Legend has it that the streets of New Orleans are haunted with ghosts of the neighborhoods past. Well, we’re not looking for ghosts, but these cobblestone streets do have spirit. W New Orleans – French Quarter Insider Elijah Bradshaw take us on an exclusive tour of the Big Easy, inside the soul food, soulful jazz, and a few of NOLA’s most spirited destinations.
3927 Magazine St
Bring home the eccentric style of the city with some high-end threads from Billy Reid, a swanky atelier in the beautifully lush Garden District. Whether you’re shopping for friends or picking up a look to wear on the town that night, the shop staff is all about making you feel that Southern hospitality.
916 Lafayette St
Taste one of New Orleans’ signature cocktails in one of the oldest buildings in the city, the historic Swoop-Douggins building established in 1850. The Sazerac is just as historic as the Cellar Door, first made in 1838, beloved by NOLA legend Tennessee Williams, and still considered the official drink of the city. Take a sip of the smooth mix of rye, Peychaud’s bitters, and a rinse of Absinthe or Herbsaint in the beautiful old saloon for a real step into the city’s past.
8324 Oak St
Taste the soul of the city with some real Creole cooking in Uptown New Orleans. Jacques Imo’s Cafe is always lively, serving up “Real Nawlins Food” like gumbo and shrimp etouffee. Feeling adventurous? Get into the spirit with some extra-special, not-so-normal dishes like a deep fried poboy or even a shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake.
626 Frenchmen St
In New Orleans, the sun sets and city lights up with sound, the streets bursting with live brass bands, performers and people dancing off the balconies. Sneak into the French Quarter’s premiere jazz club for an intimate night of exceptional jazz featuring greats like Charmaine Neville, Ellis Marsalis, and Irvin Mayfield, some of whom still hold regular sets.