A Day in the French Quarter

By: Shamaa Von Spindler

New Orleans is a town of stories, old and older, and nowhere is it more apparent as in the charm of the French Quarter. Unlike cities with glistening facades, the French Quarter feels like an old book— comfortable, honest and still holding strong. In the Quarter, music seems to permeate the air. It spills though the open doorways and winds its way though the ancient streets.

Meander through its nooks and crannies and you’ll discover treasures both old and new. Among the rows of quaint antique shops and lively cafes lies Antiques De Provence, featuring an elegant collection of interior decor and accessories that are sure to inspire. Just up the street you’ll find the Goorin Bros hat shop, a great stop for a bit of style to pull your look together for the night ahead.

As the sun begins to fade and the streets start to liven, head over to Muriel’s Jackson Square for your evening meal. This beautiful converted residence dating back to the 1800s is the quintessential essence of New Orleans both in its historic structure and award winning contemporary Creole cuisine. Don’t miss the pain perdu bread pudding with pecan rum sauce - it will haunt you!

After dinner, walk the short distance to Bourbon Street and take in the spectacle that the French Quarter is so well known for. The scene is vibrant and alive, lights and music seem to pour from every crevice and the mood is festive and infectious. With spots like Bourbon Pub Parade, Oz, and Cafe Lafitte in Exile, your chances to dance the night away, and create a few stories of your own are there for the taking.

Take a moment to walk through the Quarter with us...

Shamaa Von Spindler is a Los Angeles-based designer, artist and photographer. You can see more of her work at thesensualist.typepad.com.


Antiques De Provence
623 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 529-4342

Goorin Bros.
709 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-4287


Muriel’s Jackson Square
801 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70116-3206
(504) 568-1885


The Bourbon Pub Parade
801 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116-3106
(504) 524-3788

Oz - New Orleans
800 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70116-3107
(504) 593-9491

Cafe Lafitte in Exile
901 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 522-8397

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