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The Best Things To Do In New Orleans
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20/07/19


The Best Things To Do In New Orleans

New Orleans – affectionately coined The Big Easy thanks to its laid back, pleasure-loving way of life – is best known for four things: its food, it’s booze, its festivals, and its music. Below we’ve collated a list as to exactly where to enjoy them at their best, along with boozy bowling, boat tours through the bayous, a bohemian sculpture garden and more.


GO BAR HOPPING ON FRENCHMEN STREET

It’s the more authentic alternative to Bourbon Street, lined with some of the best live music venues in town.

Frenchmen Street_Ken Kanouse
Image: Ken Kanouse 

MOOCH AROUND SOME MODERN ART AT NOMA

Their permanent collection alone boasts over 40,000 pieces of work.

SINK A COUPLE OF BREWSKIES AT COURTYARD BREWERY

Or snack on some street food from their various rotating food trucks.

LOOSE YOURSELF IN A MAGICAL MUSIC BOX VILLAGE

Where the houses make music, and no two shows are the same.

GO ‘GATOR SPOTTING IN THE BAYOUS

Also known for their wild boars, bald eagles and more.

Bayous_Jeremy Seto
Image: Jeremy Seto

BROWSE THE BOUTIQUES ON MAGAZINE STREET

Refuelling with some Southern Comfort food at Gris-Gris if you start to flag. 

WATCH STREET PERFORMERS AT JACKSON SQUARE

Have your palm read, or soak up the sounds of a brass band.

BREAK FOR BRUNCH AT ELIZABETH’S

Their praline bacon is not to be missed.

LEARN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JAZZ

The NOLA Jazz Museum boasts more jazz-based artefacts than anywhere else in the world.

Nola Jazz Museum

DRINK COCKTAILS IN THE FAIRY-LIT COURTYARD OF LONGWAY TAVERN

Soaked up by nostalgic tavern fare.

TAKE A STROLL AROUND CITY PARK

Or ride a swan around its Big Lake.

STRIKE IT LUCKY AT ROCK ’N’ BOWL

Then dance the night away to a little funk and blues.

BREAKFAST ON BEIGNETS AT CAFE DU MONDE

If it’s busy get one to go and eat it along the river.

Cafe Du Monde
Image: Gregory Williams 

PERUSE PALACE MARKET

It’s an open-air night market full of local artists and creatives selling their work.

INDULGE IN SOME PECAN PRALINES

Although make sure to avoid the tourist traps and head straight to Loretta’s Authentic Pralines instead.

GET TICKETS TO SEE THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Their colours are black and gold in case you want to blend in.

TAKE A TOUR AROUND MARDI GRAS WORLD

And have a sneak peak at the floats for that year’s parade.

Mardi Gras World

EXPERIENCE BRANDON ODUMS GIANT GRAFFITI-STYLE ARTWORKS AT STUDIO BE

A 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse filled with works exploring the experiences of African-Americans from the civil rights movement to the current day.

DRINK DRIVE THROUGH DAIQUIRIS

Both Gene’s and Big Easy Daiquiris are worth checking out.

WATCH AN OUTDOOR MOVIE AT BURGUNDY PICTURE HOUSE

It’s free and BYOB.

LOCK LIPS WITH SOME CRAWFISH

It’s hard to go wrong but Frankie and Johnny’s and Boil Seafood House are definitely worth a visit.

Crawfish

SEE A SHOW AT AT PRESERVATION HALL

Tickets are $20 and first come first served.

CHOW DOWN ON CHEESE AND WINE AT BACCHANALS

Best enjoyed in their courtyard, alongside some live Jazz.

EAT PLENTY OF PO-BOYS

Parkway Tavern, Verti Marte, and Domilise’s come highly recommended.

HAVE A BOOZY PICNIC AT THE FLY

Nearby Gracious Bakery + Cafe is a great place to stop off for supplies.

The Fly

SEE REBIRTH BRASS BAND AT THE MAPLE LEAF

22 years and they only get more popular.

HIT UP HAPPY HOUR AT LUKE

Drinks are half price and oysters are 50 cents.



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