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What to Do Off the Beaten Path in New Orleans

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The Big Easy is a heady swirl of horns, parades, chicory coffee, creole cuisine, and rich, deep history. Most visitors wander the French Quarter and pay homage to the mighty Mississippi, but there is much more to this Gulf Coast city once you venture beyond the usual tourist stops. Follow along as Lolis Eric Elie, a documentarian, food historian, and television writer, reveals what to do off the beaten path in New Orleans.
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701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
In the early days, Africans, both slave and free, danced and made music here on Sundays, helping to maintain a cultural continuity between Africa, the Caribbean, and New Orleans. Today, important festivals and rallies take place in and around...
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2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Few people know of artist Edgar Degas’s Afro-Creole roots in the Treme: His mother’s family lived in this mansion, which is now a bed and breakfast. Degas’s bedroom-studio is still intact, as are rooms featured in paintings from...
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1501 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
A cafe decorated with local artwork that celebrates the culture of the Treme, it’s a great place to sit down, sip locally roasted coffee, snack on a panino or a pastry, read the newspaper, and watch the city go by. This appeared in the...
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2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
From gumbo z’herbes to fried chicken, Leah Chase took soul and Creole dishes and created one of the first African American fine-dining spots in the country. My father always told me that on special occasions, it was the place to go.
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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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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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925 N Robertson St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
The intimate nightclub has the spirit of an old New Orleans juke joint, even though the person next to you may be more hipster than local. It’s home to the Treme Brass Band’s Wednesday concerts, which regularly pack the house.
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1210 Governor Nicholls St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Constructed by free people of color in 1841, this is an important community church. The Tomb of the Unknown Slave pays tribute to those people who built the city, whose names we will never know.