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A New Orleans Travel Diary Through The Eyes of Visual Storyteller Whitney Mitchell

To get you ready for ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, we're showcasing NOLA through the eyes of some of it's coolest residents. Whitney Mitchell, aka Two Macks, a photographer, storyteller and all around it girl, was a natural choice. Check out the best places to eat, see art, shop and more!

Places To Eat

By Whitney Mitchell · June 8, 2016

lil Dizzy’s Cafe - 1500 Esplanade, New Orleans, LA 70116

A soul-food-family-restaurant with every side dish you would find on a Thanksgiving table. Great for groups of 4 or less and walking distance from Treme and the French Quarter.


Dookie Chase - 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119


Home of the world famous, award winning Chef Leah Chase. President Obama’s favorite restaurant complete with all the food you dream about for family dinner. This restaurant is an experience in history and black excellence. 


Elizabeth’s - 601 Gallier St., New Orleans, LA 70117


Two words, Praline-Bacon. Breakfast, brunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong. Elizabeth’s is great for groups or date night. It’s in the middle of the Bywater and walking distance to parks to chill in or art to see.


Gene’s PoBoy - 1041 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117


If you’re out late or waking up late, Gene’s has the best Hot Sausage in the City. This stop is the beginning of all the 9th ward glory. (Make sure you add cheese.)

Dirty Coast - 2121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


Dirty Coast is a place for local themed goodies and tees that will capture the entirety of your visit. Only 1 block away from the action of Frenchmen Street, this boutique will continue to cultivate your love of local New Orleans. 

Ashe Cultural Center - 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113


Community staple and boutique for handmade culture wears and African art. Ashe is located on the historic O C Haley Blvd and doubles as a boutique and community center. 


Box, Paper, Scissor – 3900 Magazine St, General Taylor, New Orleans, LA 70115


Magazine Street is packed with boutiques for miles. Box, Paper, Scissor is a necessary stop for the cutest most unique home goods and stationary.  


The Community Book Store - 2523 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA 70119

The Community Book Store is an empowering space and store for all books on melanin, the histories of the African diaspora and our heroes. This local gem creates cypher for fruitful discussions and continued learning. 

Dr. Bob’s Folk Art - 3027 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

This spunky art dealer created an art experience that captures the local vibes for visitors. After walking around the Bywater, stop in here to grab a few pieces.  

Decatur Street Art Market -  1228 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

In the heart of the French Quarter, artists convene at the Decatur Street Market to sell their goods to the masses. Enjoy the creativity of some of New Orleans’ best here.


Bywater -beginning at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

The Bywater is filled to the brim with murals, street art and small art shops to buy from. Take a walk around this neighborhood to get the perfect Instagram picture and meet the artists that create.

Friendly Bar - 2301 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117


Friendly Bar is just a few blocks from Frenchmen Street’. It typically has a pretty mixed crowd and cheap drinks. 

Verrets - 1738 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113


This uptown gem is a great hideaway with great drinks and plenty of smiling melanin filled beauties. Any day of the week, you’ll find the perfect crowd, not too big, not too small and just enough good vibes. 

Bacchanal - 600 Poland Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117


At the very edge of the 9th ward’s Bywater neighborhood is Bacchanal. All the wine you could want and always great live music. Perfect for a girls night or a date night. Bacchanal is a place you could end up stay for hours. (There’s food and lots of cheese)

Crescent Park - 1008 N Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70117


Crescent Park is a new development in the City that stretches 1.4 miles along the Mississippi River. If you’re looking for a remote feeling park escape that will connect you from one neighborhood to another, this is it. Lots of green space and an assortment of beautiful flowers.  


Dryades Public Market - Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113


Dryadess Public Market is a school building that was burned down prior to Hurricane Katrina and converted into workspace, a grocery and bar for locals. If you’re into history, and a cool beverage, make a stop here and hang for a lit

Catahoula Bar - 914 Union Street, New Orleans, LA 70112


This gem is tucked away in the Central Business District. With two bars, one on the main floor and the other on the roof top. Catahoula presents an opportunity to break away from the frenzy of the city. Catahoula is great for a small group of friends and even better for a date night. 


Bywater - beginning at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117


New Orleans is full of colorful French, Spanish and Haitian architecture and most notably known for shotgun houses and creole cottages. Many of these homes and their color-block-splendor can be seen in the 9th ward’s Bywater neighborhood. Originally the haven for free people of color, this neighborhood can ignite a feeling of freedom and expression with its silent streets and chipped paint.  


3401 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

The 9th Ward's Bywater is home to a mural of the late Ernie K-Doe. New Orleans never misses a beat in celebrating local musicians that created their own sound and record hits. 


Ursuline & Chartres - 598 Ursuline, New Orleans, LA 70116


A corridor that sits between the French Market and St. Mary’s church, provides a sorbet of color-blocked-summer-fun backdrops. Stop here for a pose of five. And then head to the French Market for the coolest 

O C Haley -1918 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113


This area was the Harlem of New Orleans. After decades of forgotten grandeur, this entire strip is coming back. With the Ashe Cultural Center maintaining its leadership as a community staple, O C Haley is home to music, second lines and  one of the longest stand YMCAs operated by people of color. 

1840 Euterpe Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Central City connects the past to the present with its murals and community focused businesses sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Enjoy O C Haley Blvd's views and eats after a ride or two on the Saint Charles Streetcar.