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 Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
Bars & Clubs, Piano Bars
Theaters, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighborhoods, Flea & Street Markets
Bars & Clubs, Jazz Clubs & Bars
Since 1862, this original French Market coffee stand has been serving powder sugar capped beignets (aka French doughnuts and 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 item when you pay your visit, but they don’t call it Café du Monde ('Café 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 beautiful 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, located on the edge of Jackson Square in the French Quarter, is an antebellum row house furnished to represent life in mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans. There is perhaps no better setting for learning about the Crescent City’s idiosyncratic and often troubled history. For architecture and design fans and history buffs, 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 in the Quarter.
If you've ever wondered how to make etouffée, gumbo, or any other 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, Leah Johnson's family 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.
Providing a 'complete line of locally handmade' voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags, potion, oils and more alongside spiritual work and consultations by an 'experienced team of in-house practitioners,' 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).
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.
At the edge of the Quarter and right on Canal, Palace Cafe is a fine dining restaurant with kinetic atmosphere. Dinner service 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 the classic New Orleans dessert bananas Foster are just a few of the scrumptious dishes. The wine list is created by a smart sommelier and the cocktails are awesome.
If you can only visit one music venue in Louisiana, this historic music hall set in the French Quarter should be at the top of your list. The music here is classic Dixieland played by some of the best musicians in town. It 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. The choice of dining options and live music venues beguiles with a multitude of top rated options.
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.