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Magazine Street (New Orleans), Louisiana

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Magazine Street is a major thoroughfare crossing through several neighborhoods and is one of the primary shopping districts in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. It may not be for the feint of heart to try to walk the entire stretch, but if the weather is just right and you're feeling up to it, the trip can be the perfect way to fill a day. For a large part of its route, Magazine Street serves as the southern boundary of the Lower Garden District. So you can enjoy touring the side streets and experiencing the architectural flavor of the homes in the area. Also, the unique New Orleans cemeteries are worth checking out with their elaborate above ground stone crypts and mausoleums. As you walk along Magazine Street, the area can change character several times. It can go from a funky urban setting to a quiet residential retreat, from an upscale shopping district to a collection of raucous bars and restaurants. Along the walk you'll be in for a lot of variety.

New Orleans is known as the Crescent City because many of its streets are laid out in a curving pattern that follows the bend in the Mississippi River. Magazine Street is one such street. Our tour of Magazine Street covers the area from Felicity Street on the east to Louisiana Avenue on the west but you could continue heading further west and see more shops and restaurants. Magazine Street is about five blocks south of St. Charles Avenue so you could take the St. Charles Avenue street car, hop off and walk a few blocks south. Also, from downtown, you could take a taxi, use ride-sharing, or do what we did and use the City Sightseeing Tour Bus, which has several stops along Magazine Street, including one at the corner of Washington Avenue and Magazine Street.

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Magazine Street is a major commercial street spanning several miles in New Orleans.  Since Magazine Street covers so many miles it is often recommended that visitors access the area via taxi or by ride sharing.  We actually took the City Sightseeing Tour Bus, which traveled through the area. We'll start our tour at the corner of Magazine and Felicity.
Magazine Street is a major commercial street spanning several miles in New Orleans. Since Magazine Street covers so many miles it is often recommended that visitors access the area via taxi or by ride sharing. We actually took the City Sightseeing Tour Bus, which traveled through the area. We'll start our tour at the corner of Magazine and Felicity.
Some of this stretch of Magazine Street appears to be rough, but there is an interesting mix of historic architecture and shops.  This is the corner of Magazine Street and St. Mary Street.
Some of this stretch of Magazine Street appears to be rough, but there is an interesting mix of historic architecture and shops. This is the corner of Magazine Street and St. Mary Street.
Across the street, notice the wrought ironwork that is famous in New Orleans.  You can also see how many of the storefronts have been renovated.
Across the street, notice the wrought ironwork that is famous in New Orleans. You can also see how many of the storefronts have been renovated.
We continue along Magazine Street in a southwestern direction.  New Orleans is called The Crescent City because its streets follow a curving pattern that matches the curve of the Mississippi river and Magazine Street is no different.  Here we see restaurants and other businesses along Magazine Street.
We continue along Magazine Street in a southwestern direction. New Orleans is called The Crescent City because its streets follow a curving pattern that matches the curve of the Mississippi river and Magazine Street is no different. Here we see restaurants and other businesses along Magazine Street.
This is Sophie B. Wright Park, named after a Louisiana educator.  Behind the park is the Il Mercato.  Built in 1931, it is a Spanish colonial style building constructed as a neighborhood market.  Today it is used as restaurant and event center.
This is Sophie B. Wright Park, named after a Louisiana educator. Behind the park is the Il Mercato. Built in 1931, it is a Spanish colonial style building constructed as a neighborhood market. Today it is used as restaurant and event center.
Across the street are more shops, cafes, and even a pub.  Along this stretch, Magazine Street serves as the southern boundary of New Orleans' Lower Garden District.
Across the street are more shops, cafes, and even a pub. Along this stretch, Magazine Street serves as the southern boundary of New Orleans' Lower Garden District.
We continue heading southwest on Magazine Street and cross over St. Andrew Street.  Here we see an interesting mix of architectural styles.
We continue heading southwest on Magazine Street and cross over St. Andrew Street. Here we see an interesting mix of architectural styles.
The Shops at 2011 is a collection of artists and designers offering a unique selection of goods in a marketplace setting, including antiques, art, gift items, and home decor.
The Shops at 2011 is a collection of artists and designers offering a unique selection of goods in a marketplace setting, including antiques, art, gift items, and home decor.
Across the street we see more boutiques and an art studio.  Awnings also provide cover over the sidewalks.
Across the street we see more boutiques and an art studio. Awnings also provide cover over the sidewalks.
More boutiques and a wide array of restaurants along Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
More boutiques and a wide array of restaurants along Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Art galleries, salons, and even tattoo parlors all along Magazine Street.  One theory about how Magazine Street got its name is from an ammunition magazine located in the vicinity during the 18th century colonial period.  Another theory is that the street may have been named after the Spanish word "magazin" or "almazon," which means warehouse.
Art galleries, salons, and even tattoo parlors all along Magazine Street. One theory about how Magazine Street got its name is from an ammunition magazine located in the vicinity during the 18th century colonial period. Another theory is that the street may have been named after the Spanish word "magazin" or "almazon," which means warehouse.
More boutique shops underneath the balconies across the street.
More boutique shops underneath the balconies across the street.
We're at the corner of Magazine Street and Josephine Street.  Here we see the Great American Alligator Museum, which contains a collection of alligator related items.  At this time, the museum is still waiting to open.
We're at the corner of Magazine Street and Josephine Street. Here we see the Great American Alligator Museum, which contains a collection of alligator related items. At this time, the museum is still waiting to open.
Some more shops, services, and eateries along Magazine Street.
Some more shops, services, and eateries along Magazine Street.
Across the street, in historic buildings, we see more shops and businesses.
Across the street, in historic buildings, we see more shops and businesses.
The Wegmann Building was constructed in 1878 in the Italianate Style.  Today it is home to several retailers on the ground floor.
The Wegmann Building was constructed in 1878 in the Italianate Style. Today it is home to several retailers on the ground floor.
More shops, services, and a wide variety of restaurants along Magazine Street.
More shops, services, and a wide variety of restaurants along Magazine Street.
We come to the intersection of Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans.
We come to the intersection of Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans.
Here we see a market, a tax prep service, and a gift shop that specializes in kites with their merchandise spilling out on the sidewalk.
Here we see a market, a tax prep service, and a gift shop that specializes in kites with their merchandise spilling out on the sidewalk.
These houses are occupied by some services.  We enter a stretch of Magazine Street that is mostly residential for several blocks but still full of interesting architecture.
These houses are occupied by some services. We enter a stretch of Magazine Street that is mostly residential for several blocks but still full of interesting architecture.
We walk for several blocks through residential areas on Magazine Street.  Many of the cross streets along here are numbered.  At the intersection of Magazine Street and First Street we come across this po boy and sandwich shop, one commercial exception to the otherwise residential area.
We walk for several blocks through residential areas on Magazine Street. Many of the cross streets along here are numbered. At the intersection of Magazine Street and First Street we come across this po boy and sandwich shop, one commercial exception to the otherwise residential area.
Here is Tracy's, a low key Irish pub along the quiet route.  Because of the long stretches without window shopping through this part, some folks were recommending, using taxis, ride sharing, or the City Sightseeing Tour Bus to get across the large stretches of Magazine Street.  But I enjoyed the walk on this beautiful day.
Here is Tracy's, a low key Irish pub along the quiet route. Because of the long stretches without window shopping through this part, some folks were recommending, using taxis, ride sharing, or the City Sightseeing Tour Bus to get across the large stretches of Magazine Street. But I enjoyed the walk on this beautiful day.
Here is an example of some of the private residences you will see along Magazine Street throughout this stretch.
Here is an example of some of the private residences you will see along Magazine Street throughout this stretch.
We reach a furniture store at the corner of Magazine Street and Washington Avenue.  At this point we enter another commercial area of Magazine Street.  Across the street was the stop on the City Sightseeing Tour Bus route where we disembarked.
We reach a furniture store at the corner of Magazine Street and Washington Avenue. At this point we enter another commercial area of Magazine Street. Across the street was the stop on the City Sightseeing Tour Bus route where we disembarked.
Another popular attraction in the area are the cemeteries, including this one, Lafayette Cemetery, which is about four blocks up Washington Avenue from Magazine Street.
Another popular attraction in the area are the cemeteries, including this one, Lafayette Cemetery, which is about four blocks up Washington Avenue from Magazine Street.
Across the street from the Lafayette Cemetery is the Commander's Palace Restaurant, which has been in business since 1893.  Just be forewarned that there is a dress code.
Across the street from the Lafayette Cemetery is the Commander's Palace Restaurant, which has been in business since 1893. Just be forewarned that there is a dress code.
A trip to this part of town is not complete without a stroll through the Garden District neighborhood.  Check out the well-kept houses and their fascinating architectural details.
A trip to this part of town is not complete without a stroll through the Garden District neighborhood. Check out the well-kept houses and their fascinating architectural details.
Here is a row of shops and services.  In the distance, in the far right, you can see a gas station.  This is one of the stops for the City Sightseeing Tour Bus.
Here is a row of shops and services. In the distance, in the far right, you can see a gas station. This is one of the stops for the City Sightseeing Tour Bus.
Shops mix with contractors in industrial style buildings along Magazine Street.
Shops mix with contractors in industrial style buildings along Magazine Street.
More shops and galleries occupy the buildings along this stretch of Magazine Street.  As we pull further away from the center of New Orleans the area gets a different feel to it, less dense and more suburban.
More shops and galleries occupy the buildings along this stretch of Magazine Street. As we pull further away from the center of New Orleans the area gets a different feel to it, less dense and more suburban.
Magazine Commons is a collection of shops, eateries, and other businesses along Magazine Street.
Magazine Commons is a collection of shops, eateries, and other businesses along Magazine Street.
We reach the corner of Magazine Street and 7th Street where we find shoppers strolling along on a beautiful day.
We reach the corner of Magazine Street and 7th Street where we find shoppers strolling along on a beautiful day.
This building was once an orphanage.  It now features apartments with shops on the ground floor.
This building was once an orphanage. It now features apartments with shops on the ground floor.
Across the street is this row of restaurants and shops in some unique looking buildings.
Across the street is this row of restaurants and shops in some unique looking buildings.
Some more shops and boutiques in renovated historic buildings along Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Some more shops and boutiques in renovated historic buildings along Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Here we see a jewelry store, a boutique, and some other shops on Magazine Street in New Orleans.
Here we see a jewelry store, a boutique, and some other shops on Magazine Street in New Orleans.
A nail salon, a gift shop, and some restaurants along Magazine Street.
A nail salon, a gift shop, and some restaurants along Magazine Street.
Now at this point we crossed over 8th Street.  Here we see a gift shop, a boutique, a tavern, and more on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Now at this point we crossed over 8th Street. Here we see a gift shop, a boutique, a tavern, and more on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Window shoppers take in a wide array of stores and other businesses along Magazine Street.
Window shoppers take in a wide array of stores and other businesses along Magazine Street.
We reach the corner of 9th Street and Magazine Street.  Chain stores mix with specialty retailers along this stretch of Magazine Street.
We reach the corner of 9th Street and Magazine Street. Chain stores mix with specialty retailers along this stretch of Magazine Street.
The sign reminds you that you're in Saints Country.  Check out the beautiful wrought iron work.
The sign reminds you that you're in Saints Country. Check out the beautiful wrought iron work.
If you look carefully in this picture you'll notice that this building sits on a narrow block.  On the right is 9th street and on the left is Harmony Street.  The narrow block is caused by how Magazine Street curves so some of the blocks start off narrow but get wider like as they go south like a pie wedge.  It makes more sense when you see it from an aerial view.
If you look carefully in this picture you'll notice that this building sits on a narrow block. On the right is 9th street and on the left is Harmony Street. The narrow block is caused by how Magazine Street curves so some of the blocks start off narrow but get wider like as they go south like a pie wedge. It makes more sense when you see it from an aerial view.
Across the street on the narrow block is another interesting looking building.
Across the street on the narrow block is another interesting looking building.
A shot of an historic bank building that happens to be used as a bank to this day.
A shot of an historic bank building that happens to be used as a bank to this day.
And back to the other side of the street again we have a shop for pets and a bar and cafe.
And back to the other side of the street again we have a shop for pets and a bar and cafe.
Here is a motorcycle rider heading past a row of beautiful historic buildings housing shops and restaurants.
Here is a motorcycle rider heading past a row of beautiful historic buildings housing shops and restaurants.
We come across more shops and restaurants, including these offering plenty of outdoor seating.
We come across more shops and restaurants, including these offering plenty of outdoor seating.
We cross Toledano Street and find more shops, including some pretty famous chains.  In the distance, on the left, you can see a sign for a supermarket on Magazine Street.
We cross Toledano Street and find more shops, including some pretty famous chains. In the distance, on the left, you can see a sign for a supermarket on Magazine Street.
Window shoppers walk past independent boutiques and eateries along Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Window shoppers walk past independent boutiques and eateries along Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.
Some more shops across the street, including a famous chain in a building that's been retrofitted into something more modern.
Some more shops across the street, including a famous chain in a building that's been retrofitted into something more modern.
On the other side of the street are some brightly painted historical buildings.  One is a music store and the other sells hot dogs.
On the other side of the street are some brightly painted historical buildings. One is a music store and the other sells hot dogs.
We reach the corner of Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue.  This is the point where I turned back around.  Louisiana Avenue is a major route that was undergoing construction at the time.  If you were to continue past this point you will find more shops, but at some point the window shopping does grow more sparse.  This concludes our tour but there's still plenty to see on Magazine Street and in the Garden District.
We reach the corner of Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue. This is the point where I turned back around. Louisiana Avenue is a major route that was undergoing construction at the time. If you were to continue past this point you will find more shops, but at some point the window shopping does grow more sparse. This concludes our tour but there's still plenty to see on Magazine Street and in the Garden District.

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