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Another Side of New Orleans

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A May 2003 trip to New Orleans by MissKitty

Tujagues Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: We decided to "go elegant" this time and stay in the ultra-luxurious Windsor Court Hotel. We were pampered all the way, but we still found time to visit some of our favorite French Quarter haunts.

Another Side of New Orleans

Overview

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We have been to New Orleans several times, and we usually stay in the French Quarter. This time, I had a business conference to attend at the Marriott, but I found a better deal at the Windsor Court. What a wonderful experience! We enjoyed exploring a new neighborhood, and will definitely stay there again next time.

Quick Tips:

Afternoon tea at the Windsor Court; white chocolate bread pudding at the Palace Cafe; shopping for vintage clothing at the Trashy Diva; Laura's Candy shop -- a few of my new favorite things

Best Way To Get Around:

Walk, take the St. Charles streetcar (but not during rush hour), and walk some more.

Windsor Court Hotel

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Hotel

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Our room was spacious, elegant, and full of little treats that made our stay very special. Little bedside mats, the best amenities, instant fulfillment of our every request. Wonderful linens and very comfortable beds made it difficult to get up in the mornings. But the promise of a wonderful breakfast served in front of our floor-to-ceiling windows got us moving. We had a great view of the downtown area and French Quarter, and ate most of our meals right there. Room service is available 24 hours a day, and we never waited more than 30 minutes for our meals, no matter what the time of day or night. The food is prepared in the hotel's Grill Room, one of New Orleans premier restaurants, and is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Windsor Court Hotel
300 GRAVIER STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-523-6000

Hotel Villa Convento

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Hotel

Hotel Villa Convento Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Hotel Villa Convento is a very special place in a unique area of the French Quarter. Ursulines Street is a quiet area named for the nearby Old Ursuline Convent. It's a long walk from Canal Street but near enough to walk to most of the major sites in the French Quarter. The lobby of the hotel is small and graced by an elegant chandelier and an ancient elevator with padded walls. All the rooms are different, and the prices vary to fit most budgets. Breakfast is served in the courtyard, and it includes croissants from Croissant d'Or across the street. Although the carriage tour drivers have begun calling the hotel the inspiration for the Ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2003

Hotel Villa Convento
616 Ursulines St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504/522-1793

Biscuit Palace Guest House

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Hotel

Biscuit Palace Guest House Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We have stayed at the Biscuit Palace four times, and we love it. It's our favorite place in the French Quarter. The location is perfect if you enjoy being close to the action -- half a block from Bourbon Street. The house itself was built in 1820 by the founder of Tulane Law School, and the bottom floor was his office. The remainder of the four-story building was his family quarters. The decor is classic New Orleans -- somewhat garish, nothing matches, and yet there is an air of elegance and decadance that is very appealing. Some of the rooms have balconies over Dumaine Street, and those are the choice spots. Some of the rooms have kitchens, separate bedrooms, and room for two to sleep in the l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Biscuit Palace Guest House
730 Dumaine
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 561-1069

Irene's Cuisine

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Restaurant

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Irene's has been called the best restaurant in the French Quarter, and I can't argue with that. The restaurant does not take reservations, and fills up quickly, so get there early if you don't like waiting. However, you may change your mind when you wait for a table in the little bar in the back, listening to a good jazz pianist and enjoying the ambiance. Everyone is steered directly into the bar for a drink, even if there are tables available. I found this annoying on my first visit, until I relaxed and enjoyed the music and the chance to slow down and prepare myself for a great meal. Complimentary bruscetta begins the meal, followed by your choice of luscious dishes -- rosemary chicken, roast d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 11, 2003

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Phillip St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 523 4021

Croissant d'Or Patisserie

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Restaurant

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Whenever I stay in the French Quarter, this is my first destination after checking in and getting settled. Wonderful pastries and bread -- croissants in many varities (my favorite is almond), eclairs, cream puffs -- so many choices, you'll find yourself too tempted to make a decision. Great cafe au lait and hot chocolate are available to wash it down. For lunch, come back for delectable sandwiches and quiches. Try to get a window seat, where you can watch the passersby as you savor some time in this cool oasis. The building is old and charming, and the interior is ornately decorated, with a small courtyard and fountain that is pleasant on less-steamy days. This is a somewhat neglected ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Croissant d'Or Patisserie
617 Ursulines Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 524-4663

Palace Cafe

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Restaurant

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One of the Brennan family of restaurants, this is a high-energy, somewhat noisy restaurant, with fabulous food, attentive service, and a great view of the kitchen. The crabmeat cheesecake is the best and two people can split it as an appetizer. The duck dishes are wonderful and the white-chocolate bread pudding is the only dessert you should consider. Our waiter was kind enough to give me the recipes for the cheesecake and bread pudding, and I ended up ordering the Palace Cafe Cookbook after I got home. The kitchen is behind a glass wall and you can watch the madness that goes on as this delectable fare is created. Definitely put this one on your list. I've been to NO a couple of doz...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-1661

Tujague's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Tujaques"

Tujague's Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Tujaques is a required experience for lovers of tradition and history. Founded in 1856 by an immigrant French couple, it served the dock workers, sailors, and market workers of that time the same food available today. The traditional Creole menu of shrimp remoulade, soup, brisket with creole sauce, a choice of four daily entrees, and a luscious finale of pecan pie or bread pudding with strong dark coffee, remains unchanged. Some recent additions of lighter entrees and even a vegetarian menu are available. However, I've never tried them, since the whole point of this place for me is the opportunity to experience culinary history. You are seated in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2003

Tujague's Restaurant
823 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 525 8676

Bourbon French Parfums

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Attraction

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Bourbon French Parfums was founded in 1843 by French perfumeur August Doussan. Monsieur Doussan was soon a favorite of the powerful Creole families, and the company has been thriving for 160 years. His gift was in blending the classic perfumes of France with the varieties of local scents he found in Louisiana. Gardenia, magnolia, vetiver, lemon verbena, vanilla, and other New World fragrances were added to his palette. Today, all of the shop's products are still hand-blended, in small batches, by its own perfumeurs. This is the girliest place you could possibly imagine. On display are little hand-painted fans (great souveniers -- I get a new one every trip), antique perfume bottles, and row aft...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Bourbon French Parfums
815 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 522 4480; +1

Laura's Candies

Attraction

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Since 1913, Laura's Candies has been creating and selling the best candy in New Orleans. The best pralines are available here, along with truffles, peanut brittle, cherry cordials, rum balls, divinity, and fudge.

The shop also carries a variety of Cajun and Creole mixes, sauces, and gift items, and a nice selection of cookbooks.

There is a newer location at 331 Chartres, but I prefer the original Royal Street location. It's a great one-stop shop for souveniers and gifts, and the staff is helpful and friendly. There are always free samples available, and if you can't be there in person, visit the website for ordering information.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Laura's Candies
331 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-3880

Aunt Sally's Praline Shops

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Attraction | "Aunt Sally's Praline Shop"

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Although it looks like a typical tourist shop from the outside, Aunt Sally's is actually the best place in the French Quarter to find good-quality gifts and souvenirs. Located between Cafe du Monde and the French Market, it's a great place to pick up something nice for yourself or for those you left behind. The last time I was in New Orleans, I bought pralines from several different places and asked some of my friends to do a taste test. Aunt Sally's pralines won hands down. Packed with pecans, smooth, and rich, they are the best. They come in original and chocolate, and both are wonderful. Aunt Sally's also sells a wide range of New Orleans and Southern cookbooks, featuring cookbooks ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Aunt Sally's Praline Shops
810 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 524 3373