Going to New Orleans in a few weeks for the first time in SIX years!! Looking for some recommendations on restaurants, boutiques, fun areas to walk around that are off the beaten path. Maybe some sort of bayou tour as well. Also, best form of transportation if I am not renting a car?
Trip Plan Details
- Hermes Bar at Antoine's713 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Hermes Bar at Antoine'sSeparate bar with beautiful wooden columns and an intimate setting with live accoustic music and of course great food provided by the chef next door (try the sampler - delicious and plenty for two). ... read moreExcellent place to start off a night of pub crawling and live jazz and a less expensive way to sample Antoine's legenday food.Recommended for:Diane Austin
Seemed more local than touristy, check the line up for who is playing.
- Lafayette Cemetery1400 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA, United Statesrecommended Lafayette CemeteryIf you haven't taken a guided tour, and learned the culture of how they bury, and the traditions, be sure to read up on it, or find a tour . Bloody Mary Tours has a guided night time cemetery tour. ... read moreIts a lot of fun, and a little freaky. You will learn ALOT! We really enjoyed it.
- Antoine's Restaurant713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
- James H Cohen & Sons Inc437 Royal Street, New Orleans, LArecommended James H Cohen & Sons IncAn antique store opened in 1898, James H. Cohen & Sons sells vintage collectibles from around the world. I bought my dad a tattered Roman coin from the rule of Constantine the Great. When I hold it in ... read moremy hand, I get real poignant and can't help but think of all the many—legal or illegal—things it was used to purchase. From what I can remember, they also sell Napoleon's sword and Hitler's bureau set, which I'm pretty sure, when combined, gets you 43.4% closer to world domination.Keane
Really loved this little shop. Lots of old items from around the world.
- Cafe Du Monde800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Cafe Du MondeNom nom nom! A trip to New Orleans isn't complete until you've had at least one serving of Cafe Du Monde's legendary beignets. PRO TIP: The cafe is open 24/7, so you can avoid the crowds by stopping ... read morein later at night. Just try to be careful if you bring a bag back to the hotel, or you'll end up dusting the whole place with powdered sugar!Keane
You likely already know to come here, but if you want to avoid lines, come at night. It's open 24/7!
- Maison Bourbon Jazz641 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2107recommended Maison Bourbon JazzThere's a New Orleans I've dreamed of visiting as a kid, full of good food, soulful music, romantic courtyards and flickering street lamps. Then there's Bourbon St. Comprised mostly of tacky bars, ... read morestrip clubs and souvenir stores, this neon mess could make Las Vegas blush. It's a messy frat party—great, if that's your thing—but you can't escape the disgustingly sugary drinks, blaring country music and Coor's memorabilia. But then I found the Maison Bourbon. In the heart of Bourbon St., it seemed the exact opposite of its neighbors: quality drinks, an approachable staff and a classy crowd. Jazz. Not country. Not country-rock or country-folk or country-fried chicken... JAZZ. (This IS still New Orleans, isn't it?) Ed, the bartender, goes over NOLA's current state of affairs as he serves up a well-made, perfectly sweetened mint julep. On stage, Jamil Sharif and his band rock out with multiple sets of great music. (You should've seen the Asian crew in the corner go nuts when they hit, "When the Saints Go Marching In...") It was an amazing place to be. So, I sat there, smiling and even a little misty-eyed, because I found exactly what I was looking for: New Orleans. And Bourbon St. is redeemed of its surrounding sins. Thanks to Ed. Thanks to Jamil Sharif. Thanks to the Maison Bourbon. "Dedicated to the preservation of jazz..." and my childhood vision of New Orleans.Recommended for:Nightlife LoversKeane
I really enjoyed this bar. I visited by myself and had a great time listening to music and chatting with the bartender. It seemed much more appealing than the other bars on Bourbon Street.
- Mother's Restaurant401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Mother's RestaurantOn a three day trip to New Orleans, I ended up coming to Mother's twice. That's right. Twice. With their amazing Po' Boys (enhanced with the burnt bits of roasted beef), "world's best baked ham," and ... read morea bowl of beans and rice, you may find yourself coming back for seconds too. Check out their website and familiarize yourself with what you want before coming. I've heard you'll be frowned upon if you don't order efficiently.Keane
This place is great, and it's located off the beaten path. Make sure you know what you want ahead of time!
- 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!recommended Jacques-Imo's CafeIf you could take a bite out of New Orleans I'm sure it would taste something like the blackened red fish from Jaques-Imo's. Or maybe the Cajun bouillabaisse. Or possibly the shrimp and alligator ... read moresausage cheesecake. I think you get the idea. But be prepared to wait, this place far off the tourist track is packed with locals looking to get a taste of Nawlins.Recommended for:Gregory
A friend who lives in New Orleans took me here and it was the best food I had while I was there. Highly recommend, but think about a reservation.
- 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.
- 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.
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I'd also suggest the brasserie, Luke.
- 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
Once again, possible you've been here, but still an absolute favorite of mine!
- 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
It's possible you've heard of this place before, but if you haven't, they've got one of the planet's best sandwiches.
- Stella! Restaurant1032 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Stella! RestaurantThis restaurant has a beautiful formal ambience. The servers are also formal and attentive. From the moment you enter, you feel this is a place for a special meal. We tried the chef’s tasting menu and ... read morewine pairings ($125 for the menu, $95 for the wines). That night the courses were: Local Cherry Tomato Gazpacho with Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab and Virgin Olive Oil; Canadian Lobster, North Shore Farm Egg and American Paddlefish Caviar; Louisiana Gulf Shrimp Risotto with Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom, Grilled Ramps, English Peas and Virgin Olive Oil; Panko and Parsley Crusted Japanese Mero Sea Bass with Glazed Baby Turnips and Dill Sauternes Butter; Seared Prime Beef Tenderloin with Potato and Foie Gras Croquette, Caramelized Baby Onion, Baby Beets and Red Burgundy “Glace de Viande”; Goat’s Milk Panna Cotta with Louisiana Strawberries, Candied Orange Peel and Pistachio Glass and Bombe of Sesame Cake, Chocolate-Caramel Ice Cream and Meringue with Chocolate Sauce Sphere, Black Sesame Lace and Pink Peppercorn Powder. I could not finish all of the last three courses but each course was excellent and paired well with the wines selected. In terms of the setting, food, wine and service, this was the best meal we had overall while in New Orleans.Laurel W
This was the best meal we had in New Orleans.