or keepsake from your time down south.

4843 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

49. Box Paper Scissor

Stocked with stationery, journals, and fashion periodicals that are cool, edgy, and chic. This is not your grandma's notecard shop.

3900 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

50. Island of Salvation Botanica

Meet with Sally Ann Glassman, New Orleans' Voodoo Priestess, and have your own gris gris bag made "to keep the haters shufflin'." Stock up on money candles and chicken feet for protection.

2372 St Claude Ave. #100
New Orleans, 70117

51. Longshore Studio Gallery

Pop artist Ashley Longshore's studio showroom is a glittery jewel box of eccentric, colorful paintings of fashion figures and famous artists. 


4848 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70115

52. Avery Fine Perfumery

A sunlit shop — filled with salvaged woods, metals, and mirrors — stands alone on this quiet street in the gallery district. A small collection of very special, hard-to-find French perfumes and artisanal colognes are available for the spritzing (onto feathers), sniffing, wafting, and collecting.

527 St. Joseph St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

53. Perch

A home design shop with vintage and contemporary furniture, art, antiques, and awesome tabletop pieces.

2844 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70115

54. Sucre

The place to go for a sparkly slice of king cake and delicious chocolate bars flavored with exotic ingredients like Sicilian pistachios and rose petals.

3025 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70115

55. The Arthur Roger Gallery

A rotating cast of the city's best local artisans and contemporary artists display their work (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media) at this pioneering gallery.

432 Julia St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

56. Ann Koerner Antiques

A beautifully curated collection of rustic housewares, shabby chic antiques, and 19th-century furniture.

4021 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70115

57. Aidan Gill

Gents can shop for fancy razors, toiletries, and bow ties while waiting for a hot-towel shave and haircut in the old school barbershop chairs at the back of the shop.

2026 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

58. Faulkner House Books

Rare first editions of Southern literature along with a nice selection of contemporary fiction are stacked floor-to-15-foot ceiling. Pick up a little Tennessee Williams or Walker Percy for the ride home.

624 Pirate’s Alley
New Orleans, LA, 70116