Oui We Loves: The French Quarter

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I've lived in this city for 6 years and btw, in the time warp of life I can't even kind of believe it's been that long. When I landed here, I expected a stay of 2 or 3 years or so - gypsy girls never settle down - and somehow even with summers that exude a heat only too much tequila can create, mosquitos that give a constant reminder that they were here first and dammit! they aren't going anywhere no matter what that roaming truck sprays at them, and a laissez faire attitude that makes getting real work done difficult on occasion - still, I'm fully in it.

This city has been out of this world good to me. It's like she knew I was coming, pulled me in and has worked miracles in my life. I would not be the person I am with out the city of New Orleans. The inspiration, community love... you can be absolutely anything you want here. The music abounds, the art, the cuisine, and the entrepreneurial thinking is on the level of the most metropolitan cities anywhere.

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I'm often asked where I recommend visitors go, especially if they've only got a weekend or so. After living in the Marigny/Bywater area for three years, I find that I often send people that way. However, I've been working in the French Quarter over the last few months and am reminded of how incredible of an experience a visitor can have just a block or so off of Bourbon.

So wandering the streets with Jacob a few weeks ago snapping these photos, I was reminded of a few of my favorites. Be sure to visit each if you're traveling in. And if you're local and haven't done a little Quarter time lately, go be a tourist in your own city. She is ever beautiful.

My current favorites:

The Michalopoulos Gallery to view James’ latest exhibit and see his dreamy approach to the city’s architecture (I've been working for James for a few months now, however, no bias here. I'm in awe daily of the work. The figurative paintings from his most recent Jazz Fest collection are astounding).

Sucre for macarons is on quite a few "must do" lists - however, the new Salon by Sucre includes a tea service, a cocktail menu and a lunch and dinner offering that take it to the next level. 

Cane & Table for Sunday brunch and booze, I can't think of a better place to recap a weekend. 

Lafitte’s for a purple drink, on the menu it's called a Voodoo Daiquiri - it's my favorite place to take newbies - of course - be warned, you don't need more than one. This drink has also made an appearance on my instagram account a solid 10 times. 

This one is cheating a bit - as it's dipping back over to the Marigny however you've got to hit d.b.a. — I mean, they have great music and Champagne in a can! Get the window seat and people watch if you can. In the quarter, my favorite music venue is One Eyed Jacks. Great shows, fantastic venue, and I always feel like it's a homecoming of sorts when I'm there.

And while you're at it, check the local music schedule - if you see the names Andrew DuhonKrisin DiableMaggie Koerner or Robin Barnes don't miss it. You're welcome in advance. 

Lastly, for shopping - tucked away on Chartres Street are my two favorites: UAL for designer finds and Revival Outpost for the best vintage in the city.

So there you have it. A quick little French Quarter tour. In the meantime, I also advise dressing for anything. Dancing, dining, dashing through the streets - and as a note: if there's one thing that always works here it's the AC, so throw on a cardigan over your jazzy dress and you'll be all set.

Want to shop it? Here's a few pieces I'm loving right now.