Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Uptown Acorn: Guide to New Orleans

After many years of blogging, I have been asked numerous times to share my favorite restaurants, bars, shops, etc. with my readers. Well, with the help of Linda at Life and Linda, I finally have a button on my sidebar. Of course, I will be adding to this list from time to time, so if you ever make a trip to the Crescent City take a moment to read through some of my must sees and must dos.

Remember, this list is compiled by me, Uptown Acorn. It is my opinion, and I have not been compensated for the mention. Though J would probably say that I have well compensated each of these businesses. Hey, I like what I like. Check it out!

New Orleans is a city full of inherent tourist draws to keep any visitor enamored for a long stay, but when I travel, I personally like to have an inside scoop on what locals like to do. Please allow me to introduce you to some of my favorite things to eat and do in New Orleans.


A sophisticated mix of unique home goods & gifts presented in an intimate, stylish boutique/one of my favorite shops on Magazine Street. Must haves: New Orleans toile, Laurel Wilder trays, Alison Evans ceramics I never leave without a treat or two!


Where the well-dressed shop. Must haves: crawfish polo, Vineyard Vines swimsuit, Bonobos pants

Pied Nu

Chic shop selling a variety of women's clothing plus candles, jewelry & furniture/a small shop with lots of high class appeal. Must haves: Dyptique and Cire Trudon candles, John Derian plates


Stationery emporium featuring upscale paper products, pens & desk accessories plus custom invites/The best place for your stationery needs. Must haves: New Orleans-inspired thank yous, wrapping papers

Mitch’s Flowers & Oysteria

Quaint, brick-walled flower shop offering arrangements for all occasions plus a variety of gifts./Beautiful flower arrangements and oyster-inspired platters. Must haves: Oyster bowls, Oyster chip and dips

AKA Stella Gray

A wonderful collection of natural curiosities/Bohemian luxury. Must haves: 4”x4” oyster shell paintings, feathers, nests, antlers I always find something I must have in this shop.


A newish addition to Magazine Street featuring high-end accessories. Must haves: Vagabond House accessories, Sasha Nicholas monogrammed dinnerware

Aux Belles Choses

Cozy fixture known for its rustic French & English linens, soap, garden wares, vintage finds & more/Distinctly French finds. Must haves: English biscuit barrels, fresh lavender, vintage scales.

Billy Reid

The place where the modern man and women dress. Must haves: K-Swiss keds, fitted polos

Dunn & Sonnier

A floral, antique, and gift mecca. Must haves: Vintage containers, seashells, Nouvelle crepe myrtle candle


NOLA-inspired tees. Printed fresh daily. Must haves:  Crawfish in Louisiana tee

NOLA Couture

NOLA and Southern-inspired neckties, belts, accessories. Must haves: Streetcar tie, snow ball belt


Upscale shop offering antique & modern home furnishings, custom window treatments & design services/Vintage finds and modern accessories. Must haves: Nest candles, Alexa Pulitzer stationery

Shops at 2011

Vast marketplace filled with antiques, home decor, gifts, jewelry & vintage items. Must haves: local artwork from The Porch

The Shop at the Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection's shop, selling prints, maps, books, cards & other themed gifts. Must haves: Oyster shell trees, Casaka gift wrap, New Orleans ornaments

Little Miss Muffin

One stop shop for unique gifts, women's apparel, accessories, children's clothing, toys, local artists, furniture, jewelry, home decor, weddings, and more. Must haves: Niven Morgan products, local artwork.


Chic home decor shop with a selection of furniture, lighting, linens & more, plus design services. Must haves: Seda France candles, agate accessories



 Modern, elevated Creole dinners in an 1877 townhouse hung with art & local memorabilia. Must eat: Fried Green Tomatoes, Cane River Shrimp 


Elegant Creole classics, martinis & a long wine list offered in a bustling, homey space. Must eat: Crab salad, Lobster risotto 

La Petite Grocery
 Made-from-scratch Louisiana fare in a quaint cottage that housed a grocery store in the 1800s. Must eat: LPG cheeseburger, my favorite

 Commander’s Palace

Notable spot for refined Creole fare & an elegant jazz brunch in a chandelier-hung space since 1880. Must eat: Turtle soup


Intimate, secluded spot for sophisticated New American-French cuisine, housed in a former pharmacy Must eat: Roasted cauliflower beignets, Pecan-crusted grouper

Crepe Nanou

Crêpes & other classic French dishes in an intimate, mosaic-tiled bistro space with sidewalk seats. Must eat: Crepe aux Ecrevisses, Pommes frites

 La Thai

 Hip, gleaming space with New Orleans-accented Thai cuisine, plus creative cocktails & lots of wines. Must eat: Fried calamari, Pad thai


 Pan-Latin dishes, including vegetarian options, plus cocktails in a cozy, wood-decked space. Must eat: Crab, shrimp, avocado, and mango stack, Tropical fish

 Superior Seafood

 On the St. Charles streetcar line, seafood-focused Creole fare in a sunny, tiled space with St. Charles Avenue views & a happy hour. Must eat: Dozen oysters on the half shell, shrimp poboy


 Laid-back, casual spot for classic Creole fare plus daily specials & happy hour. Must eat: Sauteed shrimp remoulade poboy

 Frankie & Johnny’s

Cozy, dimly lit bistro specializing in fried seafood dishes, po' boys & Cajun-Creole fare. Must eat: Fried bell pepper rings, Boiled crawfish (in season), hamburger dressed

 Ralph’s on the Park

 Set in an 1860's house, this elegant, eclectic eatery features a bar, wine list & Sunday brunch. Must eat:Truffle fries, Tuna two ways

 Mr. B’s Bistro

 Special-occasion spot serving modern, seasonal Louisiana fare in a refined, wood-paneled space. Must eat: Shrimp & grits, Buffalo chicken salad


Fine-dining century-old institution serving French-Creole fare in upscale space (jackets required). Must eat: Souffle’ potatoes, Lemon Fish


The Columns Hotel

 Set in the Garden District overlooking the St. Charles streetcar line, this grand hotel in an 1883 Italianate mansion with a dramatic mahogany staircase.!dining--cocktails/cs69

 Bouligny Tavern

Chic gastropub with sophisticated, modern small plates plus cocktails & a long wine list.


 Firehouse turned stylish, dimly lit cocktail lounge with creative drinks & eclectic array of dishes.

 The Carousel Bar

 This classic haunt at the Hotel Monteleone has a circular bar that revolves like a carousel.

Swizzle Sticks

 Refined bar in the Loews Hotel with cocktails like the Adelaide Swizzle, Creole fare & live jazz.

 French 75

 Celebrated lounge & cigar bar serves up old-fashioned libations in an intimate, polished interior.

The Hermes Bar

 Hosting live music on the weekends, this sophisticated cocktail bar serves snacks such as po' boys.

The Polo Lounge

 Posh hotel lounge with dark-wood touches has upscale bar fare, cocktails & more than 600 wines.

 Sazerac Bar

 Grand Roosevelt Hotel cocktail bar with classic drinks, plush banquettes & elegant old-world vibe.



 Hotel Monteleone

This luxe grande dame with an opulent lobby is a block from Bourbon Street and a 9-minute walk from the French Quarter Visitor Center

Loews New Orleans Hotel

Across the street from Harrah's Casino, this upscale hotel in a modern building is a 4-block walk from the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

 Royal Sonesta

 Set on Bourbon Street, this upscale French Quarter hotel is an 8-minute walk from St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

Maison Dupuy

 Set 2 blocks from Bourbon Street in the Vieux Carré district, this upscale hotel in 5 adjoining townhouses is a 4-minute walk from the Musee Conti Wax Museum.

 Windsor Court

 This luxe European-style hotel in a high-rise is a 3-minute walk from The Shops at Canal Place and a 9-minute streetcar ride from the Superdome stadium.

 Roosevelt Hotel

 This luxe Waldorf Astoria property in a grand 1863 building is a 1-block walk from Bourbon Street and a 4-minute walk from Harrah's Casino.



Uptown day spa. Treat yourself to relaxation. With facials, pedicures and everything in between, Belladonna lets you forget about the world outside and just be.


For over 20 years, Earthsavers spa and store has advocated the idea of beauty from the inside out by offering products and services at their three locations in the New Orleans area.

Luxury Day Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

Indulging all of the senses, The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, New Orleans invites guests to a place where draped chandeliers, bubbling fountains and the subtle hint of lavender mint create a luxurious


Uptown Acorn's Guide, y'all!


  1. Good evening, Ron! I think this is my favorite post ever, and I'm so excited that you will be adding to this one. Thanks to you, I have been to numerous suggestions, whether it is shopping, dining, or "cocktailing"--I think I just invented a new word! ;) We are staying at the Windsor Court Friday night, so you know I'll be in the Polo Lounge! Have a great evening! Cheers! xoxo

  2. I can't thank you enough for this compilation of things to see and do. I will be referring to it many times very soon.

  3. Wow that's a very well thought out list. If I ever get down there I'll have to use it as a guide!

  4. What a complete listing, Ron! Now, all I need is you to serve as the guide to all these wonderful places! There is a chance we will be near NOLA in a couple of months!

  5. Thanks for sharing your favorites in one place Ron! There are a few I need to try on my next visit!


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