A Few Days in NOLA

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  • New Orleans

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Louisiana

  • Sightseeing

  • Outdoors

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

New Orleans has had my heart ever since I went with my son, six years ago. I’ve been going every year since! New Orleans is such a unique city with lots of charm and character. There are so many friendly people and locals who will make you feel at home.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

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Hotel Monteleone

Experience a timeless gem in the heart of New Orleans, where Southern charm, literary history, and elegant hospitality come together in perfect harmony.

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  • $100 hotel credit.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans

Upscale hotel in a 1920s building with relaxed rooms around the corner from the French Quarter.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Immerse yourself in the allure of New Orleans' French Quarter with a stay at this elegant and captivating historic hotel.

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Things to do in New Orleans

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Jackson Square: This vibrant square is filled with a lively atmosphere, featuring a variety of restaurants, small shops and local artists showcasing their talents. Immerse yourself in the sounds of jazz, witness palm readings, admire colorful paintings and enjoy people-watching to get a true taste of the New Orleans spirit.

Armstrong Park: Located in the southern corner of the park is Congo Square, a historically significant space where enslaved and free people of color gathered in the 19th century. It was a hub for meetings, open markets and African dance and drumming celebrations that played a pivotal role in the development of jazz. Today, Congo Square continues to be a spiritual gathering place for voodoo practitioners and a site of cultural significance.

The French Market: Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of the historic French Market, where you can experience the essence of Creole cuisine. From authentic dishes like Jambalaya to romantic candlelit dinners overlooking the Mississippi River, this market area offers a wide range of culinary delights. Explore the numerous tents set up by local vendors, who greet you with warm smiles and showcase their unique crafts.

Canal Street: A bustling hub of entertainment, Canal Street is a must-visit for a fun-filled experience. Explore a variety of shops, dine at fantastic restaurants, enjoy the vibrant nightlife and don't miss the opportunity to ride one of the iconic streetcars. Riding a streetcar is a quintessential New Orleans experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the city's charm.

Bourbon Street: Known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Orleans, Bourbon Street is synonymous with lively entertainment. Experience the energetic atmosphere filled with a multitude of bars, small eateries, live jazz music and dance performances. Be sure to check out Coop's for their famous duck quesadillas, a culinary delight you won't want to miss.

Vampire Cafe: Located on Royal Street, this charming cafe offers delicious food and a unique ambiance. Admire the spectacular chandeliers as you indulge in their mouthwatering cuisine. Don't miss the opportunity to try their "blood-like" IV fluids, which are actually delicious sangrias or vodka strawberry lemonades that you can take with you as you explore the surrounding area.

The Carousel Bar:Situated inside Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar is a beloved spot in New Orleans. This beautifully designed bar features a low spinning mechanism, creating a unique experience for guests. With limited seating for only 25 people, it's best to arrive early. Try the popular French 007 cocktail or indulge in the delightful Fleur de Lis cocktail for an unforgettable experience.

Muriel's: Located on the corner of Jackson Square, Muriel's is a romantic fine dining restaurant. Treat your taste buds to their delectable Crawfish crepes while enjoying the charming ambiance. Upstairs, you'll find Muriel's famous ghost Pierre, who tragically took his own life after losing his beloved house in a bet. The upper floor, where the slave quarters once stood, now serves as Muriel's Seance Lounges. Take a moment to relax on the balcony, savor a glass of wine and appreciate the stunning architecture of Jackson Square.

Places to eat & drink in New Orleans

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Coop’s- A Decatur Street staple since 1983, Coop's Place is the place to go for a true taste of New Orleans at down home prices. The duck quesadillas with an orange marmalade is top notch!

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar- Once a place for pirates, it is now dimly lit and one of the oldest bars around. This bar has been serving beer and frozen drinks since the 1700s. Try it’s famous purple drink — The Voodoo Daiquiri!

Daisy Dukes: Cajun style small eatery with the best Cajun food! In my honest opinion, the best crawfish etoufee and shrimp po’boy I’ve ever had.

Little Tropical Isle- Best spot on Bourbon for the very famous “Hand grenade” frozen drink!

French Toast- A wonderful breakfast place off of Decatur. I had the Crepe Florentine with spinach, Gruyère, onion and prosciutto. Definitely try their hibiscus mimosa. Best mimosa hands down!

Cafe Du Monde- Worldly famous for their beignets, this place gets crowded fast! It’s best to get there when it first opens or when it’s about to close. This is always a tradition for me!

Cafe Beignet: Another great place for some beignets! Their iced coffee is pretty amazing, and try their beignet ice cream sandwiches if you want to go full sweet tooth!

Commander’s Palace- This place is hard to miss with its Turquoise and White exterior, situated in the Garden District. With Southern dishes like crawfish strudel, turtle soup, and pecan-crusted gulf fish, Commander's is an exemplary spot for anyone looking for a true taste of NOLA.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Cara Schuster’s guide, Chic Three-Day Itinerary to Discover New Orleans, Louisiana.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to New Orleans.