Full of the feminine mystique, from the great voodoo queen Marie Laveau to Baroness Micaela Pontalba, the savvy aristocrat who built Jackson Square’s historic Pontalba buildings, the French Quarter is an ideal setting for spending time with women you love. Whether you’re a mother-daughter duo or traveling with a group of friends, the Prince Conti Hotel is a terrific launching pad for spending a delightful day in the company of women.
Start Your Day at Café Conti
You don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy one of the Quarter’s most delicious breakfasts/brunches. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cafe Conti offers an extensive menu of crepes, from savory (crab and brie) to sweet (peaches and cream), along with brunch bites like Benedict of the Day and ham and brie baguettes.
Shopping in the French Quarter runs a long gamut of opportunities: from high-end chain retail at The Shops at Canal Place to magical spell components at a voodoo-for-tourists shop located down a small back alleyway (Voodoo Authentica). You’ll find just about every version of retail therapy in the Quarter. So, hit the streets and check out the boutiques lining up on Chartres Street, or try on wigs at Fifi Mahony’s. Another must-shop destination: Trashy Diva, a motherlode of original vintage-inspired designs that flatter every body size and shape.
Enjoy Happy Hour at Hermes Bar Antoine’s
You’ll feel like a grande dame sipping house cocktails and wine at the Hermes Bar. Adjacent to the legendary Antoine’s restaurant, this elegant enclave is lined with glass cases of Mardi Gras memorabilia dating back to the late 19th century. To complete the experience, order the house specialty: Oysters Rockefeller, originated by Antoine’s in 1889.
Get Your Fortune Told at Jackson Square
Head to Jackson Square, where a whole army of colorfully-clad soothsayers can divine your future with tarot cards, bones, runes, and other divinatory tools. The experience is always entertaining, especially with girlfriends.
Have Dinner at Muriel’s Jackson Square
Nearly destroyed in the Good Friday fire of 1788 and later rebuilt as a grand private home, Muriel’s Jackson Square has been restored to its mid-1800s glory and opened to the public in 2001. Start out with a house Bloody Mary or martini and dig into New Orleans classics like gumbo and pain perdu bread pudding.
Cap Your Day in Style at The Bombay Club
You’ll want to deck yourself out in style for drinks, dinner and jazz at one of the Quarter’s hidden gems. So take plenty of time to primp in your room before heading down to The Bombay Club. Tucked away at the back of the Prince Conti Hotel, this chic restaurant and lounge is stocked with top-shelf spirits and boasts the most extensive martini menu in town.
Cajun meets Brit in a creative menu with dishes like fish and chips, and alligator sausage and duck confit gumbo. Stick around for live jazz performed nightly by some of New Orleans’ top jazz combos and cabaret artists. Then hit the hay or hit the streets, depending on how the spirit moves you.