New Orleans is known for many things: succulent cuisine, world-class shopping, a rich historic past, plus one of the hottest music scenes anywhere. It’s a city that invites discovery at every turn, where spontaneity is part of the fun. To help you get started, here are some suggestions for a great New Orleans itinerary. But don’t be afraid to keep it loose… as you follow your NOLA, expect to stumble upon the unexpected!
- Follow Your Rhythm: New Orleans may have been the place that invented great nightlife. Sure, the city is known for its fabled jazz clubs, but you can find live music and raw talent of all venues in clubs, wine bars, pubs…it’s the real deal. For instance, within a two-block stretch of Frenchmen Street—just steps away from the French Quarter—you can indulge your taste for reggae, Latin, blues, folk and everything in between. Check out Café Negril, Blue Nile, Maple Leaf, Le Bon Temps Roule and other hot spots. You’ll see the city has a rhythm all its own; all you have to do is follow the beat: Click Here
- Follow Your Instincts: Stroll along Magazine Street, and you’ll find prime boutiques, shops and popular stores. If you crave a more bohemian vibe, take side trips to Oak Street or the Bywater neighborhood, two local hot spots. Whether your taste runs to vintage clothing to modern artwork to one-of-a-kind jewelry, New Orleans is a shopping treasure just waiting to be explored: Click Here
- Follow Your Curiosity: No surprise that a city so diverse and historically rich would boast no less than 46 museums and many cultural centers—including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the National World War II Museum, St. Louis Cathedral, the Aubudon Zoo, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and many more: Click Here
- Follow Your Flavor: Po-boys, pralines, crawfish etoufee and gumbo are signature New Orleans treats, but the city also offers culinary treats and dining experiences that go far beyond the expected! El Gato Nego in the French Quarter is hailed as the area’s most authentic Mexican kitchen, with family-inspired recipes for dishes like seared beef and fire-grilled seafood. For a taste of Spain in the mid-city area, stop by Lola’s and enjoy a variety of tapas, and paella made with fresh local ingredients. Visit Maya’s on Magazine Street, and you can enjoy a wonderful variety of Latin American, Cuban and Caribbean cuisine—and don’t skip dessert! In New Orleans, flavorful options are the order of the day: Click here