Magazine Street is truly New Orleans. It’s six miles span six neighborhoods, from Downtown and the Warehouse District, through the Lower and Upper Garden Districts, to Irish Channel and Uptown. It’s an incredibly diverse street, both architecturally and with its myriad restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Here are some things to do near 1476 Magazine Street, one of the latest offerings on Small Change.
- The Magazine Bus Line, or bus No 11, travels along Magazine Street from the city to Audubon Park. The bus stop at Jackson Avenue is less than 10 minutes away. You can purchase a jazzy pass that allows you to get on and off a Magazine Street bus all day.
- If you’d rather see Magazine Street at eye-level, it’s walkable from one end to the other. You can also rent a bike at A Musing Bikes at 1532 Magazine St. Suite A, just a minute away.
- At the Uptown end of Magazine Street is Audubon Park. Named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon, the 350-acre urban oasis has expansive green spaces, ancient live oak trees, lagoons, covered shelters, and a 1.8-mile paved loop for joggers and cyclists. Audubon Park is also home to Audubon Nature Institute and the Tree of Life.
- Magazine Street is the northern boundary of the Irish Channel district (a subdistrict of the Garden District). For a bit of New Orleans history or some quiet contemplation, take an eight-minute walk (or two-minute bike ride) to Constance and Josephine Streets, where you’ll find two large Catholic churches across the street from each other. Both are National Historic Landmarks and of architectural significance. St. Alphonsus Church, built to serve the Irish immigrants of the Garden District, is a high quality example of ecclesiastical Italianate architecture with a richly multi-colored interior. St Mary’s Assumption Church served the German community and is a rare and elaborate example of German Baroque Revival architecture. The statues and decorations adorning the altar were carved in Munich, Germany, and represent some of the finest woodcarving in the city.
- New Orleans is a great place to go antique shopping. On Magazine Street you’ll find more than 40 antique shops with affordable antiques, not-so-affordable antiques, and vintage collectibles.
- Magazine Street is a major parade route for different events throughout the year including St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras.
- At 945 Magazine Street, at the Downtown end, is the National WWII Museum. Formerly known as the D-Day Museum, this military history museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to the Allied victory in World War II.
- Each fall, Magazine Street kicks off the New Orleans Arts season with Art for Art’s Sake. All of Magazine Street’s shops are open for extended hours and feature gallery openings, music, wine and shopping.
- If you’re looking for a group fitness class or personal training Cypress Fitness is a short walk away. Or for strength and balance exercise inspired by ballet, yoga and pilates, Barre3 is a 14-minute bike ride away.
You can be a part of all that Magazine St. has going on by investing in the planned artist/worker-owned and run bed and breakfast, now available to invest in (if you’re over 18) on Small Change.
Photo by Rob Davis Photography for Small Change.