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New Orleans Tourism: Best of New Orleans

A vibrant city ready to jump-start the party with jubilant music, famed food, and drinks all around
Laissez les bons temps rouler! In New Orleans the good times are always rolling down Bourbon Street, which has quite the party animal reputation during Mardi Gras. If you're lucky, you'll catch a second line parade strutting through the crowds. But this city isn't all Sazerac in a Solo cup. Take in the scenery of the historic French Quarter, tour the elegant Garden District, and eat your way across Nola's incredible restaurants and cafes—beignets are a must. If you love stories about things that go bump in the night, book a guided ghost tour that weaves through local taverns, alleyways, and cemeteries.
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New Orleans has something for everyone; all ages, interests, and lifestyles. It is described as the northernmost Caribbean city and the westernmost European city. You will not find another place quite like it in the world. I spent a couple decades living in the city, and it brings me great pleasure to share some travel advice with you. Have a wonderful time in New Orleans.
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  • Cafe Du Monde
    38,209 Reviews
    This is the classic New Orleans breakfast spot. Everyone has been here at least once. Beignets and coffee, around the clock. Beignets are French doughnuts with powdered sugar on top. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours 💡 Get an order of beignets and a cafe au lait. It's ok to spill sugar everywhere.
  • French Quarter
    22,160 Reviews
    The French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans. It is a tourist zone, but you must explore this area. ⏱ Plan to stay: More than 3 hours 💡 Avoid anyone claiming to be "the best" or "World famous". If their food is on display in the windows, avoid 💡 Quick snacks, water, and alcohol can be purchased on the Rouses on Royal Street. Much cheaper than other places. 💡 The "history" provided by carriage tour guides is usually bunk. If you want real history, read the plaques.
  • Jackson Square
    15,944 Reviews
    Jackson Square and the cathedral are the heart of the French Quarter. The park area is a quiet(ish) spot, and there are constant shows and bands playing in the streets. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • St. Louis Cathedral
    8,263 Reviews
    The Cathedral is a New Orleans icon. There is a rich history and legacy of the area embedded in these walls. 💡 Please note regular services are held here, so be mindful of worshippers ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • Central Grocery Company
    3,058 Reviews
    The is the home of the New Orleans Muffaletta. A giant sandwich with mortadella, salami, ham, and provolone... all covered in olive salad. This place smells of rich cheeses and meats. 💡 Don't try to eat a whole sandwich. a quarter is usually enough. 💡 take your meal to the riverwalk across Decatur and watch the ships go by. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • Aunt Sally's Praline Shop
    183 Reviews
    New Orleans pralines have a home at Aunt Sally's. It is a tourist trap, but the pralines are really good. 💡 Don't buy the other foods like hot sauce or spices here. You can get that at a Rouses or Winn-Dixie ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours 💡 If you arrive early, you can watch the crew make the candies
  • Royal Street
    7,717 Reviews
    Royal Street offers some of the finest shopping in the French Quarter. You can find great art galleries here. ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Southern Candymakers
    964 Reviews
    The absolute best candy in New Orleans. All made in house. 💡 Try the pralines, turtles, and toffee ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • French Market
    2,250 Reviews
    French Market is one of those outdoor tourist shopping areas that you need to see at least once. There is some good produce in the food area, and inexpensive art in the regular shopping area. 💡 Watch your wallet or purse. It's not common, but better safe than sorry 💡 Don't buy beads ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • GW Fins
    7,937 Reviews
    GW Fins has some of the best fresh seafood in New Orleans. The menu changes with the daily availability. ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours 💡 Dress business casual 💡 The lobster dumplings are simply amazing
  • Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge
    392 Reviews
    Caroussel Piano Bar is a classic New Orleans bar. The setting, and music are unbeatable ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Preservation Hall
    5,773 Reviews
    The Classic Music Hall of New Orleans. You can always find a great performance here. ⏱ Plan to stay: 2-3 hours
  • Pat O'Brien's
    909 Reviews
    Pat O'Brien's is a famous Bourbon Street bar. They're famous for the Hurricane. If you are going to be in the French Quarter, you should at least try it once. yes, it has become a tourist trap. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours 💡 Get a Hurricane, and only a hurricane
  • Audubon Park
    1,663 Reviews
    Audubon Park is a quiet beautiful spot in Uptown New Orleans. It's great for a walk, just a place to relax, or a round of golf. ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • RTA - Streetcars
    15,862 Reviews
    The St. Charles Streetcar is the best and cheapest way to travel from the French Quarter to Uptown New Orleans, with a path that takes you right through the garden district. 💡 fares are cash only. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • Magazine Street
    1,150 Reviews
    Magazine Street offers the best shopping in New Orleans for art, home goods, and local items. There are scores of excellent restaurants along the way. ⏱ Plan to stay: 2-3 hours
  • Hansen's Sno-Bliz
    171 Reviews
    Hansen's is a classic New Orleans Snowball shop. They have been in business since my grandmother was a little girl. All of the ice is shaved right in front of you, and the flavors are made in-house. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours 💡 Get condensed milk on your snowball
  • Garden District
    8,757 Reviews
    New Orleans' Garden District houses some of the city's most beautiful houses and old mansions. ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Victorian Lounge at The Columns Hotel
    78 Reviews
    The Columns is an old Garden District hotel with an excellent bar. 💡 take your drink to the porch, watch the streetcars roll by ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Mahony's Po-Boy Shop
    535 Reviews
    Mahony's Po-Boys are among the most innovative in the city. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours 💡 Try the Peacemaker or the Abita Rootbeer glazed ham
  • Dat Dog
    544 Reviews
    The best, funkiest hot dogs you ever had. Local sausages, amazing toppings (etouffee on an alligator sausages, anyone?) 💡 Trust the cooks, get your dog "Chef's Choice" 💡 Best Bloody Mary in town ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • Creole Creamery
    599 Reviews
    The Best Ice Cream in New Orleans. They make all of their own innovative flavors 💡 try a mini scoop sampler ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • The Bulldog
    86 Reviews
    The best beer bar in New Orleans. 40 taps with local nanobrews, craft beer, domestics, ciders, and imports. 💡 Go on Wednesday for Pint Night ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Tipitina's
    199 Reviews
    Classic New Orleans music hall. This place has been part of the New Orleans music scene forever. ⏱ Plan to stay: 2-3 hours
  • The National WWII Museum
    29,189 Reviews
    The Official WWII Museum of the United States. Originally the D-Day Museum. Amazing exhibits. ⏱ Plan to stay: More than 3 hours 💡 Talk to the veteran docents. Their stories are incredible
  • Cochon Butcher
    2,944 Reviews
    Cochon Butcher offers quicker and more affordable sandwich options near the WWII Museum compared to their cornerstone Cochon Restaurant. ⏱ Plan to stay: Less than 1 hours
  • Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    4,222 Reviews
    If you miss Mardi Gras, you can see where the floats are created at Kern's studio. ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant
    4,345 Reviews
    Drago's is known for their charbroiled oysters. They shuck the oysters fresh at the bar, and broil them with butter, cheese, and garlic. It's heaven. 💡 Charbroiled oysters, nothing else matters ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
  • Avenue Pub
    41 Reviews
    Avenue Pub is the second best beer bar in New Orleans. The upstairs area offers an outstanding whiskey selection. ⏱ Plan to stay: 1-2 hours
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