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- The American Bicycle Rental Company325 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LArecommended The American Bicycle Rental CompanyThere is nothing more fun than biking around New Orleans. Ok, well maybe it depends on your definition of “fun.” But however you slice it, I assure ya: pedal power is the way to go. In fact, you might ... read morejust find you skip out on other events and cruise the streets for a while instead. Rain or shine. The flat colorful terrain makes it easy to feel like a kid again. And locals of all ages/sizes will be sharing the roads with ya (and in this town, bedazzling your ride is not just for Burners...here it’s average, remnants of Mardi Gras past; feel free to get shiny with it). Hopping on a bike seems a great way to make an introduction in this town. Smile, wave, say hello. But watch out for the potholes as you go! Seriously. Potholes the size of small children in some spots. And be sure you get some advice on the route you’ll take (the city girl in me always has to advise: safety first!).Myrha Colt
I've always had a great time roaming around NOLA. On all my trips, I've felt remarkably safe. So I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a visit to friends, even other single women traveling alone. I think the key is to always pay attention to where you are, ask if you don't know (as there are going to be places you may want to be more cautious and/or avoid at certain times of day, etc) and keep your wits about you. I loved riding a bicycle around town and felt like that was a great way to explore while also keeping me moving at a more local pace. You can always ask the shop staff to point you in the right direction in terms of routes to take and perhaps any must-see stops (or perhaps streets to avoid). It's such a beautiful city and a bike is a great way to connect with if it you have the time/interest. Can't recommend it enough!
- Cafe Du Monde800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Cafe Du MondeCafe au lait - oh yay! A New Orleans must visit classic.Arlo Hemphill
Another New Orleans classic. Go get an espresso, enjoy the more European than American surrounds and feel totally safe and secure in doing so!
- Central Grocery923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Central GroceryThe muffuletta is one thing you must eat in New Orleans. That is, if you can eat it all. It is massive, but oh so delicious. A French Quarter original for sure.Arlo Hemphill
The muffuletta sandwich is a New Orleans must try and this is the must place to get one at. Don't miss it!
- The French QuarterFrench Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended The French QuarterOne of America's true cultural treasures. An enclave of French-inspired architecture, thought and art in what is otherwise the most conservative and not-very-French part of America. Vibrant, jubilant, ... read morefun, historic, beautiful and always full of surprises. Can be dirty, gross and obnoxious if you go during the wrong festival, but the place itself is magnificent.Arlo Hemphill
Agree 100% with Matthew - every city has it's dangers, and New Orleans is no different. But for visitors, NOLA is usually a very fun and worry-free place to visit. That being said, the city's attractions are confined to a few key sectors - the Garden District, Bywater, downtown and, most notably, the French Quarter. In fact, many a visit to New Orleans is spent in the French Quarter alone. If you stick to these well-tread districts, you'll be fine.
- Acme Oyster House724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Acme Oyster HouseDo you want to eat awesome NOLA-style seafood (peel-and-eat shrimp, po-boys, and tons and tons of fresh-shucked oysters) while drinking an Abita beer (I prefer Turbodog) and sweating deliciously in ... read morethe heat? This Quarter institution may well be your place then. It's a place I always visit at least once when I'm in town.Matthew Crompton
When you get there, reward yourself with a trip to this spot -- it's fabulous. Good luck!
recommended New OrleansNew Orleans is classic Americana: jazz, gumbo, architecture and history and culture, and plenty and plenty of immoderate boozing thrown in for good measure. Most people come only for the French ... read moreQuarter, and they're justified in doing so, for though it's a tourist trap, it's also (especially once you leave the crowds of Bourbon Street behind) one of the most atmospheric places in America. Ride the streetcar thru the Garden District and gawk at the wedding-cake houses, get served awesome Chinese food by trannies at Lucky Chang's, or just wander thru the markets and alleys of the quarter with a camera: it's hard to go wrong here.Matthew Crompton
Hi Christine- most big cities have an element of danger from urban street crime, and New Orleans is no different. In general, though, if you avoid certain areas at all times (the far north end of the French Quarter, for example), and avoid carrying conspicuous amounts of valuables with you, or walking alone at night in deserted areas, you should be fine. New Orleans isn't inherently more dangerous than New York or Paris -- you just need to use common sense, like anywhere!