New Orleans City Guide
NEW ORLEANS is often referred to as America’s most European city, but I tend to agree with interior designer Ann Holden when she said, “It’s not Europe, but its not America either. I’ve been everywhere, but there is no place like New Orleans.”
New Orleans is special because when you visit the city all of your senses are awakened and the soul of its people embrace you. It’s a convivial city where celebrities hang with locals and no one tweets about it because it just wouldn’t be the proper thing to do. Summertime is hot, but the rest of the year New Orleans is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
In the Big Easy, you can relax and do nothing and still have a great time, but who would want to when you could shop Magazine Street, the French Quarter or stroll the many galleries in the Art District? Sports fans should not miss seeing the New Orleans Saints in action at The Superdome or the most spectacular carnival celebration called Mardi Gras. Music lovers should attend the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival. And for kids, check out the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium.
MUSEUMS + MONUMENTS
New Orleans Jazz Historical Park
835 N. Rampart
This Treme park was once named Congo Square in honor of the slaves who gathered there in the 1800s to meet, dance, and play drums which became one of the foundations of jazz.
Long Vue House & Gardens
7 Bamboo Street
This National Historic landmark that was once the home of Edith Rosenwald Stern, heiress to Sears + Roebuck.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Explore the world’s largest collection of Southern Art in its many forms.
726 St. Peter
Preservation Hall is a definite must-do if you want to have a truly New Orleans experience. Its going to be hot, and crowded, and you’ll be sitting on the floor, but you will also hear some of the best jazz in the world.
Located just shy of the French Quarter, Snug Harbor is another great place to listen to live jazz.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
500 Port of Orleans, Suite 169
This museum explores the traditions, artifacts and history of Southern cuisine.
St. Louis Cathedral
One of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the U.S. located in Jackson Square. Open all day, so folks will party on Bourbon Street then walk right in and say a prayer or two, before heading back out for more fun. Also, the area around the cathedral features some of New Orleans finest street musicians and tarot card readers.
501 Napoleon Avenue
I have never had a bad experience at Tipitina’s and I’ve seen some of the best Blues and R&B performances there. “Tips” is a definite when you visit New Orleans.
Chef Paul Bocuse once said, “Next to Parisians, the people of New Orleans have the most refined taste for food of any city in the world.”
Susan Spicer has been creating some incredible dishes with a world view for years, so there is always something interesting on the menu.
Bon Ton Cafe
If you want authentic Creole cooking prepared from family recipes, then head to Bon Ton. Try the Rum Ramsey cocktail.
Cafe du Monde
Three beignets for $2. The best dessert money can buy in New Orleans.
Casamento’s is the best place to try an oyster loaf. It’s fried, but totally worth it. If you don’t like oysters, they have shrimp, fish and delicious gumbo too.
I don’t eat pork, but my friends rave about Donald Link’s Cajun small plates.
Try the unbelievable flavors at Creole Creamery like Apricot Grand Marnier, Black Raspberry Mojito, Cayenne Lime Butter, French Toast and Red Velvet.
Dooky Chase is decorated with one of the finest collections of African American art in New Orleans, but folks dine at Dooky’s for the soulful creole cuisine, especially Ms. Leah’s gumbo.
Without a doubt this is the most requested restaurant when friends come to visit New Orleans because everyone loves Emeril, but what they discover is that Emeril’s food is much more sophisticated than his Bam! TV persona.
Susan Zemanick is creating delicious French inspired dishes at this Uptown restaurant.
6078 Laurel Street
Serving inventive French dishes with a local twist. Don’t miss the grilled lamb ribs.
Port of Call
When in need of a burger, consider Port of Call, where the lines are always long, but waiting is a testament to how good the burgers are and their baked potatoes are enough for two people.
Innovative cuisine sourced from the finest of local ingredients.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
2401 St. Ann’s
Really, really good southern fried chicken. Go. Now.
Loews New Orleans
One of New Orleans best located in the Central Business District.
A beautiful Beaux Arts building with elegantly appointed rooms, suites and two penthouses. Just two blocks from the French Quarter with 12-foot high ceilings and every amenity imaginable.
If you love the idea of a loft-like boutique hotel, then Loft 523 is for you. Furnishing are spare, but well thought out, think Fortuny lamps and Frette linens. Just two blocks from the French Quarter.
Ritz Carlton New Orleans
A block from Bourbon Street and perfect for those who prefer 5-star accommodations and attentive Southern hospitality.
Roosevelt New Orleans
123 Baronne Street
Part of the Waldorf Astoria collection, the Roosevelt is an elegant hotel with superb fine dining.
If you want to stay on Bourbon Street, then the Royal Sonesta is for you.
A quaint hideaway in the French Quarter preferred by celebrities and discerning travelers because the service at Soniat is topnotch.
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