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New Orleans, Louisiana

Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets in New Orleans. It is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnival to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. It is a city going through a kind of rebirth after the destruction of Katrina, reconstructing whole neighbourhoods, but it has lost none of its charm, its spark, its magic, its people's inextinguishable joie-de-vivre, none of what makes it a unique city in the United States and in the world. Steeped in cultural references, first-time visitors will feel somehow familiar with the city, and never want to leave.

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New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau
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The City

History leaks from every corner, brick, and building in New Orleans. The Crescent City has undergone transformation upon transformation to become the hub of tourism and culture it is today.

With a history of Spanish and French dominance, European influence is still seen along most of the architecture in the French Quarter, from the courtyards to the multi-storied buildings. Historically, thousands of Americans, Germans, Sicilians, Irish and Haitians have made New Orleans their home, and this melting pot of cultural differences often reached boiling points. The Americans therefore settled in what is now known as the Central Business District, seeking reprieve from the tense proximity to the Creoles of the French Quarter. Interestingly, city medians are still referred to as "neutral grounds," referencing the Canal Street median that was used as a neutral business point for Americans and Creoles. It seems natural that "New Orleans" and "culture" are uttered in the same breath, as the city is awash with passion, verve, and history.

Nicknamed "The Big Easy" possibly to contrast life in New Orleans against that of the hustle and bustle of "The Big Apple," New Orleans has not strayed from its tranquil persona. The multitudes of parks, preserves, bayous, and waterways make New Orleans a natural, relaxing escape for both locals and visitors. Cozy cafés and restaurants are always ready to serve a friendly beignet and café au lait, and live jazz is always the theme of the night.

Events

Immerse yourself in Louisiana’s musical, culinary and cultural heritage at one of more than 400 festivals celebrating everything from crawfish to cotton and Blues to barbecue. Don’t miss the biggest festival of all, Mardi Gras, with its spectacle of parades, music and food events, held in nearly every community in the state.
Mardi Gras (January-February)
Mardi Gras isn't just a single day – Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent – but a nearly entire month of festivities. It all starts on Twelfth Night, January 6, when the city becomes obsessed with eating, costuming, bead-tossing and parading, which all increase in intensity as Ash Wednesday nears. All weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday see parades roll all over town. Bands, marching groups, oats, and costumed riders toss beads and other accessories to the crowds. The celebration is also child-friendly: the Uptown parade route and suburban parades are entirely family oriented.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April-May)
The annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (also known as Jazz Fest) is a 10-day celebration of the city and state's music tradition, second in importance if only to the famed Mardi Gras. Bands and performers from all across the country gather in New Orleans to play music essential to the making of Louisiana art scene, from Cajun music to blues, Afro-Caribbean, zydeco, and, of course, jazz.
French Quarter Festival (April)
Another noteworthy music festival is the French Quarter Festival, a celebration of New Orleans music running annually since its inauguration in 1983. Music genres represented include blues, jazz, zydeco and others. Attendance is free of charge.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May)
The grand-scale Wine & Food Experience sees thousands of culinary experts and gourmands gather at various restaurants and venues across New Orleans to savor some of the state's finest cuisine. Wine tasting events are held, too, showcasing hundreds of fine wines from all across the world.
COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month (August)
Good food is at the heart of the city's inextinguishable joie-de-vivre, and there hardly is a better month than August to explore all the New Orleans culinary scene has to offer. Throughout the whole month, diners are welcome to pay a visit to one of over 50 participating restaurants and enjoy a set-menu lunch or dinner at a special price.
Satchmo SummerFest (August)
The annual Satchmo SummerFest aims to commemorate the legendary Louis Armstrong by putting on a splendid jazz festival that coincides with the great artist's birthday, August 4. Jazz performances take place across multiple stages at the Old US Mint.
Louisiana Seafood Festival (September)
Visitors to the Louisiana Seafood Festival will get the chance to savor fine seafood caught in local waters over three days of live music, celebrity chef appearances, Arts Village fairs, and, of course, spectacular cooking. Festival proceeds serve to support hospitality entrepreneurs in the local community via the non-profit Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
VooDoo Music + Arts Experience (October)
The Halloween weekend extravaganza of VooDoo brings together live music, culinary offerings from the region, art installations and shopping in a fiery three-day escapade featuring over 65 performing bands, attracting hundreds of music lovers every year.
Christmas New Orleans Style (December)
Christmas is a very special time in New Orleans, a time when carols and live jazz resound in the air, all to welcome Louisiana's Santa Claus known as as Papa Noël, who travels by an alligator-pulled boat rather than a sleigh dashing through the snow. Take the opportunity to savor a four-course Réveillon Dinner and soak up the festive atmosphere underneath the lit up centuries-old oaks of the City Park.

Do & See

New Orleans has the uncanny ability to combine fun and excitement with its endless historical elements. Mardi Gras attracts millions of people each year, and the city's famed streets and districts will ll your itinerary. The sounds of jazz seem to follow you everywhere, and so do the welcoming, wide smiles of the New Orleanians.
Mardi Gras Carnival
Mardi Gras and Carnival have long been the marquee events in New Orleans, dating back to the first parade in 1827. Attracting thousands of people each year, the festivities trace their origins to the French (Mardi Gras being a bastardization of the French for "Fat Tuesday"). Carnival takes place in the early weeks of the season, signaled in with Bacchus-level balls that are invitation-only and serve to celebrate each krewe (private club) and the new debutantes. The final weeks lead up to Mardi Gras and feature the familiar street parades.
St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans' most notable landmarks. Overlooking Jackson Square, this beautiful cathedral is majestic with its painted ceilings and stained glass windows. You can get an impromptu tour from a volunteer or buy a self-guided brochure.
New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA)
Created in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) originally had only nine pieces on display. Today, it houses over 40,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other objects. NOMA is well known for its collections of French, Japanese, African, and American art, photography, and glass. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a phenomenal five-acre attraction that has some of America's most important and treasured sculptural pieces. The collection is outside under a canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter is bursting at the seams with attractions and opportunities for fun-filled days. World famous Bourbon Street is located here, providing a plethora of nightlife activity from live music and jazz to hand grenades at Tropical Isle. Harrah's Casino will be sure to test your luck, and dining in the French Quarter spans Cajun, seafood, Creole, and other cuisines to explore.
Jackson Square
This beautiful park is the heart of historic New Orleans. Surrounded by important and extremely photogenic buildings (including St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo), the street life around the park is magnetic. Painters and cartoonists peddle their works and local musicians and artists fill the air with culture and magic.
New Orleans Streetcars
New Orleans' historic streetcars are not only a great way to get around town, they are an attraction in and of themselves. Six vintage streetcars (NOT trolleys) are currently in operation, dating from the 1920s, running along three lines, and they are understandably beloved by locals and tourists alike.
City Park
This immense green refuge from the city just 2 miles from the French Quarter contains numerous museums, lakes, fountains, sports facilities (including a golf course), an amusement park and the world's largest collection of oaks. It is a favourite among runners, bikers, picnickers and those looking for a bit of boating on the lakes. Many events and concerts are held here, as well as an Easter egg hunt and the Celebration in the Oaks.
Canal Street
The legendary Canal Street is often referred to as New Orleans' "Main Street." Utilized as the point of origin for any tour of the Crescent City, scenic and historic sights are never far away. Many of the street's historic buildings are now home to up-scale hotels like the Ritz Carlton, and the Shops at Canal Place feature household brand names. Canal Street hosts parades during Mardi Gras and puts on stunning lighting displays during Christmas, making it a primary destination for many travelers.
Garden District
Christened the "Garden District" for its picturesque gardens, canopies of live oaks, and serene vistas, visitors may find peace and relaxation with a stroll through the neighborhood. Historic, grandiose mansions and homes lining the Garden District streets attract both visitors and New Orleanians. Coliseum Square and Magazine Street are also favorites for travelers.
The National WWII Museum
Ordained as America’s National WWII Museum by Congress, the Museum is a must-see for locals, visitors, and citizens in general. The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion displays artifacts of the war and D-Day, Home Front and the Pacific Theater. Watch Tom Hanks' exclusive production "Beyond All Boundaries" in the 4-D Solomon Victory Theater. The Stage Door Canteen glistens with music and entertainment of the era, and the American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop provide dining by Chef John Besh.
New Orleans School of Cooking
If you want to learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking, you should head over to this New Orleans School of Cooking. The classes are taught by well-known local chefs in a fun and entertaining way. You will be treated to a wide range of local classics such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Corn Crab Bisque and Pralines.
Louisiana Children's Museum
Louisiana Children's Museum has been one of the city’s premier attractions for children since 1986. The museum has 147,000 visitors per year. Children and families engage in interactive fun, and it can be a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids.
Audubon Zoo
Located in beautiful uptown New Orleans, the Audubon Zoo engages guests with animals from around the world. The zoo features natural habitats, like the Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle, and lavish gardens. The elephant and sea lion presentations are phenomenal. Guests are also invited to see treasures of the animal kingdom like the Amur leopards, endangered whooping cranes, orangutans, the white tiger, and the elusive white alligators.
Audubon Aquarium Of The Americas
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is adjacent to the French Quarter, right on the Mississippi River, which adds to the Aquarium's intrinsically inspiring aura. It displays, among other things, a vibrant world of Caribbean coral reef with a walk-through tunnel, sea otters and penguins engaging in play, and a 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit which allows you to visit the gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays. Guests are even encouraged to feed the parakeets, and get up close and personal with a sting ray.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park And Preserve
The Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve is the perfect attraction for those wishing to immerse themselves in rich Cajun traditions and the bayou's natural wonders. During the War of 1812, Lafitte, known as the "Gentleman Pirate of New Orleans," joined with General Andrew Jackson to protect New Orleans from the British. Visitors are also invited to explore the Chalmette battle site.
The Cabildo
The Cabildo originally served as home to the city council under Spanish rule. Now marking the beginning of the Louisiana State Museum, the Cabildo offers group tours that explore Louisiana's extensive history, from early European settlers to the Civil War.
New Orleans Ferries
The New Orleans ferries are a fantastic way to tour the city and gain splendid waterfront views. The ferry system has a high volume of ridership, being the fourth largest in the nation. Over two million annual trips are made on the Canal Street ferry alone. Moreover, the fact that there is no charge for pedestrians makes ferry rides that much more appealing.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Home to the championship New Orleans Saints and the Tulane University Green Wave, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is one of the nation's largest stadiums. Aside from football, the Superdome serves as a venue for world class concerts, conventions and exhibits. Seven Super Bowls have been held here, and it is also the location for college football's Sugar Bowl.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The art in this museum isn't just Southern in origin, it is Southern in theme and includes 4,000 paintings, sculptures and photographs from 15 Southern states from the last 3 centuries. On Thursday evenings it also hosts Ogden After Hours, which includes live music and other events. The rooftop terrace also offers great views of the area.
Backstreet Cultural Museum
This museum celebrates New Orleans street culture and Mardi Gras history. It features a collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes and plenty of musical artifacts. You can explore New Orleans' art and cultural heritage by attending collections, exhibitions, music and dance performances.

Excursions

In Louisiana, you’ll find a lively and unforgettable melting pot of cultures and cuisines. People around the world are drawn to Louisiana to enjoy flavorful Cajun and Creole dishes and then dance the night away in the birthplace of American Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco music. With countless opportunities for fishing, biking, birding, paddling and golfing, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all who love the outdoors.
Bayou Lafourche
Just 45 minutes from New Orleans, leave your cares behind and experience the bayou life. Enjoy world-renowned Cajun cooking and beautiful bayou waterways. Find warm hospitality, museums, historic sites and outdoor adventures including swamp tours and fishing.
Lafayette
Named the "happiest city in America" by the Wall Street Journal and the "Tastiest Town of the South" by Southern Living, Lafayette is the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole country. Enjoy its welcoming people and distinctive blend of food, music and culture.
New Orleans Northshore
Discover quirky towns with great shopping, restaurants and B&Bs. Hike or bike 30 miles on the Tammany Trace. Explore endless acres of wildlife preserve with great fishing, kayaking and birding. This area is close to New Orleans, historic plantations and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Lake Charles
Take a journey into 'Louisiana's Outback' on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road to spot some of the 400 bird species that live or visit here. Enjoy golf and festivals year-round. Dine on fresh seafood. Pamper yourself at a spa. And try your luck, or just relax, at one of four world-class casino resorts.
Baton Rouge
Taste delicious Louisiana cuisine at longtime local dives and restaurants highlighting new takes on classic Southern fare. Experience jazz, zydeco and swamp pop at live performances. Enjoy the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and other fun events. Shop tax-free at the Mall of Louisiana and Tanger Outlets.
Houma
In Louisiana’s Bayou Country, discover the love for life that’s ingrained in the local authentic Cajun culture, from its rich food traditions to its toe-tapping music. Local tour companies showcase wetlands, plantation homes, historic sites and local culture. Fun festivals take place year-round.

Dining

Much of the Crescent City's appeal lies in its fantastic cuisine. Southern, Cajun, Creole, and French fares are the most common, and each restaurant puts its own spin on these traditional favorites, making the dining experience from one venue to another completely unique.
Boucherie
Inspired by the heritage and culture of Southern cooking, Boucherie shares the spirit of traditional New Orleans festivals and familial celebrations known as "boucheries." The meats are all smoked, cured, and aged in house, and the seafood and grains are purchased locally. Chef Nathaniel Zimet is a certified winner of Food Network's "Chopped."
Acme Oyster House
The unavoidable long lines are well worth putting up with at this French Quarter eatery. Legendary among tourists and locals, Acme serves up some the city's best local specialties in its toned down, no-frills location. On the menu: Guld oysters, a variety of po'boys and red beans with rice.
Antoine's Restaurant
Fine dining is at its best at Antoine's Restaurant. It is the oldest family run restaurant in the United States and features delicious food for lunch and dinner every day. Their menu features French and Creole fare. Oysters Rockefeller, eggs Sardou, and Pommes de Terre souffles make dining at Antoine's a unique and delicious experience.
Company Burger
The burgers here lack some of the staples people might miss (lettuce and tomato), but Company makes up for it by adding homemade condiments such as basil mayonnaise or Creole honey mustard, making these burgers something truly special and truly New Orleans. You can also get turkey or lamb burgers, if beef isn't your thing. There are no wrong choices here.
GW Fins
As the French Quarter's destination for premium seafood, GW Fins serves all of its fare at the seasonal peak. Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse, GW Fins contains 210 dining seats, beautiful graduated ceilings, and grand windows with a great over the French Quarter. The dress code is "dressy casual," and it is asked of gentlemen to wear collared shirts.
Commander’s Palace
With a garment of turquoise and white turrets and columns, Commander's Palace is the Victorian gem of the Garden District. The cuisine is a delightful marriage of haute Creole and modern American fare, from meats and seafood to fruits and vegetables. Commander's Palace is proud to declare that 90% of their ingredients come from within 100 miles of the restaurant. Shorts and t-shirts are not allowed and jackets are required for dinner. Men must have closed-toe shoes.
Restaurant August
Restaurant August is the brainchild of famed chef John Besh. Located in the historic French-Creole building in the Central Business District, Restaurant August features fresh, contemporary French cuisine with a nod to Besh's southern Louisiana roots. Warm hardwood floors, mahogany paneling, gallant columns, and antique mirrors give the interior a touch of majesty. There are three dining rooms and a two-story wine room.
Upperline
Make a swift getaway on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar and find Upperline. The celebrated restaurant makes its home in a stately 1877 townhouse and has garnered accolade upon accolade from local and national publications. Dinners are served in three courses. An example selection would be turtle soup, followed by slow roasted quarter duckling, and completed with Thomas Jefferson’s crème brûlée. Owner JoAnn Clevenger sought to have a haven for her guests when she created Upperline, and their Creole hospitality never falters in making this dream come true.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill
Consistently praised for their excellent food, service, atmosphere, and value, Zea Rotisserie & Grill serves "inspired American" cuisine. Succulent appetizers, scintillating soups, sandwiches, salads, fresh seafood, and rotisserie platters of the day alight the menu.
Clancy’s Restaurant
Formerly a neighborhood bar, Clancy's evolved in 1983 to become the fine dining establishment it is today. It is one of New Orleans' top suppliers of classic Creole cuisine. Clancy's has an impressive wine cellar. Fried oysters with brie and grilled lamb chops Webster are just two items to be found on the menu.
Bennachin Restaurant
Drawing from its origins in Gambia and Cameroon, Bennachin is a taste of original African cuisine right in New Orleans. The Jama Jama, a dish of spinach sautéed in vegetable oil, ginger, onion, and garlic, is a citywide favorite. The food is all fresh and prepared with the healthiest ingredients. Alcoholic beverages are not sold at Bennachin, but they allow guests to bring their own.
Hoshun Restaurant
A delicious combination of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and South Asian cuisine, Hoshun Restaurant is New Orleans' premier destination for crafted dishes in an elegant ambiance. Try the Hunan steak or Vietnamese spring rolls; they won't disappoint. Stop by for happy hour!
Mr. John’s Steakhouse
Come to Mr. John's Steakhouse, where all dishes are USDA prime. The steakhouse is an eclectic mix of New Orleans-style steak and Italian cuisine, serving entrees, soups, salads, appetizers, steaks etc. Its location on the upscale St. Charles Avenue lends to the experience of fine dining.
Cochon
Boasting authentic Southern Cajun cuisine, Cochon utilizes locally grown pork, seafood, and produce to stay true to New Orleans fare. The chefs wield traditional preparation and cooking methods. Cochon sits comfortably in a renovated warehouse to give guests a modern hometown feel.
Bayona
Goat cheese crouton with mushrooms in Madeira cream, Caribbean pumpkin soup with coconut, or smoked duck sandwich with cashew peanut butter and pepper jelly. These are just three of the tantalizing "New World" cuisine options available at Bayona, one of the most progressive restaurants in New Orleans, located in a 19th-century Creole cottage. And for dessert, how about chocolate-bourbon panna cotta or mango cheesecake flan with pistachio crust?
Ancora
This welcoming, friendly pizzeria fast-bakes its pies in an 800°F oven brought all the way from Naples, and the dough used also follows the Neapolitan fashion. The pizzas here, in short, are very authentic and simply delicious. Other alternatives tend to center around cured meats and are also well worth a try.
Bourbon House
Another prime seafood restaurant, Bourbon House focuses on local and seasonal food, and is home to some of the freshest Louisiana oysters, served either straight up or topped with champagne mignonette and Cajun caviar. The menu mixes classic New Orleans Creole dishes with new innovative combinations, and the location, overlooking Bourbon Street, is right in the heart of the party.
Broussard's
Broussard's is one of the many places to host live jazz brunches on Sundays, but there is no wrong time to come. Dishes include blackened crab cakes with Creole mustard sauce, pecan-crusted jumbo Gulf shrimp, and slow-roasted half pheasant, among many other mesmerizing options. Be sure to get a table in the wonderful courtyard.
Chiba
The creative rolls and chic ambiance are enough to draw the crowds to this Oak Street sushi bar, but another huge reason to come is due to the "Funk n' Roll" happy hour that takes place on Wednesdays from 4 to 6pm, when you can get rolls and steamed buns for next to nothing.
Dante's Kitchen
Dante's kitchen is quite simply one of the best restaurants in the city. Some of the very adventurous specialties are duck breast served with kumquats and pickled hot-pepper sauce, pork with Brie-and-pastrami mac and the famous "chicken roasted under a brick," which takes a good 40 minutes to prepare, but is well worth the wait. The best seats in the house are on the outdoor patio, a favorite place to have, you guessed it, Sunday brunch.

Cafés

Boasting of style, character, quality, and history, the cafés of New Orleans never cease to satiate even the most distinguished palates. Traditional French beignets are freshly baked at the famous Café du Monde, and chicory coffee is brewed daily. No matter where you go, you'll find delicious food around every corner.
Café Du Monde
Standing proudly as one of New Orleans' original and lasting treasures since 1862, Café Du Monde is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to fulfill all your desires for fine coffee and pastries. Its menu is rife with all the condiments of a traditional coffee house: dark roasted coffee and chicory, pastries, and freshly squeezed juices. Naturally, most people come for the famous beignets, which are made true to French-style doughnuts. The most frequented location is the French Market Café Du Monde, but there are also seven other locations in the New Orleans area, so visit the website to find the nearest one to you!
Napoleon House
The history of Napoleon House is as fascinating as its food. The building was originally owned by Nicholas Girod, the mayor of New Orleans between 1812 and 1815. During this time, Girod offered his home to Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile. Though the French leader never arrived, he remained the namesake of the café. The Napoleon House has since become a nationally renowned bar and café, serving soups, sandwiches, salads, gumbo, and jambalaya.
Jacques-Imo's Café
The creation of French-Italian chef Jacques Leonardi, Jacques-Imo’s Café is a favorite for authentic "Nawlins" cuisine. The café invites guests to come early and stay late for delicious dishes, like the duck and andouille sausage gumbo, crab meat stuffed shrimp, and blackened redfish with crab-chili hollandaise. The atmosphere is welcoming and whimsical for friends and family. Parties of four or under are seated on a first come, first serve basis; for parties of five or more, reservations are recommended.
Café Amelie
Café Amelie seems to have been born from the pages of a fairytale rather than reality. It is clear New Orleans locals feel the same way, for the café is consistently used as a venue for weddings and private special events. Possessing one of the most picturesque and intimate courtyards in the French Quarter, Café Amelie offers al fresco and interior dining.
Ernst Café
Nestled in the historic warehouse district, Ernst Café has been serving generations of New Orleans locals and visitors good food and great times. Come for the "Ernster" sandwich or crawfish étouffée with rice for lunch, and finish your meal with the homemade bread pudding for dessert. Ernst Café has been serving New Orleans since 1902.
The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant
The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant has a heritage of serving spectacular breakfasts since its establishment in 1894. They have been featured on Food Network for their eclectic menu and delicious dishes. The Eggs Jonathan is the best selling dish, featuring an English muffin garnished with poached eggs, sliced ham, and creole tomatoes, accompanied by the cafe's signature hollandaise sauce. The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant is open for lunch or dinner.
Atchafalaya
The cuisine is as elaborate as the name! Atchafalaya serves ornate, contemporary Creole and Cajun dishes. In addition to hand-crafted cocktails, Atchafalaya also has a "Bloody Mary Bar" and live music during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Much like its dishes, the restaurant's setting is warm and florid with unique color palettes and designs. Atchafalaya is also New Orleans’ only five “A” restaurant.
Mr. B’s Bistro
Mr. B's Bistro is New Orleans' gourmet bistro, serving French Quarter Creole dishes made with the freshest, local ingredients. Favorites include the gumbo Ya Ya, barbecued shrimp, and bread pudding. Mr. B's has lunch, dinner, and dessert menus, along with a Sunday Jazz Brunch menu and weekly luncheon specials. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
Avenue Café
It is true that coffee can be consumed at any time of the day, and this is exactly the concept the Avenue Café follows. Complement your aromatic coffee with the flavors of freshly baked bagels, croissants or crispy sandwiches. All of this and much more awaits you here at the cozy Avenue Café.
Hivolt
Hivolt Café takes care of all dietary needs and offers many healthy alternatives. Chicken salad, smoked salmon and burrito are just some of the delicious specialties you can find here, as well as coffee, tea, and smoothies. They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and no matter what your purpose is, you are always made to feel welcome.
Elizabeth’s
With a prized menu made from scratch, Elizabeth's Restaurant serves up authentic Southern and New Orleans fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Specialty sandwiches, like po' boys and burgers, and soups draw crowds for lunch. Entrees like the Berkshire pork ossobuco over fried grit cake draw faithfuls for dinner.
Mammoth Espresso
Mammoth Espresso welcomes you with a well-chosen assortment of coffee and a variety of treats like tarts, pies, muffins, and cookies. The center of attention, however, remains the coffee, such as delicious espresso. Tea is the other main character here and, as it gets clear, the choice is diversified. Comfort and coziness are also an immutable part of the setting, which will make you feel at home.
Tout de Suite Café
Tout de Suite is an amalgamation of sorts, combining the rustic feel of a European-style café and coffee house with a traditional diner and bakery. It succeeds impressively as a favorite spot for New Orleans locals. The menu offers an array of dishes, such as boudin with eggs, green tomato pie, and pots de creme, to ensure the satisfaction of every guest. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are also served, and the coffees and teas are organic.
Café Envie
Café Envie has long been a popular spot for locals and travelers alike in New Orleans. Whether seeking a relaxing cup of coffee or a quick escape with one of the cafe's delectable pastries, Café Envie has a little bit of something for everyone. The Saint Ann Panini is a staple of the menu, along with a selection of sandwiches, cheeses, pastries, and drinks.
Morning Call Coffee Stand
New Orleans famous café au lait and beignets have been served from the Morning Call Coffee Stand since 1870. Establishing itself as an acclaimed coffeehouse over the centuries, Morning Call beckons to clientele of all backgrounds and experiences. The chicory coffee is "time tested" during its brew in order to create the perfect intensity and body for your morning cup, and the beignets are always made in French-style.

Bars & Nightlife

Standing boldly against the vivacity of New Orleans' world-famous streets are its nightclubs and bars. New Orleans holds its own amongst the nation's most popular vacation destinations, and its nightlife venues are no dierent. The king of New Orleans nightlife, however, is undoubtedly jazz, which is heard it seems from every bar, cafe, restaurant or hole-in-the-wall. From grand orchestras to new young trios, jazz is the air this city breathes, so indulge and take a deep breath.
The Elysian Bar
At The Elysian Bar you'll be able to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or just have a drink during your evening. The menu features meat-based dishes but also vegetarian options like grilled okra and crispy eggplant, that can be coupled with their in-house cocktails. Their also have a happy hour lasting from 3pm to 6pm every day.
The Bombay Club
Experience the class and comfort of New Orleans with the Bombay Club. Fashioned after a British gentleman's club, Bombay invites guests to enjoy authentic Creole cuisine and craft drinks in a rich atmosphere. Acclaim and accolades have been raining on the Bombay Club for quite some time, including local and national reviews.
The Spotted Cat Music Club
The Spotted Cat Music Club is a routine favorite for locals, and a must for the visitors to attend a live event. The club channels pure New Orleans jazz and glitz. It has been hailed as a Top 150 Jazz Club, featuring local talents who frequently go on to national acclaim.
Preservation Hall
A true New Orleans landmark, this concert hall has been in operation since 1961 and showcases phenomenal jazz concerts over 350 nights per year. Payment is cash-only, and it's best to arrive early to claim some of the limited seating on benches if you'd rather not stand or squat.
Fritzel’s European Jazz Club
A mainstay of the French Quarter, Fritzel’s European Jazz Club has been looked to for a great night for decades. Local and international musicians are always on the night's ballot, representing the charm of the New Orleans jazz music. In the club there is a full bar as well. Music starts at 9pm.
NOLA Brewing
This proudly local brewery offers 16 varieties on tap (8 originals and 8 seasonal) in the popular, cosy taproom, as well as tours of the brewery. The atmosphere is laid-back, welcoming and hang-out-ish, gathering crowds on any day of the week, but particularly on Fridays at 2pm, when free tours take place, starting with a healthy sampling of free beer.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
For Ernest Hemingway lovers, the Carousel Bar & Lounge may seem familiar. Hemingway and other writers frequently mention Carousel and its revolving bar. The spirits are legendary as well, so come to Hotel Monteleone and find the authentic and fascinating Carousel Bar & Lounge.
The Funky Pirate Blues Club
As one of Bourbon Street's leading clubs, the Funky Pirate Blues Club serves as a stage for the famous Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters. The awesome blues is accompanied by great drinks and great fun every night. Make sure to stop in, refresh yourself, and enjoy the music.
d.b.a.
Live music in a smoke-free environment is on tap at d.b.a. Music is an essential and irreplaceable part of the existence of this club and that’s why local and regional jazz acts are featured every night. Choose from a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits.
The Sazerac Bar
The storied Sazerac Bar has remained a flagship of class and quality in New Orleans since the days of Huey P. Long. The signature cocktails are as vivid for the palate as ever, and the African walnut bar is stunning. Make sure to enjoy their signature sazerac while relaxing after a busy day.
Tropical Isle
Live music, a wrap around balcony, big screen televisions, billiards and a jukebox. All of these entertaining elements together with great drinks, food and joyful atmosphere, will guarantee an enjoyable evening. When here, try the refreshing drink called "hand grenade", which can be bought in a plastic souvenir mug. The Tropical Isle truly has it all, and they can even accommodate private parties.
Rock 'n' Bowl
The name says it all: Rock 'n' Bowl has both great jazz and fun bowling. There's also a deli to supplement the hours of activity and fun, as well as live music. And yes, beignets are on the menu. Visit Rock ‘n’ Bowl and hit the dance floor, entertainment is guaranteed!
Jimani Lounge and Restaurant
The Jimani is a neighborhood-style bar with satellite sports on TV, music, beer and a grill. No matter whether you are here to have a meal, watch a game or just for couple of drinks, Jimani is the right choice. For sporting events, arrive early and settle in with a great beer and sandwich or hamburger.
Crescent City Brewhouse
Crescent City Brewhouse is the only French Quarter microbrewery. They specialize in unique brews, like Pilsner, Red Stallion, Black Forrest, Weiss Beer, I.P.A and seasonal beer designed to satisfy any craving. The food menu also deserves attention, offering a variety of starters, salads, gourmet sandwiches, dinner specialties. And, of course, live jazz is played nightly.
Parasol's Restaurant & Bar
Founded in 1952, Parasol's Restaurant & Bar is known to be a popular stomping ground for St. Patricks Day. The bar is old-school and the food is fantastic. A traditional Louisiana po'boy is served and it deserves to be tried. Stop by any night for a fun way to end your day in New Orleans.
The Metropolitan
With two stories of club action and premier cocktails, anything can happen at the Metropolitan. Smoke machines, lights, and strobes set the tone as resident DJs provide the backdrop. Every few weeks a guest DJ comes to turn tables, and the likes of Jazzy Jeff, DJ Scene, and Lady Gaga's DJ, Space Cowboy, have been featured. Stop for drinks at one of the 11 bartender stations.
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Bacchanal call themselves a "wine laboratory," and what they concoct is a mix of food, music, culture and of course fine wine, making this an interesting place to spend a night out. The wine shop has over 100 varieties, and the upstairs bar serves beer and other spirits, and it can all be enjoyed over great cheese platters and live local music.
French 75
Originally a "gentlemen only area," French 75 places heavy emphasis on class, sophistication and old-school elegance, as well as fine spirits, classic cocktails and fine cigars. Upstairs also hosts the free Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum, which is worth a visit. The dress code is enforced.
Maple Leaf
Sunday afternoon is by far the best time to visit the Maple Leaf, as it hosts the longest running poetry reading in the Southern United States. But going on any other day of the week is also a treat, as this New Orleans gem offers fantastic live music ranging from funk and zydeco to jazz, R&B and blues.
Cure
A cocktail bar in which to relive the elegance and sophistication of the cocktail lounges of old, Cure honors the origins of cocktail concoction by apothecaries for medical purposes. The perfectly-mixed drinks are the stars here, showing off all the skills of the mixologists behind the bar, but the setting and atmosphere round off a unique evening.

Shopping

Whether seeking familiar retail brands or hoping to browse through authentic New Orleans galleries, shopping options never fall short in this city. Independent boutiques, antique stores, souvenir shops, and outlet malls oer visitors a vast mix of selections. Some areas feature original artwork from local artists.
Royal Street
Located in the famed French Quarter, the historic Royal Street is brimming with shops, art galleries, and antiques stores. Fashionable boutiques and jewelry stores abound, as well as souvenir shops. Find everything you need in New Orleans on Royal Street.
Jackson Square
Serving as home to local New Orleans artists, Jackson Square is the perfect place to purchase original art directly from the artists themselves. The art encompasses natural paintings, portraits, and home- or office-worthy pictures in general. If paintings seem to be unaccompanied on the fences, the artists are usually waiting for customers at the coffee houses.
Jamie Hayes Gallery
New Orleans boasts its own unique styles of art. Jamie Hayes has contributed his own brand of artistry and genius to the city, consequently attracting buyers from all over the nation. Now, the Jamie Hayes Gallery is a must-stop venue for both visitors and locals. Selections include Jamie's signature paintings, children's books, fine art, and precious doll collections.
The Shops at Canal Place
Three gorgeously decked floors of 32 stores are all found in one place. The Shops at Canal Place are the Crescent City's destination for sophistication and contemporary style for every personality. Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, and BCBG are just several names featured at Canal Place. Morton's Steakhouse is perfect for dining, and Starbucks will give you that extra pep for your shopping trip. Finish the day with a movie at the Theatres at Canal Place.
The Shops at Jax Brewery
Far more than an old brewery, the Shops at Jax Brewery offer shopping and dining among its other attractions. Stores like Chico's offer apparel, while jewelry, accessories, footwear, art and music can also be found. Jax also offers an opportunity to donate to "Save NOLA," an organization designed to help rebuild New Orleans.
Oakwood Center
Located near New Orleans in Gretna, the Oakwood Center satisfies every shopping desire. Everything from bath and beauty stores to national department stores may be found. Dine at Buca di Beppo, Café du Monde, or any one of Oakwood's eateries. Holiday, restaurant, and department store hours are available at Oakwood Center's website.
Louisiana Music Factory
The shelves at this great record store are lined with everything revolving around Louisiana music culture, from its origins all the way to the newest releases, and you're welcome to give all of it a listen at one of the listening stations. You can also catch a live show on Saturdays or purchase other music-related goods like T-shirts, books, DVDs and posters.
F&F Botanica Spiritual Supply
Are you suffering from terrible heartache? Perhaps, you need something to help you get ahead at work? Try a purpose-specific candle from this authentic voodoo and Santeria store. This store carries candles, spell bags, amulets and spell components to ameliorate whatever ill has befallen you, and the friendly staff, true believers and worshipers will help you find exactly what you need.
Lakeside Mall
The Lakeside Shopping Center is located in Metairie. As a retail mall, Lakeside features over 120 stores and boutiques. Armani Exchange and Michael Kors are just two top apparel shops in store. Restaurants like Red Lobster and PF Chang's China Bistro will be sure to quench your palate. Lakeside is also tax-free for international shoppers.
Aidan Gill for Men
You might think this classic barber shop belongs in a different era, but it is tailored to meet all the grooming needs of today's man. You can get a shave, a haircut or a beard trimming in the back, or purchase all kinds of top-shelf products from the shop in the front. Be prepared to pay up, though. Care and service of this quality doesn't come cheap, and the hipster tax applies here.
Fifi Mahony's
When in Rome do as the Romans do, and when in New Orleans, dress up! Whether you're searching for the perfect Mardi Gras costume, or just something outrageous to wear on any night out in the city, Fifi Mahoney's is where you'll find it. The range of wigs is the thing of legends, and there's also a great selection of cosmetics and accessories.
The Esplanade
Over 100 shopping destinations make their home in the Esplanade, including stores of leading international and local brands for women's, men's and children's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and home goods. Dining facilities are also within the shopping center, along with comfortable lounge areas, free Wi-Fi, and reading materials. Promotional events are held weekly throughout the mall.
North Shore Square
The shops at North Shore Square are located outside of New Orleans in Slidell. Along with plentiful retail stores and restaurants, North Shore offers weekly store promotions and events. Stores include Dillard's Women and Dillard's Men, Body Central, Milano Men's Wear, and more.
Vieux Carré Wine & Spirits
A wine bar with a French name run by Italian brothers in New Orleans, this shop allows visitors to browse through a good selection from all over the world, as well as a surprising selection of beers. True connoisseurs can check the backroom on request the really rare vintages.
New Orleans School of Glassworks
This enormous gallery and institution is located in an old brick warehouse, and offers workshops as well as the chance to purchase some very unique and truly stunning pieces of glasswork. You can often see the artists at work blowing glass or practicing their other specialties, such as fine silver alchemy, printmaking, paper sculpture, and many more.
Berta's & Mina's Antiquities
Specializing in regional folk art, this gallery and boutique showcases works by the late Nilo Lanzas, as well as his daughter (the current shopkeeper) and other local artists. It is one of the oldest and most respected galleries in the area, and the ambiance of a cluttered painting studio gives it a touch of authenticity.

Tourist Information

Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport
Lakefront Airport is located 7km from the central business district. It is a general aviation airport with charter and private flights to Destin, Gulf Shores, Memphis, Oxford, Mississippi, and Panama City Beach. Cabs may be hired outside the baggage claim area. There is a public transit bus stop not too far outside the airport.
Best Time to Visit
New Orleans is a happening city, which means there is something going on regardless of the time of year. That being said, the months from February through May are when the city is at its busiest, and many arrive for Mardi Gras as early as January. Temperatures rise throughout the summer (June through September), while October through January are moderate in temperature and less crowded than spring.
Public Transport
Bus:

NORTA (New Orleans Regional Transit Authority) operates 40 bus routes throughout New Orleans. The new, bio-diesel buses have great windows for a scenic ride. Learn more about routes and maps at the website below.

The Regional Transit Authority Bus Lines (RTA) offers different ticket types such as: One-Way Fares, 1-day, 3-day and 31-day Jazzy Passes. Theses tickets can also be used on the Streetcar.

You can buy one-way tickets and one-day pass directly from the bus driver with cash (use exact change). You can also buy your tickets with GoMobile App, just download the app and buy the right pass on your smartphone and ride instantly. The third option is to get your pass online with MyRTA and have them delivered to your doorstep. There also numbers of stores across the city that sells 1-day, 3- day and 31-day Jazzy passes. The last option where to buy tickets are from the Ticket Vending Machines (TVM). There are four TVMs along the Canal Streetcar Line.

Streetcar:

Streetcars are the marquee method of transportation in New Orleans. There are four lines in operation - St. Charles, Canal Street, the Riverfront and the newest line, the N. Rampart line - each originating downtown.

Streetcar fares (one-way tickets and one-day pass) may be paid with exact change upon boarding. There is also 3-day and 31-day Jazzy Passes which can be bought on the GoMobile App, online with MyRTA, from numbers of stores across the city and from Ticket Vending Machines.

Alternatively, bike rentals are available throughout the city.
Taxi
The following are a selection of the taxi companies serving the New Orleans area:



Alliance: +1 504 872 0221

American Taxi: +1 504 299 0386

Checker Cab: +1 504 207 7777

New Orleans Carriage Cab: +1 504 207 7777

United Cabs, Inc.: +1 504 522 9771

White Fleet: +1 504 822 3800
Post
US Post Office:
Pharmacy
In New Orleans, the primary pharmacies are national chains Walgreens and CVS, but there are also independent retail stores such as Castellon Pharmacy, Carr Drugs, and Esplanade Pharmacy.

CVS Pharmacy
4901 Prytania St, New Orleans
Open 24/7
+1 504 891 6307

Walgreens Pharmacy
4110 General De Gaulle Dr, New Orleans
Open 24/7
+1 504 433 3297
Telephone
Country Code: +1

Area Codes in New Orleans: 504, 225, 985
Electricity
110-115V, 60Hz AC

Flat two-pin or three-pin plugs

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