24 hours – or so – in the neighborhood? Travel expert Jane Halbert Jones says, “It’s up to you!”
9 – 10 a.m.
Get your day started with what your mom says is the most important meal of the day. It’s hard to choose around here but you can’t go wrong with LaBrioche (1) or Brent’s (2). If it is a Saturday (after 9 a.m.), get to Sneaky Beans (3) for Byron’s famous biscuits and more.
10 a.m. – Noon
Walk around and check out Fondren Village (4) where you can pop in Zoubir Tabout-European Antiques & Accessories or Blithe & Vine. Meander your way up to Woodland Hills (5) Shopping Center for that little block of shops, including Interiors Market, where you will find different booths under one roof.
Make sure you keep making the block and head toward The Beacon (6). They’re the new kids with a cool mix of creative supplies and a general store of sorts, too (vintage and new). If you have time, walk down to the Orange Peel (7) on Mitchell Avenue and have a look around this eclectic consignment store. Grab a nitro coffee from Cups (8) afterward.
Noon – 1 p.m.
Before you get into town, look up William Wallace Salon (9) or SMoak Salon (10). Guys, treat yourself to a clean shave and trim. Ladies, make that hair toss and get a blowout from one of these talented stylists. Call a day or two before for these services.
1 – 3:00 p.m.
I love a later lunch, especially if I had a good breakfast! May I suggest for lunch and dinner… go to more than one place. Fondren is a great neighborhood to get a bit of everything – a food & drink exploration! Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (11), Green Ghost Tacos (12), Barrelhouse (13), Saltine (14), Walker’s Drive-In (15), Sal & Mookie’s (16), The Pig & Pint (17), Rooster’s (18) – and more. Wherever you go, do not get dessert in the same place. When you are finished eating, get to Campbell’s Bakery (19) for dessert. You can’t go wrong with a sweet treat there. My favorite is the petit four.
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
You may need a little caffeine boost and a comfy chair. Get in your car or Lyft over to Banner Hall (20). First stop, Broad Street Baking Company where you can get a coffee or espresso. Then it’s upstairs to one of the best bookstores in Mississippi, Lemuria. Talk to the informed and well-versed staff about good Southern reads and chill in a comfortable chair outside the store, flipping through a tome about Jackson or Mississippi.
7 – 8:00 p.m.
If it’s a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday try your hand(s) at a Beginner Salsa lesson at Salsa Mississippi (21). Work up an appetite then take your pick of places to go. If it’s a Saturday, go eat first then dance some of those calories off.
4:45 – 6:30 p.m.
8:15 – 10:30 p.m.
Then, wander over to Duling Hall (24) (it’s the middle of the old school where both restaurants are located). Or see what’s going on at The Flamingo (25) on North State Street. Both offer great live music.
11:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Jane Halbert Jones’s travel company, More Than a Tourist, llc is a full on travel planning for anywhere in the world any time of year. She also focuses on trips, tours and itineraries in and around the Jackson area plus Mississippi. Visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.