Best Restaurants, Hotels & Things to Do in New Orleans

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  • Louisiana

  • New Orleans

  • Arts & Culture

  • Black Travel

  • City Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Domestic Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Family Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Sightseeing

  • History

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Curator’s statement

If you love jazz, Cajun food, Mardi Gras, history and diversity then New Orleans, or as I like to say, NOLA is the place to be. NOLA has a culture like no other place in the world. You can cruise on the Mighty Mississippi, kayak in the bayous, walk the historic streets of the French Quarter, tour the cemeteries, ride a street car, listen to live bands, eat French cuisine, and enjoy fresh hot beignets. From breakfast to lunch to dinner and late-night snacks, you’ll find some of the best meals you’ve ever eaten. Full of history and charm, NOLA is a city you will quickly learn to love.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

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Maison de la Luz

Refined and romantic, this boutique charmer is Southern hospitality defined.

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The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Grand hotel in a building from 1863 within walking distance from Bourbon Street with posh rooms and suites.

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Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans

Grand hotel with refined rooms overlooking the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

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Things to do in New Orleans

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New Orleans is located on the Mississippi River with many options and things to do. Daytime, nighttime, weekday and weekends - there is always something.


Swamp tours give you an opportunity to see the wildlife that lives in and around the Mississippi. Things like fish, snakes, alligators and other creepy crawly things, oh my.

Plantation tours. NOLA is known for its antebellum history and past.

French Quarter. Take a walk through NOLA’s French Quarter and you will discover like I did, what brings this city to life.

Haunted Tours and Cemetery Tours. I would have never thought I would enjoy walking through a cemetery. The history is amazing. On these tours, you will learn about voodoo, and ghosts and see some amazing cemeteries.


City Park is a must-see. You could spend the whole day here and not see it all. It is one of the largest parks in the United States. Included within the park are the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the New Orleans Museum of Arts and the Louisiana Children’s Museum (a must-see if you are traveling with children). You can walk the park or rent a bike or paddle boat.


New Orleans African American Museum
Le Musee de fpe.
House of Dance and Feathers.
The Lower 9th Ward Living Museum: This is another must-see very moving museum. The 9th Ward was one of the areas that was hit the hardest during Katrina.


Jazz clubs include the Palm Court Jazz Cafe and of course Tipitina's.


Pat O'Brien’s Bar, Preservation Hall and you will find much to do on Bourbon Street!

Places to eat & drink in New Orleans

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Cafe De Monde is the original French Market Coffee Stand and where you will find the best and I mean the BEST Beignets in not only NOLA but the entire USA.

Willie Mae’s Scotch House: Here you will find the best fried chicken in NOLA.

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant: Here you will find American and Creole cooking (I highly recommend the Louisiana Red Fish umm, umm good).

Brennan’s is the place to go if you love Banana Foster. It’s a good place for breakfast.

Looking for good seafood try Elysian or Seafood Sally’s.

For my vegan and vegetarian travelers, a place my husband loves is Sweet Soulfood. I would recommend their Jambalaya or okra gumbo. The menu is a little different daily.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out this guide to New Orleans by Fora Advisor Lissa Caltrider: Girls Getaway Weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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