A century ago, Canal Street was a swank retail hub for New Orleanians. The wide avenue, with its pronounced neutral ground, was home to fancy department stores like Maison Blanche and D. H. Holmes, places where ladies lunched and shopped for daywear and Mardi Gras gowns. Like so many downtown shopping streets, Canal Street floundered as shoppers hit the suburbs and the urban economy downturned. Save for the opening of the Shops at Canal Place in 1983, Canal Street lost its luster.
That’s changing. New hotels and restaurants, as well as branded retail, are transforming the street for the good. Of course, eating along Canal is also getting better. While the street has not entirely lost its grit, there is more to munch on than fast food and greasy burgers. This line up offers plenty of options, whether you are on Canal Street pre-parades, before a show at the Orpheum or Saenger, or out for a stroll. Note: the tragic and ongoing disaster at Canal and Rampart affects businesses in every direction. There’s no better time to support those folks who make their livelihood on this thoroughfare.
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