South's Most Stylish Cities: New Orleans
See and Be Seen
The Bywater and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods claim the most young, artistic transplants, the heart of the city's grand renaissance. At Mimi's in the Marigny, a DJ spins old funk and disco for a crowd of pretty young things. Cocktail culture is alive and well in this drinking town. At the plush, candle-lit Loa bar in the International House, barmen accent tipples with fresh herbs. It's cool to be a carnivore here, and Donald Link is the Pied Piper of the movement with his Warehouse District joints Cochon and Cochon Butcher .
Dress Like a Local
In a town where humidity is a way of life, the look tends toward louche Southern bohemian in breathable fabrics. Think slouchy "off-duty artist" suits for guys and maxi dresses for ladies. Style blogger L. Kasimu Harris is the Bill Cunningham of the Crescent City. While The New York Times-street-style photographer is devoted to his uniform of blue work jackets, Kasimu embraces a dapper, bespoke style defined by accessories like bow ties and ascots.
Get the gauzy Pretty Baby-era experience at The Columns Hotel (rooms from $120) in the Garden District, replete with Victorian furniture.