Market, Candy Store, American, $$$
Rumor has it that Southern Candymakers’ original pralines were listed on the Best of the U.S.A. list by Bon Appetit. That’s not something to scoff at. Southern Candymakers is proud of its NOLA-styled pralines, and it lets everyone know it. Opened over 25 years ago, this family-owned store has two downtown locations: one located on Decatur Street, open daily from 9am to 7pm, and the other inside the historic French Market, open daily from 9am to 6pm. Its must-have handcrafted confections, which range from pralines and toffees to caramels and chocolates, include the original assortment of creamy, chocolate, rum, sweet potato, peanut butter, or coconut pralines. The best thing about these tasty treats? They’re hand-scooped, cooled on a marble slab, then sealed to ship the day they’re made. It doesn’t get much fresher than that. Be sure to bring an appetite while visiting the candy shop as it also serves a variety of must-try delicious sweets like chocolate pecan fudge, glazed pecans, cashew brittle, and white chocolate macadamia toffee. Drooling yet?