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One Day in New Orleans

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An active and devoted lifetime is hardly enough to get to everything there is to do in the Big Easy. But if you’ve only got a day, you’ve only got a day. And odds are you’ll roll away from your time in "Nawlins" or "NOLA" firm in the belief that those were the most delicious and most fun 24 hours you’ve ever spent. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

14 Places

5 City Tips

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14 Places

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurants

Jackson Square

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

1850 House

Speciality Museums

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Speciality Museums

French Quarter

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

New Orleans School of Cooking

Cooking Classes

Leah's Pralines

Restaurants

Voodoo Authentica

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks

Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge

Bars & Clubs, Piano Bars

Palace Cafe

Restaurants

Preservation Hall

Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Frenchmen Street

Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets

The Spotted Cat Music Club

Bars & Clubs, Jazz Clubs & Bars

Chris O's City Tips

  • Many of NOLA's best attractions and activities are within walking distance of each other. But be prepared to take cabs and public transport to make the most of your time here.
  • Many of the attractions you’ll want to experience in New Orleans are within walking distance of each other. But cabs and public transport will help you make the most of one day.
  • Many locals work in the service industry and rely very much on your gratuity to earn a living wage. Be aware and kind when you tip.
  • If you hope to do it up at one of the city's more notable restaurants, plan ahead and make a reservation.
  • For the most part, New Orleans is a very casual, come-as-you-are kind of place, but a number of the city's most celebrated restaurants expect smart dress. Check before heading out.
  • Cafe Du Monde
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Chris O Says:

    Since 1862, this original French Market coffee stand has been serving powder sugar capped beignets (aka French doughnuts and the Louisiana state doughnut) with chicory-blended coffee for folks 24 hours a day. Oh sure, you’ll be yet another of the many thousands of tourists lining up for a taste of NOLA’s most iconic breakfast item when you pay your visit, but they don’t call it Café du Monde ('Café of the World') for nothing! So relax and enjoy the experience ... and the sugar rush. Besides, if you’re apt to start your day with coffee and a sweet treat, you might as well do it here, along the banks of the mighty Mississippi.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The café is open 24 hours a day, so you can consider it for catching second winds or winding down at the end of the day.
    • Café du Monde closes at 6pm on December 24 and reopens at 6am on December 26.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #188 of 1,561 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well, you have to go here! 15/11/2018
    • Gross 15/11/2018
    • Cafe Du Monde
    Address:
    800 Decatur St
    In Front of Jackson Square
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3306
    Phone:
    +1 504-581-2914
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Jackson Square
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    Admire the classical beautiful of this world famous square, with its statue of a hat-tipping Andrew Jackson on horseback, flanked by the muddy Mississippi River and the majestically pretty St. Louis Cathedral. Relax, regroup and have fun scoping out all the many colorful characters, buskers and artists who frequent this popular French Quarter gathering place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye on your belongings for safe measure.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The center of everything! 15/11/2018
    • Interesting! Fun! Scenic! 15/11/2018
    • Jackson Square
    Address:
    615 Pere Antoine Alley
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3234
    Phone:
    +1 800-800-0550
    Other:
  • 1850 House
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Louisiana State Museum's 1850 House, located on the edge of Jackson Square in the French Quarter, is an antebellum row house furnished to represent life in mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans. There is perhaps no better setting for learning about the Crescent City’s idiosyncratic and often troubled history. For architecture and design fans and history buffs, a visit with a guided tour is a must!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The gift shop offers a great range of distinctive souvenirs and gifts, many of which are crafted by local artisans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must for History Buffs 06/11/2018
    • A Jackson Square gem 28/10/2018
    • 1850 House
    Address:
    523 St Ann Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3318
    Phone:
    +1 504-524-9118
    Other:
  • Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Located at the port and right on the mighty Mississippi, Mardi Gras World is a grand scale working studio offering a behind-the-scenes look at all the artistry and craft that goes into the building of each and every one of the famous and often outlandish Mardi Gras parade floats.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Mardi Gras World offers free shuttle service from and to many parts of town.
    • The attraction is open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
    • Tours run every 30 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 2nd Best Thing We Did in New Orleans (The first best was going to the Jazz Fest) 14/11/2018
    • Great tour 13/11/2018
    • Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Address:
    1380 Port of New Orleans Pl
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1805
    Phone:
    +1 504-361-7821
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • French Quarter
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    From some of the classiest venues in America to some of its trashiest dives, the freewheeling French Quarter is a hedonistic haven where world famous chefs, world class musicians and worldly bartenders bust their chops to ensure the historic neighborhood thoroughly delights any and all who have the pleasure to spend time in the Quarter.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Watch where you step, particularly during the wee hours of the morning.
    • Late nights can be rowdy, especially along Bourbon Street.
    • The Quarter has plenty of kid-friendly activities and attractions – as well as 24-hour bars, strip clubs and voodoo shops.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love the walk! 15/11/2018
    • Stay off Bourbon St. 15/11/2018
    • French Quarter
    Phone:
    +1 833-218-3421
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • New Orleans School of Cooking
    Cooking Classes
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    Chris O Says:

    If you've ever wondered how to make etouffée, gumbo, or any other creole or Cajun speciality, the New Orleans School of Cooking is for you! Believe it or not, this place is also a brilliant venue for a fun and fairly thorough introduction to the culture and history of one of America's most delectable destinations.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Come hungry!
    • Make sure to browse the gift shop before you leave for a look at all the excellent regional cookbooks, seasonings, meal kits, kitchen utensils, and more.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 21 Classes & Workshops in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must do! So much fun! 15/11/2018
    • Pat made it all worthwhile! 15/11/2018
    • New Orleans School of Cooking
    Address:
    524 St. Louis Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2118
    Phone:
    +1 504-525-2665
    Price range:
    US$ 30 - US$ 30
    Other:
  • Leah's Pralines
    Restaurants
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    Chris O Says:

    Since 1944, Leah Johnson's family has been sharing her original pralines and southern style confections with the world from the same humble shop. A delectable little New Orleans landmark (offering plenty of free samples), Leah's Pralines is one sweet spot well worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • To be sure, the pralines here are divine, but if ya really wanna wow the foodie folks back home with your French Quarter finds, I've got three words for ya: bacon pecan brittle.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 1,561 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yes to Bacon Pralines!!!!!!!!!!! 31/10/2018
    • Leah's Pralines is a Must Stop if You're in NOLA 30/10/2018
    • Leah's Pralines
    Address:
    714 Saint Louis St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2122
    Phone:
    +1 504-523-5662
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Voodoo Authentica
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Chris O Says:

    Providing a 'complete line of locally handmade' voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags, potion, oils and more alongside spiritual work and consultations by an 'experienced team of in-house practitioners,' Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans is a friendly one-stop shop for all your esoteric needs (whether they be of the kitsch or keenly observant variety).

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Visiting New Orleans around the end of October? Check out the shop’s Voodoofest celebrations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 15/11/2018
    • Interesting Things! 14/11/2018
    • Voodoo Authentica
    Address:
    612 Dumaine St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3211
    Phone:
    +1 504-522-2111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Woldenberg Riverfront Park
    Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    Be sure to take some time to watch boats come in here along the banks of the Mississippi. Some of the city’s best strolling, bicycling, and riparian ponderings can be accomplished with leisure at this lovely park.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring some spare change to show appreciation for the street musicians you’re apt to encounter here.
    • Audubon's Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX theater, and a variety of shops are located at or very near the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful respite right down on the river. 06/11/2018
    • WOLDENBERG PARK on the RIVER 04/11/2018
    • Woldenberg Riverfront Park
    Address:
    1 Canal St
    French Quarter
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1152
    Phone:
    +1 504-565-3033
    Other:
  • Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge
    Bars & Clubs, Piano Bars
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    Chris O Says:

    Is the room spinning? Nope, but the bar is! A 25-seat 'circus-clad merry-go-round' transformed into a spinning cocktail bar may sound like tourist hell, but there’s actually an air of sophistication about it. A fixture for French Quarter elbow benders from near and far, the Carousel Bar inside the elegant lobby of the Hotel Monteleone is a must for any boozy bucket list.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • What to drink? Go for the Sazerac (Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Herbsaint, Peychaud Bitters, simple syrup).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 52 Concerts & Shows in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's a must see/do, great music 09/11/2018
    • Just taking a bresk 09/11/2018
    • Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge
    Address:
    214 Rue Royale
    Hotel Monteleone
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-523-3341
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Palace Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary)
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    Chris O Says:

    At the edge of the Quarter and right on Canal, Palace Cafe is a fine dining restaurant with kinetic atmosphere. Dinner service is gracious, informative and expeditious. And the food is to die for. Check it out: Umami-licious crab meat cheesecake (yes really!), deeply flavorsome duck and roasted garlic gumbo, luscious catfish pecan, and the classic New Orleans dessert bananas Foster are just a few of the scrumptious dishes. The wine list is created by a smart sommelier and the cocktails are awesome.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Reservations are recommended.
    • Dress is upscale casual.
    • Try the Gingerbread Sazerac (Sazerac Rye, New Orleans Praline Liqueur, Meletti Anisette, gingerbread bitters) for an inspired taste of contemporary creole mixology.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 1,561 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pre-Theater Dinner 15/11/2018
    • Great initiation to New Orleans 13/11/2018
    • Palace Cafe
    Address:
    605 Canal St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2307
    Phone:
    +1 504-523-1661
    Price range:
    US$ 31 - US$ 40
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Preservation Hall
    Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    If you can only visit one music venue in Louisiana, this historic music hall set in the French Quarter should be at the top of your list. The music here is classic Dixieland played by some of the best musicians in town. It doesn't get more authentic than this!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Take your seats quickly and let the good times roll!
    • Recording performances is not permitted.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A real treat 15/11/2018
    • Not for me 14/11/2018
    • Preservation Hall
    Address:
    726 St. Peter Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3182
    Phone:
    +1 504-522-2841
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Frenchmen Street
    Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    Frenchmen Street is known as the locals’ Bourbon Street. But don’t worry, non-Nawlins folks are nevertheless welcome. The nightlife here is guaranteed sultry fun. The choice of dining options and live music venues beguiles with a multitude of top rated options.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Many people are carousing Frenchman Street at night, but keep your wits about you on the side streets – or just take a cab from a trusted company.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 321 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun 15/11/2018
    • Great evening of jazz at Snug Harbor 14/11/2018
    • Frenchmen Street
    Address:
    Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • The Spotted Cat Music Club
    Bars & Clubs, Jazz Clubs & Bars
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    Chris O Says:

    A Frenchmen Street favorite and one of the most fun bars in New Orleans, the Spotted Cat is a friendly place where locals of all sorts and out-of-towners from all over join together to have a good time listening to great music.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Drinks are cheap – just be sure to save some money for when the hat’s passed 'round for the band!
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 52 Concerts & Shows in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tons of fun but only on a weeknight 12/11/2018
    • Nice place if you're ok with crowds 07/11/2018
    • The Spotted Cat Music Club
    Address:
    623 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-2001
    Phone:
    12223333
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 5
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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