Bourbon Street may be the most buzzed about thoroughfare in the French Quarter, but Royal Street has its own sights and experiences you won’t want to miss on your trip to New Orleans. The street itself with its picturesque architecture is enough to inject a bit of history and beauty into your French Quarter adventure, but Royal offers so much more in terms of fun things to do, see, and eat. Here are a few things you should check out on Royal Street to maximize your time there.
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Besides Magazine Street, Royal Street is one of the city’s shopping meccas as stores of all types line both sides of the promenade. Looking for custom gifts to bring home? Bourbon French Parfums (805 Royal St) will help you personalize your perfect fragrance in addition to its own house parfums, men’s colognes, and complementary body products and gift items, like decorative perfume bottles and powder puffs. Flora Savage (1301 Royal St) crafts the finest flowers into gorgeous bouquets with names inspired by all things New Orleans. Papier Plume (842 Royal St) offers top-quality writing instruments, accessories, stationery, leather cases, and everything else a writer might need to feel inspired in a city that’s been a muse for so many famous authors.
Like Magazine St, Royal Street is also a hotbed for antique stores, from retro jewelry and clothing to antique furniture pieces and décor, so if vintage is what you’re after, Royal Street has you covered.
Explore the Arts
Whether it’s the huge number of art galleries or the live music and assorted entertainment from street performers positioned up and down the street, Royal Street provides a taste of the local arts that most other areas of the city can’t touch. The street becomes a pedestrian mall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so you can stroll up and down Royal enjoying the art displays on or off the sidewalks because vehicular traffic is closed off during that time.
Grab a Bite
Royal Street also boasts a handful of top-notch restaurants, including some of the best in the French Quarter. Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St) is known for its legendary daily jazz brunch and seats people in its lavish dining room and lush courtyard for an authentic French Quarter dining experience. Royal House Oyster Bar (441 Royal St) has one of the largest oyster bars in the city and offers a number of classic Louisiana seafood dishes. Café Amelie (912 Royal St) also offers the outdoor courtyard dining experience with a charming menu of creative takes on fresh salads, small plates, and sandwiches.
If you’re looking for an authentic New Orleans experience in the French Quarter, look no further than Royal Street for shopping, food, and fun. And no matter what French Quarter hotel you’re staying at, Royal Street will always be just a short walk away.
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