Christy's Guide to New Orleans


I don't have a sweet tooth, I prefer to "drink" my dessert as a glass of wine or an aperitif. Since Katrina there's been an explosion of gelatorias to supplement the more uniquely New Orleans sweets, Sno-Ball, pralines and beignets.

Angelo Brocato Ice Cream - 214 N Carrollton Ave. (Mid-City)- This place is an institution. Italian ice cream, ices and gelato plus dozens of cookies.

La Divina Gelateria - 621 St. Peter St. (French Quarter), 621 St. Peter Street (Uptown in Loyola University)

Sucre - 622 Conti (French Quarter), 3025 Magazine St. (Uptown)- "artisan" sweets. The beautiful shop will blow your mind.

Sno Wizard Sno Ball Stand - 4001 Magazine St. (Uptown)

Hansen's Sno-Blitz - 4801 Tchoupitoulas St. (Uptown)

Tee-Eva's - 5200 Magazine Street (Uptown)- Pralines and pies

Aunt Sally's - 1 Decatur St. (French Quarter), 750 St. Charles Ave, (Uptown) Watch pralines being made at the French Quarter location.

Café du Monde 800 Decatur Street (French Quarter). Beignets made to order. Wash them down with a hot cup of Café au lait. Open 24 hours a day.

An important part of New Orleans culinary culture and a blessing on a hot summer day, here's a history of the sno-ball.

Local's hint: There are shops all over the French Quarter and French Market that sell pralines and other New Orleans goodies you might want to pick up as gifts or to take home. If you want to save a few bucks, buy your pralines, New Orleans coffee, hot sauces, Beignet mixes, etc. at a local grocery store.

Christy's Guide to New Orleans

Overview, weather, getting around, etc. | City regions defined | Fun stuff | Art and culture | The dark side | Kids and kids at heart | Dine like a local | Bars and clubs | Live music | For java heads | For the sweet tooth | For dogs and their owners

Updated: July 4, 2015