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Where to Go: Magazine Street 

The 6-mile street runs from Audubon Park all the way downtown. There are upmarket boutiques, white-tablecloth restaurants, record stores, pizza places, snowball stands, antique dealers, greasy spoons, galleries, bodegas, coffee shops, college bars, bakeries, barbers, yoga studios and ice cream parlors. Shopping on Magazine is popular with tourists, but the street's bars and restaurants generally are full of people who live in Uptown neighborhoods, from families eating hash browns and eggs at Slim Goodies Diner to waiters drinking after hours at Rendezvous Tavern.

Who you'll see:
Society ladies out shopping, college kids, families with toddlers.

Where to eat:
Bandanna-wearing chefs jam out in the open kitchen at Nomiya, a narrow, brightly colored restaurant serving savory bowls of ramen you can top with a 7-minute soy egg.

Where to Drink:
Bouligny Tavern, a wine and cocktail bar from Lilette chef John Harris, isn't cheap, but it's a popular gathering spot for small groups of Uptowners. Stop by for one good drink and decamp to the area's many dives.

Where to pick up crawfish:
In spring, score a few pounds of hot boiled crawfish from the unpretentious Big Fisherman Seafood to take to Audubon Park or the pocket park behind Breaux Mart.

You oughta know:
Magazine Street hosts several parades throughout the year, including some during Carnival and a raucous St. Patrick's Day procession each spring.



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