You already know that the Divas love New Orleans, but do you know what our favorite local spots are? Come with us as we take you to a few of our Uptown faves!
Amelia (Graphic Designer)
1914 Magazine Street
I love Plum, which has recently relocated right down the street from our uptown stores (only about a block over)! It’s the perfect gift and novelty shop for just about anything and anyone. I have bought many birthday and gift exchange goodies from this place. They have a great assortment of regional, Southern-style items as well as quirky NOLA-specific items, most of which are made locally. Need jewelry featuring King Cake babies? What about coasters upon which to rest your Bloody Mary? Or tea towels with witty phrases and images of cute shotgun houses? Plum is the place! My favorite item they carry, though, is the gold glittered flying cockroach earrings (the Louisiana state bird, y’all!). All of these great items + awesome customer service + cute shop pup = A+ local find.
Juan’s Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine Street
Juan’s, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. If I were stranded on a desert island and had to take three items for sustenance, they’d probably be endless guacamole, B.R.C.s (beans, rice & chips), and–of course–margaritas from Juan’s. In real life, I still partake pretty regularly. From easy lunches to happy hour with the Divas, it really can’t be beat. Plus, there are lots of vegetarian-friendly options, which makes my little heart happy and my big belly full.
Ashley (Warehouse Manager)
2207 Magazine Street
Stein’s is my go-to lunch spot for sure! Their bagels and cream cheese are the best (especially their tomato cream cheese, seriously, try it). I’m a huge fan of their veggie panini (AKA the Hippie) but I also love to get an everything bagel with tomato cream cheese and add sliced tomatoes (I obviously have this thing with tomatoes). Even though they aren’t always the most charming bunch (be prepared for super serious ‘tudes) I find it hilarious. And if you haven’t checked out their instagram (@steinsdeli) or local print ads, you’re really missing out on some hilarity!
French Truck Coffee
1200 Magazine Street
4536 Dryades Street
In need of a morning jolt or a mid-afternoon pick me up? In a city with almost as many coffee shops as bars, it might be difficult to navigate towards the perfect cup–but follow your nose (and the adorable yellow truck) and head on over to French Truck Coffee for the best cup this town has to offer. With two locations uptown, freshly roasted coffee is always within reach and with the nicest and most knowledgeable staff, trust me, you’ll be happy you made the trip.
Erin (Public Relations)
Lily’s Nails & Spa
1817 Magazine Street
Lily’s is my unequivocal favorite spot for nail work in the city! If you’re into designs or other complex work, they can definitely handle that, but my recommended service is a simple French gel manicure. Mine always stays at least three weeks and often upwards of a month. They also have a huge selection of pedicure options. Their prices are amazing for the quality you get (a basic manicure is $16 and gel is $30; pedicures start at $27). The techs are all friendly and professional and they move quickly. Appointments are accepted but they also take walk-ins and their hours are super friendly to the working gal (I often walk over for services on a weeknight after we wrap up at TD headquarters). Bonus that they’re next door to my favorite Vietnamese spot on the East Bank (also named Lily’s!) so grab some pho and a creamy, delicious iced coffee after you wrap up!