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For visitors and locals alike, a hop across the Mississippi into Algiers Point promises an array of lazy and lovely sights and experiences. Threats to the future of the historic Algiers Ferry, which runs from the foot of Canal Street (check www.dotd.la.gov/ferry for times), had New Orleans residents on both sides of the river biting their nails this past summer, but happily the ferry is still in service, even though it does now have reduced hours and a fee both ways. Regarless, it remains a crucial mode of transportation for Algiers Point residents and one of the best ways to start a day trip within the city. Bring your bike to enjoy the new levee bike path, or see all the sights in one afternoon a piedi.

TAKE A WALK
Strolling around sleepy Algiers Point is both inspiring and relaxing — a perfect combination for a Saturday afternoon. Book a historic walking tour with Algiers Point Tours (offered daily, algierspointtours.com) — they’ll even escort you from Canal Street! — or take one of three self-guided strolls available (free) at algiershistoricalsociety.org.

Old Point Bar / Photo by Cheryl Gerber

The Ferry / Photo by Cheryl Gerber

The Levee / Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Lamps / Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Barber Shop

View of Jackson Square / Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Toute de Suite / Photo by Cheryl Gerber

READ A BOOK
The $1.3 million restoration of the handsome 106-year-old Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch Library (725 Pelican Ave.) last summer is the result of passionate advocacy by neighbors who feared the permanent loss of the community center afterits revitalization was left out of the master plan for New Orleans’ libraries following Hurricane Katrina. This 20,000-volume facility now shines with its original glory and offers activities for all ages.

SHOP LOCAL
A sparkling array of blownglass vases, lights, sculptures and more awaits visitors to the Rosetree Glass Studio (446 Vallette St.), housed in a fabulous Art Deco-style former movie theater. Local artist and shop owner Mark Rosenbaum brings an unusually diverse background in glass blowing, glass casting, ceramics and jewelry to his art, resulting in impressive, one-of-a-
kind pieces. You can even watch the master in action.

Here it is, that quintessentially charming neighborhood cafe where you've always dreamed of sipping coffee.

PERK UP
Here it is, that quintessentially charming neighborhood café where you’ve always dreamed of sipping coffee:

Tout de Suite (347 Verret St.), located in an old New Orleans corner store, has outdoor tables with checkered cloths, potted palms and delicious treats to both drink and eat. Serving breakfast, lunch and brunch (days and times vary, check toutdesuitecafe.com for more info), Tout De Suite is the perfect place to cool down on your walking tour, meet old friends or make new ones.

WIND DOWN
Talk about the perfect date spot — tourists may walk right past Vine & Dine Wine Bar and Bistro (141 Delaronde St.), but locals know that the ambience and offerings inside ooze charm. A pleasing array of antipastos and pizzas is exceeded by an impressive wine list; house wines are half off weekdays between 4 and 6 p.m.

ENJOY THE BREEZE
Riding the ferry is just the start — there are many spots to enjoy the sounds and breezes off the Mississippi River in Algiers Point. Two of the best bets are the Old Point Bar (545 Patterson St.), which features great live music just steps away from the ferry landing, and the Dry Dock Café & Bar (133 Delaronde St.), where day-trippers can have a beer and eat fresh fried seatfood from their outdoor seats with a levee view.

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