A New Orleans Travel Diary Through The Eyes of Photographer Patrick Melon
To get you ready for ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, we're showcasing NOLA through the eyes of some of it's coolest residents. It's clear that local photographer Patrick Melon not only has an amazing eye, but a true love, pride and passion for his city. Check out his recommendations for the best places to eat, see art, shop and more!
Places To Eat
Krewe du Brew Coffee Shop
Krewe Du Brew is a local black-owned Coffee Shop in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, just a short streetcar ride from Canal Street up St Charles Avenue.
Located at 1407 Canal Street, We Dat Chicken and Shrimp is a newly opened restaurant that started off as a food truck and now has a physical location as the only black-owned restaurant in the CBD on Canal Street.
Located in the 7th Ward, one of New Orleans’ if not one of the country’s, oldest black neighborhoods, the Circle Food Store is a black owned grocery store that supplies the necessities for living. If you find yourself at a time when you can purchase groceries from a local supplier with vested interest in the African-American community, this is who I suggest you shop with.
Also located in the 7th Ward along the Claiborne Underpass are several murals painted on the support structures of the i-10 bridge. Claiborne Avenue was originally lined with 2 miles of beautiful Oak Trees which unfortunately succumbed to urban development and highway installation.
Studio Be is the first solo show by New Orleans aerosol artist Brandan “B Mike” Odums and explores the arist’s relationship with his past and future with elaborate larger than life murals of American Civil Rights Heroes, or simply ‘American Heroes’ in his own words.
This mural by artist Henry Lipkis ( @lipkisart on instagram ) is an ode to what you can see on Any Given Sunday at a Secondline Parade in New Orleans. Located in the lot next to Frankie and Johnny’s Furniture Store on St Claude Street in the Bywater, this monumental mural gives you the chance to have an intimate experience with one of New Orleans’s most beloved traditions.
New Orleans’ very own Tupac, Soulja Slim (or Magnolia Slim as many will still call him) is revered as one of New Orleans’ finest lyricists and spokesmen, in tune with both the evils and struggles of his community. Raised in the infamous Magnolia Projects, this slain warrior’s façade can be found on the exter of Nuthin by Fire Records in New Orleans’ 7th Ward. Mural by artist @jhandpaints
If you’re interested in great scenery like me, the Florida Street Bridge in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward is a standout to me. The striking blue hue pops out to me and provides a great opportunity for both landscape and portrait photography.