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  1. Essential Stops and Sights Along the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Route

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    St. Charles Avenue Streetcar by Sharon Mollerus on flickr

    Essential Stops and Sights Along the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Route

    There’s a way to see New Orleans’ Uptown, Garden District, Carrollton, and Central Business District (CBD) neighborhoods that’s historically accurate, affordable and entertaining. It’s called the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, and a ride costs $1.25. Best of all, the streetcar stop is less than a mile away from the Alder Hotel — about a 15-minute walk. Here’s what to know before you go and which destinations are worth a visit, organized by street addresses as you head further Uptown and then downtown.

    Streetcar Facts

    Stroll to the intersection of St. Charles Avenue and Cadiz streets, where the streetcar stops. If you want to head downtown, stand on the riverside (south) of St. Charles Avenue. If you are heading further Uptown, stand on the lakeside (north) of St. Charles Avenue. Have exact change — $1.25 for a one-way ride, or $3 for a Jazzy Pass, which gives you unlimited rides for the day.

    Pay the driver and settle into a vintage mahogany bench. St. Charles Avenue streetcars are not air-conditioned and are not wheelchair accessible, although that will change soon (the city’s other lines using red, not green, streetcars are wheelchair accessible, by the way).

    To make a stop, simply pull the horizontal cord running across your window to signal to the driver that you want to get off. Ideally, you should exit using the rear doors, but this recommendation is often ignored by the locals and visitors alike.

    Stop 1: Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St.)

    Begin your streetcar adventure by heading further Uptown to Audubon Park. You should see the live oak trees, running paths, lakes, and playground equipment from the streetcar, but if not, just pull the cord when you hit Calhoun Street. Take a stroll through the 350-acre public park, where New Orleanians have come to relax since 1898. At the very rear of the park lies the Audubon Zoo. The elephants, tigers, white alligators, monkeys, and other animals make a visit to this beautifully landscaped zoo a must.

    Stop 2: Tulane and Loyola Universities (6363-6823 St. Charles Ave.)

    You’ll spot the campuses of Tulane and Loyola universities right across Audubon Park. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tulane University’s campus occupies more than 110 acres and extends north to S. Claiborne Avenue through Freret and Willow streets. From the Italian Renaissance to Mid-Century Modern, the campus boasts many styles and is known for its large live oak trees.

    Loyola’s sprawling main campus also faces St. Charles Avenue the Audubon Park. Marquette Hall is the oldest campus building and is the iconic image of the university you’ll probably recognize the most. Both campuses deserve a walkthrough thanks to their architectural significance and well-landscaped grounds.

    Stop 3: Newcomb Art Museum (6823 St. Charles Ave.)

    This museum sits on Tulane University’s campus, and it is free and open to the public. Past and present exhibitions have focused on works by contemporary abstractionists and contributions by women artists in the multi-disciplinary fields spanning art and design. Be sure you have a map handy, and check hours before you go, as the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and between exhibitions.

    Stop 4: Camellia Grill (626 Carrollton Ave.)

    By this time, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Head further Uptown, to the Riverbend area, and hop off at the Camellia Grill, a classic diner where white-jacketed staff members serve up delicacies ranging from grilled pecan pie to cheeseburgers and cherry-chocolate slushies. There may be a line of Tulane students, tourists and locals waiting for a seat, but it’s well worth the delay. Get in line and find out why Camellia Grill has been an institution since 1946.

    Stop 5: Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.)

    At this point, it’s probably happy hour somewhere — which means it’s time to kick back with a drink. Take the streetcar downtown to the traffic circle (don’t forget to feast your eyes on the palatial St. Charles Avenue estates as you pass). At the Lee Circle, step inside Circle Bar, a cozy venue that feels as intimate as a friend’s house and offers a nightly eclectic mix of live music ranging from country to metal to hip-hop.

    Stop 6: Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St.)

    To get to the Ogden, also get off at the Lee Circle. You’ll find this museum a block away on Camp Street, which runs parallel to St. Charles Avenue. The Ogden puts a spotlight on the visual arts and culture of the American South, holding some of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Southern art in the U.S. The museum was founded in 1999 with donation of more than 600 works from New Orleans businessman Roger H. Ogden’s private collection, and has grown since to include more than 4,000 works.

    Stop 7: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) (900 Camp St.)

    The CAC is a must-stop and a Warehouse District staple, with an impressive roster of events ranging from world-class visual arts exhibitions to performing arts shows. There’s always something cooking up at this vibrant cultural hub: art camps, workshops, avant-garde music shows, and much more. The building, a historic 1905 warehouse located between Andrew Higgins Drive and St. Joseph Street one block from Lee Circle, is a sight to behold. Inside, it’s a 30,000 square-foot dazzling maze of sunlit open spaces, site-specific art installations, theaters, studios, and an atrium.

    If you happen to be here in August, the CAC hosts a massive and popular White Linen Night on the month’s first Saturday. The first Saturday in October is reserved for another important art happening, Art for Art’ Sake. The CAC’s party calendar is full year-round, however, with the venue hosting everything from the world-renowned jazz musicians to burlesque to beloved Louisiana acts like Lost Bayou Ramblers.

    Stop 8: Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar (4338 St. Charles Ave.)

    You can’t miss the imposing building on the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues, so hop right off for some seafood-centric Creole fare with some of the best views of St. Charles Avenue in the city (and some prime parade-watching spots if you’re here during Mardi Gras). The decor has a lot going for itself too: gigantic windows, a 32-foot zinc bar imported from France, vintage wood floors and beadboard ceilings salvaged from the New Orleans’ long-gone landmarks, antique French dining chairs, oversize wall mirrors, and porch and patio seating.

    The menu is Louisiana classics, from po-boys to whatever fresh catch is swimming in the Gulf. Take advantage of the popular happy hour and a full-service oyster bar: the raw oysters are a steal, washed down with Superior’s signature frozen pomegranate mojito.

    Stop 9: The Avenue Pub (1732 St Charles Ave.)

    This iconic Lower Garden District pub boasts fireplaces, tin ceilings, a balcony overlooking St. Charles Avenue, a pool table, and sidewalk and patio seating. The downstairs bar is open 24/7 and the small kitchen churns out quality pub grub. The menu is limited and can’t accommodate food allergies, but you’re guaranteed at least a burger and fries. For beer nerds, the daily tap rotating menu is posted online.

     Stop 10: Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar (715 St. Charles Ave.)

    Marcello’s is family-owned and operated, with locations in Lafayette and Baton Rouge in addition to New Orleans. It’s classy/casual, with a large wine selection and Sicilian & Northern Italian fare like mussels and the antipasti board. You can select your bottle of wine from Marcello’s racks as you would in a store, at prices below the traditional restaurant wine list markups. The restaurant is located in a historic 1930s building and has outdoor seating.

     Stop 11: Herbsaint (701 St. Charles Ave.)

    James Beard Award winner Chef Donald Link’s wildly popular restaurant predates Katrina and remains the flagship of the Link Restaurant Group (which runs several businesses including Peche, Cochon, and La Boulangerie). Herbsaint has been and continues to be on many “Best Restaurants” list for reasons that will become clear as soon as you dig into its crispy goat, or shrimp and fish ceviche — or anything. The menu is best described as French-Southern, with some Italian influences (evident in the presence of housemade gnocchi and spaghetti), with a spotlight on local, seasonal produce and sustainably sourced seafood and meats.

    Herbsaint offers a great view on St. Charles Avenue and outdoor seating. Ask the knowledgeable staff for pairing recommendations off the restaurant’s eclectic wine list.

    Stop 12: Desi Vega’s Steakhouse (628 St. Charles Ave.)

    Desi Vega’s Steakhouse is an elegant, high-ceilinged space with street views and lots of room. It’s located inside the Lafayette Hotel, a French Regency-style 1916 landmark overlooking Lafayette Square. The menu is classic ribeye and filet mignon, seafood and sides, but with local touches like Andouille and crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese named after Freddie McAfee, a former New Orleans Saints player. Two full bars are flank the staircase at Desi Vega, with a daily happy hour.

    Spot 13: Gallier Hall (545 St. Charles Ave.)

    This historic Greek Revival building overlooks the charming Lafayette Square in New Orleans’ Central Business District (CBD) and has a colorful past. Built in 1845–53, it used to house the City Hall, has hosted many events during the Reconstruction and Huey Long eras, and is still in use today. Such important New Orleans figures as Jefferson Davis, General Beauregard, and, most recently, the local R&B legend Ernie K-Doe lay in state in Gallier Hall. It also remains a focal point of the Uptown Mardi Gras parades.

    The building is considered to be one of the finest works of architect James Gallier, standing three stories tall and featuring Tuckahoe marble and two rows of fluted Ionic columns. Inside, Gallier Hall is a treasure trove of grand ballrooms full of paintings, antique frames and mirrors, clocks, Steinway pianos, and dozens of chandeliers. A large-scale renovation has been completed in March 2018 as part of the city’s tricentennial celebration, refurbishing the period details and installing state-of-the-art A/V system.

    Stop 14: Luke (333 St. Charles Ave.)

    Luke joins an impressive roster of CBD’s notable restaurants with its prime location and a brasserie vibe. Executive Chef Erick Loos helms the kitchen, and his French/German menu has a Creole flavor and highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients that come from the Gulf and local farms in dishes like stuffed Gulf oysters, and Creole seafood and sausage gumbo. The elegant dining space contains a raw bar, and you can get raw oysters for a bargain during Luke’s happy hour. Other highlights are Luke’s massive burger and its famous French 75 as well as other bartender-created specialty cocktails.

    Well, there you have it. From there, you can walk or take the streetcar down to Canal Street to kick off a night in the French Quarter, or ride back Uptown and call it a night. Either way, you’ll have gotten in a full day of sightseeing, eating and drinking.

  2. Shopping Near Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans

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    Shopping Near Alder Hotel Uptown

    What sets a unique boutique apart from the rest of the big-box stores and chains? It’s simple: a strong point of view. Fortunately, New Orleans is home to a diverse group of bold, creative personalities, and while many of them find their niches in music, food or art, some express themselves by curating shops like none you’ve ever seen.

    Fortunately, Alder Hotel is just a short car ride (about a mile) from Magazine Street’s collection of shops. Nearby, bustling Freret Street is worth a visit as well. If you’re looking for the best places for shopping near Alder Hotel Uptown, check out these boutiques (arranged in chronological order) and find an excuse to leave with a fantastic, wearable souvenir — for a loved one or yourself.

    Ashley Longshore

    4537 Magazine St.

    Join pop artist Ashley Longshore‘s legions of fans, which include 278,000-plus Instagram followers and clients like Blake Lively and Cher, when you visit her Uptown studio gallery. Longshore playfully skewers trophy wives, excess, designer labels, and celebrity in her work: butterfly-bedecked silhouettes of women, champagne bottles, renditions of media personalities like Anna Wintour, and sassy phrases. All in all, Longshore’s large-scale acrylic paintings mirror her personality: glittery, hilarious and larger than life.

    Babe

    5007 Freret St.

    Babe is one of very few retailers to open on the revitalized Freret Street corridor, which boasts a wealth of bars, restaurants, and venues. While the nightlife is sparkling on the commercial stretch, the daytime shopping opportunities at this contemporary casual women’s boutique also are not to be missed. Find the perfect romper, chambray off-the-shoulder frock or statement jumpsuit at this bright and airy boutique (then wear it out on the town that night).

    Bambi DeVille’s Vintage Clothing 

    1925 Sophie Wright Place

    Bambi DeVille’s second location Uptown is a jewel box of a boutique and a welcome addition to her French Quarter original outpost (with better parking). The vast collection spans the Edwardian and Victorian eras, extending to the artfully beaded gowns, birdcage veils, furs, Japanese kimonos, Bakelite accessories, crocheted cover-ups, and sherbet-hued 1950s prom dresses. Notably, the boutique also has men’s and children’s vintage clothing. Everything is curated to the tee, kept in pristine condition and organized by era. The owner has been collecting museum-quality vintage pieces for decades and is a treasure trove of fashion knowledge.

    Buffalo Exchange 

    4119 Magazine St.

    A trendy nationwide chain that buys, sells and trades vintage and used clothing and accessories for men and women, Buffalo Exchange is a reliable stop for the gear ranging from designer evening dresses to basics to funky accessories. Located on a bustling stretch of Magazine Street and surrounded by boutiques and restaurants, Buffalo Exchange is popular among the locals and visitors alike. Thanks to its affordability and proximity to the Loyola and Tulane campuses, it’s also frequented by college students.

    Century Girl

    2023 Magazine St.

    This elegant vintage boutique showcases a carefully curated selection of rare and gorgeous vintage pieces spanning the decades including Jazz Age, many of them designer (think vintage Chanel earrings, Gatsby-esque rhinestone headbands, and bridal romantic lingerie of yesteryear). Everything is in pristine condition and impeccably presented.

    Dirty Coast

    1320 and 5631 Magazine St. 

    Dirty Coast is a New Orleans based T-shirt company that’s been around since 2004, outfitting the locals and the visitors alike in the NOLA-centric tees, hoodies and tanks, and coining the ubiquitous phrase “Be a New Orleanian Wherever You Are.” Besides T-shirts Dirty Coast is packed to the gills with coasters, bumper stickers, home goods, merch for kids, and lots and lots of all things Who Dat and Mardi Gras. In addition to its two Magazine Street locations the company has an outpost in the French Quarter (713 Royal St.) and at the airport.

    Fleurty Girl

    3117 Magazine St.

    A successful vision of New Orleans-native Lauren Leblanc Haydel, Fleurty Girl was founded in 2009 and has since expanded to more locations in Louisiana, including one Uptown, and the latest addition at the new North Terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport. The boutique T-shirt chain sells New Orleans-inspired apparel, accessories, home decor, and gifts. Fleurty Girl’s specialties are Who Dat shirts and “Shirts With Y’atitude” for men, women, kids, and even dogs — very New Orleans pride.

    Funky Monkey

     3127 Magazine St.

     The affordable, quirky and locally owned Funky Monkey mixes new, used and vintage clothing and accessories for both men and women with costumes, trendy basics, and contemporary indie labels. Come Halloween or Mardi Gras this is your destination for seasonal gear like vintage ballgowns and costume jewelry.

    Hemline

    3310 Magazine St.

    This is the second outpost of the popular French Quarter boutique. Owner Brigitte Holthausen built her style empire starting in New Orleans in the early 90s, eventually ending up with 28 locations throughout the South. Hemline excels at expertly curating a rotating collection of covetable fashion from premium brands, luxe to casual, including high-quality denim, cocktail dresses, and shoes and accessories.

    Jeantherapy

    5505 Magazine St. and 2022 Magazine St.

    This hip local chain is well stocked with enviable designer denim, plus things like graphic tees (JTees) for men, women, and kids. Think lots and lots of football-fan gear to represent your Saints/LSU pride. Jeantherapy has three locations in metro New Orleans, at the Lakeside Mall and two Uptown.

    Magazine Antique Mall

    3017 Magazine St.

    This sprawling indoor haven for the antique and vintage shoppers is brimming with estate jewelry, vintage clothing, 70s tchotchkes, antique furniture, collectibles, and anything else you can dig out. It’s a 6,500 sq. ft. trifecta of a walk down the memory lane, a bargain hunt, and a trip down the rabbit hole, all under one roof.

    Magpie

    4529 Magazine St.

    Magpie is an absolute treasure trove of unique vintage items, from sparkling 1920s art deco engagement rings to hallucinogenically colorful 1960s caftans. Prices are surprisingly affordable for vintage and antique items in such good condition, and the cozy, wood-floored shop is as inviting as a friend’s living room. Out-of-towners who fall in love with Magpie can shop the store’s Etsy page once they return home — a visit to this boutique is only the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

    Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes

     4204 Magazine St.

     Small but mighty, Miss Claudia’s is a goldmine filled with majorette boots, funky vintage costumes, wigs, dazzling accessories, and other everyday and festive essentials for your one-of-a-kind Halloween or Mardi Gras outfit.

    Perlis

    6070 Magazine St.

    Perlis has been going strong since 1939 as a family-run clothier in Southern Louisiana, now with four locations including Baton Rouge and at the Jax Brewery in the French Quarter. If you have a hankering for southern-style clothing Perlis has you covered with designer brands and made-to-measure items. The company caters heavily to men, but you’ll also find lots of clothing for women and kids, plus Louisiana-themed gifts. One of the best-known collections by Perlis features a crawfish logo — where you’ll find the famous mudbug gracing shorts, shirts, polos, socks, wallets — very Louisiana.

    United Apparel Liquidators (UAL)

    3306 Magazine St.

    This small Southern chain has two locations in New Orleans (the other one is on Chartres St. in the French Quarter), offering up to 90% off on past-season and overstock items obtained directly from high-end boutiques and department stores. They also work directly with designers to purchase their samples and overruns, so this is a great shop for one-of-a-kind piece from designer brands at a fraction of the original price.

    Victoria Boutique

    4858 Magazine St.

    Upscale, understated and home to luxury designer brands, Victoria Boutique is the retail equivalent of Posh Spice. It’s the destination for New Orleans’ well-heeled crowd, boasting exclusive labels like Maliparmi, Majestic, Gary Graham, and M. & Kyoko. Shop at this gorgeous, sprawling boutique and you just may brush shoulders with a former Carnival queen. (You’ll feel like royalty.)

  3. Our Neighborhood — Most Popular Attractions Near the Alder Hotel

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    There’s plenty to explore around the Alder Hotel, even on foot. Mostly, this area of the city is heavily residential, with the late-19th century houses and small commercial properties drowning in lush greenery. The grand mansions under the canopies of live oaks of St. Charles Avenue are a few blocks away, and so is the shopping and dining strip of Magazine Street.

    One of the main attractions in the neighborhood is Freret Street, named after an antebellum New Orleans mayor. The stately mansions mix with the historic shotguns, surrounding the thriving eight-block corridor of Freret Street between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues. Due to the robust recovery and development efforts led by the locally-owned small businesses, developers, and the city administration, the street got an injection of much needed business and renovation and is showing no signs of slowing down.

    The neighborhood has its own monthly market and an annual festival, both held along Freret Street’s commercial strip. It even has its own Carnival krewe, Krewe of Freret, which parades during Mardi Gras and hosts a summer stroll.

    Just walking down the Freret Street corridor will bring you to the top-notch (and some of the most diverse) shopping and entertainment destinations. Of course, there’s plenty to eat and drink there as well. In the morning, hit up the dim and cozy Mojo Coffee House or the Rook Cafe for vegan pastries and locally roasted coffee.

    Need something more substantial first thing in the morning? The fun, upbeat Slim Goodies Diner on Magazine Street won’t steer you wrong with its inventively named slammers (different kinds of scrambles, from meaty to vegan, served with hash browns). Another inexpensive option is the Camellia Grill, a legendary Carrollton Avenue diner that’s been serving hearty omelets and pecan pie since 1946. There will probably be a line, but it moves quickly, and you can get breakfast all day.

    For lunch, try alligator sausage at the affordable Dat Dog, or have a craft cocktail at Cure and a glass of award-winning wine at Bar Frances come happy hour. Catfish is the star of the menu of the Louisiana-meets-the-Delta High Hat Cafe, and the recently revamped gastropub Freret Beer Room focuses on pairing craft beer with modern American cuisine (sandwiches, salads, cheese, and charcuterie boards).

    Cuban, Mexican and Central American fare like fish tacos and fried yucca plus excellent margaritas have earned Sarita’s Grill a loyal local following; and check out Mint Modern Vietnamese Bistro & Bar for several varieties of pho, banh mi, or a kimchi burger.

    The very photogenic St. Charles Avenue is probably best seen out of its historic streetcar, which you can ride for all of $1.25 from the CBD/downtown all the way upriver (exact change required, or get passes online). The street has retained a good number of historically significant 19th-century mansions, and you’ll find a lot of them in the Garden District section of Uptown.

    St. Charles Avenue hosts one of the best collections of historic houses in the South, including the “Wedding Cake House” (5807 St. Charles Ave.), the 1896 Colonial Revival home with lots of Victorian splendor to offer; the “Anthemion” (4631 St. Charles Ave.), which used to house the Japanese consulate; the “Smith House” (4534 St. Charles Ave.), built in 1906 for the president of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange, William Smith; the “Elms Mansion” (3029 St. Charles Ave.), a 1869 architectural wonder; and the “Diocesan” (2265 St. Charles Ave.), designed and built by the prominent local architect James Gallier.

    Another St. Charles Avenue gem that deserves a mention is the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, a restored neo-Italianate limestone mansion built in 1907 for a wealthy merchant, Mark Isaacs. Inside, you’ll find the original ceiling frescoes and murals, and the well-preserved formal rooms on the first two floors.

    Heading into Carrolton and toward the Mississippi River, the imposing facades and sprawling balconies become generously mixed with the more modest but still well-preserved shotguns and thriving local businesses, including some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

    Of course, don’t miss the magnificent Audubon Park that contains the Audubon Zoo and faces the historic campuses of Tulane and Loyola. Both boast an architectural mix of styles of the 19th century and modern, with the backdrop of large live oaks.

    Just like Freret Street’s revitalized strip, the 13 blocks of Magazine Street are meant to be walked. It’s the main commercial artery that the Garden District and Uptown share, and it’s crammed with restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafes, and dozens of retail stores where you can buy local art, antiques, vintage clothing, funky costumes, and more. Get some locally made New Orleans-centric gear at Dirty Coast or Fleurty Girl, or satisfy your costuming and vintage needs at Funky Monkey and Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes.

    If you’d like a dozen raw oysters with your martini, head to the iconic Pascal Manale, where oysters are shucked right in front of you and the happy hour is a decades-long tradition. For live music, the iconic Tipitina’s and the Maple Leaf Bar cannot be beat, both a short ride away. There’s also something going on at Gasa Gasa, be it a movie screening, live music, or a krewe party.

    Finally, no Uptown architectural tour is complete without hitting the above-ground Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on Washington Avenue, in the heart of the Garden District. It’s the oldest of the seven city-operated cemeteries in New Orleans, with some interesting society tombs (the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Home For Destitute Orphan Boys among them) and over a thousand family tombs. The iconic cemetery has served as a popular backdrop for many music videos and movies over the years (Double JeopardyDracula, etc.).

    And right across the street is the incomparable Commander’s Palace (elevated Creole fare and a 25-cent martini lunch special!), a slice of classic New Orleans, not to be missed.

    Happy exploring near the Alder Hotel!

  4. Guide: Navigating the Freret Neighborhood and Uptown New Orleans

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    New Orleans has a lot of offer, as does the Uptown Freret neighborhood where the Alder hotel is located. You’ve probably also done your homework and have your sightseeing, dining and shopping options and preferences lined up. However, the idiosyncrasies of any city might throw off even a seasoned traveler. On top of that, online directions could be unreliable, transportation schedules confusing, and what looks like an easy 10-minute walk on the map might get you lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

    That’s why we’d like to help you navigate the Freret neighborhood and beyond with comfort and confidence, to make your stay in Uptown New Orleans as pleasant as possible. Here’s our guide to your transportation options, our top recommendations for places to see, and eat and shop at within walking distance, as well as the options for when you’re looking for a workout or a little pampering, and more.

    Transportation Options

    Parking

    The Alder Hotel offers free self-parking in the parking lot directly across the street. It’s relatively rare to find this amenity in New Orleans, so we hope you take advantage of it. There’s also street parking available near the hotel, but it might be limited depending on time of year and day.

    Streetcar

    The historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line is within walking distance, about 20 minutes away. The streetcar stops on every block of St. Charles Ave., running from every eight to 20 minutes, depending on time of day and night (although please don’t quote us on that). The fare is $1.25 per person, and you can get passes ranging from one-day passes ($3) to month-long ($55).

    Our preferred and therefore most recommended walking route from the hotel to catch the St. Charles Ave. streetcar is to:

    • Take a left at the hotel’s entrance
    • Take Magnolia St. toward Napoleon Ave.
    • Make a right at Napoleon Ave.
    • Walk down Napoleon Ave. for about 10 blocks until you arrive at St. Charles Ave.

    Bus

    Besides the streetcar, another public transportation option is getting around by bus. There are three lines that stop within walking distance, with the #15 Freret St. line being the closest:

    • #15 Freret and Cadiz streets
    • #16 at S. Claiborne Ave. and Cadiz St.
    • #28 at Napoleon Ave. and Magnolia St.

    Walking

    Our guests often ask if the area near the hotel is safe for walking, and it generally is. Plus, the hotel’s close proximity to the Ochsner Baptist sprawling medical campus means you get the advantage of the dedicated security patrolling the area.

    Getting to the hotel from the airport

    You can get the shuttle service from the airport that will deliver you to our door, for $24.00 per person. Airport Shuttle Inc. is a minibus/van service located at baggage claim. To book your ride, click here.

    Taxi service is also available at baggage claim, with the $36 flat rate for one or two passengers, and $15 per person if more than two passengers are riding.

    Taxicab and ride-share services

    The ride-share options in New Orleans include Uber and Lyft (you can download their apps at the links). There’s also handful of taxicab services servicing the Uptown New Orleans neighborhood. We recommend:

    Distance

    If you are getting to places by car or public transportation:

    • French Quarter: 4.5 miles; a little under 20 minutes by car, depending on traffic
    • Central Business District: 3 miles; 15 minutes by car, 20 by streetcar
    • Warehouse/Arts District: 2.8 miles; 10-15 minutes by car, 20 by public transportation

    Fitness and Spa Services

    Our guests have the opportunity to use the 24/7 Anytime Fitness center (4600 Freret St.) free of charge. It’s located 0.2 miles from the hotel, which takes about five minutes to walk. Please stop by the front desk to check out a key.

    There is also a spa within walking distance, Spa Savoire Faire (5014 Freret St.). It’s a seven-minute walk, for 0.4 miles. Savoire Faire offers coupons for discounts on services. Guests can pick up a coupon from the Concierge at the front desk.

    Pets

    We are a pet-friendly New Orleans hotel. At The Alder Hotel, we welcome dogs and cats, and look forward to hosting you and your pets when you stay in Uptown New Orleans. You can review our pet policy here. If you are traveling with large dogs (over 50 pounds) or would like supervision for your dog while you sightsee, we recommend Zeus’ Place (4601 Freret St.).

    Top 10 Recommendations for Food and Drink Near the Alder hotel

    You’ll find more recommendations specifically for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and snoballs at the links below (see the “Eating and Drinking section), but here are our top 10:

    Bearcat Cafe2521 Jena St.

    Comfort food, vegan and gluten-free options.

    Less than a block off Freret Street and within walking distance of Ochsner Baptist Medical Center and the Tulane and Loyola University area, this full-service cafe offers lunch and breakfast plus micro-sourced, sustainable coffee. The menu is mostly comfort food, divided into “Good Cat” and “Bad Cat” sections. The lighter fare is full of gluten-free and vegan options. The hearty “Bad Cat” offers items like pork chops, burgers, and shrimp BBQ pasta.

    The High Hat Cafe, 4500 Freret St.

    Louisiana cookin’, where catfish and Gulf seafood (and pimento!) are the stars. 

    This casual neighborhood eatery specializes in the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana staples like catfish, Gulf seafood, and slow-roasted pork served along with a long cocktail menu. Pimento cheese is prominently featured in the house burger, specialty fries, and even deviled eggs.

    Bar Frances, 4525 Freret St.

    Wine pairings and small plates in a contemporary bistro setting.

    This airy bistro, located in the thick of Freret Street’s shopping and dining scene, features a large selection of natural wines plus a seasonal menu of small plates. It also offers full breakfast/brunch and dinner menus. During popular daily happy hour you can sip a variety of classic cocktails like Sazerac or Old-Fashioned for less than $10.

    The Company Burger4600 Freret St.

    Award-winning burgers with sides, shakes, and cocktails.

    We also recommend The Company Burger on Freret and Cadiz streets for its solid menu of delicious burgers, fries and milkshakes. The menu keeps it simple with the award-winning lamb, turkey, and beef burgers, plus sides, shakes, and cocktails. The “not burger” options are also kept simple: hot dogs, and grilled cheese and fried chicken sandwiches.

    Mojo Coffee House4700 Freret St.

    A cozy, welcoming hangout where you can grab small-batch roasted coffee, a vegan muffin and connect to wi-fi.

    You won’t find full kitchen service at this laid-back coffee house (the counter-service destination is more of a pastry-and-sandwich place), but for those mornings when you just need caffeine and a quick bite, nothing beats Mojo.

    Humble Bagel4716 Freret St.

    Small-batch, sustainably made bagels.

    Humble Bagel’s creations are made in-house daily, from scratch, with just five ingredients, and in small batches (the proprietors are big on minimizing food waste and using locally sourced ingredients when possible). The place is open till 1 p.m. daily, or until they sell out. The menu is kept simple — bagels, cream cheese, and breakfast combos like eggs, bacon, and lox — and it’s worth getting up early for.

    Cure4905 Freret St.

    Dimly-lit, upscale lounge inside a former firehouse on Freret Street with craft cocktails and small plates.

    A popular destination for cocktail lovers, Cure is a stylish, upscale lounge located inside a renovated firehouse. There you can sip your classic New Orleans cocktails surrounded by bottles of bourbons from around the world, including the hard-to-find, rare and reserve varieties. The well-reviewed menu offers a rotation of frequently changing cocktails made by seasoned mixologists along with small plates and bar snacks. If you’re coming in for lunch on a weekend, it would have to be on a later side, as Cure opens at 3 p.m.

    Blaze Pizza, 5001 Freret St.

    Signature and build-your-own pizzas plus salads in the 2,400 sq. ft. space.

    This is the second location for the Los Angeles-based, LeBron James-backed chain. (The first one opened in 2015 on O’Keefe Avenue in the CBD.) This restaurant is located on Robert Street and Freret near Dat Dog. It’s open till midnight Sun.-Thu., and till 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. The menu is straightforward, featuring signature pizzas with some vegetarian options, and lots of kid-friendly toppings if you want to BYO pizza.

    Dat Dog5030 Freret St.

    Affordable comfort food includes meat, fish, vegan, and veggie hot dogs and sausages with more than 30 toppings. Dog-friendly outdoor seating.

    Dat Dog’s both Uptown locations (3336 Magazine Street near Louisiana Avenue and 5030 Freret Street near Soniat Street) have dog-friendly outdoor seating, great for people-watching too. At its Freret Street location, the affordable Dat Dog dishes out a wide variety of meat, fish, vegan and veggie hot dogs, sausages, and other kid-friendly comfort food like burgers and chicken. The dogs and the sausages come with a choice of more than 30 toppings.

    Mint Modern Vietnamese Bistro & Bar5100 Freret St.

    Vietnamese classics with modern twists in the bustling corner location in the Freret Street corridor.

    Mint’s streamlined menu is modern indeed, packed with specialty rolls, several varieties of pho, banh mi, and a kimchi burger. One of the unusual specialty cocktails is Fishy Surprise, which is made with whiskey, Drambuie, grapefruit juice, and fish sauce.

    If you want to keep exploring, here’s our collection of resources, from the fun things you can do as a couple, or with your dog, plus where to get the best breakfast, find a comfy co-working spot nearby, and much more.

    Local Attractions & Things to Do

    Things to Do in New Orleans: Year-At-A-Glance

    Alder Hotel’s Top 12 Reasons to Stay in the Freret Neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans

    Your Itinerary: 24-Hours in Uptown New Orleans

    Our Neighborhood — Most Popular Attractions Near the Alder Hotel

    Architectural Landmarks — Uptown New Orleans

    Things to Do on Loyola and Tulane Campuses – Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans

    Essential Stops and Sights Along the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Route

    A Night on Freret Street

    Rainy Day Fun Near the Alder Hotel

    Eating and Drinking near the Alder Hotel

    10 Dishes That Define New Orleans and Where to Try Them Uptown

    New Orleans Food Bucket List, Uptown Edition

    Where to Get Breakfast Near the Alder Hotel Uptown

    Where to Find Snoballs near the Alder Hotel in Uptown New Orleans

    Coffee, Brunch, Lunch, and Co-Working Near the Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans

    Late Night Eats Uptown New Orleans

    Shopping Uptown

    Shopping Near Alder Hotel Uptown

    Shopping the Freret Market

    Edible Souvenirs From New Orleans

    Family-Friendly Uptown

    Uptown New Orleans: A Family-Friendly Itinerary

    Romantic Uptown

    Fun for Couples in Uptown New Orleans

    Dog-Friendly Uptown

    Fun with Fido in Uptown New Orleans

    Fit Uptown

    Staying Fit in Uptown New Orleans

    Uptown on a Budget

    Exploring Uptown New Orleans on a Budget

  5. Shopping the Freret Market

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    Freret Street Market

    In a city that’s decidedly not lacking in the art and farm markets, merch pop-ups, and food trucks, Freret Market stands out for its sheer size and the fact that it combines all those components — art, flea, food/farm, and live music. This open-air market is located at Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue and is held on the first Saturday of every month (except June-August) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The Freret Market was started in September 2007 to revitalize the Freret business corridor. Since then, it’s grown to become a popular destination with special events and healthy attendance numbers. Besides the weekly food, art and flea vendors, the market regularly hosts local restaurant and catering business pop-ups and food carts. There are usually about 80-90 vendors total, plus live music, an area for kids; and pet adoptions available from Zeus Place, the market’s fellow Freret Street neighbor.

    Today’s Freret Market is a vital part of the renaissance that Freret Street has been experiencing. The eight blocks stretching from Downtown to Uptown New Orleans parallel to St. Charles Avenue are known as a popular destination for food, shopping, and entertainment. The street hosts many restaurants, specialty shops, art galleries, bars, coffee shops, and more. It’s also home of the annual Freret Street Festival, held on the first Saturday in April. The festival has been growing since the mid-1990s, with about 200 vendors participating last year.

    The weekly sampling of food vendors at the Freret Market includes Iacovone Kitchen with fresh, chef-driven menu of panini, Gulf shrimp and rice bowls, Soulful Solutions NOLA (healthy versions of New Orleans’ soul food faves), and The Creole Caveman (allergy-friendly, gluten-free Creole-inspired fare with many vegan offerings). You can also expect to see some of the local catering businesses and food trucks every week, such as La Cocinita, a gem of a food truck that dishes out the Venezuelan-inspired Latin American street fare, and Any O’Cajun, which serves Southern favorites like corn-and-crab bisque. While at the market, make sure you stop by the Gachi stall, to check out the artisan-crafted tea sustainably sourced from small farms and co-ops.

    There are many opportunities to indulge your sweet tooth (check out Keyala’s Pralines), get some locally made soap, candles, jerky, or pepper jelly. There are also plenty of art, flea and vintage vendors, farm stalls, and local merchants selling furniture, clothing, jewelry, and more.

    Freret Market is located near the University District, which contains the Tulane and Loyola campuses. The area is easy to navigate and get to from the French Quarter and other areas by car and public transportation. There’s off-street parking in the lot at the corner of Cadiz and Magnolia Streets, and plenty of street parking on adjacent streets.

    And, please note: The Alder Hotel offers free self-parking in the parking lot directly across the street. It’s relatively rare to find this amenity in New Orleans, so we hope you take advantage of it!

    Stay in touch and save on rates and more at the Alder Hotel by signing up for our email list at https://alderhotel.com/email-offers/. If you find a lower rate on your Alder Hotel rooms at the time of booking, call 1.888.626.5861 to let us know, and we will match that rate!

  6. Things to Do on Loyola and Tulane Campuses – Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans

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    Photo courtesy of Loyola University New Orleans on Facebook

    Nestled side by side on historic St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Audubon Park, you’ll find two of the nation’s foremost private universities: Tulane and Loyola. Their campuses house plentiful amenities for those lucky enough to be enrolled as students, but visitors and members of the community are also able to partake in many of these resources. From art galleries to cutting-edge fitness centers, here are a just few good reasons to visit the campus.

    Walk through to take in the history and the architecture

    Both historic campuses absolutely deserve a walkthrough thanks to their architectural significance and lush grounds. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tulane University’s campus occupies more than 110 acres and extends north to S. Claiborne Avenue through Freret and Willow streets. From Italian Renaissance to Mid-Century Modern, the campus boasts many styles and is known for its large live oak trees.

    Loyola’s sprawling main campus also faces St. Charles Avenue and the Audubon Park. Marquette Hall is the oldest campus building and is the iconic image of the university you’ll probably recognize the most.

    Check out a free music recital at Loyola

    Loyola University’s music program is considered one of the best in the nation. From jazz studies to ballet performance, students hone their skills under the tutelage of the nation’s most talented performers and teachers. What does this mean for you? Well, students need to practice performing — and they do so in a series of free recitals at the 400-seat Nunemaker Auditorium (third floor of the Monroe Science Complex, 6363 St. Charles Ave.) or at the 586-seat Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall (on the second floor of the Communications/Music complex located on the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Calhoun St.). When school is in session, check out up-and-coming musicians who are perfecting their skills. The recital schedule is available here.

    Grab a pint at The Ratskeller

    Built in 1966 and designed to resemble a German biergarten, Der Rathskeller (aka “The Rat”) remains a laid-back place to have a cold one. The Rat is a WOW Cafe and Wingery outlet, with a late-night menu available till 4 a.m. Pub grub ranging from chicken wings to fried mozzarella sticks is available, as are draft beers. On some nights, you can catch free jazz performances from students and visiting masters.

    Take a fitness class at Loyola

    Boasting a six-lane Olympic-sized pool, sauna, indoor tennis and racquetball courts, free weights and much more, the Loyola University Sports Complex isn’t just for students. You can get a week’s’ membership for just $25.

    Visit a free art museum and sculpture garden at Loyola (6363 St. Charles Ave., 4th floor of the Monroe Library)

    Loyola University’s Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery and Visual Art Center stars artifacts from the Belgian Congo, as well as rotating exhibits of student art, pottery and graphics. Afterwards, stroll through the university’s sculpture garden, located between Marquette and Bobet Halls.

    Visit the free Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane

    This museum sits on Tulane University’s campus, and it is free and open to the public. Past and present exhibitions have focused on works by contemporary women abstractionists and other contributions by women artists in the multi-disciplinary fields spanning art and design. Be sure you have a map handy, and check the hours of operation before you go, as the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and between exhibitions.

    Go to Crawfest at Tulane

    Crawfest takes place once a year, but if you happen to be visiting New Orleans during April, you must check out this tribute to Louisiana’s favorite crustacean: two stages of music, more than 20,000 pounds of crawfish, and plenty of arts and craft vendors take over Tulane’s quad. It’s free for students and faculty, and for everyone else, a $15 wristband gets you access to all-you-can-eat crawfish, soda and water. Now that’s a hot deal.

    Visit The Mushroom (1037 Broadway St.)

    The Mushroom isn’t technically on Tulane’s campus, but it’s close enough to count. For more than 40 years, it’s been Uptown’s go-to indie record store. You’ll know you’re there when you see the psychedelic murals on the building’s exterior. Climb a concert-poster-papered stairway and arrive in the incense-scented shop, where it’s easy to while away an afternoon sifting through record crates and admiring intricate handmade glass pipes. It’s a trip back to your own college days — in the best possible way.

    Getting to the campuses from the Alder Hotel

     Need to stay close to the Tulane or Loyola campuses? The Alder Hotel is only a little over a mile away, which translates to an under 10-minute ride by car, about 10 minutes on streetcar, or, if you like to walk, it might take about 20 minutes.

    Navigating this part of Uptown is also very simple. The historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will bring you right to either campus. It stops on every block of St. Charles Ave., running from every eight to 20 minutes, depending on time of day and night. The fare is $1.25 per person, and you can get passes ranging from one-day passes ($3) to month-long ($55).

    If you’re walking, we recommend the following route from the hotel to catch the St. Charles Ave. streetcar: Take a left at the hotel’s entrance, then take Magnolia St. toward Napoleon Ave.

    Make a right at Napoleon Ave. and walk down Napoleon Ave. for about 10 blocks until you arrive at St. Charles Ave.

    Want to walk all the way? Just reach St. Charles Ave. and continue towards the river until you see the Audubon Park and the university campuses across the St. Charles Ave. from the park.

    Also, remember: The Alder Hotel offers free self-parking in the parking lot directly across the street. It’s relatively rare to find this amenity in New Orleans, so we hope you take advantage of it!

    Stay in touch and save on rates and more at the Alder Hotel by signing up for our email list at https://alderhotel.com/email-offers/. If you find a lower rate on your Alder Hotel rooms at the time of booking, call 1.888.626.5861 to let us know, and we will match that rate!

  7. Must-Try Po-Boys at the Po-Boy Festival

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    Photo courtesy of Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

    One thing New Orleanians can agree on, the po-boy satisfies hunger like nothing else. The once-humble sandwich has gone high-class in recent years, with top chefs serving their own inventive takes. But you can still find hearty 12-inch versions spilling fried shrimp and oysters for under $15 in local corner stores.

    There will be a po-boy for every budget and palate in New Orleans at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival on Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. You will be able to sample the best po-boys the city has to offer. The fest will be held between the 8100 and 8800 blocks of Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood. About 35 vendors will present more food than you could shake your fork at, with over 60 varieties of the delicious sandwich alone — plus beer, specialty cocktails, and desserts.

    Stages for live music will be set up on side streets to avoid the Oak Street foot-traffic congestion of the past years. A second line will open the fest at 10 a.m., forming at Oak and Carrollton streets.

    Like last year, admission is free, but you have to get a $5 wristband at the fest to purchase the po-boys (it’s OK if one person in the group buys multiple po-boys, according to the event organizers). Hate the long lines? This year attendees can get their hands on the po-boys faster by getting one of the two passes. One option is a $20 “fast pass” to enter through the fast lane.

    The VIP pass ($99) grants access to the Mellow Mushroom on Oak VIP lounge and balcony and the front-row view of the main stage. There you’ll find beer, plus food from the Parkway Bakery and Tavern and other vendors, and specialty cocktails.

    Just like in the past years, some of the best restaurants in the city will once again compete in six “Best of” categories: seafood, oyster, shrimp, sausage, pork, and beef. Past winners included Red Fish Grill’s BBQ oyster po-boy and Bratz Y’all’s Drunk Pig.

    To give you just a taste of what to expect, the Mid-City-based po-boy king Parkway Bakery and Tavern will bring one of its wildly popular signature creations, “The James Brown” po-boy — slow-cooked roast beef topped with fried Gulf shrimp and smothered in gravy. The ever popular Godfather po-boy from Vincent’s Italian Cuisine marries three savory meats: Italian sausage, meatballs and daube meat (beef slow-cooked in a red sauce, like a brisket) and tops them with mozzarella cheese. Redfish Grill will again offer its signature BBQ oyster concoction, flash-fried and tossed in Crystal BBQ sauce. Metairie’s NOLA Boils & Catering kicks it up with an escargot po-boy while Oceana Grill will be offering its oyster Rockefeller po-boy (with housemade sauce).

    There will be plenty of creative concoctions for the adventurous taste buds too, with game, elevated touches, and Asian and Caribbean flavors. An in the dessert category, check out Bananas Foster po-boy from Walkers BBQ (maybe after you try their signature cochon de lait version), and strawberry and Nutella tiramisu po-boy from Crêpes à la Cart.

    As with any fest, there will be an art market and a kids’ area. The festival is rain or shine, pedestrian- and bike-friendly, and pets are welcome. Parking options will be limited, so consider biking or taking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar (get off at the Oak Street stop).

    We can’t wait to see who wins this year!

     

  8. A Night on Freret Street

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    cure freret street
    Photo courtesy of Cure NOLA on Facebook

    Once a sleepy neighborhood thoroughfare bordering Tulane University, Freret Street has undergone a revival over the past decade, becoming a food and entertainment destination in its own right. From Japanese to Southern soul food, there’s a cuisine for almost everyone — and Freret Street is only two blocks from the Alder Hotel.

    Another plus? Freret’s Uptown location means it attracts a smaller, more local crowd, which equals shorter waits at excellent, off-the-beaten-path bars and eateries. Here’s a sample of what to do, eat and drink along one of the most vibrant, action-packed commercial corridors in the city.

    High Hat Cafe (4500 Freret St.)
    Part old-fashioned diner, part neighborhood bar and part Deep South food destination, High Hat Cafe is a great place to grab a plate of fried catfish, a bowl of chicken and andouille gumbo, or a shrimp po-boy. Huge glass windows offer a prime opportunity to people-watch while eating a slice of house-made pie. (Save room for a snack at the next Freret Street destination.)

    Ancora (4508 Freret St.)
    Ancora’s pizza is made Neapolitan-style, using wood-burning ovens and without commercial yeast. Ancora created its own starter in-house, and the dough takes three days to prepare from start to finish, with the crust that is unique to New Orleans. Drinks include seasonal Italian sodas, craft cocktails, and wines from the Campania region of southern Italy. Check out the house-made salumi and happy hour pizza specials. Ancora is located in a renovated building next to High Hat Cafe.

    The Rook Cafe (4516 Freret St.)
    Looking for a quiet locals’ hangout with vegan pastries, locally roasted coffee, free wi-fi, and a vibe that encourages you to settle in for a few hours with a game of chess or a good book? The Rook is the place. The cozy coffee shop also hosts frequent gamers’ nights and pop-ups.

    Sarita’s Grill (4520 Freret St.)

    Cuban, Mexican and Central American fare like fish tacos and fried yucca plus excellent margaritas have earned Sarita’s a loyal local following. The guacamole is made in-house, and queso dip is complimentary.

    Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St.)
    This husband-and-wife dessert stop offers crepes, piadina flatbread and coffee, but the menu’s standout (and the restaurant’s focus) is small-batch, handcrafted Italian gelato. Made without preservatives or artificial ingredients, the dense, creamy frozen dessert comes in classic and experimental flavors including bananas Foster, caramelized fig, and pistachio.

    Bar Frances (4525 Freret St.)
    Bar Frances is housed in the same building as Piccola Gelateria, along with a juice bar and several other businesses. It’s been operating since 2016, courtesy of Mark Latter, who also owns the historic Tujaque’s in the French Quarter. It’s an airy, spacious and thoroughly modern bistro, with wood finishes, a marble bar that seats more than a dozen, and covered patio seating. The menu is seasonal, with small plates like tuna tartare and lamb meatballs. There’s also a full dinner menu featuring high-quality steaks, burgers and Gulf fish if you want to dig in. Wine rules at Bar Frances, offered on tap and by carafes, and through clever pairings. There’s a generous daily happy hour featuring a large selection of natural wines.

    The Company Burger (4600 Freret St.)

    The Company Burger on Freret and Cadiz streets offers a solid menu of delicious burgers, fries and milkshakes. The menu keeps it simple with the award-winning lamb, turkey, and beef burgers, plus sides, shakes, and cocktails. The house burger comes with a fried egg, two patties, and bacon. The “not burger” options are also kept simple: hot gods, and grilled cheese and friend chicken sandwiches.

    Midway Pizza (4725 Freret St.)

    Deep-dish pizza isn’t that easy to find in New Orleans, and this restaurant housed in an industrial, high-ceilinged space uses an age-old family recipe. All of its  pizzas, salads and flatbreads are made in-house.

    Cure (4905 Freret St.)
    The owners of Cure were at the forefront of Freret Street’s revitalization when they opened this chic craft cocktail bar in 2009. Located in a 1903 fire station, Cure is sleek, dimly lit and filled with stylish nine-to-fivers, especially during its happy hour. The Washington PostEaterThe New York TimesTravel + Leisure, and many other publications have listed Cure among their picks for top U.S. bars. Get a classic or custom craft cocktail, a cheese plate, and enjoy both on a leafy, secluded patio to start the night.

    Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.)
    You’ll know you’ve arrived at this hip music venue when you see the psychedelic, black-and-white mural by Berlin graffiti artist MTO outside. Depending on the night, local or touring musical acts, comedy shows, burlesque performances, or movie screenings may be on the roster. The patio is a comfortable place to relax with a beer. And, if a hunger pang strikes, a food truck is never far away.

    Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St.)

    This gastropub had a revamp in the summer of 2019, adding TVs and an updated menu that focuses on pairing craft beer with modern American cuisine (sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards). Proprietor Eli Gay also runs a retail beer shop next door.

    Dat Dog (5030 Freret St.)

    Dat Dog’s both Uptown locations, including the Freret St. one near Soniat St., have dog-friendly outdoor seating, which is great for people-watching too. The affordable Dat Dog dishes out a wide variety of meat, fish, vegan and veggie hot dogs, sausages, and other kid-friendly comfort food like burgers and chicken. The dogs and the sausages come with a choice of more than 30 toppings.

    Mint Modern Vietnamese Bistro & Bar (5100 Freret St.)

    Mint’s streamlined menu is modern indeed, packed with specialty rolls, several varieties of pho, banh mi, and a kimchi burger. One of the unusual specialty cocktails is Fishy Surprise, which is made with whiskey, Drambuie, grapefruit juice, and fish sauce.

  9. Your Itinerary: 24-Hours in Uptown New Orleans

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    The Uptown New Orleans area near the Alder Hotel is full of interesting and exciting destinations, most of which you can easily reach on foot, although you can just as easily hop on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. Sightseeing, dining, shopping — it’s all within reach and doable — even if you’re pressed for time. Here’s our 24-hour itinerary for things to see and do around the hotel, so grab a comfortable pair of shoes (and maybe an umbrella for those sudden afternoon showers), and let’s explore.

    Morning: Breakfast at the Riverbend and a streetcar ride
    We suggest you start the day with breakfast at the Camellia Grill, a landmark diner beloved by locals and visitors alike since 1946 and famous for its pecan pie, “freezes” and generous omelets. To get to the Camellia Grill, walk to the nearest streetcar stop on St. Charles Avenue ($1.25, exact change; or get a $3 day pass for unlimited rides).

    Our preferred and therefore most recommended walking route from the hotel to catch the St. Charles Ave. streetcar takes about 20 minutes:

    • Take a left at the hotel’s entrance
    • Take Magnolia St. toward Napoleon Ave.
    • Make a right at Napoleon Ave.
    • Walk down Napoleon Ave. for about 10 blocks until you arrive at St. Charles Ave.

    The ride on the historic streetcar is high on top of the many visitors’ bucket list because it’s the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world (since 1835), and because it affords a very easy and pleasant way to see the Garden District and Uptown areas. Once you hop on, head all the way to the Riverbend to Camellia Grill, and take in the magnificent sights of the mansions and historic homes lining up under the canopy of oak trees along St. Charles Avenue. The Italianate, Victorian and Greek Revival architecture of Uptown is unique, and many of the original mid-19th century mansions have been immaculately preserved and are surrounded by the impressive gardens.

    Late morning: Audubon Park and Zoo; Loyola and Tulane campuses
    After breakfast either hop back on the streetcar or, if you feel like it, walk for about 13 blocks until you reach the beautiful campuses of both Loyola and Tulane universities, and, right across St. Charles Avenue, the historic Audubon Park. A must-stop, this magnificent park is perfect for a stroll. Lined with hundreds of ancient live oaks, it features a 1.8-mile jogging path, playgrounds, picnic shelters, a lagoon, recreation areas, and a zoo.

    Located within the park, the Audubon Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country, full of lush vegetation and exotic animal exhibits. The Zoo features rare white alligators, sea lion shows, a carousel, and the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle natural habitat areas.

    The historic campuses of the Loyola and Tulane, with their landscaped grounds and architecture ranging from Italian Renaissance to Mid-Century Modern, are also worth a visit. You’ll be getting two for one, basically, since they’re located so close to one another.

    Afternoon: Lunch and shopping on Magazine and Freret streets
    Magazine Street runs parallel to St. Charles Avenue, about 10 blocks apart. It might be too much to walk the entire strip, but it’s packed with restaurants, boutiques, unique vintage and costume shops, and cafes — so you can have your pick without straying too far from one destination to another. So, shop away, or grab a sidewalk seat at any of the many great little coffee shops to caffeinate and people-watch. Nearby, Freret Street is another vibrant commercial corridor that’s packed with shopping destinations, art galleries, and restaurants (many of which have spacious outdoor or balcony seating).

    For lunch, there are several fabulous options on and around Magazine and Freret but we love La Petite Grocery, High Hat, and The Company Burger. Alternatively, you can head to the incomparable Commander’s Palace (elevated Creole fare and a 25-cent martini lunch special!), and then walk around in the historic Lafayette Cemetery #1 located right across the street (either self-guided or as part of the guided tour). It’s one of the oldest cemeteries in the city and features a number of historically significant above-ground tombs.

    Late afternoon: Happy hour in the Lower Garden District
    At this point, it’s happy hour! So head to Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar to take advantage of its popular happy hour (4-6:30 p.m. daily) and a full-service oyster bar: the raw oysters are 50 cents, and Superior’s signature frozen pomegranate mojito is two-for-one. Another option is The Avenue Pub, an iconic Lower Garden District pub boasts fireplaces, tin ceilings, a balcony overlooking St. Charles Avenue, a pool table, and sidewalk and patio seating. The downstairs bar is open 24/7 and the small kitchen churns out high-quality pub grub. For beer nerds, the daily tap rotating menu is posted online.

    Evening: Dinnertime! And the options are endless
    There are numerous options Uptown, from high to low and casual to iconic. Where you head for dinner depends on whether you’re looking for something more casual and on the budget, want to cross off a few items from your New Orleans food bucket list, or want to fully immerse yourself in experiencing a night out somewhere busy and packed with nightlife and action. (See our dining guides below to help you pick a perfect dining destination.)

    Late Night: Live Music and Dancing

    For some late-night entertainment Uptown, take the streetcar downtown all the way to the Lee Circle and step inside Circle Bar, a cozy venue that feels as intimate as a friend’s house and offers a nightly eclectic mix of live music ranging from country to metal to hip-hop. Another option is to head back to the Riverband to see who is playing at the iconic Tipitina’s.

    Explore our Uptown guides to help you get the most of your 24 hours Uptown:

    Food and Drink
    New Orleans Food Bucket List, Uptown Edition
    Where to Get Lunch Near the Alder Hotel Uptown
    Where to Get Breakfast Near the Alder Hotel Uptown
    Coffee and Brunch Near the Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans
    Late Night Eats Uptown New Orleans
    A Night on Freret Street

    Sightseeing
    Guide: Navigating the Freret Neighborhood and Uptown New Orleans
    Essential Stops and Sights Along the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Route
    Our Neighborhood — Most Popular Attractions Near the Alder Hotel
    Architectural Landmarks — Uptown New Orleans
    Things to Do on Loyola and Tulane Campuses – Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans
    Exploring Uptown New Orleans on a Budget

    Shopping
    Shopping Near Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans

    More
    Uptown New Orleans: A Family-Friendly Itinerary
    Fun with Fido in Uptown New Orleans
    Fun for Couples in Uptown New Orleans

  10. Don’t Miss Freret Street Festival

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    Freret Street Festival
    Photo by Derek Bridges

    One of the most anticipated spring events in the always-stellar lineup of the festival season in New Orleans, the Freret Street Festival stands out as the biggest neighborhood festival in the city. This free festival is usually held on the first Saturday in April (April 6th this year) on the stretch of Freret Street from Napoleon to Valmont. It’s only a five-minute walk from the hotel!

    The festival once again will feature about 200 vendors, a food court, Big Easy Rollergirls, and pet adoptions from Zeus Place, the fellow Freret Street neighbor. The three stages will host a great lineup of live, local music, including Where Y’Acht, Little Freddie King, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, dance demos, and much more.

    The festival has been growing since the mid-1990s as a vital part of the renaissance Freret Street is currently experiencing. The eight blocks stretching from Downtown to Uptown New Orleans parallel to St. Charles Avenue are known as a popular destination for food, shopping and entertainment. The street hosts many restaurants, specialty shops, art galleries, bars, coffee shops, and more.

    The weather will most likely be glorious, so dress light, but don’t forget the sunscreen, as you’ll be likely to spend a day in the sun. The Freret Street Festival is located near the University District, which contains the Tulane and Loyola campuses. The area is easy to navigate and get to from the French Quarter and other areas by car and public transportation. There’s an off-street parking in the lot at the corner of Cadiz and Magnolia Streets, and plenty of street parking on adjacent streets.

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