Magazine Street is one of the most popular thoroughfares in New Orleans–full of shops, restaurants, bars and more. The stretch of Magazine that runs through the Lower Garden District (from around Jackson Avenue to Calliope Street beneath the interstate) has its own quirky, artistic vibe. You can spend a whole day ducking in and out of casual eateries, coffee shops, boutiques and watering holes. Here are a few spots to check out...

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You can find French Truck coffee at several restaurants and grocery stores, but you can’t beat visiting the actual shop. Grab an espresso and a pastry at one of New Orleans’ favorite local establishments to start your day.

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This trendy spot serves some of the most unique donuts you have ever scene. Think Sriracha-flavored, bacon and banana filled or s’mores, just to name a few. If you're not into sweets, their breakfast tacos, kolaches, sliders and sandwiches are just as good!

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This popular Jewish and Italian deli serves traditional and specialty sandwiches in the middle of their grocery store. This is a great stop for breakfast, lunch or a snack! Plus beer nerds will love their selection of craft brews available by the bottle.

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One-of-a-Kind Shopping

Local boutiques line the street and offer everything from jewelry to clothing, accessories and more. If looking for a unique, vintage-inspired piece, head to Grandmother’s Buttons or Century Girl. For something more modern, Monomin and Elle offer contemporary looks. If you’re inspired by the glitter, sequins, textures and patterns are what embodies New Orleans style, there’s no better place to check out than Saint Claude Social Club. Inspired by women’s parlors of days past, Saint Claude feels like the type of place where you could stop and stay awhile, and maybe even make a friend or two. Check them out for everything from unique, handmade jewelry to vintage finds, housewares and more. 

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This taqueria has New Orleans flair and delicious margaritas. From bahn-mi tacos and jerk chicken burritos to goat cheese quesadillas and shrimp fajitas, their are unique flavors across the menu. Grab a drink to go to continue exploring the street!

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Stop by this super cute cafe on a residential strip of lower Magazine for freshly squeezed juices and decadent breakfast options like Bananas Foster French Toast, or BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Looking for lunch? Surrey’s also has excellent salads and sandwiches. 

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Looking to get the day started on a healthy note? Grab a pour over and a breakfast bowl from this ultra-hip coffee shop, which specializes in exotic coffee and light fare. This vegan-friendly cafe also makes for a great lunch pick, with its menu of seasonal salads and sandwiches. 

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Sample some Vietnamese Food

Hungry for Vietnamese? New Orleans has tons of great options, including everything from super traditional spots to more modern takes. Stop by Pho Noi Viet for a quick banh mi or try out Lilly’s for specialities like spicy shrimp, shrimp and strawberry spring rolls, or a piping hot vegan pho washed down with a Vietnamese iced coffee. 

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If you’re looking for one of the best whiskey bars in the city, look no further than Barrel Proof. This dimly lit lounge features nearly 300 different types of whiskies, plus an ever-changing roster of craft cocktails and one of the best house old fashioneds in the city. Hungry? Check out the kitchen in the back for everything from comfort food to bar snacks. 

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Finish the Night off with a Pint or a Sweet Treat

While they aren’t technically on Magazine Street, these two Magazine Street-adjacent watering holes are definitely worth an honorable mention on this list. Beer lovers will find craft beers and food trucks at the ultra-laid back Courtyard Brewery. Or you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of doberge cake alongside a nightcap at Bakery Bar – a neighborhood gem that brilliantly marries baked goods with booze.