New Orleans conjures images of Creole Townhouses with iron lace balconies. It calls to mind intimate courtyards and lush gardens. New Orleans means music and art and culture. That’s why people travel here. That’s why they stay in New Orleans bed and breakfasts.
Much of what defines New Orleans is found in the French Quarter on Royal Street, between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue. Historic buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries stand shoulder to shoulder – some private residences, some New Orleans bed and breakfasts, some shops and restaurants. Merely walking down the street can be an extraordinary experience for travelers, especially when musicians and performance artists are at work.
If time permits, the shops and galleries of Royal Street have much to offer. Indeed, it is said that Royal Street is one of the best places in the country to shop for antiques. Visit the French Antique Shop, a New Orleans treasure since 1939. M.S. Rau Antiques has been landmark in the French Quarter for nearly a century, and Royal Antiques has been in the business since 1899. In short, if you are looking for well-regarded and well-established antique shops, head to Royal Street.
Ask the innkeepers of your New Orleans b&b about their favorite places to find treasures on Royal Street; the advice of a local is priceless.