French Quarter (Vieux Carré)
0.8 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $45 a night
Downtown New Orleans
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.
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1.9 miles from downtown
After the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, rich Americans flooded this quarter. Today, their grand mansions are owned by Hollywood actors. Ramble west of Jackson Avenue to peruse a medley of architectural styles, from Victorian and Italianate to Greek Revival. Then pop into the storied Commander’s Palace for a genteel jazz brunch and 25-cent Martini.
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Arts - Warehouse District
0.6 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $56 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $49 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $44 a night
2.5 miles from downtown
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.
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Bursting with music, character and a smorgasbord of cultures, if there’s one thing New Orleans promises, it’s a good time. NOLA is home to the legendary Mardi Gras carnival – a parade of colourful revellers donning masks and draped in beads. The city is also regarded as the birthplace of jazz, from street performers belting out top-notch tunes at every corner to the recurring celebration of Jazz Fest attracting thousands every year. Check out a live band at one of the many upscale cocktail lounges on the electric Bourbon Street, or pop into a dive bar for a more casual experience. Whether you’re a jazz lover or not, it’s hard to spend time in New Orleans without grooving to the beat of the city, with music from bars and clubs spilling out into the streets every evening.
Nicknamed ‘The Big Easy’, New Orleans has a laid-back charm about it that offers a welcome contrast to the hectic pace of other popular destinations in the United States. Soak up the city’s atmosphere with a stroll around its French Quarter with a beignet (a French pastry) and a signature cocktail (such as the Sazerac) in hand. Along with the 18th-century architecture, popular sights you’ll see here include the triple-steepled St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square – a hub for local artists and musicians. For a uniquely New Orleans experience, dare to take a voodoo tour covering some of the city’s historic cemeteries, like St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Average weekend price||$184 per night|
|Average weekday price||$205 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Bourbon Street is probably the dirtiest, smelliest place I’ve ever visited. Lots of sketchy people. I’ve been to several third-world countries and felt safer there. But…. New Orleans has a lot of historical places to visit. If I ever visited again, I would just avoid the Bourbon Street area.
The War World II museum is the best museum I ever seen. Don't miss it if you come to New Orleans. The Jazz music in Frenchmen street is better than Burben street. Don't go to Burben street!!! It is dusgusting. The Grand Isle restaurant and Cajun seafood are very good!
It is an older City. I expected them to do a better job with the cleanliness of Bourbon Stree. Don't expect too much! Do your research before going to restaurants, don't just go because someone told you to. Look up the ratings and locations. However, there are some great food in New Orleans. Don't get a car rental if you don't have to.
The city has suffered due to the pandamic lot of shops have not re opened and lot of places are understaffed but they were worth the wait for awesome food and awesome people making your stay very enjoyable it’s very easy to get around with the tram service and make sure you don’t miss the music in bourbon street and the awesome beignet, palace cafe and bourbon street cafe worth going to and some bars in bourbon street loved the food tour and the plantation’s tour
New Orleans was a very fun city to visit. Lots of stuff to do for all ages. Almost everything is within walking distance of eachother. The food is amazing. But the streets are terrible to drive on and when your walking your constantly dodging the homeless no matter where you go.
This is my 4th time to New Orleans and I enjoy it every time. They have a very diverse range of restaurants, including some new vegan ones that were great. The people are friendly and always willing to help. There is something for everyone in New Orleans. Its hot, its humid, wear comfortable shoes, be safe, make good choices, and it will be a blast.
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