A Perfect Sunday in New Orleans
Well I must admit that weather plays a huge role in how perfect a day can be in this swampy part of the world and yesterday could not have been more perfect! A high in the mid 60s with full sunshine and a mild breeze. I usually start my Sundays off with a romp in the park with my dog, Edie and my husband. After first stopping for gelato at the famous Angelo Brocato's in mid-city (I'm partial to pistachio nut) we opted for the disc golf course at City Park. This is a great place to walk around and explore a more remote part of the park. There are some great graffiti artists that have transformed abandoned peristyles and park shelters into works of art that are hidden amongst the backdrop of oaks covered in moss and tropical palms trees.
After watching Edie jump over logs and swim with the ducks and pelicans we decided to hit up Magazine St. to do some shopping. Thankfully a few of my favorite shops in New Orleans are clustered together on lower Magazine, one of which I just discovered yesterday.
We stopped at Sunday Shop first and were greeted by some budding floral designers who were in the final stages of their workshop, making the whole store smell of flowers in bloom. After being offered a glass of rosé we wandered towards the back taking in all the smells and the beautiful selection of vintage furniture and hand-woven textiles. The very back room of the the store is a perfume lover's dream, stocking great scents, candles, lotions and soaps by Coqui Coqui, Aesop and Byredo to name a few. I was also very intrigued by the yummy chocolate bars near the front of the shop from Compartés, who can turn down flavors like The Drive In which is caramelized popcorn and milk chocolate or The Nightcap with dark chocolate and whiskey?
From there we walked a couple blocks down to Saint Claude Social Club which is also a sensory delight. The focus here is definitely on the unique, worldly accessories and jewelry as well as the vintage clothing but don't overlook their collection of candles and palo santo incense. The line of Lola James Harper candles evoke wonderful scent memories with names like The Vinyl Store on Rue des Dames or The TV Basement of Jonet.
Our final stop on Sunday afternoon was at a city-wide favorite, Defend New Orleans. DNO has been around as a company since before Katrina but opened their first store about 6 years ago. There are two locations now but my favorite is still the original one on Magazine St. in the lower garden district. In addition to their New Orleans centric shirts and tanks they have a cool book collection, some locally designed lapel pins and even locally roasted coffee to bring back to your home town.
All in all, this is a pretty awesome way to spend the day whether it is a Sunday or a Wednesday. Make sure to check out the New Orleans guide page for more of my shopping and doing suggestions!