A December 2002 trip
to New Orleans by diminor1929
Quote: This was my first trip to Magazine Street. When I mentioned "shopping" it was a tough sell getting my hubby and friends to come along. Their reticence soon turned into delighted enthusiasm when they discovered that Magazine Street holds many more treasures than just those displayed in the shop windows.
This restaurant was labeled Mediterranean, which we have found can range anywhere from Southern French to Greek to Moroccan to Middle Eastern (which this place seemed to lean towards heavily). Even though it was the end of December, it was warm enough to eat outside at one of the cafe tables. The food was excellent, service very good, and we would go back again. It's also one of the only places we found open on Magazine Street at night.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2003
3218 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
I am providing a sample of just a FEW of the specialty shops available. I tried to include what I thought were the most unusual or interesting, starting with:
House Of Lounge--Distinctive Lingerie
2044 Magazine St.
Purveyor of retro glamour and contemporary hip couture, smoking jackets, martini glasses, custom corsets, and feather boas.
Mayan Import Company
3009 Magazine St.
Voted #1 smoke shop in the city. Largest humidor and best selection in New Orleans. Over 100 brands of imported cigarettes.
3119 Magazine St.
Fun and trendy fashions at affordable prices.
3634 Magazine St.
An eclectic mix of fun and fairly priced contemporary women's clothing, baubles, and accessories.
Uptown Costume and Dance Shop
4326 Magazine St.
Anything a dancer could ever imagine . . . and more.
4610 Magazine St.
Vintage costume jewelry, textiles, antiques, clothing, and home décor.
5423 Magazine St.
Scriptura offers the finest writing instruments, stationery, journals, custom-made wax seals, and papers from around the world.
3000 Magazine St.
Variety of exciting smoothies and many healthy snacks to fit your health and fitness needs.
Joey K's Restaurant
3001 Magazine St.
A true New Orleans neighborhood restaurant where locals eat daily. Great Creole pot cooking, fried seafood, 18-ounce frozen schooners of beer, and margaritas. One of our favorites!
3236 Magazine St.
Do you want good beer? This is uptown's International beer tavern: 50 beers on draught and over 200 in bottles. Also great bar grub.
3923 Magazine St.
Contemporary Creole cuisine. Great reputation with locals.
All Natural Foods and Deli
5517 Magazine St.
A full-service natural-food store with a vegetarian deli, featuring daily hot specials, soups, salads, sandwiches, and fresh juices. Garden patio.
Whole Foods Market at Arabella Station
5600 Magazine St.
Wine, beer, cheese, natural body and nutrition items, fresh-roasted coffee, gourmet food, deli, sushi bar, artisan bread, and more.
Chez Nous Charcuterie, Inc.
5701 Magazine St.
Daily gourmet dinners and Cajun entrees packed for travel are their trademark.
Not quite as "touristy" as the FQ, you won't find the typical Mardi Gras souvenirs, etc. here. This is where the locals shop for antiques and other hard to find items. It also features spots where locals like to eat great food without paying exorbant tourist prices! The shops alone have been restored, and each is decorated in a unique definition of "N'awlins" style. I marveled at the individuality of architecture and design as well as the bold use of colors to refurbish these stores. I couldn't help taking pictures of the storefronts, something I dont usually bother doing.
We visited back at night, expecting to find a lively night scene, but were disapponted that only a few restaurants were open and didn't seem to be featuring any live music. But I predict this will change in the near future as this "new addition" to the New Orleans area becomes more populated and discovered by those in the know.
They include (but are not limited to):
19th-century beds, armoires, dining tables and parlor sets in rosewood, mahogany and walnut.
Collectibles to treasures, 2 floors for your browsing pleasure.
Touted by customers as the most interesting and affordable shop on the street with a unique blend of vintage, antique, amusing, loveable, or just plain desirable items.
****Charbonnet & Charbonnet, Inc.
One of the oldest shops, their 14 showrooms display the finest country antiques and home accessories.
*****Prince & Pauper
Weird and wonderful things from far flung places make this a very interesting shop.
Moving up to the 3000 block you'll find:
Great atmosphere filled with antique French, English and continental furnishings.
VISUALLY SEDUCTIVE, SENSUALLY RICH. The attitude is distinctly Asian.
Playfully arranged, this shop offers antique furniture, art and objects complementing the grand pursuits of cooking, dining and imbibing.
********Magazine Arcade Antiques
Multi-dealer shop, local estates to those from abroad, Victorian to retro. Music boxes, Victrolas, silver, linens, glass, jewelry, dolls-houses, toys, wicker furniture, antique prints, duck decoys, insects, American rustic, unique gifts.
Antiques combined with custom-designed furniture and slipcovers provide an eclectic approach to decorating.
That should keep you busy for awhile! Bring a car so you don't have to carry all of your purchases on the streetcar!