The Perfect Day in New Orleans
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
If you only have a day in New Orleans, here's how to make it perfect. Explore New Orleans' architecturally rich French Quarter and take in the spontaneous sounds of street music. Take a mid-day stop in at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, feast on a po' boy at Killer PoBoys, and tour Mardi Gras World. Then, take a break in your perfect day to relax at the Sazerac Bar. Complete your day in the Big Easy with a sublime dinner at Brennan's.
700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
One of the most famous areas in the French Quarter besides Bourbon Street is Jackson Square. It's grounds are bustling around the clock with tourists, photographers, artists, street performers, and locals. Anytime of the year is the perfect time...
3819, 923 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The architecture of New Orleans attracts visitors who marvel at the pleasing cacophony of the local streetscape. The 18th- and 19th-century homes, storehouses, and shops—which, thankfully, still exist in considerable abundance—are as...
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
A Sazerac is composed of whiskey and absinthe, and nowhere sports classier digs for this signature cocktail than the Sazerac Bar of the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans, where the low lights flow over heavy wood tables and the big leather...
800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Café du Monde is a classic tourist destination that serves top quality food, a combination that's rare in any city. Even if you normally avoid tourist destinations, make an exception for this place. Don't be put off by the long lines and crowded...
1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
The Beauregard-Keyes House stands out in a neighborhood—the French Quarter—already filled with standout buildings. Built in 1826, it’s a superb example of the then-newly-popular Greek Revival style, with its bossy pediment and...
718 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to Pat O'Briens for a Hurricane. The story goes that in the 1940s, because it was difficult to import scotch during WWII, bar owners were forced to buy large amounts of rum and the...
533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Anyone interested in the city’s complex and vivid past—and if you’re still breathing, that should include you—would do well to make a stop at the Historic New Orleans Collection. This is a private entity with a public...
514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, USA
417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Owen Brennan founded a fine-dining restaurant empire in 1946, when the proprietor of Arnaud’s taunted him by saying that no Irishman could succeed with anything other than a hamburger joint. Brennan got his revenge at this French-and-Creole...
8100 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Celebrate any holiday, birthday, or occasion with an on-the-go daiquiri. This place has got every flavor under the sun. So whether you like the fruity stuff, the chocolatey mess, the liquor-rich taste or the creamy flavas, Fat Tuesday's got it.
811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
In the back of Erin Rose, a dive bar off Bourbon Street known for its frozen Irish Coffee, Killer Po' boys is a pop-up sandwich shop from Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow (both of whom have a background in fine dining). Their take on the classic po'...
923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Tales of the Cocktail, a.k.a. day-time drinking, is all about pacing yourself. Pit stop no. 2: Central Grocery for muffulettas--salami, ham, provolone, olives, anchovies, and garlic on soft Italian bread. It's a New Orleans institution for a...
813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Connected to Arnaud's, this cozy bar place makes you feel like you're transported back in time. It's a great place for conversation, even if just with the bartender. They take their cocktails seriously and you MUST try the souffle potatoes. Yum!
536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
I've only been to NOLA about 4 times so far. Though Bourbon Street is fun, I'm learning that the best places are not on it. Three Muses off Frenchman St. is small but wonderful. Live music. Go for dinner (early since they don't take reservations)...
1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Verti Marte is at heart a cramped, bare-bones deli. But any effort the owners have failed to expend on stocking the shelves or sprucing up the decor they’ve put into making excellent food. Head to the small counter in the back and make your...
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