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Sights and Culture
A walk through the French Quarter is a must for any visitor, taking in the sights along Royal Street (full of iconic iron balconies and cool shopping) and Decatur Street, home to Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral. Further out, travelers will find the quiet, oak-lined sidewalks of the Garden District. Unique to New Orleans, above-ground cemeteries are treasure troves of ornate ironwork, artistic statues, and interesting structures. Lafayette Cemetery and St. Louis No. 1 are among the most popular, though Metairie Cemetery and Odd Fellow’s Rest are also good choices.
Walking tours are a good option in the Quarter, with a variety of themes ranging from haunted history and voodoo culture to cocktail tours. And, about 20 minutes outside the city, the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is the place to visit with the local alligators.
Nightlife and Music
Preservation Hall is a famously hot venue for jazz, pumping out live music every night from 8 to 11 p.m. Tourists flock to Bourbon Street for its high concentration of bars and live music – it’s worth experiencing, but keep in mind that it will be packed with hard-drinking party-goers. For a more local scene, Frenchman Street (just outside the Quarter) is a great place for amazing music without the rowdy atmosphere. The Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is another good choice for jazz, blues, and rock clubs.
New Orleans’ cuisine is an inventive and exciting blend of Creole, Cajun, French, African, and soul food flavors. A few local specialties include oysters, crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, po’ boy sandwiches, beignets – the list goes on and on! Stop in at Café du Monde for the establishment’s famous chicory-laced coffee and delicious beignets. Some of the most famous places to dine include Commander’s Palace – the jazz brunch is a particular treat – Emeril’s New Orleans, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, Galatoire’s, and the Court of Two Sisters.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Start planning your New Orleans vacation here.