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  • Pat
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ve been visiting New Orleans (driving from Virginia in two days) for my birthday. We love the Brakeman Hotel on Basin Street. It’s a converted train depot building and the rooms and building have a lot of charm. It’s a perfect location and easy walk to many popular venues. Parking is free. We celebrated with a birthday dinner at GW Fins, one of our favorite restaurants in town. I ordered the Dry Aged Yellowfin Tuna Chop and my wife had the halibut, and we shared lobster dumplings and tuna tartare appetizers. Everything was outstanding (the tuna was $75, but it was worth it to me and I’m not complaining). We ended the night at Bamboulas on Frenchmen Street listening to great jazz. We haven’t tried the food at Bamboulas , but the drinks are good, the beer is cold, and the service is excellent. Stay far away from the house wines, though. We much prefer the Frenchmen neighborhood to the French Quarter—all the same food and entertainment options but much less sleaze (okay, a little sleaze is fun). There’s not much better after a night of drinking and dancing than made-while-you-wait warm beignets and strong coffee for breakfast. We golfed at the Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course (aka Joe Bart or the Old Bart), which is well maintained, flat (or course) , and pretty open. We saw a number of Mardi Gras parades during our three nights there. Although we had a car, we used Uber quite a bit—wait times were very short and fares were very reasonable and of course no need to find parking or drive tipsy. We visit NOLA once a year and few US cities can compete as a destination for excellent food and music. We’ve had friends question safety in NOLA, but we’ve never sensed a threat or felt uncomfortable (the hotel is across the street from a police precinct headquarters). I’ve also been to Final Fours in NOLA. I’d vote for it to become the permanent venue for sports championships. It can accommodate the crowds easily; has much to offer in the way of food, drink, and entertainment; and the venues are within walking distance to hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • DutchLace
    Holland, MI753 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We meander through the area before breakfast. We figured we wouldn't remember who lived in the house originally, so we didn't take formal tour. Architecture and landscaping was beautiful. Be careful walking some of the sidewalks the tree roots are making some uneven. One home we walked by had a dog bowl and a drinking fountain outside their gate. Walked past cemetery on Washington St. It was temporary closed.
    Written January 16, 2024
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  • Ania Z
    Las Vegas, NV164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area with many amazing, very colorful buildings. Quite and nice gateway from Bourbon and French District within several hundred meters from FD. Strongly recommend for a walk. Great photo shoot area.
    Written August 25, 2023
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  • Jen F
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We bought an all day Le Pass ticket that allowed for unlimited streetcar, bus, and ferry rides. We took the ferry over to Algier's and ate delicious tacos at Barrucuda Taco stand. Algier's is a nice when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of NOLA. Quiet, quaint, with some beautiful historic homes, and great view of NOLA along the water.
    Written December 11, 2023
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  • jlantern3
    Columbia, SC12,571 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    stayed at a hotel that was converted from an old warehouse.. a good number of businesses and apartments are now in old warehouses. Decent, well kept area. . Has a trendy vibe and a touristy area. Felt safe at night
    Written December 29, 2023
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  • California_momofsix
    Fairfield1,085 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It feels strange and somewhat inappropriate to rate as a tourist destination but I left reviews about the garden district and the French quarter, so...
    We unexpectedly found ourselves with a few extra hours during our weekend in New Orleans and we were driving back to the hotel from city park and spur of the moment decided to drive through the lower 9th ward. We were traveling with our teenage daughters who are too young to remember Katrina and we were talking about the history of New Orleans with them, and the subject of the flooding and aftermath came up. It was a sobering "field trip" and an eye opening experience for all of us. We didn't want to be disrespectful to people living there, so we only drove around and didn't take pictures. There are new houses and new schools so clearly there have been efforts at rebuilding but overall the area still looks poor and broken. There were still ruins and empty lots everywhere along with graffiti that reflected the most recent unrest. With Katrina museums still closed due to covid, I am glad we went because this really brought the reality and scale of the devastation home to me.
    To be honest, we probably clearly stuck out as tourists but nobody bothered us. Maybe it was the graffiti, I did not feel altogether safe and wouldn't have walked around by myself, especially at night.
    Written October 7, 2020
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  • Abby H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy public transportation to anywhere in NOLA. Bohemian charm with cute shops and great eateries. Lilly’s and Gris Gris wonderful. Beautiful St.Mary’s Assumption Church a real gem. Historic landmark with incredible carved statuary and German stained glass windows. The pews were massive and mahogany. Plus, shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemtorist missionary very well done.
    Written January 29, 2020
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, UK12,673 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decatur Street is a great street to walk down. It seems to have as many restaurants and bars as the more famous Bourbon Street but it does not have the hordes of people. There are interesting shops, like Jazz Funeral, and the French Market but it also has Latrobe Park and historic sights like Bienville Place, with its staue of Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the Founder of New Orleans, and the statue of Joan of Arc, a gift from the people of France.
    Written November 23, 2022
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  • Kevin M
    New Orleans, LA50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is definitely the best place to go in New Orleans is you want visit Brooklyn, but can't afford it.
    The park at the river is fantastic.
    Written May 26, 2017
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Julia Row now appears to be a new and modern block of apartments built on Julia Street. Lots of art galleries in the vicinity.
    Written February 15, 2022
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  • Robogator0
    Windermere, FL2,800 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a nice spot for a stroll along the Mississippi River across from the tourist area of New Orleans. Great spot for photos of downtown at sunset.
    Written March 25, 2017
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It had been sometime, since we did more than drive through the area, once known as “Storyville.” In December, on a gorgeous Winter day, while strolling the length of the French Quarter, on Rampart St (the lakeside boundary of the Quarter), we decided to look at the redevelopment of Storyville.

    Basically, Storyville is an almost square twenty blocks, and runs from Iberville St to St Louis St, and Basin St to Claiborne St. It encompasses two famous cemeteries, St Louis #1, and #2.

    Once, the area was quite grand, and famous for its houses of prostitution. That changed in 1917, when the Secretary of War, and the Secretary of the Navy, declared it too close to a US military installation, during WWI. Having thrived since its “creation” in 1897, it was gone.

    During its heyday, it also turned out, or gave a spotlight to many of the jazz greats from that time.

    We knew the area at probably its rundown worst, and even driving past on Basin St (named for the New Basin Canal, which once ran along the downriver edge of Storyville), one would lock their doors.

    Now, the area is experiencing a resurgence, but not with bawdy houses this time. Just to the upriver side, along Canal St, the development is most prominent, with the remodeling and reopening of the Saenger Theater, and the condominiums across Basin St, and behind the theater.

    The Storyville area has been immortalized in the TV series, “Treme,” which is the name for the broader area.

    On this visit, we did not do a tour of either of the St Louis Cemeteries, but have done both – however at a time before tours were required.

    We walked past Lulu White’s Saloon, named for a famous bawdy house madam, from the active days of Storyville. The Vietnam War Memorial is right along the Basin St edge, and this was new to us. Everywhere we looked, there was renovation, and construction, and the area is slowly returning to its past glory. It had definitely come a very long way, from the days that we would avoid the area, any way possible.

    After a little detour, we were back to Rampart St, to head to a “Champagne bar,” but it was closed on this Monday.
    Written January 18, 2018
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  • Stephen G
    Berwick upon Tweed, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were lucky enough to experience a couples massage during a recent visit to New Orleans. The experience was magical from start to finish. The staff could not be commended enough, and the experience is one of the reasons that we plan to return to New Orleans one day.
    Written October 28, 2022
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  • dsallen
    Nashville, TN12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We ate at this seafood place then joined in the second line it was the best part of the trip!!!!! Apparently they have a second line every Sunday my only advise is wear comfortable shoes
    Written November 11, 2019
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were in New Orleans, for a stop on a business trip, wedged in between Denver and Washington DC, but had time to explore some more of the Mid-City Neighborhood, and especially in the area close to City Park this time.

    From our previous visit, we had seen so much improvement, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. On this visit, we found many, many more blocks, that showed no effects of that devastation - they looked like we remembered them, pre-Katrina.

    On this visit to Mid-City, most of our activities and exploration were to the eastern areas, and concentrated around City Park, and its environs.

    We had a lovely brunch at Ralph’s on the Park, and then both walked and drove most of that vast park, all of the way to Robert E Lee Blvd, the northern edge of both the park, and Mid-City, where the Lakeshore neighborhood begins, and runs to Lake Pontchartrain.

    On another day, we drove into Mid-City on S Jefferson Davis Parkway, and then out Orleans Ave, with a loop on the Mid-City portion of Esplanade Ave, after dining at Parkway Tavern & Bakery.

    Again, in that portion of Mid-City, things were getting back to normal, with new businesses and repaired streets. Homes were once again occupied, and looking very nice. There were still a few properties, which showed as scars from the hurricane, but far fewer than from our previous visit.

    Each visit shows great rebirth in the Mid-City area, and soon, it will be difficult to see any damage from Hurricane Katrina - it will just be a horribly sad footnote in history.

    On this visit, we probably dedicated about 6 hrs just to Mid-City, and really did not scratch the surface of perhaps the largest (and highly diverse) neighborhoods in New Orleans.
    Written February 8, 2020
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