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New Orleans is a unique city, and its tourist attractions are unique as well. Only in New Orleans can you see Mardi Gras floats being created (Mardi Gras World), visit the tomb of a famous voodoo priestess (St. Louis Cemetery), or attend a 24-hours-a-day-365-days-a-year party (Bourbon Street). New Orleans has it all: history and culture, shopping and entertainment, live music and nightlife. You will also love the stunning New Orleans architecture, the beautiful parks, and the many fun, family-friendly attractions.
Top Ten Attractions New Orleans, 1 Day Table of contents: Guide Description 2 Itinerary Overview 3 Daily Itineraries 4 New Orleans Snapshot 9 1 Guide Description AUTHOR NOTE: New Orleans is a unique city, and its tourist attractions are unique as well. Only in New Orleans can you see Mardi Gras floats being created (Mardi Gras World), visit the tomb of a famous voodoo priestess (St. Louis Cemetery), or attend a 24-hours-a-day-365-days-a-year party (Bourbon Street). New Orleans has it all: history and culture, shopping and entertainment, live music and nightlife. You will also love the stunning New Orleans architecture, the beautiful parks, and the many fun, family-friendly attractions. 2 things to do Itinerary Overview restaurants hotels nightlife Day 1 - New Orleans Jackson Square Art and fun in front of the cathedral Royal Street Art, antiques and entertainment Bourbon Street Where the party never stops! Saint Louis Cemetery 1 The famous "city of the dead" St. Charles Streetcar Ride through beautiful Uptown Lafayette Cemetery The "vampire" cemetery Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World Mardi Gras Fun Magazine Street Trendy shops, restaurants and bars Audubon Park Animals, nature, recreation and relaxation New Orleans City Park Stroll under the oaks 3 Day 1 - New Orleans QUICK NOTE 1 Jackson Square contact: tel: +1 504 410 2396 http://www.jackson-square.co m/ DESCRIPTION: Jackson Square is a beautiful little park that sits in front of the commanding St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest location: cathedral in America. Presiding over the park is a statue of Decatur Street Andrew Jackson on his horse, and surrounding the square New Orleans LA 70116 are artists and street performers, as well as horse-drawn carriages waiting to take you on a tour of the Quarter. Have Photo courtesy of respres the fortune tellers look at your palm, or let a local artist draw your caricature. Of course, there are also museums, shops, and restaurants surrounding Jackson Square, including Muriel's, a five-star haunted restaurant where each day the wait-staff sets a table and pours wine for their resident ghost. "We don't know who drinks the wine," they say, "but every morning it's gone." In Jackson Square at night, you really can feel the presence of the ghosts of New Orleans past. During the Christmas Season, Jackson Square is the spot for nighttime caroling, and in the spring the park blooms with bright flowers. 2 Royal Street contact: tel: 800 672 6124 location: DESCRIPTION: Royal Street in the French Quarter is the 417 Royal Street perfect place to go for window shopping and a daytime stroll. New Orleans LA 70130 On this beautiful and historic street, visitors will find art, antiques, specialty shops, and restaurants, as well as dozens of street performers. On any given day you might hear a jazz ensemble, bluegrass group, brass band, or just a boy and his Photo courtesy of Ken Lund 4 Day 1 - continued... guitar. Magicians, tap dancers, saxophone players, and men in head-to-toe metallic costumes are also common sights. The art galleries are breathtaking, and the street boasts some of the best restaurants in the city, such as Brennan's and The Court of Two Sisters. Other excellent Royal Street points of interest include Painted Alive Gallery, Cornstalk Bed and Breakfast, and the Carousel Bar, located inside Hotel Montelone. © NileGuide 3 Bourbon Street location: Bourbon Street New Orleans LA 70116 DESCRIPTION: It wouldn't be a trip to New Orleans without Bourbon Street! The party never stops on this crazy, colorful street that runs through the heart of the French Quarter. Any time of day or night, you can hear live music, dance in the streets, drink a daiquiri, or dangle Mardi Gras beads at passersby from one of the many balconies. Closer to Canal Photo courtesy of Gary J Wood Street are the adult entertainment clubs, closer to Esplanade Avenue are the gay-friendly venues, and in between are blocks and blocks of bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants. Don't miss Pat O'Brien's famous four-shot rum Hurricane and their outdoor patio with the beautiful fiery fountain. Check out Fritzel's for great jazz, Razoo's for sweaty dancing, and the Cat's Meow for karaoke, as well as Jean Lafitte's, a dark and cozy bar located in the pirate's historic blacksmith shop. Go ahead and have a drink (it's five o'clock somewhere!) and saunter down Bourbon Street, the greatest adult playground in the country. 4 Saint Louis Cemetery 1 contact: tel: 504 482 5065 http://www.neworleansonline. com/neworleans/tours/cemete DESCRIPTION: Established in 1789 on the outer edge of the rytours.html French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery Number One is the most famous of all the "Cities of the Dead" in New Orleans. Take a location: tour or explore on your own the rows of sarcophagi and large 3421 Esplanade Avenue society tombs. Marie Louveu, the famous Voodoo Queen, is New Orleans LA 70119 buried there, and many visitors leave toys, flowers, and coins . around her tomb. It is said that if you want to ask her for a favor, hours: just knock on her tomb three times! St. Louis Cemetery is within Daily 9a-3p walking distance of the French Quarter, but you can also take a carriage ride there from Jackson Square, and learn more history along the way. © NileGuide 5 St. Charles Streetcar contact: tel: 504.248.3900 http://www.norta.com/StCharl es/ DESCRIPTION: Starting at the edge of the French Quarter, the historic St. Charles Streetcar takes you up one of the most location: beautiful streets in New Orleans. St. Charles Avenue is shaded New Orleans LA 70115 by live oak trees that still have Mardi Gras beads tangled in their branches, and this stately boulevard is the place to see enormous, breathtaking mansions built around the turn of the Photo courtesy of St. Charles 20th century. There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the Streetcar way, including Voodoo BBQ, Sushi Brothers, and Emeril's Del Monico. You can admire the architecture of the Columns Hotel, 5 Day 1 - continued... or stop there and have a mint julep on their sweeping southern front porch. The streetcar takes you past Audubon Park and Tulane and Loyola Universities. You can get off at the end of St. Charles Avenue and have a daiquiri at New Orleans Original Daiquiris, or keep riding up Carollton Avenue, another beautiful street, until you get to City Park! 6 Lafayette Cemetery contact: tel: +1 504 566 5011 location: DESCRIPTION: Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District is 1400 Washington Ave one of the oldest cemeteries in the country, and has been in New Orleans LA 70130 operation since 1824. New Orleans residents quickly learned that because of the high water table and unpredictable flooding, coffins cannot be placed six feet underground; their dead must be buried in above-ground tombs. These rows of sarcophagus Ken Lund tombs are the reason New Orleans cemeteries are often referred to as "Cities of the Dead." Lafayette Cemetery may look strangely familiar – it has been used in several movies, including Interview with a Vampire. Author Anne Rice lives nearby and wrote about Lafayette Cemetery in many of her vampire books. Visitors can take a tour and learn the history of Lafayette Cemetery (you can even take a carriage ride there from the French Quarter), or you can explore on your own. See the wall vaults and the "Secret Garden," a square of four tombs built by a secret society of friends who wanted to be buried together. As for lunch after touring, the Commander's Palace, one of the best restaurants in the city, is right across the street. © NileGuide 7 Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World contact: tel: 800/362-8213 www.mardigrasworld.com DESCRIPTION: Few cities can boast a thriving float-making location: industry. New Orleans can, and no float maker thrives more 1380 Port of New Orleans than Blaine Kern, who makes more than three-quarters of Place the floats used by the various krewes every Carnival season. New Orleans LA 70130 Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World offers tours of its collection of float sculptures and its studios, where you can see floats hours: Paul Mannix being made year-round. Yes, they were back at work on the Daily 9:30am-5pm; last tour 2006 Mardi Gras, despite losing many already-completed starts at 4:30pm floats, shortly after Katrina. (Nothing can stop the party!) Visitors see sculptors at work, doing everything from making small "sketches" of the figures to creating and painting the enormous sculptures that adorn Mardi Gras floats each year. You can even try on some heavily bejeweled and dazzling costumes (definitely bring your camera!). Although they could do more with this tour, the entire package does add up to a most enjoyable experience, and it is rather nifty to see the floats up close. All tours include King Cake and coffee. © Frommer's 6 Day 1 - continued... 8 Magazine Street contact: tel: 504 342 4435 / 1 866 679 4764 http://www.magazinestreet.co DESCRIPTION: Magazine Street is a six mile stretch of shops m/ and eateries, beginning at the edge of the French Quarter and ending at Audubon Park. The fun, trendy street is loaded with location: specialty stores, galleries, restaurants, and bars. Between Magazine Street Canal Boulevard and Jackson Avenue visitors will find many New Orleans LA 70130 antique stores and art galleries, including the Glassworks and Infrogmation Printmaking Studio. Closer to Jackson Avenue are funky stores, along with great, cheap restaurants such as Juan's Flying Burrito for Mexican fare and J'anita's for breakfast and BBQ. Between Washington and Louisiana are no less than twelve restaurants, three bars and two coffee shops, as well as tons of clothing boutiques, including retro and "recycled" fashions at Funky Monkey and Buffalo Exchange. Past Louisiana, the shopping continues down Magazine Street – antiques, art, books, apparel, and plenty of restaurants and bars along the way for when you need a break. Have a roast beef po-boy at Ignatius, near Napoleon Avenue, or sip a blueberry mojito on the back patio at St. Joe's, near Jefferson Avenue. © NileGuide 9 Audubon Park contact: http://www.auduboninstitute.o rg/site/PageServer DESCRIPTION: Audubon Park is really several parks in one, location: spanning St. Charles Avenue all the way to the Mississippi 6500 St Charles Ave River. A fitness trail circles the Audubon Golf Course and runs New Orleans LA 70130-3145 alongside live oak trees and lush lagoons that are home to ducks, geese, egrets, and turtles. Cross over Magazine Street, hours: and you'll come to the Audubon Zoo and Cascade Stables. Daily 24hrs . Keep walking alongside the zoo, past the Audubon Labyrinth and across the train tracks, until you get to Riverview Park. Known to locals as "the fly," this is a great spot for playing soccer, or just laying in the sun with a daiquiri, admiring the waters of the Mississippi. The park is a great place to play or picnic, and if you don't want to drive there, you can get to the park from the French Quarter on the St. Charles Streetcar or by the John James Audubon ferry boat. © NileGuide A New Orleans City Park contact: tel: 504 482 4888 fax: 504 483 9412 http://www.neworleanscitypar DESCRIPTION: Located in Mid-City, near Lake Ponchatrain, k.com is beautiful 1300-acre City Park. City Park is the home of the Botanical Garden and the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well location: as the Besthof Sculpture Garden, through which visitors can 1 Palm Drive wander for free. Kids can meet life-size replicas of fairy tale New Orleans LA 70124 characters in Storyland, enjoy rides at the Carousel Gardens Photo courtesy of jvanpelt Amusement Park, or take a train ride around the entire park. City Park also has tennis courts, walking trails, a golf course and driving range, stables, and paddle boats. If you're looking for something simpler, take a walk around the duck pond or just stroll through the grounds, admiring the bald cypress trees and live oaks. City Park has more live oak trees than anywhere 7 Day 1 - continued... else in the world, some of which are several hundred years old. Although there is a playground, kids might rather explore the low, sweeping branches of these beautiful trees. © NileGuide 8 New Orleans Snapshot Local Info the CBD and the New Orleans' business Having outgrown the once-appropriate title, community. Bustling during the day with Locals say that the South ends fifty miles this historic New Orleans' neighborhood local businesspeople, this area lulls at north of New Orleans. In many ways, is no longer frequented by blue-collar night. Since the district is relatively empty at this is true. This city is home to a diverse factory workers. Instead, it is now a vibrant night, many of the guests from the hotels in music culture, world-renowned cuisine, arts district populated by the city's young the neighborhood head for the Quarter. voodoo, and Mardi Gras, one of the world's professionals. Some of the best art galleries largest parties. New Orleans is a relatively Garden District in the city sit beside restaurants that offer small city which had little concern for excellent cuisine. In addition, locals and This is the premier New Orleans residential what went on outside of it until Hurricane tourists crowd into the streets of the district neighborhood, boasting the tremendous Katrina devastated the city 2005. Parts of during festivals such as Art for Art's Sake, oak tree lined Saint Charles Avenue as its New Orleans are still recovering from this when plenty of wine, cheese, gumbo, and most-famed street, and home after home disaster but the city's vibrant culture is back art clutter the sidewalks and the shops. epitomizing the antebellum's Greek Revival in full swing. © wcities.com architecture. Only a walking tour will do this French Quarter dazzling district the justice it deserves. If you visit the city, you must see the lush, History The French Quarter, orVieux Carre in overgrown gardens and grand mansions French, is the oldest neighborhood in that line these streets. The Garden District Rene Cavelier Sieur de la Salle, a French New Orleans. It lies in the crescent of the has many well-known residents, including explorer, was the first European to explore Mississippi River and consists of fairly Trent Reznor, Archie Manning, and Anne the lower Mississippi River and he claimed narrow streets, reminiscent of European Rice, the famous author of many vampire the entire river and its basin, a substantially city planning, that reveal hidden courtyards novels. larger plot than the modern state of and look up to wrought iron balconies. The Louisiana, for France. The immense area architecture in the Quarter typically dates to Mid-City was named in honor of King Louis XIV and the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries, and his wife Anne. Phillipe, Duc d'Orleans, then Mid-City usually goes unnoticed by the draws on French and Spanish influences. In Regent of France, gave his name to New average tourist until Jazz Fest, when the daytime, the French Quarter, especially Orleans, but it was Sieur d'Iberville who thousands of eager visitors, bedecked the area around Jackson Square, is filled founded the actual city some 20 years later. in shorts and tank tops, crowd onto with tourists, street performers, and the A port city uniting the Mississippi River the Esplanade bus to reach the New occasional conman. At night, the French with the Gulf of Mexico had long been a Orleans Fairgrounds. Quiet and verdant Quarter transforms into the stereotypical strategic dream, but the site's physical with trees, Mid-City attracts locals to party scene. Barhopping college students, landscape, an improbable 15 feet below its wide offering of moderately priced adventurous suburbanites, tourists, and sea level, was a nightmare. Most of the restaurants, New Orleans City Park, and others all populate the area until the wee lands surrounding the river were swamps, the New Orleans Museum of Art. For hours. wetlands intermittently covered by water, tourists, Mid-City is home to impressive Lower Canal Street aboveground cemeteries, including Metairie and dense woody vegetation. In addition, Cemetery, Oddfellow's Rest, and St. Louis malaria, spread by Louisiana's most prolific Once the main shopping district of New Cemetery#3. resident, the mosquito, presented a lethal Orleans lined with popular department risk to any worker. stores and theaters, Canal Street lost much Uptown of its grandeur to a sluggish economy in It turned out to be a Scotsman, royal Oak lined streets, Victorian mansions, counselor John Law, who stimulated the 70s and 80s. Today, Harrah's New and college cafes are staples of New interest in France's newest colonial Orleans and an expanded convention Orleans' thriving Uptown neighborhood. St. addition. Law mounted an 18th-century PR center have helped this part of Canal Street Charles Avenue and Pyrtania Street offer campaign complete with phony eyewitness to develop into a ten block strip of hotels, examples of Colonial Revival architecture. accounts of gold-rich lands. When hopeful T-shirt shops and electronics stores. The The neighborhood is also home to Tulane and oftentimes poor immigrants arrived and Riverwalk Market Place, which is near the and Loyola Universities. In addition to saw none of the promised gold prospects, Aquarium of the Americas and the Ernest the mansions and universities, many they had little choice other than to stay M. Morial Convention Center, also makes pleasant coffee shops, antique stores, and make the best of it. The deceived this a popular stop for tourists. and restaurants crowd the small spaces immigrants also found New Orleans a Central Business District between the fantastic homes of New deadly place with its humid and unsanitary Orleans' upper class. Residents and visitors conditions. Those who died were buried The scattered, mismatched skyscrapers alike jog the two miles through Uptown's and superbly odd-shaped Superdome in the swampy land, but residents soon gorgeous, Spanish moss-filled Audubon discovered that coffins had the unpleasant of the Central Business District form the Park each morning. recognizable skyline of New Orleans. propensity to pop out of the ground with Several modern hotels, as well as older Warehouse District every hard rain. Aboveground tombs and and established hotels are in the heart of mausoleums were the only recourse. 9 New Orleans Snapshot continued and new residents occurred frequently. The assessment of the local bureaucratic Most residents built houses in a square- dividing line, an empty canal, between the mindset over the past century. like grid, now called the Vieux Carre(French French Quarter and the American sector, Quarter), centered around an open area Oil, natural gas and tourism have become became known as"the neutral ground" and known as the Place d'Armes, today known New Orleans' largest post-Depression then, Canal Street. as Jackson Square. The societal make-up industries. In 1969, the first Jazz Fest, of this Creole society was a mix of French In the years leading up to the Civil War, a 10-day festival and one of the world's aristocrats, merchants, farmers, soldiers, New Orleans became a prosperous port largest musical celebrations, attracted indentured servants, and both slaves city. Cotton, tobacco, and sugarcane the biggest names in jazz and blues to its and free people of color. It soon became plantations produced goods at full outdoor stages. The festival continues to fashionable for male Creole aristocrats to throttle. Steamboats along the Mississippi draw impossibly large numbers of visitors have black or mulatto mistresses. Children transferred the goods to the rest of country. to the city each year. The 1984 World's Fair sired from these unions were often treated During this economically comfortable Exhibit was a less successful commercial well and sometimes given valuable property period, New Orleans developed its venture, but lead to the development of the and a European education. This generous festive reputation. By 1823, costume Warehouse District wharves. attitude towards minorities set New Orleans balls commemorated Mardi Gras, or"Fat In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans apart from all other major North American Tuesday," the celebration that precedes causing one of the United States' most colonial cities. Lent. Secret aristocratic groups, known as devastating natural disasters. Many of the Mardi Gras Krewes, offered structure to the In the 1760s, New Orleans underwent its city's levees were breached and over 80 loose, sometimes violent, holiday season. first major social transformation with the percent of the city was covered in water. In 1857, the first established Krewe, the arrival of two new groups: the Acadians A forced evacuation saved many lives Mystick Krewe of Comus, debuted a horse- and the Spanish. The Acadian immigrants, but over a thousand people were killed. drawn, decorated float, which soon became or Cajuns, who were ousted from their Though the city was was ravaged, the city a prominent constituent of the annual native Nova Scotia by the British, traversed is rebuilding and its spirit is stronger than festivities. Some years later, the Comus the entire United States and settled in ever. Krewe introduced the role of Mardi Gras the bayous west of New Orleans. The © wcities.com Queen, bestowing the premier honor on Spanish arrived in the city prodded by Mildred Lee, daughter of Confederate the transfer of the Louisiana Territory to General Robert E. Lee. Spanish King Charles III, royal cousin to Hotel Insights King Louis XV of France. The Spanish reign New Orleans, loyal to the Confederacy, fell New Orleans makes few bones about however, was short and most notable for quickly to Union forces in the early years it, its raison d'etre is to play host. New the building codes enacted to spare the of the Civil War. City morale suffered, but Orleans has luxury hotels, funky guest Vieux Carre from the devastating fires that the French Quarter continued to thrive residences, quaint bed and breakfasts, swept the city in 1788 and 1794. Much because of saloons, gambling parlors, and and even a few youth hostels. Naturally, of the architecture of the area that has bordellos. The party atmosphere became your accommodations should probably be been attributed to the French, including somewhat regulated toward the turn of determined by your expectations of the city. rear courtyards and elaborate wrought the century when alderman Sidney Story In general, hotel rates go up during Mardi iron balconies, is actually a Spanish proposed setting up a red-light district along Gras season(February/March) and Jazz contribution. Basin Street, just to the north of the French Fest(late April/early May,) so make sure you Quarter. The district soon became known book your rooms in advance. Despite the prosperity that developed as Storyville. Resident entertainers there, during Spanish occupation, New Orleans French Quarter most notably"King" Oliver and Jelly Roll remained predisposed to its French Morton, would later contribute to the birth of Staying in the Quarter means you heritage. The city happily reunited with the national musical art form known as jazz. will be close to most of New Orleans' its original founders in 1800, when the Louisiana Territory was returned to France. The beginning of the 20th century was a famous attractions: historic houses and However, the reunion was short-lived. War difficult period for New Orleans. A series of churches, wrought iron balconies, first-class debts forced Napoleon to sell the territory natural disasters, including a hurricane in entertainment and dining, and the muddy to the United States for a mere$15 million 1915, a flu epidemic in 1918, and a flood waters of the Mississippi River. Modern in the famous Louisiana Purchase of 1803. in 1927, devastated the city. Legendary hotels, like the Omni Royal New Orleans Louisiana later achieved statehood in 1812. governor and beloved scoundrel Huey and quaint hotels, like the Cornstalk Hotel, P. Long rescued the Crescent City with co-exist in the Quarter. The Quarter is filled Once Louisiana was officially named an with a plethora of excitement. A room facing successful bids to the state legislature for American state, American settlers and the always-exuberant Bourbon Street can the expansion of public works and services. Irish and Italian immigrants rushed into be fun at night, but a little too much first Long's legally questionable, but ultimately the city of New Orleans. Rebuffed by the thing in the morning during some of the successful methods also put a corrupt city's Creole society, the Americans settled more festive seasons. stamp on both city and state politics. The upriver from the Vieux Carre in what are famous line,"Folks have a certain way Le Richelieu is a good choice for budget now the Central Business District and the of doing things'round here," from the accommodations, with plenty of personality, Irish Channel. Skirmishes between the old movieThe Big Easy, is a fairly accurate 10 New Orleans Snapshot continued while celebrities and high rollers hoping for world pass by. Try the Beau Sejour or the offers the acclaimed Bayona(a four-star more privacy opt for the exquisite Soniat St. Charles Guesthouse in the Uptown bargain), the gorgeous Gamay, the Italian- House. area. The Beau Sejour and St. Charles are Creole Bacco, and the romantic Bella Luna, both conveniently located near Tulane and which overlooks the Mississippi River. Central Business District Loyola Universities and are packed with There are many places to have a casual The Central Business District, or CBD, amenities. lunch. Briny oyster shooters can be had stretches from the Superdome to the © wcities.com at ACME Oyster House, or a mixed-meat Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, and Muffeletta sandwich from the Central consequently offers the most popular Restaurants Insights Grocery always hits the spot. After lunch, lodging for business travelers and sports or even better for breakfast, move on to the fans. The people of New Orleans are passionate sticky French pastry at La Marquise. The major hotel chains here include the about eating. Any visitor to the city should experience the regional flavor, but there A scattering of miscellaneous downtown Marriot, Hilton, Sheraton, and Hyatt hotels. are important differences between the restaurants represent just about everything Those searching for something more countrified Cajun, refined Creole, and that New Orleans has to offer. The intimate should try either the Pelham classic Southern styles of cooking that downtown area has everything from old- Hotel or the Lafayette Hotel on St. Charles make up New Orleans cuisine. There school grease joints to cutting-edge bistros. Avenue, easily accessible on the St. also exists a unifying principle:"Fat is For old-time favorites that never cease Charles Streetcar line. flavor." Cream, butter, and oil abound. With to please, New Orleanians go to the no- The ultimate choice to pamper oneself is this in mind, pace yourself! Hot weather nonsense Mandina's or the BBQ shrimp The Windsor Court, New Orleans' most and heavy food can limit your visit to the palace, Pascal's Manale. acclaimed(and possibly most expensive) confines of your hotel room. Stay on the Many people flock to New Orleans for the hotel. Even if you do not stay here, stop by safe side and try to limit yourself to one big simple truth that alcohol is everywhere: in for afternoon tea or an excellent meal at the meal a day. the bars, on the sidewalks, in the streets. hotel's restaurant, The Grill Room. Downtown/French Quarter From the impressive wine lists of the elite Budget travelers also have a number of New Orleans' Grill Room in the Windsor solid choices in the CBD, including the Tourists are always at risk of getting an Court Hotel to the many to-go Daiquiri Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn Select. expensive, average-tasting meal in the shops on festive Bourbon Street, folks in Quarter. The tourist industry spawned New Orleans like to drink and they don't like Garden District many mediocre restaurants that prioritize to wait until the weekend to partake of the Modern hotels with a solid reputation, location over taste. On the plus side, a truly spirits. Whether it's to kick off your evening like the Avenue Plaza and the highbrow bad meal is difficult to find anywhere in or to wrap it up, no trip to the French Quater Pontchartain Hotel, are directly on the New Orleans. Avoid the handful of chain is complete without a Pat O'Brien's cocktail. streetcar line and fairly close to Lee restaurants in favor of the little holes in the Try the house special, the"hurricane." Circle and many Warehouse District art wall. Central Business District museums. The lovely homes associated To start your morning off, how about an with the district and the walking tours that order of pipping hot beignets loaded with For a sampling of a New Orleans staple, showcase them attract many tourists to the powdered sugar from Cafe Du Monde, a stop by Mother's for a good ol' fashioned neighborhood's hotels. If you have the time New Orleans institution. po' boy sandwich. For a slightly more and luxury of a loose schedule, a Garden upscale example of traditional Creole food, District bed-and-breakfast, such as The Quality service usually comes at a high The Veranda Restaurant will serve up Terrell House or The McKendrick-Breaux price in the Quarter, but you are also paying an unforgettable meal. If all the Southern House, is a charming and comfortable way for a slice of history- a seat in some of the cooking has you hurting, the Apple Seed to enjoy New Orleans and get to know the oldest fine dining establishments in the Shoppe, is an excellent, tasty and healthy locals. The 1851 Inn on the Avenue is a country. In any of the classic Creole-French lunch spot to keep your day going. When 150-year old manor with every modern restaurants, like Arnaud's and Brennan's, the time comes to quench your thirst, convenience you will have a satisfying experience Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant serves laden with such traditional delicacies as up quality beers with quality food. Uptown Oysters Rockefeller, Trout Meuniere, Turtle Soup, and Banana's Foster. For the full- Garden District Uptown is mostly residential, aside from a few coffee shops and clothing stores. on Southern buffet, check out Court of The Garden District is full of all kinds of Activities center around Tulane and Loyola the Two Sisters. Locals like to put this good eats. For classic cuisine and service, Universities, Audubon Park, and the granddaddy of buffets down, but it has Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Restaurant& Audubon Zoo. The Columns Hotel, nestled its merits, including solid bread pudding, Bar is a Big Easy favorite. Cafe Atchafalaya among the many St. Charles Avenue Dixieland jazz, and a beautiful view of the is another classic Creole eatery where mansions, offers nineteen antique-furnished Quarter. you can sample goods from the Bayou. rooms and a popular bar where both locals For those in search of something more And if you're serious about your oysters, and tourists have drinks and watch the nouveau and intimate, the Quarter also Casamento's is the place for you, but be 11 New Orleans Snapshot continued aware as they close when oysters aren't in A ton of musical history and a citywide It's back into the Quarter and the House season. penchant for"shakin' it" make New Orleans of Blues for bigger name out-of-town acts. Sundays can be difficult for dining as many ground zero for catching great music all Other night life attractions to be found in the of New Orleans' better restaurants close for year long. Even more good news: if you area include Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville the day. Fortunately, glorious options still go local and hit clubs outside the French Cafe, full-tilt silly karaoke at Cat's Meow on exist, most especially the Brennan family's Quarter you'll find yourself rarely paying Bourbon Street, and bass bumping house famous Commander's Palace, the former more than a$5 cover charge with standard and disco tunes at neighboring Bourbon stomping-ground of celebrity chefs Emeril bar prices. Pub and Oz, two of the more integrated gay Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme. clubs in the city. New Orleans is most famous for jazz. If you're hankering for a taste of the far east This is where the national art form was Wind things down with a visit to Kerry Irish down south, Five Happiness Restaurant born, and the natives haven't forgotten it. Pub on Decatur Street. This spot preserves can satisty, while The Delachaise serves up You can capture the various evolutionary the integrity of Irish pub culture: quiet a variety of tapas and wines. forms of this African/European musical conversation, respect for local musicians merger throughout the city. Fans of and relaxed service. The heart and soul of the city's drinking Dixieland should stick with the Quarter's culture lies in its low-key bars. Laid-back Museums top venues: Fritzel's and Preservation Hall- hang-outs with names like Le Bon Temps understandably touristy, but undeniably Museums range from the nationally Roule attract an interesting mix of students, soul satisfying. Modern Jazz buffs will enjoy significant D-Day Museum and Confederate celebrities, faded intellectuals, and serious the omnipresence of Ellis Marsalis, father Museum to the more obscure Pharmacy barflies. In short, these are marvelous of Wynton and Branford, as he appears Museum, a celebration of the 19th century places to blend in and be entertained. in various combos at Snug Harbor on apothecary. Warehouse District/Arts District Frenchmen Street. For contemporary New Most political, sociological and architectural Orleans style jazz, stick with acts such For an evening of sophistication, try the exhibitions of interest can be found in the as Kermit Ruffins at Vaughn's, Nicholas eponymous Emeril's New Orleans or 7 On French Quarter, home of the Louisiana Payton or Los Hombres Calientes at the Fulton for a fancy, filling meal. State Museum and it's various branches, as Funky Butt on Rampart Street, and brass well as the Historic New Orleans Collection No visit to the south would be complete bands like The Dirty Dozen at Donna's, and important historical residences. without some down-home barbeque, so conveniently next door to the Funky Butt. head to Ugly Dog Saloon and Bar-B-Que Art lovers will enjoy the huge collection of The next most popular New Orleans for brisket or ribs and a game of pool. international art work and archaeological musical requests? Cajun and Zydeco, Cochon serves up spicy Cajun cuisine and finds at the New Orleans Museum of additional examples of the melding of the requisite glass of Bourbon. Art(NOMA). A small showcase of African European and African stylings. Both American art is viewable at the Villa The Warehouse District offers up quite a genres fall under the"unapologetic dance" Meilleur on Gov. Nicholls Street in the bit in the way of ethnic foods as well, such heading and draw on their strong regional Faubourg Treme District. as the Asian-Fusion restaurant Hipstix, or country roots(accordions, washboards Rock-n-Sake for sushi and sake bombs. and smatterings of French). Tipatina's Theatre © wcities.com Uptown hosts a Fais-Do-Do every Sunday night featuring the traditional selections On the line between museum and of Bruce Daigrepont. The sessions serve art gallery lies the Contemporary Art Nightlife Insights as a weekly reunion of Cajun aficionados Center(CAC), a spectacularly renovated from around the city, but beginners are warehouse on Camp Street that offers two Festivals floors of touring art work. The upper level welcomed whole heartedly. 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