Louisiana’s New Orleans Treasures Unlocked
New Orleans has such a rich and beautiful history. Colored by the cities’ mix of cultures, architecture and of course their world-class, swinging music scene. As the city that can boast the most number of historic districts around. Consequently, this results in tales and stories of old being told in every corner of each and every neighborhood.
Things To Do:
In New Orleans, you can either explore the city on foot or by bike. These are both great options that will allow you to go at your own pace. Therefore giving you to opportunity to relish each experience. There are many architectural tours and even a ghost tour that will take you on an eerie journey through the most haunted city in the U.S.
The French Quarter (Vieux Carre)
Unlike the name suggests, this area is predominantly home to Italian/American residents. The French Quarter is the oldest part of the city. It was founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. This world-famous neighborhood has so much to offer with its beautiful courtyard cafes, art galleries, history and fabulous spots to enjoy the nightlife. Visit the Old Ursuline Convent Museum that was built by the French in 1752 and is the oldest building in New Orleans. It is a part of the city’s beautiful heritage.
The Nightlife: All That Jazz
The Jazz music scene is alive and flying high at many venues in the French Quarter and surrounding areas. Most noteworthy, is Preservation Hall, located at 726 Peter Street in the French Quarter. It has been instrumental in preserving the continuity of the jazz scene for more than forty years. The artists featured at this venue include both veterans and up and coming musicians of the genre. But if you’re planning to catch a performance here, be prepared to arrive early. The lines can start forming up to thirty minutes before many of the shows. This place is solely for music; no food, drinks or restrooms are available. However, you can bring in drinks and use the facilities from nearby establishments.
Where To Eat: Foodie Favourites
The multi-cultural melting pot in New Orleans is overflowing with fabulous offerings. From the best in Creole/French cuisine, Honduran comfort food and of course, the ever-popular Po’Boy. While many places claim to serve the ‘best’ Po’Boy in the city, Domilise’s has served the likes of celebrities, politicians and is a local favorite. It’s a rather humble establishment, but the size and flavors of a Domilise’s Po’ boy are worth their price. Despite being a little more expensive than other Po’boy purveyors.
For more delicious Louisiana food and the most extensive selection of martinis in the city, head over to The Bombay Club. This local hidden gem also has live music and is located at 830 Conti Street in the French Quarter. While if you would like a more upscale dining experience, make a reservation at Clancy’s. It is located at 6100 Annunciation Street. The white tablecloth service provided by servers donning tuxedos is as exceptional as the elegantly served Creole food.
Where To Stay:
Part of the charm and heritage of New Orleans are the hotels that display the stunning architecture and history of the city. The International House Hotel and NOPSI Hotel with their grand entrances, ornate high-ceilings, and artwork are two fabulous options for your accommodation. Both of these hotels have a central location, so you can be on the doorstep of everything NOLA has to offer.
In New Orleans, you can experience a depth of culture and history like no other place in the nation. With the Louis Armstrong International Airport being an easily accessible hub to fly into from most U.S cities, you’re not far away from having either a perfect weekend getaway or a longer holiday in The Big Easy.