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3 Days in New Orleans

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The sights, sounds and tastes a first timer mustn’t miss with 3 days to play down in the Big Easy.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

30 Places

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30 Places

Day 1

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurants

Jackson Square

Historic walking areas, Landmarks & points of interest

Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)

Museums, History museums

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Specialty museums

French Quarter

Historic walking areas, Neighborhoods, Flea & street markets, Landmarks & points of interest

New Orleans School of Cooking

Cooking classes

Leah's Pralines

Restaurants

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Jogging paths & tracks, Parks

Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge

Bars & clubs, Piano bars

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

Jazz bars

Palace Cafe

Restaurants

Day 2

La Boulangerie

Restaurants

St. Charles Streetcar

Trams, Public transportation systems

Warehouse District

Neighborhoods, Landmarks & points of interest

The National WWII Museum

Museums, History museums, Military museums, Specialty museums

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Art museums

Domilise's Po-Boys

Restaurants

Audubon Park

Parks

Commander's Palace

Restaurants

Day 3

Morning Call, City Park

Restaurants

New Orleans City Park

Parks

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

Art museums

Central Grocery Company

Restaurants

Voodoo Authentica

Landmarks & points of interest

Louis Armstrong Park

Parks

Acme Oyster House

Restaurants

Preservation Hall

Theaters, Landmarks & points of interest

Frenchmen Street

Landmarks & points of interest

Adolfo's

Restaurants

The Spotted Cat Music Club

Bars & clubs, Jazz bars

Chris O's City Tips

  • Many of NOLA's best attractions and activities are within walking distance of each other. But be prepared to take cabs and public transport to make the most of your time here.
  • Lots of locals work in the service industry and rely very much on your gratuity to earn a living wage. Be kind and aware when you tip.
  • If you hope to do it up at one of the city's more notable restaurants, plan ahead and make a reservation.
  • For the most part, New Orleans is a very casual, come-as-you-are kind of place, but a number of the city's most celebrated restaurants expect smart dress. Check before heading out.
    Day 1
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    Cafe Du Monde
    Restaurants (French, American, Café, Bakery)
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    Chris O Says:

    Since 1862, this original French Market coffee stand has been serving powdered sugar-capped beignets (aka French doughnuts, aka the Louisiana state doughnut) with chicory-blended coffee for folks 24 hours a day. Oh sure you’ll be yet another of the many thousands of tourists lining up for a taste of NOLA’s most iconic breakfast items when you pay your visit, but they don’t call it the Café Du Monde ('Cafe of the World') for nothing! So relax and enjoy the experience ... and the sugar rush. Besides, if you’re apt to start your day with coffee and a sweet treat, you might as well do it here along the banks of the mighty Mississippi!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The café is open 24 hours a day. So consider it for catching second winds or winding down at the end of the day.
    • The original location, and the one open 24/7 is the cafe at 800 Decatur Street.
    • Café du Monde closes at 6pm on December 24 and reopens at 6am on December 26.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Who can resist? 03/30/2015
    • It's a Must 03/30/2015
    • Cafe Du Monde
    Address:
    800 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3306
    Phone:
    (504) 581-2914
    Price range:
    $1 - $20
    Other:
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    Jackson Square
    Historic walking areas, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Chris O Says:

    Admire the classical beauty of this world-famous square, with its statue of a hat-tipping Andrew Jackson on horseback, flanked by the muddy Mississippi River and the majestically pretty St. Louis Cathedral. Relax, regroup and have fun scoping out all the many colorful characters, buskers, and artists who frequent this popular French Quarter gathering place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye on your belongings as you would in any crowded area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • A happening place! 03/30/2015
    • Touristy but fun. 03/30/2015
    • Jackson Square
    Address:
    615 Pere Antoine Alley
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Phone:
    800-800-0550
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    Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)
    Museums, History museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Louisiana State Museum's 1850 House is an antebellum row house furnished to represent life in mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans. Located on the edge of Jackson Square in the French Quarter, there is perhaps no better setting to learn about the Crescent City’s idiosyncratic and often troubled history. For architecture and design fans and history buffs alike, a visit with a guided tour is a must!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The house’s gift shop offers a great range of distinctive souvenirs and gifts, many of which are crafted by local artisans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Katrina exhibit deserves awards! 03/20/2015
    • Both are worth the stop 03/20/2015
    • Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)
    Address:
    523 St Ann Street
    Lower Pontalba Building, Jackson Square
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Phone:
    504 568 6968
    Other:
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    Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Specialty museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Located at the port and right on the mighty Mississippi, Mardi Gras World is a grand scale working studio offering a behind-the-scenes look at all the artistry and craft that goes into the building of each and every one of the famous and often outlandish Mardi Gras parade floats.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The attraction is open seven days a week, from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
    • Tours run every 30 minutes.
    • Mardi Gras World offers free shuttle rides from and back to much of town.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • Interesting but the driver was the best part 03/30/2015
    • Interesting 03/29/2015
    • Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Address:
    1380 Port of New Orleans Place
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    504-361-7821
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Other:
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    French Quarter
    Historic walking areas, Neighborhoods, Flea & street markets, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Chris O Says:

    From some of the classiest venues in America to some of its trashiest dives, the freewheeling French Quarter is a hedonistic haven where world famous chefs, world class musicians and worldly bartenders bust their chops to ensure the historic neighborhood thoroughly delights any and all who have the pleasure to spend time here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Luxury Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Quarter has plenty of kid-friendly activities and attractions — but also offers 24 hour bars, strip clubs and voodoo shops.
    • Watch where you step, particularly during the wee hours of the morning.
    • Late nights can be rowdy, especially along Bourbon Street.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wander, discover, enjoy with any amount of time! 03/30/2015
    • Love NOLA 03/30/2015
    • French Quarter
    Address:
    Canal St to Esplanade Ave
    Mississippi River to N Rampart St
    New Orleans, LA
    Other:
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    New Orleans School of Cooking
    Cooking classes
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    Chris O Says:

    If you've ever wondered how to make etouffée, gumbo, or any other type of creole or Cajun speciality, the New Orleans School of Cooking is for you! Believe it or not, this place is also a brilliant venue for a fun and fairly thorough introduction to the culture and history of one of America's most delectable destinations.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Come hungry!
    • Make sure to browse the gift shop before you leave for a look at all the excellent regional cookbooks, seasonings, meal kits, kitchen utensils, and more.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 27 Food and Drink in New Orleans
    • Great Fun 03/29/2015
    • Great - A lot fun 03/29/2015
    • New Orleans School of Cooking
    Address:
    524 St. Louis Street
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    504-525-2665
    Other:
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    Leah's Pralines
    Restaurants (American)
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    Chris O Says:

    Since 1944, the family of Leah Johnson has been sharing her original pralines and southern-style confections with the world from the same humble shop. A delectable little New Orleans landmark (offering plenty of free samples), Leah's Pralines is one sweet spot well worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • To be sure, the pralines here are divine but if ya really wanna wow the foodie folks back home with your French Quarter finds, I got three words for ya: bacon pecan brittle.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Favorite Pralines in the Quarter! 03/25/2015
    • Great souvenir-gifts 03/16/2015
    • Leah's Pralines
    Address:
    714 St. Louis St.
    New Orleans, LA
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    Woldenberg Riverfront Park
    Jogging paths & tracks, Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    Be sure to take some time to watch boats come in, here along the banks of the Mississippi. Some of the city’s best strolling, bicycling, and riparian ponderings can be accomplished with leisure at this lovely park.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring some spare change to show appreciation for the street musicians you’re bound to encounter here.
    • Audubon's Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX theater, and a variety of shops are located at or very near to this park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • Get away from the crowds for a few minutes 03/29/2015
    • Very Scenic Park 03/21/2015
    • Woldenberg Riverfront Park
    Address:
    1 Canal St
    French Quarter
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    504-565-3033
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    Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge
    Bars & clubs, Piano bars
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    Chris O Says:

    Is the room spinning? Nope, but the bar is! A 25-seat 'circus-clad merry-go-round' transformed into a spinning cocktail bar may sound like tourist hell, but there’s actually an air of sophistication about it. A fixture for French Quarter elbow benders from near and far, the Carousel Bar inside the elegant lobby of the Hotel Monteleone is a must for any boozy bucket list.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • What to drink? Go for the Sazerac (Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Herbsaint, Peychaud Bitters, simple syrup).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice diversion 03/14/2015
    • Nice Ambience 03/12/2015
    • Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge
    Address:
    214 Rue Royale
    Hotel Monteleone
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    504 523 3341
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 1:00 am
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    Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
    Jazz bars
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    Chris O Says:

    To hear smoking hot live jazz performed by some of the world’s greatest living musicians, head to the only musician owned live music venue in New Orleans. The fact that the owner is Grammy and Billboard Award winning Irvin Mayfield by all means should sway you to make plans to catch a show at his Jazz Playhouse.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Shows start at 8pm.
    • Cocktails and canapés are served here.
    • Jazz Playhouse is situated within the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jazz 03/19/2015
    • Big Easy Sounds 03/17/2015
    • Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
    Address:
    300 Bourbon Street
    Royal Sonesta New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    +1 504-553-2299
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    4:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sat
    4:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Other:
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    Palace Cafe
    Restaurants (French, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Contemporary)
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    Chris O Says:

    At the edge of the Quarter and right on Canal, Palace Cafe is a fine dining restaurant with a kinetic atmosphere. Service during your dinner is gracious, informative and expeditious. And the food is to die for. Check it out: Umami-licious crab meat cheesecake (yes really!), deeply flavorsome duck and roasted garlic gumbo, luscious catfish pecan, and classic New Orleans dessert bananas Foster are but a few of the scrumptious dishes on the menu. Plus, the wine list is suggested by a smart sommelier and the cocktails are awesome. Try the Gingerbread Sazerac (Sazerac Rye, New Orleans Praline Liqueur, Meletti Anisette, gingerbread bitters) for an inspired taste of contemporary creole mixology.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Reservations are recommended.
    • Dress is upscale casual.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Almost five stars but not quite. 03/29/2015
    • Classy, Jazzy French Restaurant - 03/29/2015
    • Palace Cafe
    Address:
    605 Canal St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2307
    Phone:
    +1 504-523-1661
    Price range:
    $31 - $40
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    La Boulangerie
    Restaurants (Bakery)
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    Chris O Says:

    La Boulangerie is an uptown artisanal French bakery offering some of the finest patisserie outside France – all served with a laid back attitude and ample amounts of southern hospitality. Here you'll find one of NOLA’s best coffees too. Whether getting it to go or having a sit for a spell, this is a great place to start your day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • La Boulangerie does an excellent range of homemade gelatos, too.
    • Like the paintings on the wall? Most are for sale and created by the simply-named local folk artist, Simon.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Une vraie boulangerie! As good as in France 03/25/2015
    • happy we stopped here! 03/24/2015
    • La Boulangerie
    Address:
    4600 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    504-269-3777
    Hours:
    Sun
    6:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Mon
    6:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Wed - Sat
    6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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    St. Charles Streetcar
    Trams, Public transportation systems
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    Chris O Says:

    Running for more than 150 years, New Orleans’ St. Charles Streetcar route is the oldest in the world. And with mahogany seats, brass fittings, and exposed ceiling light bulbs, riders are excused for coming to any other conclusion than that the world’s lost a bit of charm over the past century and a half. The St. Charles route is as pretty as it comes and affords folks the chance to soak in the grandeur of uptown New Orleans with its many antebellum mansions, Live Oaks and popular attractions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The 13.2-mile route runs from Carondelet at Canal Street (in the Central Business District), around Riverbend, and to Carrollton at Claiborne Avenue.
    • Top sites to spot along the route include Loyola and Tulane Universities, and the Audubon Zoological Gardens.
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a treat riding the Street Car through St. Charles 03/30/2015
    • An interesting way to see the city 03/29/2015
    • St. Charles Streetcar
    Address:
    2817 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    504-248-3900
    Other:
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    Warehouse District
    Neighborhoods, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Chris O Says:

    Boutique shopping, gallery hopping, and more are the draws to this decidedly delightful and rather historic part of town that's ideal for strolling.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Warehouse District is known by many as the Arts District. (The evening of the first Saturday of each month is usually the best time for openings and special events.)
    • Celebrity chef Emeril has his flagship restaurant here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • Watched the Area Grow 03/15/2015
    • Best area to stay in NO 01/25/2015
    • Warehouse District
    Other:
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    The National WWII Museum
    Museums, History museums, Military museums, Specialty museums
    See more photos
    Chris O Says:

    Opened in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum, the World War II Museum was founded by author and historian Stephen Ambrose. Here, the story of America’s involvement in World War II is explored through letters, recruitment posters, weapons, models, and film in an impeccably curated variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You must go here 03/30/2015
    • Surprisingly in depth 03/30/2015
    • The National WWII Museum
    Address:
    945 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-528-1944
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    Art museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is 'to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.' If that sounds like a good thing to you, then make sure to save some time to explore this wonderful museum. If you’re not so sure, then just be prepared to be amazed by some of the Americas' most vibrant and poignant art displayed in a premiere setting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • The Odgen is open on Thursday evenings with live music, as part of its "Ogden After Dark" series.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Waste of time 03/30/2015
    • A varied collection of works, the Steinmetz photographs are the stars 02/04/2015
    • Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    Address:
    925 Camp Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-539-9600
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thu
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Other:
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    Domilise's Po-Boys
    Restaurants (Cajun & Creole, Sandwiches)
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    Chris O Says:

    Something of a foodie institution — but without any high-faluting airs about it — Domilise’s Po-Boys serves gargantuan po-boy sandwiches made with fresh baked French bread and heaps of whatever you want jammed inside. Washed down with an ice-cold can of Dixie Beer, it’s a gourmand dream. Fantastic food aside, the vibe here is as languidly relaxed as it gets down in Dixie. Escape the tourist fray and head uptown to Domilise’s for what might turn out to be the best sandwich you’ll ever eat in your life!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Hours aren’t as reliable as you might hope for — it’s best to call in advance before heading over.
    • Believe the hype and don’t be scared away by the humble digs.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #122 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Popele get carried away with authentic 03/16/2015
    • Definately, not upscale! 03/13/2015
    • Domilise's Po-Boys
    Address:
    5240 Annunciation Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    Phone:
    504-899-9126
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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    Audubon Park
    Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    Named after naturalist (and New Orleans resident) John James Audubon, this expansive swath of green bordered by the Mississippi River is an outdoor playground for everybody. Whether you’re up for a game of golf on one of the country’s most historic courses or keen to do some serious bird watching, this park is an excellent place to while away your time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the park's rookery for a look at great egrets, cattle egrets, snowy egrets, ibis, blue herons, green herons, night herons, and more birdlife.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely escape in the city 03/30/2015
    • Beautiful! Free parking! 03/30/2015
    • Audubon Park
    Address:
    6500 Magazine St.
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    Phone:
    504-581-4629
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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    Commander's Palace
    Restaurants (American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood)
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    Chris O Says:

    This Garden District restaurant’s list of awards and accolades is almost as long as its menu. Since its opening in the 1880s, Commander’s Palace has long maintained its presence at the top of the Crescent City’s culinary scene, and thus may be regarded as one of America’s best places to eat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Men: it’s a good idea to wear a jacket to dine here.
    • The Commander’s Palace Jazz Brunch is considered by many to be the best in town.
    • Making a reservation is a very wise idea.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of our favorites 03/30/2015
    • Wonderful! 03/30/2015
    • Commander's Palace
    Address:
    1403 Washington Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-899-8221
    Price range:
    $30 - $80
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sat
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Morning Call, City Park
    Restaurants (Coffee Shop)
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    Chris O Says:

    'Café au lait' and beignets in the park? Yes please. Open 24 hours, this coffee stand is a brilliant spot for an al fresco break with the New Orleans Museum of Art and its splendid sculpture garden close at hand.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Craving something meaty? Go for the jambalaya, gumbo, or alligator sausage.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #274 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lighter quicker option to Cafe Du Monde in a beautiful park 03/30/2015
    • Perfect beignets and Classic coke in mini bottles 03/30/2015
    • Morning Call, City Park
    Address:
    Dreyfous Drive
    New Orleans, LA
    Other:
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    New Orleans City Park
    Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    One of America’s oldest urban parks, the 1,300-acre City Park is a fun place to play for all ages, with biking, jogging, and walking paths; a couple dozen tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; and even its own small amusement park with a 100 year-old hand-carved carousel!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go horseback riding at the park's Equest Farm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pay the extra money to take a trip out of the French Quarter to visit 03/30/2015
    • Nice Escape from the French Quarter 03/30/2015
    • New Orleans City Park
    Address:
    1 Palm Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70124
    Phone:
    504-482-4888
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Art museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Artfully residing within five of City Park’s prettiest acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden yields an exquisite opportunity to enjoy some time outside while admiring an impressive range of contemporary art.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The garden is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias, and live oaks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Little Sculpture Garden 03/29/2015
    • Interesting and sometimes iconic art works well integrated into lovely gardens 03/27/2015
    • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Address:
    1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
    New Orleans, LA 70124
    Phone:
    504 658-4100
    Other:
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    Central Grocery Company
    Restaurants
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    Chris O Says:

    The 'po boy' may be the more famous 'Nawlins' original, but the other greatest thing to do with sliced bread that emerged from this tasty town is the 'muffaletta' — a mega-sized sandwich first made by Sicilian immigrants at Central Grocery. Head to this tiny, old-fashioned specialty food shop in the French Quarter and see which sandwich style you prefer!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • How about getting your muffaletta to go and enjoying it in the park or by the river?
    • Service can seem a bit brusque at times. Be ready to roll when it’s your turn to order.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get in Line! 03/30/2015
    • Muffalettaaaaaaah 03/29/2015
    • Central Grocery Company
    Address:
    923 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3381
    Phone:
    (504) 523-1620
    Price range:
    $1 - $20
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    Voodoo Authentica
    Landmarks & points of interest
    Chris O Says:

    Providing a 'complete line of locally handmade' Voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags, potions, oils and more — alongside spiritual work and consultations — Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans is a friendly one-stop shop for all your esoteric needs (whether they be of the kitsch or keenly observant variety).

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Visiting New Orleans around the end of October? Check out the shop’s Voodoofest celebrations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • The staff was helpful and not high pressure to sell anything! 03/24/2015
    • Fun place 03/11/2015
    • Voodoo Authentica
    Address:
    612 Rue Dumaine
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    15045222111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Louis Armstrong Park
    Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    This 32-acre park located in the Treme neighborhood, just across Rampart Street from the French Quarter, is dedicated to one of NOLA’s most celebrated native sons, and one of the world’s most beloved musicians. The park is also home to Congo Square, where slaves once gathered each Sunday to sing, play drums, sell homemade goods, and socialize.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park’s most festive occasions include Martin Luther King Day celebrations and the Red Dress Run.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • Was ok 03/30/2015
    • Nice park 03/29/2015
    • Louis Armstrong Park
    Address:
    901 North Rampart Street
    New Orleans, LA
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    Acme Oyster House
    Restaurants (American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood)
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    Chris O Says:

    'Proudly serving old cold oysters' for over 100 years, Acme offers fresh seafood in a rollicking French Quarter setting. 'Aw shucks, is this the best place to have oysters in Nawlins?' A lot of folks from near and far would answer that question with an 'aw yeah!'

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There's now a second Acme in town at the Harrah's Casino and Hotel complex (as well as other new locations across Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best oyster poboy ever 03/30/2015
    • Slow to start but with great finish 03/30/2015
    • Acme Oyster House
    Address:
    724 Iberville Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    504-522-5973
    Price range:
    $1 - $25
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Preservation Hall
    Theaters, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Chris O Says:

    If you could only visit one music venue in Louisiana, this historic music hall set in the French Quarter would have to be at the top of your list. The music here is classic Dixieland played by some of the best musicians in town. It simply doesn't get more authentic than this!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Do not even attempt to record a performance when you visit.
    • Take your seats quickly and let the good times roll!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jazz show 03/30/2015
    • A must for music lovers 03/30/2015
    • Preservation Hall
    Address:
    726 St. Peter Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Phone:
    +1 504-522-2841
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Frenchmen Street
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Chris O Says:

    Frenchmen Street is known as the locals’ 'Bourbon Street' — but don’t worry, non-Nawlins folks are nevertheless welcome. The nightlife here is guaranteed sultry fun, with a beguiling choice of dining options and top-rated live music venues.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Many people are carousing Frenchman Street at night, but keep your wits about you on the side streets — or just take a cab from a trusted company.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    • Run down version of Bourbon Street 03/30/2015
    • Eclectic! 03/30/2015
    • Frenchmen Street
    Address:
    Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA
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    Adolfo's
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Chris O Says:

    Set above the live music venue the Apple Barrel, this cozy candlelit Creole/Italian eatery exudes charm and offers big flavor for a much more budget-friendly price than many better-known restaurants in the nearby French Quarter.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Hungry? Go for the trout stuffed with crab, shrimp, and crayfish.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 1,230 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasteless pasta, small portions, not Italian! 03/25/2015
    • Expected more 03/23/2015
    • Adolfo's
    Address:
    611 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-2001
    Phone:
    504-948-3800
    Price range:
    $30 - $40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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    The Spotted Cat Music Club
    Bars & clubs, Jazz bars
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    Chris O Says:

    A Frenchmen Street favorite and one of the most fun bars in New Orleans, The Spotted Cat is a friendly place where locals of all sorts and out-of-towners from all over join together to have a good time listening to great music.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Drinks are cheap — just be sure to save some money for when the hat’s passed round for the band!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This place is a must if you love music 03/30/2015
    • A Great Place to Hear Music with the Locals 03/26/2015
    • The Spotted Cat Music Club
    Address:
    623 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Phone:
    111-222-3333
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    4:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Sat - Sun
    3:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Other:
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