This nearly 4-mile, oak tree-lined street runs through a number of New Orleans’ most popular and historic districts, including its namesake, Carrollton, where you’ll find the famous St. Charles Streetcar, and Uptown, a residential area boasting picturesque 19th-century homes and parks. But it’s the blocks of Carrollton Avenue that run through Mid-City — the heart of New Orleans and home of the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival — that attract those looking for a real taste of the Crescent City.
- Kitchen Witch (1452 N. Broad St.) A cozy shop dedicated to rare and used cookbooks, it closed its French Quarter location last year and moved to the Seventh Ward, a short drive (or a medium walk) from Mid-City. The Cajun and Creole selection is impressive — but it doesn’t stop there. They even sell their own signature spice blend. http://kwcookbooks.com/
- Seasoned (1016 N. Broad St.) Billing itself as an “experienced” cookware shop, this unique destination for secondhand kitchen supplies makes the perfect companion to a Kitchen Witch trip. Talk technique with neighborhood cooks while browsing the gently used selection of modern and vintage pieces in a welcoming setting. http://free-the-food.com/
- Sopo (629 N. Carrollton Ave.) The name, short for “Southern posh,” also happens to be the Finnish word for cute. But the goods at this charming boutique, mostly handmade jewelry and bohemian dresses from Ace & Jig and Nieves Lavi, feel like they were pulled right out of Brooklyn. They also offer a charming selection of baby gear, handwoven throws and botanical-based beauty products. https://soponola.com/
- The Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave.) Friendly waiters in bow ties serve excellent, reliable diner fare into the wee hours at this local institution. It’s right on the border of the French Quarter as you head up the St. Charles Streetcar line to Mid-City.
- Angelo Brocato Ice Cream (214 N. Carrollton Ave.) This family-owned Italian sweet shop, which has been selling authentic gelato and desserts since 1905, is the perfect place to treat yourself to a decadent scoop. Though the store and the homes of the Brocato family were flooded during Hurricane Katrina and had to be evacuated, loyal customers lined up for the reopening in September 2006 and haven’t stopped since.