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BlogTourNOLA – Time off: Shopping, walking and a drink here and there

New Orleans’ diverse and rich cultural background has made it irresistible to a large number of fine artists, musicians, film makers and other creative spirits and much of the wealth of art and design can be seen and heard throughout the city. Finding this venues is not always easy and input from locals has been key in putting together BlogTour NOLA. Even then, with only four full days you can imagine how much will go left unseen.
We’ve left time on Wednesday and Thursday for our bloggers to explore the city on their own and we hope they’ll catch some of the shops, bars, cafés, museums and events below that have all been recommended by the people that live and breathe this city every day.
If you’re local to NOLA or know the place well, feel free to add suggestions in comments.

French Quarter:

Aleaxander Beard - 712 Royal Street

Alex Beard is a renowned author and artist and creator of a series of impossible puzzles that many of you may have spent hours over already. This is a chance to see his shop, learn more about his work and maybe even meet the man himself. Recommendations by Nicelle Herrington, Angel Robinson and Courtney Price.

A Gallery for Fine Photography - 241 Chartres Street

The eponymous “A Gallery for Fine Photography” would be a perfect fit in New York City with its incredible collection of vintage photography from talent like Cecil Beaton, Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams and many others yet the owners chose New Orleans for their location.

Moss Antiques - 411 Royal Street

Arguably the two antique shops with the most mentions from locals were Moss Antiques – we’ll have to stop by and look at their collection of Oyster plates – and..

Lucullus Antiques - 610 Chartres Street

.. Lucullus Antiques, a shop known for vintage kitchen objects,tableware or as they say: ” ..the perfect complement to the grand pursuits of dining, cooking and imbibing”. No shortage of those in New Orleans – we get it.

Need a break?

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St
have the Amelie or Pim’s cup

Croissant D’Or
617 Ursulines
stop for coffee

Uptown/Magazine Street/Garden District:

NOLA’s Garden District mansions are legendary and we will be taking a walk through antebellum grandeur as we head to Magazine Street but, for our architecture buffs, we highly recommend spending a bit more time and taking in every detail. For questions about this part of town, feel free to get in touch with Courtney Price and check out her coverage of the area she used to call home.

Perch Home - 2844 Magazine Street

A clear favorite on every local’s list of shopping favorites is Perch Home, with its fabulous collection of vintage and new, art and home furnishings.

Hazelnut New Orleans - 5515 Magazine Street

Further Uptown, Courtney pointed us towards Mad Men actor’s Bryan Batt’s Hazelnut New Orleans. That’s right, a real live tv hunk right there on Magazine Street. We’re told he’s on a photo shoot the day we’re there but certainly worth a try during time off, eh?

More refreshments?

The Columns
3811 St Charles St
drinks in the evening

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St

4905 Freret St
very cool, yummy mixed drinks. It’s a cab ride but apparently well worth it.

There’s so much more, so NOLA aficionados, weigh in and point BlogTour NOLA #timeoff in the right direction.



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