LOUISIANA. USA

NEW ORLEANS

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New Orleans is unlike any other city in the United States. While it’s claim to fame is being the home to Mardi Gras, it’s a city offering way more than endless boozing and dancing in the streets (not saying there is anything wrong with that).

From the sounds of live jazz on Frenchmen Street, over to the beautiful backdrop of historical homes and landscapes by Audubon Park and the Garden District… Get ready to immerse yourself in non-stop fun, rich culinary experiences, and incredible cultural adventures.

 

We visited New Orleans during Jazzfest, their annual super-festival celebrating the incredible jazz culture (+food, activities and more). With a mix of local tips, recommendations, and some good ‘ol self-led exploring, here’s a full breakdown of where to stay, what to do and most importantly, where to eat while New Orleans!

 

BUCKET LIST

Beignets & Cafe Au Lait
Café du Monde
Wine Buckets & Live Music
Bacchanal Wine Bar
Muffuletta
Central Grocery Co. or Cochon Butcher
Oysters
Casamento’s, Dragos, Galatoire’s
Po-Boy's
Domilise’s, Parkway Bakery
Biscuits & Baked Goods
Willa Jean, Bywater Bakery
Hummus & Hot Pita
Shaya
Ice Cream Cones
Creole Creamery
Donuts
District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.
Sno Balls
Hansen's Sno-Bliz
Fried Chicken
Willie Mae's Scotch House, Dooky Chase
Alligator Cheesecake
Jacques-Imo's
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TOP 5's

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

WILLA JEAN

Southern - $$ - Warehouse District

SURREY'S

Modern American - $ - Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

THE RUBY SLIPPER 

Southern - $ - Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

ELIZABETH'S

Southern - $ - Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

CAKE CAFE & BAKERY

Bakery, Cafe $ - Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

LUNCH

DINNER

COCHON BUTCHER

Cajun, Deli - $ - Warehouse District

LILLY'S CAFE

Vietnamese - $ - Garden District

BOUCHERIE 

Southern - $$ - Uptown

SHAYA

Modern Israeli - $$$ - Garden District

CAMEILLA GRILL 

Diner - $ - Uptown

HERBSAINT 

French - $$$ - Central Business District

COMMANDERS PALACE 

Upscale Creole - $$$ - Garden District

COCHON 

Cajun - $$ - Warehouse District

R'EVOLUTION

Upscale Cajun - $$$$ - French Quarter

CLANCY'S 

Upscale Creole - $$$ - Garden District

LIVE MUSIC

TIPITINA'S 

Live Music Venue - $$ - Uptown

BACCHANAL 

Wine Shop, Outdoor Grille- $$ - F'burg Marigny & Bywater

MAPLE LEAF BAR 

Jazz Club - $ - Uptown

BLUE NILE

Jazz Bar - $ - F'burg Marigny & Bywater

PRESERVATION HALL

Jazz Venue - $$ - French Quarter

 

MORE OF OUR FAVORITE SPOTS

SOUL FOOD

THE JOINT (BBQ) Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE (Fried Chicken) Treme

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT (Fried Chicken, Gumbo) Treme

SANDWICHES

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS (Po-Boys) Uptown

PARRAN'S (Po-Boys, Muffaletta) Uptown

KILLER PO-BOYS (Po-BoysFrench Quarter

CENTRAL GROCERY CO. (MuffalettaFrench Quarter

VERTI MARTE (Po-Boys, Muffaletta) French Quarter

COCHON BUTCHER (Deli, MuffalettaWarehouse District

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN (Po-BoysMid-City

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT (Po-Boys) Central Business District

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI (Jewish-Italian DeliGarden District

CASUAL FARE

BOUCHERIE (Southern American, French) Uptown

CAMELLIA GRILL (Diner, Great Brunch) Uptown

PIZZA DOMENICA (Pizza, New Italian) Uptown

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY (Grilled Cheese, DeliUptown

 

THE COMPANY BURGER (Burger JointUptown

LILLY'S CAFE (VietnameseGarden District

TURKEY & THE WOLF (New American, Sandwiches) Garden District

DAT DOG (Hot Dogs) Garden District

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK (Southern, SeafoodMid-City

1000 FIGS (Mediterranean) Mid-City

KATIE'S (Southern, Crawfish Beignets) Mid-City

PIZZA DELICIOUS (Pizza) Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

ST. ROCH MARKET (Food Hall, MarketS 7 Ward

BENNACHIN (West African) French Quarter

PORT OF CALL (Burger Joint) French Quarter

BRUNCH

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR (Healthy Options) Garden District, Uptown

CAMELLIA GRILL (Diner) Uptown

SATSUMA MAPLE (Healthy Options) Uptown

DANTE'S KITCHEN (Corned Beef Hash) Uptown

ATCHAFALAYA (Cajun/ Creole) Garden District, Uptown

COULI'S (BYOB Bloody's) Garden District

 

COMMANDER'S PALACE (Jazz Brunch, Fancy) Garden District

 

WILLA JEAN (Bakery, Southern Comfort ) CBD

 

MOTHER'S (Comfort Food) CBD

TWO CHICKS CAFE (American) Warehouse District

THE RUBY SLIPPER Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

CAKE CAFE & BAKERY  Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

ELIZABETH'S (Southern Indulgence, Praline Bacon) Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

BYWATER BAKERY (Bakery, Cafe) Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

STANLEY (Eggs, Banana’s Foster French Toast) French Quarter

 

COURT OF TWO SISTERS CAFE (Courtyard, Jazz Brunch,) French Quarter

DESSERT

CREOLE CREAMERY (Ice Cream) Uptown

HANSEN'S SNO BLIZ (Shaved Ice) Uptown

SUCRE (Dessert Shop, Macarons) French Quarter

CAFE DU MONDE (Beignets) French Quarter

DISTRICT. DONUTS. SLIDERS. BREW  (Donuts) Garden District

COULI'S (BYOB Bloody's) Garden District

 

COMMANDER'S PALACE (Jazz Brunch, Fancy) Garden District

WILLA JEAN (Bakery, Southern Comfort ) CBD

MANNY RANDAZZO KING CAKES (Bakery, King Cakes ) Metairie

ANGELO BROCATO ITALIAN GELATO & PASTRY (Bakery, Ice Cream) Mid City

 

NIGHTLIFE

LIVE MUSIC VENUES/ BARS

Tipitina’s (OG Jazz Club, Garden District)


Maple Leaf Bar (Crawfish Boil, Uptown)


Preservation Hall (French Quarter)


Pat O'Brien's Piano Bar (French Quarter)


Fat Catz Music Club (French Quarter)


One Eyed Jacks (French Quarter)

The Howlin’ Wolf (Warehouse District)


Chickie Wah Wah (Mid-City)


Hi-Ho Lounge (Faubourg Marigny & Bywater)

*FRENCHMEN ST (Faubourg Marigny & Bywater) 

Blue Nile (Frenchmen St)

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (Frenchmen St)

The Spotted Cat Music Club (Frenchmen St)

Maison (Frenchmen St)

Cafe Negril (Frenchmen St)

DBA (Frenchmen St)

WINE BARS

Bacchanal Wine  (Live Music, Faubourg Marigny & Bywater)

The Delachaise (Garden District)

COCKTAIL BARS

Bacchanal Wine  (Live Music, Faubourg Marigny & Bywater)

The Delachaise (Garden District)

Cure (Uptown)


Sazerac Bar (Fancy- CBD)


Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar (CBD)


The Carousel Bar & Lounge (Fancy- French Quarter)


Arnaud’s French 75 (Fancy, Cigar Bar- French Quarter)


Three Muses (Faubourg Marigny & Bywater)

BEER GARDENS

Bayou Beer Garden (Mid-City)


The Bulldog (Garden District)


The Rusty Nail (Warehouse District)

DIVE BARS

Parasol’s (Firecracker Shrimp Po-Boys, Garden District)


The Saint (Garden District)


Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (French Quarter)

 

STAY-SEE-DO

ACTIVITIES

French Quarter

Historic, romantic, vibrant, and downright decadent, the French Quarter is many things –“boring” is not one of them

  • Café Du Monde

  • CityWalk/ Jackson Square

  • Antique Shopping Royal Street

  • Bourbon Street

  • French Market

  • Audubon Aquarium

  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Garden District

Home to NOLA’s rich and famous. The homes sit among ancient oak trees and picturesque streetcars. It is considered one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods

  • Shop Along Magazine Street

  • Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, (good starting point for discovering this neighborhood)

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum

  • District Donut

Warehouse (Arts) District

  • National World War II Museum

Bywater & Faubourg Marigny

Revitalized section of town downriver from the French Quarter is home to many small galleries, coffee shops, a new waterfront park and some of the best examples of Creole architecture and colorful homes in town. It’s the perfect place to see the city’s vibrant use of color

 

  • Crescent Park

  • Live Jazz on Frenchmen Street

  • Frenchmen Street Night Art Market

  • Cake Cafe, Bacchanal Wines, Bywater Bakery

Uptown

Great spot to relax and take a break and have incredible views of the Mississippi River

  • Audubon Park (near Tulane, jogging path, picnic tables)

  • The Fly (on the water and near the Audubon Zoo. It’s a local favorite)

  • Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, Creole Creamery

Mid- City

  • Bike around City Park

  • New Orleans Museum of Art

Tours

Swamp Tour · Cemetery Tour · Haunted Mansion Tour · Witch Tours

HOTELS

The Roosevelt Hotel

★★★★

French Quarter

W New Orleans

★★★★

Urban-chic in the heart of the French Quarter

The Troubadour

★★★★★

Trendy boutique hotel with rooftop bar in CBD

Ritz Carlton

★★★★★

French Quarter

Hotel Monteleone

★★★★

Classic Luxury in the French Quarter

The Soniat House

★★★★

Picturesque Southern-style townhouses in the French Quarter

The Ace Hotel

★★★★

Boutique, hipster vibes with a poolside rooftop garden in the Arts District

Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

★★★★

19th-century warehouse turned boutique digs in the Arts District

Royal Sonesta

★★★★

French Quarter

AirBnB

SHOP

Exodus Goods

Womens, Gifts, French Quarter

Nadine Blake

Gifts, Home, French Quarter

 

Krewe du Optic 

Independent chic eyewear, French Quarter

 

Fifi Mahony’s

Funky wig shop, French Quarter

 

Porter Lyons

Jewelry, French Quarter

United Apparel Liquidators

Designer discounts, French Quarter

Re:Fresh

Mens streetwear, French Quarter

Peony

Womens, Garden District

Tchoup Industries, DVRA, Disko Obscura

Gifts, Garden District

Saint Claude Social Club

Womens, gifts, Garden District

Monomin

Womens, Garden District

 

Hattie Sparks

Womens, Warehouse District

 

Stonefree

Womens Fashion, CBD

 

Defend

Gifts,  Warehouse Districts

Friend

Mens, Warehouse District

Freda

Womens, Warehouse District

Neon Heart

Womens, Mens, Uptown

 
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Po-Boy's

Domilise’s, Parkway Bakery