Best known as a destination for shopping, this popular street is also home to museums, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Starting at Canal Street in the Central Business District and extending all the way upriver through the Garden District and Uptown, Magazine Street takes you through some of New Orleans' most vibrant neighborhoods peppered with delightfully diverse commercial pockets.
Named after an ammunition magazine - or warehouse - that was built on the street in the late eighteenth century, the lower part of Magazine was initially used as a storage area for commercial and industrial goods. Today the street is a thriving place of commerce, adorned with countless restaurants, pubs and boutiques. And with its small-town, main street charm, it's hard to believe that you are only minutes from downtown.
One of the most impressive attractions Magazine has to offer is The National World War II Museum. Located in the Warehouse District neighborhood at the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive, the museum presents a remarkable collection of artifacts and exhibits, as well as featured documentaries about the Second World War. The Warehouse District is also home to many of the city's best art galleries, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center and upscale restaurants - all within walking distance of the thoroughfare.
Just upriver from the Warehouse District, the shopping that Magazine Street is known for begins. Antiques, clothing, jewelry, shoes, cigars, home furnishings, formal wear, toys, beauty supplies and more can all be found along the six miles of Magazine Street. Dense retail begins at the intersection of Magazine and Felicity known as "Lower Magazine," again at Washington and Magazine and again at Jefferson and Magazine. Many choose to spend the day on Magazine, stopping for lunch at one of the many restaurants along the street. Most restaurants have outdoor seating along the street, which is perfect for people-watching in New Orleans' warm climate. Magazine is also home to quaint coffee shops, cozy pubs and bakeriees, all perfect places for recharging and relaxing throughout the day.
Just off Magazine, you'll find striking examples of our local architecture, including the many exquisite mansions scattered throughout the Garden District area. Guided tours of the neighborhood are available. Continuing Uptown, Magazine Street will lead you directly into our pristine Audubon Park, where you can bask in the natural beauty of South Louisiana among live oak trees or check out the rare white tigers at the Audubon Zoo.
Magazine is a great destination for those looking to catch a glimpse of another side of New Orleans. Here you will find one-of-a-kind shopping, great restaurants and classic New Orleans architecture in a relaxed, local atmosphere.