If you’ve made your way down south, you’ve likely been directed to spend some of your time exploring New Orleans Magazine Street. This winding little street is a popular favorite for tourists and locals which offers boutique shopping in traditional New Orleans fashion—meaning that the shops are unique, the higher-end of them still have a distinctly New Orleans air to them, and you’ll likely be able to pick up some Voodoo paraphernalia while you’re wandering about.
Sound good? Great. This is why you should go. New Orleans and its gumbo mélange of people offer some of the best cultural experiences in the world and Magazine Street is a great way to explore them. There are numerous ways to go about doing this. Though Magazine runs from one end of Audubon Park all the way to the beginning of the French Quarter, you’ll not want to walk the whole of it—it’s too long to walk comfortably in a day and crossing under the freeway is a confusing and industrial section best skipped. Consider driving, parking, and hoofing your favorite sections, or catch the oft-recommended #11 Magazine Street Bus at the corner of Canal Street and Magazine (in front of the mighty Sheraton Hotel) and ask the driver for the one-day “Jazzy Pass”—it’s $3.00 and lets you get on and off as often as you’d like.
My personal suggestion? Grab a coffee at the locals favorite PJ’s (try the frozen Granita, born long before any Frappuccino), and ride the bus down to about Washington Street. There you can see what the street is like, double back if you passed any sections you really wanted to check out, then walk toward Audubon Park to grab a bite to eat, explore the other shops, and finish it off with a stroll in Audubon Park and all the live oak with hanging Spanish moss.
If you’d rather, there’s also a great tour of New Orleans Garden District available, if your days are short and you’d like to see as much as possible.