HUFFINGTON POST: BERIT BAUGHER for Fathom
February 11, 2015 | Updated Apr 13, 2015
My first visit to New Orleans was spent exploring the French Quarter, the Garden District, and a little bit of the Bywater. By the end of day five, I had tried the cool restaurants — the touristy ones, too — ate beignets, sipped a disgustingly sweet hurricane cocktail, listened to jazz, and visited a few museums. I was overstuffed and pretty sure that I’d successfully seen everything there was to see. Then I found out I would be spending a lot more time in the city, based in the Warehouse District, a neighborhood I had somehow overlooked, and the starting point of what has become one of my favorite streets, the long and varied Magazine Street.
Lay of the Land
There may be no better way to get a feel for New Orleans than to spend a day walking the six-mile length of Magazine Street. If it’s too hot for a five-hour walk under the baking Louisiana sun, which will probably be the case, then drop in to the sections that look most interesting. But don’t skip it: Magazine is a charming, small-town, Americana Main Street that follows the curve of the Mississippi, on a route a few blocks north of the river. From its northernmost point in Audubon Parkdown to the busy streets of the Central Business District (known simply as “the CBD”), you’ll get a glimpse of the many neighborhoods in between, each more varied than the next.