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Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, USA
A stroll down Bourbon Street is a quintessential New Orleans experience. While you probably won't find many locals wandering the area for nightlife, you can't visit New Orleans without at least taking a stroll down the iconic street. The later it...
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623 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
East of the French Quarter is the rickety, raggedy strip of Frenchmen Street, popular with music lovers, hipsters, young and old, the strange, and the strangely normal. We saw some great jazz piano at d.b.a. before listening to this chanteuse at...
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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...
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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...
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400A Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Jonathan Ferrara was working for a bank in Boston when a business trip for a United Way fundraiser brought him to New Orleans. On that first visit, he fell in love with the city and moved to New Orleans three weeks later. Eventually he opened a...
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1433 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
There are three old streetcar lines that run in New Orleans. We enjoyed a ride down St. Charles, the oldest of the lines. The trains were beautifully worn originals and gave us a glance at the front of many beautiful old homes. There were also a...
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2800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
We took the St Charles streetcar to New Orleans' famous Garden District, intending to head to the historic Commander's Palace for lunch -- they're well-known for offering 25-cent martinis with your entree. But then we discovered an even better...
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1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Cemeteries can tell us such fascinating stories about the past – where people came from, how they lived and how they died. Nowhere is this more evident than in the above-ground cemeteries throughout New Orleans. Many local tour companies...
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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!
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2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
It was a hot day and the line was long, but the fried chicken (apparently, the secret is in the coca-cola marinade) was crispy, juicy, and just a little bit spicy. I ate all three pieces – and probably could have had more. Don't even bother with...
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5030 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Dat Dog is a local hotspot that serves top quality hot dogs with a NOLA twist. You can get classic pork or beef wieners, kielbasa, and bratwurst—but you're encouraged to be adventurous by trying something more usual like the crawfish or...
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617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
The pizza pop-up started by New York-born Tulane grads now has permanent digs in the Bywater—plus more crispy, thin-crust pies, pastas, wines, and microbrews. There's dessert too, but, by lucky coincidence, the new location is across the...
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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...
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511 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Eat here. Nuff said.
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5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Named after Dot Domilise and her daughter-in-law Patti, this shack-like corner shop on Annunciation draws locals and in-the-know visitors for some of the city's best po' boys. You can't really go wrong whether you opt for the hot smoked sausage...
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2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
A local friend recommended Cake Cafe in the Bywater, so a friend and I stopped for lunch after exploring all afternoon. The humble bakery has some of the best sandwiches I've ever had, including my favorite, the crab sandwich, pictured here. It's...
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930 Tchoupitoulas St b, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Donald Link's "swine shop" (part wine bar, part butcher, part sandwich spot) is a meaty addendum to the Cajun chef's pork-centric Cochon (around the corner). You can't go wrong with the always-on-the-menu muffaletta or the pork belly on white...
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538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
There are myriad variations of po’boy at this Mid-City institution, but the one to order is the roast beef with gravy. And the answer to the question of whether you’d like your po’boy dressed (i.e. with mayo, tomato, lettuce, and...
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4510 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Part of Freret Street's ever-expanding restaurant row, this modern deli helmed by Galatoire's alum Kevin White serves a mean sandwich (with nary a po' boy or muffuletta on the menu). The knuckle—cold roast beef, a heap of crispy shoestring...
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8120 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
This past weekend I had one of the best brunches of my life at La Macarena. I ordered the Vegetarian Spanish Breakfast: sweet corn tamale, cheese pupusa, refried beans, sweet fried plantains & avocado. It was like a little bit of heaven...
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626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Not only is the food at this Uptown diner above average, the service is spectacular. The diner's throwback style—with most of the seating at an undulating counter, white-jacketed waitstaff, and a quilted stainless-steel wall above the...
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3322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The Garden District has a lot of things going for it but I'd put Slim Goodies at the top of the list. They're renowned for their sweet potato pancakes (light, fluffy, amazing) and clever names for their breakfast mashups like the above Jewish...
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624 Pirate Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
The former home of William Faulkner (where he wrote Soldiers' Pay), this tiny bookstore is full of rare and first editions, plus New Orleans literature, and new bestsellers.
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1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
A visit to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden on a pleasant spring or fall day can result in hours spent casually taking in pure artistic beauty surrounded by Mother Nature. As a matter of fact, if you're lucky, you'll find yourself doing yoga, seeing...
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1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
I went to this local museum after seeing it in the background of a documentary about New Orleans. It's located in the Treme neighbourhood, and details the culture and traditions of African Americans in New Orleans including the Mardis Gras...
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Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Located in the New Orleans Museum of Art, this Ralph Brennan Restaurant features light, artisanal meals made with local ingredients. Some choices include house-cured salmon bruschetta, turkey bacon panini, roasted chicken salad, homemade chicken...
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If big box hotels and their generic fixtures aren't for you, but you're also averse to doilies, consider this 33-room hideaway on a quiet stretch of Chartres Street. Set in three restored 19th-century Creole townhouses, the hotel doesn't have a...
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New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
If you're looking for some quiet time while visiting New Orleans (what?), consider heading across the river to Algiers Point—a residential section of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, full of Creole cottages and other...
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“Let the good times roll!”, as the saying goes in New Orleans, and there’s definitely a lot of GOOD times to be had … and good food, good ambiance and great music, and I’m definitely a huge fan! Every time I’m down there, I fill up on the local...