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1. Goorin Bros. Hat Shop709 Royal St, New Orleans
2. Morning Call56 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans
3. Mandina's Restaurant3800 Canal St, New Orleans
4. The Spotted Cat Music Club623 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
5. Blue Nile532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
6. d.b.a.618 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
7. Cafe Negril606 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
8. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro626 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
9. Verti Marte1201 Royal St, New Orleans
10. Old Point Bar545 Patterson Dr, New Orleans
Your head will thank you after a trip to these legendary hatters, who've been crafting stylish and functional lids since 1895.
As NOLA's self-dubbed "most famous coffee drinking place," Morning Call has been brewing its prized French drip coffee since 1870, which has a rich chicory taste that goes all too well with the cafe's sugar-dusted beignets. Morning Call tends to be cheaper and less tourist-packed than some of the city's other coffee shops (ahem, Cafe du Monde), which means you don't have to wait as long to get your hands on the signature pastries. A short line-up of local cuisine (jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish bread) is worth a taste, too.
This Canal St destination for Italian fare and creole seafood is renowned for its pink building as much as it is for its turtle soup and fried trout. The brick- and wood-accented space enforces a family-friendly atmosphere, and on any given night, you'll see tables packed with multiple generations of cajun lovers indulging on signature oversize portions of fried fish.
If you're looking for some live music (specifically some smooth jazz), you can't go wrong with the Spotted Cat, which hosts live bands every night of the week, just steps from the French Quarter.
When you're lookin' for a live music fix, swing on down to the Blue Nile, grab a drink, and listen to some of the hottest blues, funk, soul, and brass artists that NOLA has to offer.
This music club features performances by local and regional acts every night of the week, and all tickets are first come, first serve. When you're not nodding your head to some tunes, you can partake in the killer selection of wine, cocktails and draft beers that's available. Or you can do both at the same time, whatever.
This dimly lit bar pours relatively cheap drinks and plays hosts to a myriad of musicians throughout the week, basically guaranteeing you a quality time out in NOLA.
Looking for some authentic regional grub and some outstanding live jazz tunes? Then look no further than Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on Frenchman St.
Twenty-four-hour deli Verti Marte is housed in the back of a small, unassuming grocery store on a quiet French Quarter street. It's earned a devoted following among night owls, especially for its interpretation of that all-important Louisiana staple, the po-boy, made with crispy fried shrimp and oysters on a soft, seeded roll. That's not to say the po-boy is all Verti Marte has in store: its calorie-packing sandwich roster includes All That Jazz, a ham and turkey sandwich layered with sautéed shrimp and mushrooms, and Swiss and American cheeses. They deliver, but you may want to budget in some walking time to pick up one of these monolithic sandwiches yourself.