What’s on Conti Street – Prince Conti Hotel New Orleans
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Stroll through the French Quarter, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the colorful history of one of the nation’s oldest neighborhoods. The Vieux Carre’s stories are told by its architecture, its people and even its street names. Take Conti Street, for example. Connecting the Mississippi River and Rampart Street, it’s named for French royalty: a prince in the Bourbon family. Conti Street is a nod to the city’s multicultural history, and today, it’s home to restaurants, bars and other attractions. Here are just a few to check out.
Prince Conti Hotel (830 Conti St.)
The namesake of our hotel should be obvious to you now–and it should also make the address easy to remember. High ceilings, antique decor and courtyards contribute to the vintage New Orleans flavor, and the central French Quarter location makes it a great stepping-off point to any destination in the French Quarter. Don’t forget to stop in the adjoined Bombay Club for a classic martini, a perfectly cooked steak and live jazz,
Broussard’s (819 Conti St.)
This grande dame of Creole dining has been delighting New Orleanians with oysters Rockefeller, shrimp remoulade, trout almandine and other local delicacies since 1920. Don’t miss the weekend jazz brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. It’s a true taste of history.
Erin Rose (811 Conti St.)
A stone’s throw from the Irish Cultural Museum, you’ll find this dim, dog-friendly destination with Guinness on tap and the best frozen Irish coffee this side of Jackson Square. (The second-best Irish coffee is served at Molly’s at the Market, which is Erin Rose’s sister location.) If hunger strikes, be sure to hit up Killer Po-Boys, a po-boy pop-up situated in the rear of the bar. Bonus: There’s an ATM inside.
Oceana Grill (739 Conti St.)
Fresh Gulf seafood, Louisiana fare, a charming courtyard and a kitchen that’s open til 1 a.m. and offers delivery –these are just a few reasons to try Oceana Grill. It’s fine dining-caliber food without the pretension.
Latrobe’s (403 Royal St.)
Formerly the Louisiana State Bank, with the heavy safe, stonework and whisper dome to prove it, Latrobe’s is now a stunning events venue at the corner of Conti and Royal streets. It was built in 1822 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who also was the architect for the U.S. Capitol. Don’t pass by without taking a peek inside.
Sucre (622 Conti St.)
Lauded chef Tariq Hanna spearheads this confectionary shop/restaurant. Downstairs, you’ll find artisanal chocolates, pastel macarons, gelato and other confections. Upstairs, Salon by Sucre offers contemporary cuisine in a beautiful, marble-trimmed space. Sit on the balcony overlooking Conti Street for a visual feast. Not to be missed: afternoon high tea.
Deja Vu Bar & Grill (400 Dauphine St.)
At the corner of Conti and Dauphine street, you’ll find this 24-hour burger and breakfast joint. It’s home to some quintessential New Orleans characters. Plus, there are surprisingly few places to grab a bite at 4 a.m. For those times when hunger strikes, Deja Vu is a quick, easy solution.