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New Orleans Off the Beaten Path

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Despite its compact size and age-old popularity as a destination, there are still plenty of hidden gems to discover down in NOLA!

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

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8 Places

Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)

Museums, History museums

Adolfo's

Restaurants

Canal Street / Algiers Ferry

Ferries

La Boulangerie

Restaurants

Frenchmen Street

Landmarks & points of interest

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Speciality museums

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

Art museums

Voodoo Authentica

Landmarks & points of interest

Chris O's City Tips

  • Many of the attractions and activities you’ll want to experience are within walking distance of each other, but cabs and public transport are handy when time is tight!
  • Lots of locals work in the service industry and rely very much on your gratuity to earn a living wage. Be kind and aware when you tip.
  • If you hope to do it up at one of the city's more notable restaurants, plan ahead and make a reservation.
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    Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)
    Museums, History museums
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    Chris O Says:

    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, a visit with a guided tour is a must!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The house’s gift shop offers a great range of distinctive souvenirs and gifts, many of which are crafted by local artisans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 146 attractions in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Katrina exhibit deserves awards! 20/03/2015
    • Both are worth the stop 20/03/2015
    • Louisiana State Museum (The 1850 House)
    Address:
    523 St Ann Street
    Lower Pontalba Building, Jackson Square
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Phone:
    504 568 6968
    Other:
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    Adolfo's
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Chris O Says:

    Set above the live music venue the Apple Barrel, this cozy candlelit Creole/Italian eatery exudes charm and offers huge helpings of flavor for a much more budget-friendly price than many better-known restaurants in the nearby French Quarter.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Hungry? Go for the trout stuffed with crab, shrimp and crayfish.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 1,229 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasteless pasta, small portions, not Italian! 25/03/2015
    • Expected more 23/03/2015
    • Adolfo's
    Address:
    611 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-2001
    Phone:
    504-948-3800
    Price range:
    30 $ - 40 $
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 13:30
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    Canal Street / Algiers Ferry
    Ferries
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    Chris O Says:

    Crossing the river to the community of Algiers is a fun and free way to 'cruise' the Mississippi, and get a great look at the New Orleans skyline. Once on the other side, be sure to spend some time roaming around Algiers, one of the New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera and be on the lookout for pelicans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 146 attractions in New Orleans
    • Great views of the Mississippi 21/03/2015
    • Exact change to cross the mighty Mississippi 06/03/2015
    • Canal Street / Algiers Ferry
    Address:
    1 Canal St
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    504 376 8100
    Other:
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    La Boulangerie
    Restaurants (Bakery)
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    Chris O Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Like the paintings on the wall? Most of the art is for sale and created by simply named local folk artist, Simon.
    • La Boulangerie does an excellent range of homemade gelatos, too.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 1,229 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Une vraie boulangerie! As good as in France 25/03/2015
    • happy we stopped here! 24/03/2015
    • La Boulangerie
    Address:
    4600 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    504-269-3777
    Hours:
    Sun
    6:30 - 7:00
    Mon
    6:00 - 9:00
    Wed - Sat
    6:00 - 9:00
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    Frenchmen Street
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Chris O Says:

    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 restaurants and top-rated live music venues to select from.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visitors are carousing Frenchmen Street all night, but keep your wits about you when traversing some of the side streets – or just take a cab from a trusted company.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 146 attractions in New Orleans
    • Off the beaten tourist's path 28/03/2015
    • Just Past the French Quarter - Great Local Music 27/03/2015
    • Frenchmen Street
    Address:
    Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA
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    New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
    Speciality museums
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    Chris O Says:

    'Bloodletting, leeches and questionable medical practices' are among the features of this museum, set in what was once a mid-19th century apothecary shop.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
    • Guided tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 1pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 146 attractions in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting Stop for a Small Fee 27/03/2015
    • It was amazing! 26/03/2015
    • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
    Address:
    514 Chartres St
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    504-565-8027
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 - 5:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 8:00
    Other:
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    The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Art museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Artfully residing within five of the City Park’s prettiest acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden yields an exquisite opportunity to enjoy some time outside and admire an impressive range of contemporary art.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The garden is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias, and live oaks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 146 attractions in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting and sometimes iconic art works well integrated into lovely gardens 27/03/2015
    • Excellent sculpture collection 26/03/2015
    • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Address:
    1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
    New Orleans, LA 70124
    Phone:
    504 658-4100
    Other:
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    Voodoo Authentica
    Landmarks & points of interest
    Chris O Says:

    Providing a 'complete line of locally handmade' Voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags, potions, 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).

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Visiting New Orleans around the end of October? Check out the shop’s Voodoofest celebrations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 146 attractions in New Orleans
    • The staff was helpful and not high pressure to sell anything! 24/03/2015
    • Fun place 11/03/2015
    • Voodoo Authentica
    Address:
    612 Rue Dumaine
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    15045222111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 10:00
    Other:
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