Things to Do in New Orleans

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Convention Centers

“Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”. So goes the chant of the black-and-gold hordes that pack the Superdome on any given Sunday. This arena is home to New Orleans’s beloved American football team. Touch down here on game day to witness the gridiron fanatics of the “Who Dat Nation” first-hand. It’s no wonder this place has hosted more Super Bowls than any other stadium!

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Bourbon Street

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Feel like funkin’ it up? Welcome to Nola’s party capital. Join the raucous riot of fun during Mardi Gras, when parades float down Bourbon Street in a cacophony of colour and costume. Get kitted in purple, green and gold, and grab the beads and trinkets thrown by carnival “krewes”. No matter the season, hit the strip’s bounty of bawdy bars for live music and a gaudy good time!

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  • Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 70116
Harrah's Casino

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Strike it lucky in the South’s biggest casino. This garish gambling emporium is flush with poker tables, slot machines and roulette wheels. If “the house” puts a hoodoo on you, cash out and retire to classy eatery Besh. It serves up a true taste of Louisiana, from crawfish soup to the Cajun art of George Rodrigue. Then “trance” the night away in hip, neon-clad Club Masquerade.

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National World War II Museum


Marshall, MacArthur, Patton? No. According to Allied commander Dwight Eisenhower, New Orleans boat builder Andrew Higgins “won the war”. Among this museum’s extensive artefacts, see the famed “Higgins Boats” that played a key role in the D-Day landings and Allied victory. Then immerse yourself in the action of Beyond All Boundaries, an epic 4D-cinematic exploration of WWII.

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Jackson Square


In 1803, this square saw France hand over New Orleans to the U.S. Framed by the steeples of St Louis Cathedral and a myriad of mansard-roofed houses, the plaza still retains a European charm. Dig into Louisiana’s fitful history in the colonial-era Cabildo and Presbytère buildings – their collections recount tales of the Louisiana Purchase, Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina.

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  • 700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
St Louis Cemetery No 1


Built in 1789, this graveyard garnered the nickname “City of the Dead”. Its labyrinthine rows of above-ground tombs were shaped by French and Spanish customs, as well as New Orleans’s swampy surrounds. Today, book an official tour to venture inside. Then meander through the spooky grey maze to seek out the decrepit crypt of Marie Laveau, the famed 19th-century Voodoo queen.

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City Park


This green swathe has drawn New Orleanians for a century and a half. It’s got something for everyone. For old-time fun, take a whirl on the wooden carousel that dates back to 1906. Then roam beneath the ancient evergreen oak trees, which have been around for nigh on a millennium. In the Besthoff Garden, wander amid world-class sculpture by Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois.

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Frenchmen Street

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Stop and listen. Frenchmen Street’s all about the music. This is where hip cats come to soak up the mellow melodies and rat-a-tat rhythms that pour out of legendary clubs like the Spotted Cat and Blue Nile. From washboard blues to funky brass riffs and jazzy solos – anything goes, you dig? Come morning, scour the Louisiana Music Factory’s vinyl racks to relive it all over.

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Magazine Street

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This six-mile stretch conjures up images of sleepy, smalltown America. Yet, behind the potpourri of quaint Victorian façades you’ll find true one-off shops. Peruse Mignon Faget’s designer jewellery, then rummage through Jezebel’s quirky collection of vintage hats and handbags. At La Petite Grocery, drink in the street’s chilled vibes over blue-crab nibbles and local brews.

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Audubon Nature Institute


A celebration of nature. This centre’s array of attractions focuses on preservation and education. At Audubon Zoo, learn about Louisiana’s shrinking swamps, and gawk at water snakes and rare white alligators. Pause for a picnic under Audubon Park’s age-old Tree of Life. Then splash, flutter and creep about the aquarium, butterfly house and insectarium over on Canal Street.

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  • 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Check website for details.
Rock 'n' Bowl

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A bowling alley with a twist, this venue also houses a music hall and dancefloor. In between rolling strikes and spares, you can soak up the sounds of swing bands and honky-tonk groups, not to mention the unmistakeable wheeze of traditional Zydeco accordionists. If you fancy a bite, the bar has a Creole-style menu full of finger-licking dishes.

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Preservation Hall

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Set in the historic French Quarter, this intimate hall takes you back to the good ol’ days of traditional New Orleans jazz. The all-acoustic sets of the Preservation Hall Band are so popular that queues line St Peter Street long before show time each night. If you don’t want to miss these musical maestros in action, book VIP tickets well in advance.

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Maple Leaf Bar

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Don’t let the Canadian-esque name fool you. The Maple Leaf Bar is Southern-fried American to the core. Funky brass bands, blues trios, Mardi Gras balls and crawfish cookouts are among the sights, sounds and smells you can look forward to here. Tuesday nights are the most fabled, when regulars The Rebirth Brass Band almost blow the tin roof off.

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Wednesdays at the Square, Music Festival

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This long-running series of open-air concerts is a big hit with locals. Staged in leafy Lafayette Square, the festival hosts a rollicking roster of performers who represent the rich musical heritage of New Orleans. Admission is free, but you can support community youth groups by buying a po’boy sandwich and beer at one of the stalls before you get down and boogie!

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Uptown District


Uptown’s known for its Greek Revival mansions, its raised Creole cottages and its southern hospitality. But this charming district is also no slouch when it comes to restaurants. Take your pick from the old-time charm of the Camellia Grill, the homely tradition of Upperline or the seafood extravaganza at La Crêpe Nanou. One thing’s for sure: you won’t go hungry here.

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Shaya Restaurant

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This Israeli restaurant centres around the wood-fire oven. From fine pita breads to slow-cooked lamb, Chef Alon Shaya draws on Israel’s mixed culinary influences to cook up Middle-Eastern delicacies in the traditional way. The result is a succulent and varied menu, and one of New Orleans’ favourite restaurants.

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French Quarter


The French Quarter is where you’ll find the essence of NOLA. At mealtime, it’s no different – the hardest part is knowing where to begin. You can chomp on fresh seafood at GW Fins, go all-out on the French theme at Orleans Grapevine or splash out on a slap-up dinner at Restaurant R’evolution. And if you’re into pralines, make sure to stop by Southern Candymakers.

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Angeline Restaurant

Restaurants And Bars

Angeline has a habit of making loyal customers quickly. Serving meals from breakfast, through to brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s classy, modern takes on southern classics always get taste buds buzzing. Take your pick from the menus – it’s all great here – but one dish you can’t go to Angeline and not order is their glorious grits.

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Central City District


The home of NOLA’s brass band tradition always hits the right notes. It’s no different when it comes to eating out, as long as you know where to look. Café Reconcile does Creole dishes with aplomb, Philly’s Café will satisfy your cheesesteak itch, and Ms Hyster’s BBQ does one of the best meat spreads you’re likely to find anywhere.

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Primitivo Restaurant

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One for the meat eaters. Primitivo takes you back to your caveman origins, with lashings of meat and a roaring open fire to cook it on. Don’t let that put you off, though – they certainly know what they’re doing. One of the many carnivorous highlights here is the spare ribs, served with sticky apple BBQ sauce. Delicious!

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Central Business District


Don’t be fooled by the shiny offices and pinstripe suits – New Orlean’s CBD knows how to cook a good meal. The Ruby Slipper Café does a mean brunch, Chophouse New Orleans serves up sizzling steaks and August is so popular that you may need to book weeks in advance. Seafood buffs will be in their element too – just check out Red Fish Grill and Acme Oyster House for fishy treats.

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Balise Restaurant

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Balise oozes style. From the exquisitely prepared cocktails to the oysters resting on a bed of crushed ice, the devil’s in the detail here. Chef Justin Devillier, inspired by nature’s bounty on the coast of his native California, brings fresh ingredients and culinary know-how to downtown New Orleans. Look out for the baked rigatoni smothered in gruyere.

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Commander's Palace

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Commander’s Palace has been delighting New Orleans diners since way back in the 1880s. Serving up a high-quality blend of Cajun and Haute Creole cuisine, the emphasis is on fun here. Swing by and catch the restaurant’s “jazz brunch” – when great food, jaunty music and a whole lot of laughter come together.

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French Market


This open-air market has been on the go for three centuries. If you take a ramble through here, you’ll spot New Orleanians of all ages and backgrounds stocking up on fresh produce, grabbing a bite to eat or just shooting the breeze. Join them for a bowl of gumbo stew, then browse the stalls for the quintessential New Orleans souvenir – a colourful Mardi Gras mask.

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Jackson Square Park


No matter when you visit, Jackson Square Park is a hubbub of activity – and a people-watching hotspot. Outside, local artists proudly display their paintings along the park’s railings while buskers entertain passers-by with tunes of every musical style. Inside, you’re bound to meet loved-up newlyweds posing for pictures with St Louis Cathedral behind them.

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Café Du Monde

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This legendary café is usually chock-a-block with people, which means it’s the ideal place to sit back and observe New Orleanians do their thing. Here, that thing is chicory-flavoured coffee and tasty deep-fried treats called beignets. Even if you’re out partying on Bourbon Street, you can join local musicians post gig and grab an early breakfast at Café Du Monde.

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Reviews of New Orleans



October 23, 2016

New Orleans its a great city. There were so many exciting places to visit and so many things to do. Will certainly be visiting again.
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1 review


October 23, 2016

We loved the culture. Must stay close to French Quarter to enjoy without a lot of walking.
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1 review


October 23, 2016

We only stayed overnight. Had dinner on Bourbon st it was great. We were in walking distance.
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1 review


October 23, 2016

If you love live music without the wildness of Bourbon street check out Frenchman Street!!!!!
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2 reviews

Very good

October 23, 2016

Interesting specially Bourbon Street where you have Bible bashers outside strip clubs!
United Kingdom
5 reviews


October 22, 2016

New Orleans is one of the worlds great tourist cities. So many thing to do and wonderful food.
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1 review


October 22, 2016

My friends and I came for the falcons vs saints game and it was a great experience for all of us!
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1 review

Accommodations and Hotels in New Orleans

La Quinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown

8 Very good

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  • 301 Camp Street, New Orleans Central Business District, New Orleans
Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 1211 reviews


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  • 920 North Rampart Street, French Quarter (Vieux Carré), New Orleans
Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 1879 reviews


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  • 114 Magazine Street, New Orleans Central Business District, New Orleans
Hotel Mazarin

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 747 reviews


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  • 730 Bienville Street, French Quarter (Vieux Carré), New Orleans
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center

8.4 Very good

Score from 934 reviews


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  • 300 Julia Street, Arts - Warehouse District, New Orleans
SpringHill Suites by Marriott New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center

8.4 Very good

Score from 980 reviews


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  • 301 Saint Joseph Street, Arts - Warehouse District, New Orleans
Q&C Hotel Bar New Orleans, Autograph Collection

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1392 reviews


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  • 344 Camp Street, New Orleans Central Business District, New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1196 reviews


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  • 555 Canal Street, The Real Heart of New Orleans, New Orleans
Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

8.2 Very good

Score from 1440 reviews


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  • 124 Royal Street, French Quarter (Vieux Carré), New Orleans
Discover New Orleans

Popular Neighborhoods in New Orleans

New Orleans Central Business District

58 properties

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.

French Quarter (Vieux Carré)

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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.

Faubourg Marigny

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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.

Arts - Warehouse District

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Local Tips for New Orleans

Tropical Isle
Marissa by Marissa

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.

  • 600 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 10:00-02:00, Thursday-Friday 10:00-03:00, Saturday 10:00-02:00
Café Du Monde
Christian by Christian

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.

Blue Dot Donuts
Crystal by Crystal

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.

Lawrence Square Park
Mark by Mark

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.

  • 900 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Q&C Hotel Bar
Tony by Tony

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.

  • 344 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Open Sunday-Saturday 16:00-00:00
Amanda by Amanda

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.

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Why do you recommend New Orleans for food?

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!

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.

local guides are very knowledgable about their beautifully preserved houses and all the history accompanying the streets and buildings

If you're going to get hand grenades, get the frozen ones so you pace yourself. They are pretty deadly to a lengthy night.

Share a few dishes with someone else and try the off the wall places. The must is getting an order or 2 of beignets.

Cajun Seafood in the 7th Ward was awesome!!! Try the boiled crabs and the catfish po'boy!

Always ready to help - sociable - kind - communicative

Why would you want to avoid the crowds?!!

K-Paul's kitchen, Stanley and SoBou.


New Orleans Transportation

Air - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

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.

Food in New Orleans

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  • 920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-21:30, Friday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday 17:00-22:00.
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