Top things to do

Top Choice American in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Surrey’s Juice Bar

Surrey’s makes a simple bacon-and-egg sandwich taste – and look – like the most delicious breakfast you’ve ever been served. And you know what? It probably is the best. Boudin biscuits; eggs scrambled with salmon; b…
Top Choice Cemetery in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Lafayette Cemetery No 1

Of all the cemeteries in New Orleans, Lafayette exudes the strongest sense of subtropical Southern Gothic. The stark contrast of moldering crypts and gentle decay with the forceful fertility of the fecund greenery i…
Top Choice Creole in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Commander's Palace

Commander’s Palace is a dapper host, a seer-suckered bon vivant who wows with white-linen dining rooms, decadent dishes and attentive Southern hospitality. The nouveau Creole menu shifts, and can run from crispy oys…
Top Choice French in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Coquette

Coquette mixes wine-bar ambience with friendly service and a bit of white linen; the result is a candlelit place where you don’t feel bad getting tipsy. Explore beyond the respectable wine menu, though – there’s som…
Top Choice Clothing in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Trashy Diva

It isn’t really as scandalous as the name suggests, except by Victorian standards. Diva’s specialty is sassy 1940s- and '50s-style cinched, hourglass dresses and Belle Époque undergarments – lots of corsets, lace an…
Top Choice Deli in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Stein’s Deli

You may get a no-nonsense 'what?' when you step up to the counter, but it's just part of the schtick at this scruffy deli. For quality sandwiches, cheese and cold cuts, this is as good as the city gets. Owner Dan St…
Sandwiches in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Parasol’s

Parasol’s isn’t just in the Irish Channel neighborhood; it sort of is the Irish Channel, serving as community center, nexus of gossip and watering hole. It's first and foremost a bar, but you can order some of the b…
Vintage in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Funky Monkey

You’ll find wigs in every color at Funky Monkey, which sells vintage attire for club-hopping men and women. This fun-house of frippery is also a good spot for Mardi Gras costumes. It's tiny, though, and can get jam-…
Barbecue in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Central City BBQ

'Who does the best barbecue in town' is a subject of low-intensity foodie debate in New Orleans, but Central City BBQ is a respectable answer. The spot is the love-child of two local chefs with a passion for barbecu…
Arts & Crafts in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Simon of New Orleans

Local artist Simon Hardeveld has made a name for himself by painting groovy signs that hang like artwork in restaurants all over New Orleans. You’ll probably recognize the distinctive stars, dots and sparkles that f…