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A Perfect Day in New Orleans: Mackie Shilstone's Itinerary

The fitness guru takes us on a full-day itinerary that even includes a stop at a charming Crescent City sweets shop

We asked New Orleans' fitness guru Mackie Shilstone to take us through the paces of his idea of an ideal day in the Crescent City. Put on a good pair of walking shoes and follow his lead.

9 am: Breakfast of champions
"There’s a place called the Broken Egg Café that just opened right by my GNC store on Magazine Street. You can tell them, 'I want egg whites, whatever.' But here’s the irony: The people who own it, also own the most successful Ruth’s Chris steakhouse franchise, which isn’t in New Orleans [where Ruth’s originated] but in Indianapolis!"

10 am: Animal attraction
"The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Insectarium are great fun—walk there."

Audubon Aquarium's white alligator
The Audubon Aquarium (©Jeff Strout/Audubon Nature Institute)

Noon: Aububon Clubhouse and Zoo
"Then take the St. Charles streetcar, walk through Audubon Park and have lunch at the Audubon Clubhouse. It’s a beautiful space looking out over the oak trees and the top of Loyola University’s cathedral. Then go visit the zoo."

Audubon Clubhouse
Audubon Clubhouse (©Audubon Nature Institute)

3 pm: Riverbend and Magazine Street
"Get back on the streetcar and swing around to the Carrollton area, getting off periodically to walk around. Then move on to Magazine Street to check out the shops and art galleries."

Shopping Magazine Street in New Orleans.
Work up a sweat shopping Magazine Street. (©NewOrleansOnline.com)

6 pm: Dinner and a show
"I like Dominique’s and Byblos, but Magazine Street offers a slew of great places to pick from for dinner. You can literally walk from Napoleon all the way past Jackson, and come up with some amazing restaurants, even—and this coming out of my mouth might seem hard to believe—[the sweets shop] Sucré. Afterward, Frenchmen Street in the Marigny has a number of great music clubs, but there are great jazz clubs worth seeking out all over city."

Glen David Andrews at the Three Muses
The Three Muses on Frenchmen Street (©Three Muses)