Why visit New Orleans, Louisiana? The abundance of art and history, the authentic creole and Cajun food, and of course the bars and booze!
Jackson Square, The Cablido (Left), St. Louis Cathedral (Center) & The Presbytere (Right)
The Cablido pays homage as an American history museum while The Presbytere tells the story of New Orleans residents’ survival after Hurricane Katrina on their first floor and the history of Mardi Gras on the second. Though separate buildings, together they are the Louisiana State Museum
All over the French Quarter you can find alcoholic smoothies from pina coladas to margaritas to daiquiris that you can order to go and drink in the streets thanks to there being no open container law in New Orleans. Several bars in the French Quarter are even open 24 hours or until sunup.
Channing Tatum’s Saints & Sinners:
FRESHEST crawfish in New Orleans!
Café Du Monde:
Famous for the best beignets in town! Skip the ridiculous hours-long waiting line by simply going to the pick up and seat yourself at a table when it’s being wiped down or ask the seated patrons when they are getting ready to leave.
A notorious feature on Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, this restaurant has been completely revamped and is known for having some of the best Po’boy in town!
Jackson Brewing Company:
Incredible seating with amazing views, fresh cocktails, and authentic jambalaya, seafood etouffee, and gumbo!
The French Market:
Photography is frowned upon due to the high volume of tourists and artwork for sale, but despite the widespread selection of goods expect the prices to be well above their value.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop:
This butt beer holds 45oz. of hops that is yours to take home, but is actually not the biggest beer for sale!
Want a 4-1 fishbowl for only $15? Then check out this local bar and grill!
Magazine Street: Garden District to Uptown
Magazine street is six miles of shops, restaurants, and bars. Keep in mind a fair majority of bars are strictly cash only.
Macaroons, Gelato, Tea, Chocolates, Pastries
Another Broken Egg Café:
Biscuits beignets, fresh squeezed orange juice, and dozens of adorable finches living in the tree in the center of the outside seating.
A ridiculously amazing widespread selection of fifty draft beers.
The best damn selection of top shelf aged whiskeys.
The Warehouse (Art) District
The National WWII Museum:
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art:
Amazing seafood and the best damn happy hour in town from 3-6pm daily half price cocktails and 75 cent oysters on the half shell!
Don’t: Take the trolleys, just don’t unless you want to stand out as a tourist. Being a tourist isn’t a bad thing but sets you up to be a target for crimes, upcharges, and takes all the fun out of exploring!
Do: Simply Uber to your district or square of choice such as Jackson or Lafayette Square and explore! Parking and traffic is terrible in the French Quarter due to construction and pedestrians not yielding to vehicles when they have the right of way, so just save yourself the hassle.
Travel Hack: The Louisiana Armstrong Airport only allows Uber Black which is a $75 fee to Mid-City, instead simply take a brisk walk out of the airport to the nearby IHOP or gas station like I did and save yourself $60.