Magazine Street has become more popular than ever in New Orleans -- in great part because it was a commercial street that was spared the worst ravages of the hurricane. It runs parallel to the river -- an area that is one of the highest in town. In fact, the Magazine and the 10 or so streets that parallel it along the river have earned the monicker "the sliver on the river" because live goes mostly that same as before the hurricane (maybe a little busier).
It is mostly small shops -- antiques, boutiques, house furnishings etc. and small restaurants. A very popular place for a day of shopping and night of eating and visiting.
It cuts through several of the old towns that are now New Orleans: Carollton, Jefferson City.
Take a stroll. You'll find something to your fancy.