• UO Guide: New Orleans

    Nicknamed “The Big Easy,” New Orleans will mesmerize and lull you into beautiful chaos. As the birthplace of Jazz, there’s always live music happening whether it’s coming from small venues, large concert halls or even street corners. A city full of color, variation, history and diversity, there’s always something to do, something to eat or drink, and maybe even a little voodoo. 

    In celebration of our newest store, located on 408 N. Peters St., here is our guide to help you experience some of the best that New Orleans has for you. 
    Photos by Darian Tarver, words by Emily McCollister

    Food + Drink:

    Bacchanal Wine
    600 Poland Ave.
    Wine and cheese, music, and a nice courtyard area — an eclectic hub, and we highly recommend spending an evening here. 

    Cane and Table
    1113 Decatur St.
    Great food, great cocktails, and sultry Caribbean vibes at this fun and intimate rum bar. 

    Catahoula Hotel
    914 Union St. 
    No matter the time of day, Catahoula has something you want: daytime coffee, evening cocktails, and delicious Peruvian food.

    8801 Oak St.
    New Orleans is full of good food and good burgers but Cowbell takes the cake. We love the way it looks and feels and the staff is always friendly. In addition to burgers, their mac and cheese is to die for.

    Creole Creamery
    4924 Prytania St.
    Amazing ice cream with unusual flavors like lavender honey, white chocolate truffled popcorn, Thai basil coconut, or Mexican hot chocolate. 

    District Donuts
    2209 Magazine St.
    Coffee + specialty donuts with an extensive menu. Might we suggest a Nutella Mousse donut or a Lemon Raspberry with a Vietnamese iced coffee. 

    Elizabeth’s Restaurant
    601 Gallier St.
    Great atmosphere and a brunch that could kill : think French toast burrito. And let us all (non-vegetarians) take a moment of silence for praline bacon which is a next level experience.

    Mammoth Espresso
    821 Baronne St. 
    If you’re looking for an excellent espresso that will knock your socks off but the barista won’t make you feel dumb for not knowing that your Ethiopian bean is lemony and acidic, then this is your place. Also a spot to get some work done if you're looking to stay for awhile.

    3162 Dauphine St. 
    Quirky but cozy, Oxalis whips up a mean cocktail. There’s also a full menu and inside/outside spaces (plus a great happy hour). 

    Plum Street Snoball
    1300 Burdette St.
    You can’t do New Orleans without getting a snowball and this is where you want to go. Served in Chinese takeout carriers and with lots of flavor options, the line is usually pretty long but this snowball is worth the wait. 

    Saint Roch
    2381 St. Claude Ave.
    A food hall/market place, Saint Roch hosts multiple vendors within its walls. Cocktails, coffee, seafood, crepes, juice, and other foods are all housed under one roof, with plenty of seating. If you’re with a group of friends that can’t decide what to eat, take them here and everyone will leave happy. 

    Art, Culture, Outdoors

    Civic Theatre
    510 O’Keefe Ave.
    A large theatre built in 1906, The Civic is a great spot to catch a show — coming up on their roster this month are Andrew Bird, Local Natives, The Head and The Heart, and Animal Collective. 

    Crescent Park 
    1008 N. Peters St. 
    A beautiful and expansive park on the waterfront. Only a few years old, Crescent Park has sidewalks, track, picnic tables and a wharf; this is a great hang spot when you want to be outside.

    “The Fly” at Audubon Park
    Riverview Dr. 
    Located behind the Audubon Zoo and next to the Mississippi River, this is a great place to meet up with your friends outside for a picnic or Frisbee game. 

    French Quarter
    The oldest neighborhood in the city, the French Quarter has a spirit of its own. Featured in TV shows and movies, the beauty of the French and Spanish architecture of New Orleans is clearly visible; well worth a stroll!

    Frenchman Art Market
    619 Frenchmen St. 
    A nighttime outdoor marketplace with artists of all different mediums including potters, jewelry makers, metal workers, and more. The artists change depending on the night but no matter what night of the week, you’re guaranteed to stumble onto something interesting.

    Gasa Gasa
    4920 Freret St.
    A go-to spot for live music, Gasa Gasa books great shows and has good vibes all around. 

    New Orleans Museum of Art
    1 Collins Diboll Cir.
    The oldest art museum in New Orleans, “NOMA” as the locals call it, typically features cool exhibits covering a range of time periods and art styles/mediums. Their collection is noted for its strengths in French and American art and it reflects the individuality of the city that it is in. 

    New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
    514 Chartres St.
    An early 1800s apothecary-turned-museum portrays unexpected beauty in the ordinary and extraordinary. Definitely worth a trip (and an Instagram). 

    Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    925 Camp St. 
    Here you will find the largest collection of Southern Art in the world. Ogden seeks to expand people’s ideas of art in the South and they do just that with rotating exhibitions and other programs. 

    One Eyed Jacks
    615 Toulouse St.
    A music venue that hosts concerts, burlesque, and comedy shows. Plus a wide wide variety of music shows from punk rock to DJ’s to 80’s dance parties; bizarre in the best way and a really fun place.

     “Don't you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour - but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands - and who knows what to do with it?” – Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

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