About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Portugal, Italy, and Hawaii – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it stills seems to yield myriad wonders.
Landmarks & points of interest, Historic walking areas
History museums, Museums
Neighborhoods, Landmarks & points of interest, Flea & street markets, Historic walking areas
Parks, Jogging paths & tracks
Bars & clubs, Piano bars
Neighborhoods, Landmarks & points of interest
History museums, Military museums, Museums, Specialty museums
Landmarks & points of interest
Theaters, Landmarks & points of interest
Landmarks & points of interest
Jazz bars, Bars & clubs
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boutique shopping, gallery hopping, and more are the draws to this decidedly delightful and rather historic part of town that's ideal for strolling.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
'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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
'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!'
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!
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.
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.
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.