New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
This beautifully preserved shop was established in 1816 by Louis J Dufilho at a time when the pharmaceutical arts were, shall we say, in...
Williams Research Center
Dedicated travelers and history heads should pop into the Williams Research Center ; if you have specific queries about almost anything...
New Orleans School of Cooking
A food demonstration – not a hands-on class. Menus rotate daily, but rest assured you'll be snacking on creations such as gumbo,...
Just as the best emperors are the deposed ones, the best bars are those that have seen better days. Having opened its doors in 1797,...
It might seem easy to deride Emeril Lagasse, still the most famous celebrity chef in America. The cynic in you wants to think he’s...
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Maspero’s Exchange information
Now Original Pierre Maspero’s (a fairly middling restaurant), this was once La Bourse de Maspero: a cafe-cum-slave-auctioneering house where the city’s elite sipped au lait while human chattel were traded in Exchange Alley (now Exchange Place). Note the entresol (a mezzanine floor with a low ceiling visible from the exterior through the arched windows); this cramped little room was only reached through a ceiling door from the bottom floor, and is where slaves are said to have been imprisoned while awaiting their sale. This room now serves as a dining room. In 1814, the building was the headquarters for the local Committee of Public Safety, charged with marshaling citizens to fight under General Andrew Jackson.