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Explore New Orleans like a local

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New Orleans is a great place to visit and many visitors fall in love and embrace the local flare. My three day guide will help you explore New Orleans like a local. Eat where we eat, drink where we drink, enjoy our city like we love it!

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

12 Places

6 City Tips

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12 Places

Commander's Palace

Restaurants

Langlois

Cooking Classes

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

Art Museums

Toups' Meatery

Restaurants

El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

Southern Candymakers

Restaurants

Atchafalaya

Restaurants

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Parks, Jogging Paths & Tracks

Tipitina's

Theatres

Cafe Du Monde Riverwalk Marketplace

Restaurants

Galatoire's Restaurant

Restaurants

The National WWII Museum

Military Museums, Speciality Museums

rcote75's City Tips

  • Go hear some live local music. You will love it!
  • Staying in the French Quarter is great but venture outside of it. There is much more to New Orleans than Bourbon Street.
  • Eat what is in season! Shrimp, oysters, soft shell crabs, crawfish...if they are fresh and in season EAT THEM!
  • If there is someone outside a restaurant with a menu or a sample dish covered in plastic, and trying to get you to go in and sit for a meal....keep walking. Any place worth going to doesn't do that.
  • Tip! New Orleans is a service industry city and we tip our service industry folks very well. One of them may be your next best friend.
  • You can easily purchase a three day bus ticket if you desire. I recommend against renting a car as traffic can be horrible, people drive terribly and parking can get expensive.
  • Commander's Palace
    Restaurants (French, American, Seafood, Soups, Cajun & Creole)
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    rcote75 Says:

    Commander's Palace is one of the top restaurants in the world. If you enjoy going out to eat and consider yourself even a little bit of a foodie, you wont want to miss this experience. I recommend going for dinner but if you are a fancy Sunday Jazz Brunch kind of person, that is very fun too. The food is fantastic and the service is out of this work. Make a reservation as soon as you know you will be in town!!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Dress up! Put on that pretty dress you've been dying to wear and dry clean your man's sport coat because this place calls for it all!
    • Ask your server for a tour of the place. S/he will bring you through the wine room and the garden room and through the kitchen where you can snap a picture with the chef!
    • If you really want to do it up, ask for the Chef's table. A table of 4 (only 4, always 4) in the kitchen. You'll be delighted with many many courses and optional wine pairings. This is a hard reservation to get!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect restaurant for celebrating an anniversary! 09/12/2018
    • Consistently excellent food and service 09/12/2018
    • Commander's Palace
    Address:
    1403 Washington Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70130-5798
    Phone:
    +1 504-899-8221
    Price range:
    US$ 30 - US$ 80
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Other:
  • Langlois
    Cooking Classes
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    rcote75 Says:

    If you are in New Orleans I hope you are there to eat! And eat well. Learning the history and how we cook is as fun as the food itself. At Langois you get all of that! You can sign up for a lunch or brunch class, a dinner or cocktail class, or do it all! It is not inexpensive but it is worth every penny. The classes are designed to teach you an entire menu and you have the option to help prep/cook as well...or you can sit back and sip wine while taking notes or just watching the show.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Take a cab here. It's on a corner so technically has 2 addresses.
    • You will eat the entire meal you prep so food is included. You will get all the recipes. There is a store there too where you might want to purchase spices or kitchen gadgets.
    • There is a full wine/beer list!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 22 Classes & Workshops in New Orleans
    • Defines a "Special" Event 27/11/2018
    • Great Bachelorette Party Meal 26/11/2018
    • Langlois
    Address:
    1710
    New Orleans, LA 70116-1933
    Phone:
    +1 504-934-1010
    Price range:
    US$ 100 - US$ 100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Art Museums
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    rcote75 Says:

    The Sculpture Garden at NOMA/City Park is beautiful. You could pick up a poboy (From Parkway Bakery near by) and walk through the gardens and have a nice picnic. It usually very quiet out there and a lovely area. And it's FREE!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • They sell water there to keep you hydrated!
    • It's free so go!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 320 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beauty in the Park 07/12/2018
    • Really nice place 07/12/2018
    • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Address:
    1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
    New Orleans, LA 70124
    Phone:
    +1 504-658-4100
    Other:
  • Toups' Meatery
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    rcote75 Says:

    Toup's is open for lunch and dinner and is also not far from City Park in Mid City New Orleans. It's a South Louisiana meat lovers paradise! If you want to try some good local cooking, this is a great place to go for lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • There is a bit of out door seating.
    • Good selection of local beers along with wine and cocktails.
    • Don't miss the pickles platter or the cracklin.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #161 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Came for the drinks, stayed for the food 23/11/2018
    • Service needs improvement 11/11/2018
    • Toups' Meatery
    Address:
    845 N Carrollton Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70119-3703
    Phone:
    +1 504-252-4999
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American)
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    rcote75 Says:

    Open for lunch and dinner in Mid City and the French Quarter (down by the French Market) this is a good stop for a nice casual meal. The food here is absolutely fresh and made to order, including the margaritas! Take a break from shopping in the market and grab a bit to eat and a cocktail.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Casual. Entrees are big, you may want to share an entree and order an extra app.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #192 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A taste of home 09/12/2018
    • Wonderful food 01/12/2018
    • El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant
    Address:
    81 French Market Pl
    New Orleans, LA 70116-2617
    Phone:
    +1 504-525-9752
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Southern Candymakers
    Restaurants (American)
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    rcote75 Says:

    Even if you are only stopping in here for the free taste of their pralines, it's worth the stop. Best candy in the city and they ship too!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • People are always looking for something to bring back home from New Orleans for a family member, friend, dog sitter, etc...the answer is pralines! And this is where you want to buy them.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best bar none! 03/12/2018
    • The best pralines in NOLA 02/12/2018
    • Southern Candymakers
    Address:
    334 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1024
    Phone:
    +1 800-344-9773
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 205
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Atchafalaya
    Restaurants (Contemporary)
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    rcote75 Says:

    Venture uptown to this local's spot for dinner one night. Make a reservation because the place is small and popular in it's neighborhood. It sits on the outskirt of the Irish Channel which is also home to many great bars and shopping along Magazine Street. A perfect day would be to take the bus uptown out of the French Quarter and spend the day walking Magazine Street shopping and eating/drinking. Ending with dinner at Atchafalaya and grabbing a cab back to the hotel or further up to Tipitina's for some music. I'd tell you what to order here but EVERYTHING is amazing. It's also a great place for brunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Make a reservation. The place is not very big.
    • There is some outdoor seating but not much.
    • The food here is absolutely fantastic! If you've never has shrimp and grits and want to try it, get it or make sure someone at the table does so you can have a bite :)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOW! 02/12/2018
    • Great food, worth leaving the French Quarter 02/12/2018
    • Atchafalaya
    Address:
    901 Louisiana Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70115-1231
    Phone:
    +1 504-891-9626
    Price range:
    US$ 20 - US$ 45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Thu - Mon
    10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Other:
  • Woldenberg Riverfront Park
    Parks, Jogging Paths & Tracks
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    rcote75 Says:

    Grab a Cafe au Lait and some beignets from Cafe du Monde and walk over the levee to the Riverfront Park. Cop a squat and watch the barges maneuver their way along the Mississippi River.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't jump in the river, the current is amazingly powerful.
    • If you desire to take the ferry across, you can sit on the other side and watch the sun set over New Orleans and St Louis Cathedral. While there, check out the great bars on that side of the river too!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 320 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Outdoor Space 29/11/2018
    • Beautiful respite right down on the river. 06/11/2018
    • Woldenberg Riverfront Park
    Address:
    1 Canal St
    French Quarter
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1152
    Phone:
    +1 504-565-3033
    Other:
  • Tipitina's
    Theatres
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    rcote75 Says:

    Tip's as we like to call it is uptown on Tchoupitoulas (call it Tchoup, sounds like chop) and Napoleon. You can grab a cab or bus from the French Quarter and find your way to Tip's for some great live local music all weekend long. Check their calendar online or just venture in and see who's playing.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There is often a food truck outside for snacks.
    • A couple blocks away are more bars and restaurant worth checking out like Dick and Jenny's(restaurant) and 45 Tchoup (bar).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 320 things to do in New Orleans
    • best music venue in new orleans, 26/11/2018
    • Famous NOLA music venue 02/09/2018
    • Tipitina's
    Address:
    501 Napoleon Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70115-1546
    Phone:
    +1 504-895-8477
    Hours:
    Thu - Sat
    9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Cafe Du Monde Riverwalk Marketplace
    Restaurants (French, American, Cafe)
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    rcote75 Says:

    This is where you will go for the most wonderful cafe au lait and beignets. Even if you don't drink coffee or like donuts, you should definitely try this place. Once you go you'll want to go back again and again!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If there is a line, wait and go back later!
    • If there is an empty table and no line, grab that table and wait for a server in that section to come to you. Be patient, it's just the way it is here.
    • Cash only. Open 24/7.
    • Don't wear black here...trust me on this one....
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #201 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good Coffee with a great view 09/12/2018
    • Friendly service 26/11/2018
    • Cafe Du Monde Riverwalk Marketplace
    Address:
    One Poydras, Suite 27
    Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1662
    Phone:
    +1 504-218-7993
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 15
    Other:
  • Galatoire's Restaurant
    Restaurants (French, American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole)
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    rcote75 Says:

    Galatroire's is one of the very few reasons I go to Bourbon Street...this old school grande dame restaurant is absolutely festive and wonderful. Dress properly please! The fish/soft shell crab dishes here are amazing but so are the veal and lamb chops and the steaks. Get the oysters en brochette, try the oysters Rockefeller, try it all! The best thing to do is put your menu away, order cocktails and let the server bring you the best of the best from the kitchen.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Dress accordingly or they will have a suit coat for you to wear.
    • Downstairs is where you want to be and they do not take reservations for downstairs. It is customary to wait in line, especially for Friday lunch. Upstairs is available by reservation but it isn't as lively and this place is all about the experience!
    • There is a small bar on the second floor (also where the rest rooms are).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #230 of 1,559 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unsurpassed 08/12/2018
    • Delicious 30/11/2018
    • Galatoire's Restaurant
    Address:
    209 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2204
    Phone:
    +1 504-525-2021
    Price range:
    US$ 30 - US$ 80
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • The National WWII Museum
    Military Museums, Speciality Museums
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    rcote75 Says:

    If you have a day to spend here, do it! I am not a history buff and I absolutely love this museum. It is very well done and a fascinating place to visit. Plan on spending several hours here to get it all in, including the 4D movie.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Take your time and enjoy!
    • You can pay for a service member to go for free, I recommend doing that!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 320 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great educational experience 09/12/2018
    • Amazing 09/12/2018
    • The National WWII Museum
    Address:
    945 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130-3813
    Phone:
    +1 504-528-1944
    Other:
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