City Chic New Orleans: The Best Spots for Your Weekend Getaway
Planning a trip this summer? We turned to our Rolodex of fashion insiders to give you tips on their cities’ high points. Stay tuned for a new destination each week.
The expert: Mimi Bowen, owner and buyer of Mimi.
What is your favorite part about living in NOLA? The amazing cultural opportunities and diversity, and believe it or not, the weather! Hot and humid is great for the skin (stay out of sun, of course!) or carry the quintessential parasol!
In your opinion, who are your city’s most stylish inhabitants? The Mardi Gras Indians, Olivia Manning, Julia Reed and my daughter, CeCe… Not necessarily in that order!
What are the essential places to go if you only have a weekend to visit? Tipitina’s for music, the whole French Quarter for the heartbeat of New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the National World War II Museum for culture, Mother’s Restaurant for the best PoBoy sandwiches and Felix’s for the best raw oysters… Don’t leave N.O. without trying them!
Besides your own store, what are your favorite shopping spots? mac Maison for the most fab antiques, Hazelnut for amazing gifts and just about any little shop on Magazine Street — the most interesting shopping street in America!
What’s your favorite place to go for a quiet meal? A boisterous one? Quiet: Gautreau’s on Soniat Street, an uptown hideaway in a stylish, but unpretentious setting. One of New Orleans’ best kept secrets! Boisterous: Galatoire’s, a New Orleans institution. And if they know it’s your birthday, beware — the WHOLE restaurant will sing “Happy Birthday” to you, led by one of their great waitstaff!
What’s one thing you can only get in New Orleans? Mardi Gras
What is your favorite historical site? Lakefront Airport — an Art Deco gem that has just been redone after Katrina!
Where can you find the best…
Burger: La Petite Grocery. And don’t miss the truffle fries — to die for!
Cocktail: Cure. Imagine your own cocktail or let them entice you into something you never dreamed of!
Vintage clothes/Flea market: The French Market in the Quarter. You’ll never see the same thing twice!
Haircut/color/blowout: Jesse de Leon at the salon at Mimi. He’s a master of cut and color, an addiction that is impossible to break!
All-night dance party: F & M Patio Bar. Nothing like it on earth and the clientele runs the gamut from debs to truck drivers. Another example of the cultural diversity of N.O…
Outdoor activity Any activity at the Audubon Zoo and Park.
Spa treatment: The new Guerlain Spa at the newly refurbished Roosevelt Hotel… Not to miss!