We made a recent trip to the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans to capture the spirit and appreciate the culture. The French Quarter is also known as Vieux Carre’, which translates to Old Square. While it does have the age part right, there is certainly nothing “square” about it. The place is alive and has a certain Je Nais Sais Quo that captures your imagination. There really isn’t anything like it in the country.

  • The streets of the French Quarter always alive with activity. A street Jazz quartet provides a backdrop for brunches.
  • The Supreme Court building located in the French Quarter is one of the most beautiful in the area. It is probably the best example of the Beaux-Arts style in all of New Orleans. Look at the detail!
  • The illustrious Cabildo building was formerly a seat of government. It housed the city council and is the site where the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies took place. It is now used as a museum and is considered a national landmark.
  • Ida Manheim Antiques is located at 409 Royal St. It is a world-renowned gallery and an authority in many periods and styles. 3 generations of expertise and knowledge are evident in curation and buying. They have a jaw-dropping inventory, including this monumental 18th Century Flame Grain mahogany cabinet. It is a magnificent piece of Dutch provenance.
  • An elaborately carved giltwood mirror is from the Louis XV period. The level of detail found in some of these 18th Century pieces is mind-blowing. Keeping it company is an English antique of exceptional quality. The mahogany sideboard with satinwood inlays is from the George III period.
  • Circa 1810, a very rare First Empire Period Marble Specimen Table, maintains its original base. 43” of WOW.
  • A beautiful early Victorian Coromandel library table with Palm Cross banding. Very Rare, circa 1845.
  • We also stopped by another French Quarter institution, M.S. Rau Antiques. It is located at 630 Royal St. This gallery has been open for more than 100 years and is considered a landmark and a must-visit for serious collectors. The extensive selection is full of unique and very rare items. This Victorian-era Jockey Scale is a personal favorite. It was crafted by the British firm of W & T Avery of Birmingham, a premier manufacturer of measurement devices of the time. Excellent piece of Horse Racing history for any of you well-heeled equestrians.
  • The intricately carved gilded base of a console table is breathtaking. It was housed in a castle in Scotland belonging to the Earl of Kinnoull. The majestic eagle supports a verde antico and rosso marble top, very much in the manner of William Kent.  It really captures the grand style of the Palladian era.
  • Arnaud’s has been open since 1918, and it is a bastion of Creole cuisine. The tin roof, tile floor, and bentwood chairs all contribute to the charming ambiance. Jazz brunch is highly recommended!