When you have the time to drive down either St. Charles, Prytania or Magazine, I'll opt for the coziness of Magazine. It's packed full of restaurants, stores and eye candy, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. Try Whole Foods for people watching and free samples. There are too many restaurants to pick one or two; try them all and it would still take you years. Leave the big trucks at home and opt for a motorcycle or small car. It's that close from the traffic lane to the parked cars.