You can feel the prideful spirit for New Orleans while walking through Louis Armstrong International Airport, passing by a Mardi Gras decorated tree and becoming covered in beads before even leaving the airport. Our shuttle driver to the St. Christopher Hotel (between Magazine and Canal street) told us of the history of New Orleans on our way into town. A small group of us spent a few days exploring NOLA for my sister’s 21st birthday in January 2012. It quickly became one of my favorite U.S. destinations. Here is a quick New Orleans city guide during our short trip there on what to eat, where to go and what to do.
New Orleans City Guide
NOLA – For fine dining go to Emeril’s resturant.
Cafe Du Monde – Wait in the to-go line and order coffee and those fluffy pillows of doughy goodness covered in powdered sugar, beignets. We actually tipped one of the wait staff extra to “rush” our order while we were in line.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe – This place was so delicious, get the french toast. We came back here a couple days in a row for their fantastic brunch.
Drago’s Seafood – There is only one reason to come here, but a very good reason, Charbroiled Oysters.
Chalmette Battlefied and River Cruise – Cruise on the Creole Queen to the Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. If you enjoy history, this is a great tour to take.
See live Jazz – We went to the Balcony Music Club (BMC) on a evening and had such a fun time listening to live jazz. The band was so lively that they got a crowd to join on stage dancing.
Walking Tour – The best way to get to know a new place is to walk and explore. We walked a lot in New Orleans and it helped save on cab fare too.
Frenchman Street – Rich with history and lined with jazz clubs. This was my favorite in comparison to Bourbon street.
French Quarter – This is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and definitely the most popular. Even walking around during the day people were partying and bar hopping.
Jackson Square – Named after President Andrew Jackson in 1815, Jackson Square is the perfect location to relax on a sunny day, to explore artwork displayed by street vendors and see live events.
If you have been to New Orleans, what would you recommended to someone visiting for the first time?