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Where y’at? Whether it’s Mardi Gras season or not, brassy sassy New Orleans is always hoppin’. From woozy Bourbon Street to swinging Frenchmen Street, the throb of tubas, trumpets and trombones fill the air. Forget all your cares, and boogie woogie ’til the Saints come marching in.
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The heart of old New Orleans wears a couple of masks. On one hand, it’s got cute colonial abodes, Royal Street’s refined antique shops and Jackson Square’s horse-drawn carriages. Then there’s Bourbon Street, where the boisterous bars guarantee a tipsy trip! At cosy Café du Monde, plan your route over beignets and chicory-infused coffee.Accommodations in French Quarter (Vieux Carré)
Work hard, play hard. This area buzzes with seasoned “suits” and fresh-faced professionals that shuttle between gleaming skyscrapers. They let their hair down in classy joints like the Sazerac Bar – think dark wood, Art Deco murals and old-school waiters. High rollers hit Harrah’s Casino, then splash the cash in chic, chandeliered eatery August.Accommodations in New Orleans Central Business District
Free-spirited Marigny is irresistible. From the bright pastel tones of its Creole cottages to the crisp trumpet notes that drift down Frenchmen Street, the city’s bohemian quarter hooks you right in. At the Praline Connection, tuck into juicy Creole jambalaya and Cajun boudin sausage. Then settle in for an intimate show at Snug Harbor jazz club.Accommodations in Faubourg Marigny
Ooh poo pah doo! Treme is the Big Easy’s most soulful neighbourhood. Swing by historic Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park, where the forbidden rhythms of African slaves gave birth to the pam-pam beat of jazz. At Dooky Chase’s, chow on classic Creole gumbo stew. Then join an impromptu parade of parping street bands as a “second line” dancer.Accommodations in Treme
In the ’70s, this area traded its grain stores for culture hubs. At the Contemporary Arts Center, pour over edgy paintings and performance art. Chin-stroke your way through Julia Street’s independent galleries, then sup sumptuous southern dishes at swanky NOLA. For something a little earthier, try Howlin’ Wolf’s down-home grub and bopping bands.Accommodations in Arts - Warehouse District
This may be “backatown”, but it ain’t middle of the road. The oak-lined avenues of Mid-City’s quirky neighbourhoods spill over with local gems. For proof, try the gravy-licious “Po’ boy” beef sandwich at Parkway Bakery. Pull up a stool at Finn McCool’s for a pint and some banter. Then get your groove on to upcoming roots bands at Chickie Wah Wah.Accommodations in Mid-City
Upscale Uptown grew out of the plantations that dotted the area in the 19th century. Hop on the rickety St Charles Streetcar to pass well-to-do mansions, leafy parks and Tulane University’s bustling campus. Browse Maple Street’s vintage shops and Magazine Street’s upscale boutiques, then find your thrill with a blueberry mojito at St Joe’s Bar.Accommodations in Uptown
Marissa loves showing off her city to visitors, and she knows all the best spots for a night out.
I love taking my friends and family to Tropical Isle whenever they visit. Their signature Hand Grenade drinks really are New Orleans in a cup – they’re colourful, tasty and have a kick. It’s the perfect drink to unwind with and kick start an epic night in New Orleans.Accommodations nearby
Doughy, sugary treats have a sweet spot in Christian’s heart, but Nola’s beignets take the cake.
Café Du Monde is a legendary New Orleans coffee shop, famous for its chicory coffee and delicious beignets. These French-style doughnuts are fried and topped off with a generous heap of powdered sugar to sweeten the deal. Take your treat away and enjoy it across the road in Jackson Square.Accommodations nearby
Originally from Texas, Crystal loves finding glimpses of home in New Orleans.
From the moment you set foot in this cosy Mid-City treasure, you feel right at home. The Maple Bacon Long Johns taste like an entire home-cooked breakfast in one doughnut! But it’s the cinnamon rolls, which are the size of the box they come in, that are truly my ray of morning sunshine.Accommodations nearby
A true globetrotter, Mark loves playing basketball with the locals during his travels.
If you want to really get in touch with Magazine Street’s unique culture, play a game of basketball with the locals at Lawrence Square Park. Surrounded by quirky boutiques and neighbourhood bars and cafés, this well-maintained court is always hopping with a diverse group of players.Accommodations nearby
Tony has lived most his life in the Southern US, and makes a hobby of finding stylish cocktail bars.
Q&C Bar serves up a range of wines, local draught beers and hand-crafted cocktails. Living up to its railroad hotel history, the bar features wood and brick details which provide a warm atmosphere – perfect for sipping a highball while lounging on one of the soft leather sofas.Accommodations nearby
New Orleans native Amanda loves to attend local festivals with family and friends.
An upscale shopping outlet, Entergy IMAX Theatre and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are the Riverwalk’s prime draws, but its peaceful riverfront is also perfect for a stroll or jog. You’ll find fantastic food and live music when the Riverwalk hosts the French Quarter Festival.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend New Orleans for food?
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Go eat at the Praline Connection! It gets packed at night but we visited after lunch time. Our waiters during that afternoon shift were great! they were very courteous, shared stories (and a few jokes) were very patient as we were unsure of what menu items to try. And I think one of them was a psychic, LOL!See all 54 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What can we expect to get our feet tapping in New Orleans?
Some zydeco that won't let your feet keep still. Some rock that makes you young again. Some blues to remember who you are. And Jazz, just to feel good.See all 24 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in New Orleans that makes history come to life?
local guides are very knowledgable about their beautifully preserved houses and all the history accompanying the streets and buildingsSee all 16 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in New Orleans?
If you're going to get hand grenades, get the frozen ones so you pace yourself. They are pretty deadly to a lengthy night.See all 14 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food New Orleans has to offer?
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Share a few dishes with someone else and try the off the wall places. The must is getting an order or 2 of beignets.See all 29 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What seafood experience in New Orleans is still on your mind?
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Cajun Seafood in the 7th Ward was awesome!!! Try the boiled crabs and the catfish po'boy!See all 15 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the people from New Orleans so friendly? Tell us your story.
Always ready to help - sociable - kind - communicativeSee all 11 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in New Orleans while avoiding the crowds?
Why would you want to avoid the crowds?!!See all 14 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
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K-Paul's kitchen, Stanley and SoBou.See all 15 answers
A taxi from New Orleans Airport to the Central Business District (CBD) takes 30–45 minutes and costs USD 33.00 for 1–2 people, plus USD 14 per extra passenger. Taxis wait outside on the lower level. In theory cabs accept credit cards, but it’s best to ask before you get in. During the day, E-2 Airport-Downtown Express buses also stop outside entrance 7 on the upper level. Tickets cost USD 2 from the fare box on board (cash only). Journey time is about 50 minutes.
Taxis are easy to hail on nearly any street in New Orleans. You can also call a taxi company such as United Cabs, American Taxi or Elk’s Elite for a pick-up. Vehicle types vary from traditional yellow cabs to people carriers, but all should have a light on the roof. Fares start at USD 3.50 and go up by USD 2.40 per mile, or USD 0.25 per 40 seconds of waiting time. In theory all taxis accept credit cards, but it’s best to check this with the driver before getting in.
New Orleans buses run from 06:00–21:00 (Monday to Friday) or 07:00–21:00 (weekends). The system can be quite chaotic – don’t expect buses to arrive on time. Bus stops are marked with the route number and destination, and buses stop at every stop along the route. Single tickets cost USD 1.50, while crossing the river or going to the Central Business District costs USD 2. Pay in cash at the fare box on board: any change due will be given as a voucher for future trips.
Known as streetcars, New Orleans’ historic trams run along 3 routes: the St. Charles line, the Canal Street line and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD). A single ticket costs USD 1.25, payable in exact change in the on-board fare box. Alternatively, 1-day (USD 3) and 3-day (USD 9) Jazzy Pass travel cards are sold at corner shops and certain streetcar stops.
New Orleans is not designed with cars in mind, and driving here is generally more trouble than it’s worth. A combination of narrow alleys and frequent road closures make traffic congestion a serious issue. Parking is also a headache – on-street spaces are like gold dust, while public car parks are often eye-wateringly expensive (USD 5–10 per hour). Prices skyrocket during the city’s frequent festivals and events, when parking is almost impossible to come by.
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