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2645 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 200 families in New Orleans are still living in FEMA trailers. The St. Bernard Parish, located about 10 miles from downtown, was one of the communities most severely affected. The St. Bernard Project, a...
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734 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
@ Central Grocery. Delicious!
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514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
This is not the only museum in New Orleans, but it felt like the most unique. Home to the apothecary of America's first licensed pharmacist, this museum brims with old healthcare gems including the unconventional New Orleans voodoo past and the...
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615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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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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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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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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900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
After taking a wrong turn and stumbling upon the New Orleans Convention Center, I noticed an interesting nearby sculpture. The public art piece, a house in a tree, is a memorial for Hurricane Katrina. Artist Sally Heller created this sculpture...
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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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209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Lunch is the time to visit Galatoire's—a sight and scene for all senses. Well-respected locals come to dine and celebrate, and the joie de vivre (especially on a Friday afternoon) is unparalleled.
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726 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Preservation Hall is the best spot in the French Quarter for live jazz. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will take you back to the early 20th century with some of the hottest jazz you ever did hear. A must-see when you're in N'awlins.
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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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1332 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Wandered aimlessly around the Garden District with my friends pretending we lived there and these were our houses. If only.
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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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634 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
I wanted to escape the French Quarter and see more of the city. The Confederacy of Cruisers took us through the Ninth Ward, showed us where the levies broke, and gave us a local's history of Katrina. In the midst of it all we were suddenly stopped...
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540 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Street performers abound here. Their outfits can be as varied as the instruments they play. I had no idea what the young fellow was playing on. His lady companion was as enthusiastic as he was concentrated. And then there was a new sight on the...
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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...
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Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
The weekend before Thanksgiving, you will find the Po'boy Festival out on Oak Street. Best sandwich ever...until you try a
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813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Arnaud's Restaurant has been serving classic Creole cuisine in the French Quarter since 1918. After having a craft cocktail in their French 75 vintage lounge (once an all-gentleman's club when it first opened), head into their main dining room to...
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144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Bourbon House is one of New Orleans' best restaurants, serving fresh seafood (oysters topped with caviar!) and dishes made with local ingredients. In fact, over 70% of ingredients are sourced within 150 miles. Moreover, Bourbon House is passionate...
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723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
No one ever left New Orleans hungry. Since the dawn of the Delta, food has been more a part of local culture here than any other cosmopolitan city in America. It’s a matter of respect, because whatever comes out of the kitchen in New Orleans will...
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1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Chef Tory McPhail was recently named James Beard's Best Chef South and his forward-looking take on Creole classics keeps this New Orleans institution, which has launched the careers of the likes of Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, current....
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221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Alan Walter, the creative director at Loa, the bar at the International House, was stamping menus (on vintage game boards) when I wandered in. I was intrigued by his foppish hair and 70s style ensemble – and even more intrigued by his...
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Bywater, New Orleans, LA, USA
The French Quarter, the Central Business District, and the Garden District are well-trodden neighborhoods—and it's there that you'll find the largest concentration of hotels, restaurants, and bars. But it's worth checking out the rest of the city,...
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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...
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A pleasant surprise while on a Stray Boots tour, the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone was a very welcomed break from rowdy Bourbon Street. Friendly wait staff will probably recommend the signature Sazerac or something just as potent. Stay and...
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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...
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600 Central Ave SE A, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA
What really drew me to this place was that they serve Intelligentsia Coffee and when you've been driving through desert for a couple days with only Starbucks to fall back on, this was a no brainer. What was even better was that the food was...
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1205 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
New Orleans has heart unlike any city in America. The spirit and resilience of the locals is palpable and the heritage is historic and deep. Jazzfest highlights the unbreakable spirit and the music just makes you want to dance...laissez le...
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6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
After you've had enough of the French Quarter and eaten too many oysters and beignets, jump on the cable car and head over to Audubon Park. It is beautiful any time of year, it great for people watching, and a great place to get away from the...
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6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
A nice diversion in the Big Easy is the Audubon Zoo. Take the streetcar through neighborhoods lined with moss-covered trees to this lovely park, and visit with some amazing animals!
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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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423 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Insects are beautiful... insects are creepy. Get your fill of both sides of the coin during a visit to the Insectarium on Canal Street. On the beautiful side, there are the gorgeous iridescent butterfly specimens on display, and of course the...
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On the banks of the Mississippi River lies Mardi Gras World, a working warehouse for the building and storage of Mardi Gras floats. Visitors can take an hour-long tour of the facility, which shows the floats in various stages of creation. Pieces...
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1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has some beautifully done exhibits, but the most exciting was the stingray touch pool. At certain times of the day you are allowed to touch the stingrays. (They feel like salamanders!) If you pay a small fee,...
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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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2121 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Experiencing onstage access to Kiss during Halloween in New Orleans is like floating in a sea of rich, creamy ice cream while guzzling your favorite latte from a gallon pitcher. The epitome of rock n roll is characterized by the shot I finally got...
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These Crabmeat Donuts with Avocado Shooters were one of myriad scrumptious tastes I sampled at the Grand Tasting of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, held over a spring weekend at the Morial Convention Center.
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1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
I already adore New Orleans, and the combination of music, food and culture at jazzfest is irresistible. This year, between Kermit Ruffins’ upbeat trad jazz set and rowdy Rebirth Brass Band, I visited the long lanes of food stalls painted...
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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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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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3494 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
One interesting way to explore New Orleans history is by kayaking on Bayou St. John with Kayak-iti-yat. Not only will you get to see an array of birdlife and interesting fish, but you'll explore local neighborhoods and learn about the history of...
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130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Originally opened in 1893 as the Grunewald, this landmark hotel has endured expansions, tear downs, and colorful characters aplenty (Huey Long kept a suite here in the 1930s). In its most recent incarnation, the 504-room hotel has been...
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Taking its cues from the English countryside, this 316-room hotel exudes stately elegance from the art-swathed salon, which serves traditional afternoon tea, to the wood-paneled Polo Club. Thankfully stately doesn't translate as stuffy and the...
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300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Despite its location in a former office building in the CBD, this 285-room hotel has more personality than you might expect: the marble, polished wood, and stained glass-clad lobby is just the right balance of modern and grand, while local...
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925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The three floors of art on display at the Ogden, one of a handful of museums in the city's off-the-radar museum district near Lee Circle, run the gamut from Clementine Hunter's paintings of plantation life to Shelby Lee Adam's photographs of...
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120 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
...With a new chapeau! Meyer the Hatter, a New Orleans institution, offers pretty much any kind of hat you might be looking for. After you have made your purchase go directly across the street to the Pearl Oyster Bar (another institution) and...
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2036 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
My first advice to anyone visiting New Orleans is always the same: explore the wonderful neighborhoods outside of the French Quarter. Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and when you're tired of gawking at the Garden District mansions, hop off...
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5631 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Founded by Blake Hanley and Patrick Brower, Dirty Coast is a collective of graphic designers and entrepreneurs specializing in clever tees with slogans like "Come Hell or Bywater" and "It's not beautiful being easy."
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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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2048 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Trashy Diva started as a vintage clothing store and evolved into a vintage-inspired clothing line.
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610 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Located in the French Quarter for nearly three decades, Lucullus stocks what it terms "culinary antiques": objects that glorify gastronomy. You can browse finds from the 17th through 19th centuries—everything from handblown-glass rolling...
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411 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
There's no shortage of antique shops in the French Quarter, but this Royal Street spot is a local go-to for French and English antiques, including period jewelry, oyster plates, and crystal chandeliers (for hanging in your Garden district mansion,...
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Stock up on Fleur de Lys note cards, glossy coffee-table books, and leather-bound journals. Gator wrapping paper? They've got that, too.
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5422 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Drop in for a yoga class or pick up Lululemon tops, Klean Kanteen water bottles, and Jade yoga mats at this Uptown studio-cum-boutique.
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5521 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The front of this gallery-like shop is dedicated to luxurious linens, Diptyque candles, and hand-blown glassware. In the back, the closet-size collection of items from labels like Dosa, Trelise Cooper, and Emma Hope is a fashionable find.
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5525 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
This uptown boutique, co-owned by Mad Men's Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano) and actor-turned-Bally of Switzerland buyer Tom Cianfichi, is a well-curated collection of decoupage serving plates, beaded clutches, and toile throw pillows. When I visited...
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The six-block-long French Market is full of vendors peddling knickknacks, pralines and beignet mix, and boozy, frozen beverages to go. There's a daily open-air flea market from 9 am-6 pm, and a farmers market each Wednesday that features live...
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124 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
This two-story book shop in a historic townhouse on Chartres Street specializes in rare and out-of-print tomes, antique maps, and old prints.
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1452 N Broad St C, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
This culinary bookshop is crammed with cookbooks old and new, from first editions by Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme to John Besh's latest tome.