Occupying a pleasantly quiet corner of the French Quarter, the W New Orleans pays tribute to the city’s jazz heritage in its room design, while the cabana-lined swimming pool brings a touch of the French Riviera with its wrought iron gates and overgrown foliage. Plump for a Fantastic Suite for a private balcony and a separate living room area.
American author Charles Bukowski long ago stayed at the Royal Street Inn above local watering hole the R Bar - there was once even a suite named after him. These days the inn provides bohemian digs, still at fair prices.
W for Wonderful
Boutique hotel W New Orleans, in the heart of the French Quarter, is a mere stroll from bustling Bourbon Street with its shops, restaurants and jazz bars.£721 ppBook flights and five nights at W New Orleans
In the wilds of Bourbon Street, Restaurant R’evolution hosts an exclusive wine room, plus a luxurious suite of dining rooms serving a Creole fusion of foods from the many nations that have contributed to New Orleans’ history, from rotisserie pheasant with rice dressing and pea-shoot succotash to panéed veal chop topped with warm crab-meat salad and truffle aioli.
For 70 years, low-key Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar has served the French Quarter’s freshest raw bivalves and other Gulf South treats. Lacking any gimmick, Felix’s instead focuses on taste and freshness with its boiled, grilled and fried seafood - extra points for friendly southern banter with experienced oyster shuckers.
Every night is different at Eiffel Society, an iconic Lower Garden District venue built from pieces of a restaurant that was once perched atop the actual Eiffel Tower. The restaurant complements the St. Charles Avenue street-car line outside its windows with an ever-rotating display of art as fancy as Eiffel’s original drinks and savoury tapas plates.
Original paintings and murals by various neighbourhood legends call out behind video poker machines and fine examples of small-game taxidermy
Saturn Bar seems barely held together by the yellowed photos taped to its walls. Original paintings and murals by various neighbourhood legends call out behind video poker machines and fine examples of small-game taxidermy. The bar regularly hosts local and touring rock bands, and DJ nights that guarantee to get everyone on the dancefloor.
Royal Street is known for its fine antique shops, which sell rare items once owned by royalty, so be prepared to spend big. M.S. Rau Antiques has specialised in jewellery, vases and chandeliers for more than 100 years, and for five generations James H. Cohen and Sons has offered a dizzying array of collectable guns, coins, swords and ancient maps.
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Whether you’re after a rare diamond, Fabergé egg or an Impressionist painting, MS Rau Antiques is the go-to destination for art aficionados and collectors.Search flights to New Orleans