Shoppers flock to Magazine Street for its antique stores brimming with vintage goods and funky boutiques hawking local and handmade clothing, accessories, and home goods. When you need a break from buying, grab a table at one of many cafés with outdoor patios and watch the lively scene go by.
After dark, the street transforms into a nightlife destination with rooftop bars, music clubs, and casual pubs perfectly spaced for a Big Easy-style bar crawl. Many New Orleans sightseeing tours include Magazine Street via biking, walking, Segway, or hop-on hop-off bus tours.
Things to know before you go
- Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome at many Magazine Street businesses. Just be sure to ask before you bring Fido inside.
- Check out the work of local artists at galleries like Alex Beard Studio, Carol Robinson Gallery, Hands in Clay, and the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio.
- As you stroll, admire the colorful Creole architecture of many historic buildings that line the street.
How to get there
Magazine Street runs parallel to the Mississippi River across parts of the Central Business District, Lower Garden District, Touro, and Uptown neighborhoods. The most shops and restaurants are on the stretch between Napoleon Ave. and Felicity St. It is easily accessible using the #11 RTA bus or the St. Charles Streetcar, and best explored by foot.
When to get there
Visit during the daytime for shopping and people watching, as most Magazine Street shops and galleries maintain standard business hours. Bars and clubs get bumping in the late evening and often stay open until the wee hours of the morning. During Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day, many parades snake along the street.
Magazine Street Pub Crawl
For a break from the crowds of Bourbon Street, plan a night out among the dozens of bars and clubs along Magazine Street. Try more than 150 beers on tap at the Bulldog, sip a craft cocktail at Barrel Proof, and get a bird’s-eye view of the scene below from the rooftop at the Balcony Bar Cafe. For fun and games, belt out your favorite karaoke tune at the Saint Bar and Lounge or test your trivia skills at the Prytania Bar.
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