- Preservation Hall726 St Peter St, New Orleans, Louisianarecommended Preservation HallAs much an institution as institutions get in this richly historic city, this is THE place to go for classic, New Orleans-style jazz on a nightly basis. In a grungy and character-filled building built ... read morein the early 1800's, it's the greatest bastion of a musical style that more than any other has come to define the city. As an upside, it's also cheap ($12 admission).Matthew Crompton
Likewise, well known but pretty awesome.
- St. Charles StreetcarNew Orleans, LArecommended St. Charles StreetcarThe streetcar line running from Canal Street out through the wedding-cake houses of the Garden District (and the universities of Tulane and Loyola) is a classic slice of New Orleans. The old-timey ... read morecarriages rattle along at a slow pace which is perfect for sightseeing, and also make a fine means of transport into the city center if you're staying somewhere outside of the Quarter.Matthew Crompton
I'd consider riding the streetcar line a 'must' experience in the city.
- 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
Likewise, not a hidden gem, but still fantastic.
- Central Grocery923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended 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
Being in the middle of the Quarter, it's not off the beaten path, but the mufaletta here is a local's favorite.
- 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!Matthew Crompton
Hardly what first comes to mind when you think of NOLA, but really quite excellent.
- St. James Cheese Company5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115recommended St. James Cheese CompanyDelicious sandwiches and salads, but it is really all about cheese at the St. James Cheese Company. There are so many cheese on display from which to select, and the staff seems very knowledgable. A ... read moregreat place to grab lunch and eat on their outside patio.
- 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.
- Algiers Historic Society Walking TourAlgiers Point Neighborhood, West Bankrecommended Algiers Historic Society Walking TourIf you live in New Orleans, there is a good chance you've made your way out to the West Bank to relax for the day. Or maybe you've moved to this side more permanently. It's a convenient neighborhood ... read more(couple minutes by ferry and you're downtown) that's played an interesting role in the city's history. The folks at the Algiers Point Historical Society have put together several free walking tours you can download from their site. It's not going to be mind-blowing (particularly since a huge fire in 1895 destroyed many of the original structures in the hood). But it's still a pleasant stroll and fun way to learn a bit of local history. Musicians will particularly appreciate the role this corner of the city played in the early Delta music scene. A nice addition to a "Slow Day in NOLA" plan.Myrha Colt
I love New Orleans. There's so much to discover no matter how many times you go back. If you want to get away from the crowds and take a few hours to do something different, a trip to Algiers will do the trick. It's a favorite among locals looking for a bit of the same. For a few other suggestions, you can check out my travel guide here: http://www.gogobot.com/user/myrha-colt/passport/new-orleans. Have a great trip!
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