I haven't been to NOLA since I was in my teens, so now it's time to party. My friend are likely going to sleep 4-6 hours, but me, I want to operate on 2-4 hours so I can explore everything. Other than the obvious Bourban St and French Quarter musts, what are some other places to go / things to eat / mysteries to see near the heart of NOLA?
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- Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LArecommended CochonCochon serves high-end Cajun and southern food. Highlights include the macaroni casserole, the cochon (pig) with cabbage, crawfish pie, and pork belly. I could go on and on about how great the food ... read moreis, but I'll let the pictures do the talking instead.
- Pat O'Brien's Bar718 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
- Cafe Du Monde800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Cafe Du MondeSure, it's touristy, but they make the best beignets your lips will ever touch. Made fresh, and at $2 for 3 you'll be tempted to order a dozen. Their cafe au lait is wonderful, and you'll want to take ... read morea can of their chicory coffee home with you. Open 24 hours a day!recommended Cafe Du MondeDefinitely on the beaten track--almost an interstate highway of clientele--but the sugar-drowned beignets and chicory coffee are divine at this classic French Quarter cafe. Located across from Jackson ... read moreSquare with lots of outdoor seating. Open 24/7 too.Liza Prado
Perfect late night snack....
- Frenchmen Art Market619 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, Louisianarecommended Frenchmen Art MarketThe Frenchmen Art Market is an outdoor nightly art market, where local artisans sell unique paintings, arts and crafts, and jewelry. The cute little light bulbs strung throughout the market gives the ... read moreplace an authentic, magical vibe. There's also a basket of chalk where visitors can show off their artistic skills on the open pavement and cool brightly lit couches.Recommended for:Local Culture
- French Market400 Elysian Fieldsrecommended French MarketThe French Market serves a unique variety of Cajun specialties like raw oysters, gator burgers and super hot Cajun sauces. They also serve wonderful souvenirs such as jewelry, home decor, and assorted ... read moremasks. I highly recommend going there, particularly for foodies who want to try Cajun food! Bonus tip: try the fresh strawberry lemonade near the front of the French Market. It's so refreshing especially in the August heat!
- Voodoo Authentica612 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116
- Toulouse Royale601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
- Maison Bourbon Jazz641 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2107
- St. Louis Cathedral615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234
- Louisiana Superdome1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112-1255
- House of Blues225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA
- Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA
- Jackson SquareDecatur Street, New Orleans, LA
- Bourbon StreetBourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
- The French QuarterFrench Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116
- Mother's Restaurant401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Mother's RestaurantWonderful place for breakfast and a bloody mary.Recommended for:
- Frenchmen StFrenchmen St, New Orleans, LArecommended Frenchmen StEveryone seems to love Bourbon Street, but if you want something less touristy, less fratastic, and something that'll remind you of the Bourbon St. that once was...head thee to Frenchmen Street. It's ... read morea bit more local, eccentric, and filled with great jazz venues. From Thursday to Sunday, an art market appears at night right next to the Spotted Cat.Recommended for:
- Kermit's Treme Speakeasy1535 Basin St., New Orleans, Louisianarecommended Kermit's Treme SpeakeasyJazz legend Kermit Ruffins opened this Treme restaurant and bar in the summer of 2012, fusing his love for cooking with an intimate place where he and his friends can perform. Kermit or his family do ... read morea lot of the cooking -- look for the rabbit or raccoon on the menu. His BBQ is almost as legendary as his music. He performs on Sunday and Monday nights here, so come out before 6 pm if you want a table to eat at. It gets packed, so expect to share your table!Recommended for:Sophia Aduana
Great place to see Kermit play AND cook...it's in Treme just north of the French Quarter.
recommended Maple Leaf BarA classic for live shows in N'awlins, the Maple Leaf looks and feels like it has been around for decades. A barn-sized venue, when local funk brass bands like Rebirth play, the whole place shakes with ... read morethe sound of the tuba, the crowd singling along, beer glasses clinking and everybody's feet tapping. Not too far a walk from the streetcar line, but definitely away from the city's touristy areas.Sara Benson
Fewer tourists, lots of raucous live music and locals who love to party.
- The Davenport Lounge921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, United Statesrecommended The Davenport LoungeJeremy Davenport is way dreamier than Michael Bublé. And the fact that he has a lounge in the Ritz-Carlton named after him is pretty impressive. His voice is like butter. And what a trumpeter he is. ... read moreThe Davenport Lounge is classy and refined, just like their cocktail list. Our French Martinis and Sazerac were fab. Instead of Absolut, our bartender upgraded to Belvedere for our martinis without an extra charge. It was a wonderful place to get a night cap after a night out on the town... and it also helped that it was conveniently located in the hotel we're staying in. The live jazz was amazing. Like I said, we felt like we were watching Michael Bublé... but for free. Couples took over the dance floor - romance was in the air. Afternoon Tea is offered every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. And live music Thursdays through Sunday. And if it's like other Ritz-Carltons I've been to, I'm sure their afternoon tea is absolutely lovely. And they definitely put on the ritz with their live music.
- Central Grocery923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Central GroceryBe forewarned: Their muffuletta sandwich is a MONSTER. Don't be overzealous and order a whole sandwich to yourself. Or even half for that matter. You should only be able to stomach a quarter of one, ... read morethe rest to be shared with 3 other friends. Expect there to be a crowd here, but not a long wait. Since it is a cold sandwich, they have a ton of them pre-made and wrapped up, so ordering is a cinch. The deli also sells the ingredients of the muffuletta (olive salad, capicola, salami, mortadella, emmentaler, and provolone) for people who want to make the sandwich at home. You can eat your sandwich inside on one of the counters or take it down the street to Cafe Du Monde and have it along with some beignets. Don't forget to grab a bottle of Barq's too!recommended Central GroceryThis NO institution is famous, and rightly so, for its monstrous, delicious, amazing mufalettas. Take a round loaf of excellent bread, slice the insides out, and fill it with fresh cold-cuts, cheeses, ... read moreand -- best of all -- tangy olive salad. Buy a half-sandwich and eat it on the street outside for a great people-watching experience, or buy a whole and consign yourself to the tastiest food coma in the South.Matthew Crompton
- Jacques-Imo's Cafe8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118recommended Jacques-Imo's CafeIf authentic N'awlins comfort food is what you're looking for, then this is where you want to get it. Get the watermelon mojito, which is one of their signature drinks served in a plastic Crabby Jack ... read morecup so you can walk around outside with it if you needed to. Bits of watermelon (watch out for the seeds) and mint make it a challenge to drink through the straw, but it's oh so refreshing. A total creeper drink though - you'll down it like juice and feel the effects later. As for the food, the alligator cheesecake is a must. Don't question, just do it. Fried green tomatoes, snails and mussels are also excellent starters. While the menu is full of mouth watering choices, I went straight for the fried chicken plate. Because of course, how could I not have my favorite food in Louisiana?! And lordy, was that fried chicken the tastiest fried chicken I have ever had. I ordered dark meat, and it came with two drumsticks and two thighs. OMG, the meat was so juicy and the skin was perfectly crispy. I chose shoestring fries and rice and beans for my two sides, and I was in heaven. The plate was such a hearty portion (as were all of the entrees), it could feed at least two people. The place is so casual, it's like dining in someone's home. Even the servers were wearing their street clothes. Service was laid back but attentive. And they even surprised us with spinach salad with fried oysters and a duo of desserts - creme brulee and strawberry shortcake - all on the house! We were fortunate enough to be able to make reservations because we had a party of five (they only take reservations for groups of 5+), so we didn't have to endure any crazy wait whatsoever. We happened to sit next to the window where a couple was waiting outside the entire time we had our dinner. So be prepared to wait (and pad your belly before showing up) if you don't have reservations. Just grab some watermelon mojitos while you wait... it will be worth it!Connie Pistilli
Such a fun place to dine!
- Luke333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended LukeA John Besh restaurant, Lüke pays homage to the grand old French and German brasseries that were once hugely popular in New Orleans. A mix of casual yet classy, modern yet vintage, with Southern ... read morehospitality ever present and food and drinks that delight the senses. I was floored. While everything on the menu looked tantalizing, three out of four of us decided to get their daily changing 3-course Express Menu for $23. Best decision ever. I had crawfish bisque as my soup selection, and it was fantastic - a yummy little crawfish with its tiny head poking out of a delicious pool of flavorful bisque. The Friday dinner special was a Redfish "Court-Bouillon" with crab, shrimp, oysters and rice served in a skillet. The generous portions of seafood tasted so fresh, and the cajun sauce was so delicious that I polished off my entire plate with my bread. For dessert, we had Brendan's bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and hot buttered pecan sauce which was heaven in a bowl. Bread pudding is my favorite dessert, and Lüke surely blew away my tastebuds with it. And all this for ONLY $23!! Lüke's classic New Orleans cocktails were also made to perfection. The French 75, St. Charles Streetcar and Sazerac were all wonderful.Connie Pistilli
You'll love this place!
- Spotted Cat Music Club623 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Spotted Cat Music ClubFrenchmen Street is the place to go for amazing live jazz in New Orleans. And The Spotted Cat has it all: no cover, amazing live jazz, good & cheap drinks, friendly bartenders & doormen, they're cool ... read morewith outside booze AND a piano in the womens bathroom. Really, it can't get better than that.Connie Pistilli
Take a cab to Frenchmen Street for all the live jazz clubs your heart desires.recommended Spotted Cat Music ClubI spent a slightly fuzzy night on Frenchmen Street, but this was the venue that stands out the most--quite snug, mixed crowd, incredibly vibrant music. It really did seem like the quintessential New ... read moreOrleans venue, where everyone was together for the music first and foremost.Zora O'Neill
Frenchmen Street in general is great, but I particularly liked this club.
- Parkway Bakery & Tavern538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119recommended Parkway Bakery & TavernThere are a million places to eat po'boys in New Orleans, but this might be the one I liked best--big fat, fried oysters wedged inside pillowy bread, nice creaky, wood-floor kinda vibe, and outdoor ... read moreseating.Zora O'Neill
A bit outside the center, near the art museum, if my orientation is right!
- Rock-N-Bowl4133 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119recommended Rock-N-BowlVintage bowling alley plus rock bands--what's not to like? It's hard to say much more, but this struck me as oddball New Orleans at its near-best. I wound up having a slightly better time at some ... read moreother, slightly smaller clubs, but this place was an excellent place to see a show--not too big at all. Oh, and they make good burgers with quality meat. Again, hard not to love it...Recommended for:Nightlife LoversZora O'Neill
A good place for live music outside of the usual neighborhoods...
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, United Statesrecommended Ogden Museum of Southern ArtThe Odgen is a fabulous art museum holding the largest collection of Southern Art in the world; there are permanent galleries but also a few rooms with temporary exhibits. The last time I was there, ... read morethere was an exhibit on Hip Hop, which was just awesome--it was well thought out and really engaging. On Thursdays, the museum also hosts a music series from 6-8pm--a great way to browse the collections and enjoy the tunes. Located just a few minutes' walk from the French Quarter.
- Krazy Korner640 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Krazy KornerI visited this place in 1993 and I still can remember how it felt. We entered in the garden and a jazz band was playing like hell and we couldn't sit still. Food was good and during happy hour, prices ... read moreon drinks were more than reasonable. I still have the cup I bought there. Good memories!!!!!Recommended for:
- Tropical Isle721 Bourbon Strecommended Tropical IsleYou can not be visiting NOLA without getting a hand grenade from Tropical Isle. "New Orleans Most Powerful Drink" This really strong but tasty drink is put into a cute souvenir grenade bong-like ... read morecontainer that's pretty iconic for the French Quarters.Recommended for:Amy Chow
Cute souvenir & get tipsy :)
- Fisherman's Cove Seafood3201 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065recommended Fisherman's Cove SeafoodThis petite little restaurant is great to try out the seafood of NOLA. They have great seafood for really good prices. My favorite was the hushpuppies and Strawberry Shortcake drink. I'm not a super ... read morehuge seafood fan, but I do remember they had interesting items that I tried like fried alligator, oysters, crawfish, & etc. There's also a market next door if you would like to buy seafood to take back home.Recommended for:
- D Day Museum945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LArecommended D Day MuseumAn altogether compendious place covering the D-Day operations of WWII in exquisite detail, this museum does a fabulous job of bringing history to life. If that sounds boring to you, it shouldn't. The ... read moreexhibits and analysis are top-notch, and so well presented you're likely to forget that you're actually learning something!Recommended for:History BuffsMatthew Crompton
Also, while it's hardly on the top of most visitors' lists, I found this museum surprisingly deep and absorbing. Good luck! =)
- Trolley Stop Cafe1923 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LArecommended Trolley Stop CafeSomething of a New Orleans institution, the Trolley Stop Cafe along the streetcar line on St. Charles has excellent diner-type food, and is a go-to place for tourists and locals alike looking for ... read moreinexpensive eats on the way to or from the Quarter. I'm a particularly big fan of their breakfast menu.Matthew Crompton
And eat!!!! (particularly good for a hangover breakfast)
- 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