On your mark, get set, shop! No, no, not at the mall, but on New Orleans’s Magazine Street instead. With dozens of specialty boutiques, galleries, and restaurants to choose from, your quest for the perfect presents will be in the bag.
Before tackling Magazine Street, you need to know a couple of important things. First, this “avenue of dreams” is 6 miles long, so don’t think about attacking it all on foot. Drive your car, catch the Magazine bus, or take a cab (my favorite means of New Orleans transportation) to one of the farthest-away shops you want to browse. Work your way back to a restaurant or coffee shop for a break; then begin again. To plan your attack, order a free Magazine Street Shopper’s Guide online at www.magazinestreet.com, or call 1-866-679-4764.