New Orleans for Luxury Travelers

It may seem as though New Orleans is all about crawfish boils and tailgating barbecues, but look in just about any local’s closet and you’ll likely spot shrimp boots and Saints jerseys sharing space with tuxedos and ball gowns. Sure, we dance in the mud at Jazzfest and crack crabs with bare hands; still, we count the nation’s first opera house and many of its oldest fine-dining establishments.

Here, we grab a po’boy or dive into a plate of red beans and rice with little thought to how lucky we are to be afforded such luxuries. But where can one truly indulge in champagne wishes and caviar dreams in the Crescent City? Prepare for some Southern swank.


The legendary establishment continues more than seven decades of tradition with long-popular classics (turtle soup, eggs Hussarde, bananas Foster) coupled with fresh, contemporary takes on Creole cuisine. B, L, D (daily). 

M.S. Rau Antiques

This third-generation family business is one of the nation’s oldest dealing in 19th-century antiques. M.S. Rau is known for its American, French and English furniture, fine silver, glass, porcelain, clocks, watches and quality jewelry.

The Shops at Canal Place

Canal Place features some of the world’s finest retailers in an elegant setting. Stores include Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, lululemon and Brooks Brothers, as well as local retailers.

Longue Vue House & Gardens

Designated a National Historic Landmark, this 1939 Classical Revival home is modeled after an English country estate, with eight acres of gardens to explore. Guided tours available daily. Open M-Sa, 10 am-5 pm; Su, 1-5 pm.

Waldorf Astoria Spa

This luxe spa offers 10 private treatment rooms and a full menu of body treatments and services, including indulgent therapies that incorporate French clay, roses and water lilies. Located on the first floor of the Roosevelt Hotel.

Restaurant R'evolution

Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto are the tour de force behind this elegant-yet-relaxed fine dining venue. The rooms are gorgeously appointed and finely detailed (Limoges china, purse stools), while the menu is made up of modern reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Swamp chic, city sleek.

Patrick's Bar Vin

Krewe of Cork founder and all-around grape guy Patrick Van Hoorebeek’s namesake wine bar offers dozens of vintages by the glass and even more by the bottle. Cocktails, cheeses and charcuterie are also served.