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My SO and I are thinking of going to New Orleans sometime at the end of May/ beginning of June. This is one of our “bucket list” places to visit before we move out of the country since there isn’t anything like it in Europe- that I know of.
If you have any tips for food (we’d like to avoid chains and stick to authentic food from the region, will definitely hit up Cafe du Monde but would like recommendations for other types even ‘gator).
If you know of a nice, affordable place to stay- under $100 and close to major sightseeing/museums/food- we will rent a car but it’d be nice to not rely on it too much.
Any sightseeing “don’t miss” places. We’re interested in history, music, and paranormal things.
Post # 3
@nineteen87: One of the bees used to live in NOLA, but I don’t think she’s on here anymore (unless she’s under a different name now). Anyways, I do have her on Facebook though so I’m going to send her a message for some ideas/tips/etc. =) I’ll be sure to post ASAP.
Post # 4
Thank you! Much appreciated!
Post # 5
Oh man, we went to Nola a couple weeks ago and LOVED it.
Definitely recommend going to Deanie’s for seafood. I had a half shrimp/half oyster poboy and it was awesome. Cafe du Monde is a good one for dessert and cafe au lait.
I really enjoyed the aquarium (and the parakeet experience) as well.
Spend a little time on Bourbon Street too! We danced to amazing blues and jazz and drank beers from plastic cups that we took out on the street (open container is a-ok as long as it’s in plastic, and call them ‘go cups’ to not seem like a tourist ;)). We went to the Hustler strip club too, they have a 2-story pole and even though I don’t have an opinion on strippers, I was really impressed with these girls!! Bourbon never closes, so there’s always drinks to be had and trouble to get into.
One street over from Bourbon is some of the most incredible antiqueing I’ve ever seen. These shops had things I simply couldn’t believe (Ming Dynasty? Priceless travel trunks? Royal thrones? Estate jewelry? No problem). Take the trolly into the French Quarter to see the gorgeous mansions.
When you’re walking the French Quarter, look in between the buildings for the gorgeous courtyards. There’s bars and cafes and restaurants in most of them, and they’re stunning hidden gems.
Post # 6
Also adding that we’re interested in an airboat tour.
Post # 7
@nineteen87: I used to live in New Orleans, and miss it dearly!
My recommendations for Entertainment: I know everyone goes to Bourbon especially their first time, but you should definitely make it over to Frenchmen Street. This is where the locals hang. It has the best jazz clubs in the city there, many with little to no cover. In the Bywater, on Poland Ave., is Bacchanal’s. It’s a wine bar/store with a backyard patio. They also serve some amazing food. Often they have live entertainment, and it’s amazing. The last times I went I heard a jazz/beatboxing duo and another time, the French band Wazozo. You can also bring your own wine and there is a small corking fee. Don’t let appearances fool you. It’s awesome.
Food: Of course, I can go on and on especially since this is New Orleans but I would definitely go to Acme Oyster house for their chargrilled oysters. For brunch, hit up Stanley’s in the Quarter or Dante’s Kitchen in Uptown. Amazing!!!
I can go on for days about what the city has to offer. PM if you want more recommendations.
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I have lived in Nola all my life! Try the Andrew Jackson Hotel. It’s small, charming, reasonable, and it’s on Royal Street, which is one street over from Bourbon.
I definitely agree with the pp about Frenchmen Street. The whole neighborhood is called The Marigny. Check out the Apple Barrell (bar) for great live music, Definitely get a burger at Port of Call. (hands down, best in town). For a 24 hr diner, check out Clover Grill. Right in the quarter and great for when you’re hungry on the way back to your hotel. And you’ll see some real characters working there. As for authentic Cajun or Creole food, you can throw a stone and hit more than a few great places to eat. My favorite place for oysters is called Drago’s. It’s in Fat City, about 10 minutes from the French Quarter.
If you’re interested in an air-boat tour or swamp-boat tour, go to Lafitte. It’s about half an hour from downtown New Orleans, but you will see all the native critters and cruise the bayous. Well worth it. I grew up here and I still take my son about once a year.
I hope you make it here and I hope you enjoy yourselves! You can also PM me any time.
Post # 9
Thank you! Adding all recommendations to my list. We’re planning on eating out 100% of the time- to really experience as much as we can. Will probably PM some of you later as we’re finalizing our list and finding gaps- even though we want a little bit of time reserved for spontaneity.
Post # 10
@khf777: Ahhh, for some odd reason I meant to put Drago’s and Acme came out instead. Oddly enough I was picturing the sign of Drago’s in my head. Drago’s hands down is the winner. OP disregard my Acme remark. =)
Post # 11
yay i just got back today from NOLA!! had a blast went with my hubby and 2 friends!, we used hotwire.com and got our hotel rooms for $70 dollars saved us about $230! we went to the french quarter and ate at the corner oyster bar super good food and inexpensive. also cafe du monde is yummy but we went to cafe beignet which was on ” the best thing i ever ate” (Food Network) and was much less inexpensive and located on bourbon street and have a live jazz band playing!. also make sure to go to Pat O Brians on Bourbon for the orignal hurricaine and try the gator bites and cat fish!! if you go the right side of the french corner to the french market place there are food vendors with frog legs, gator, gator jerky, fried green tomatoes, pralines. I was in food heaven!!
Post # 12
I could go on for daaaays.
Pat O’s – mint juleps!
Great Creole-Italian food *not* in the quarter – Mandinas
THE New Orleans restaurant – Galatoires
Chargrilled oysters – I order these any time I see them on a menu, but Drago’s is the classic
I like recommending Remolaude for Bourbon St. eats – it shares a kitchen with the fabled Arnaud’s but is much more casual and affordable.
The Napoleon House – a really cool little place in the quarter with awesome Pimm’s Cups, yummy food, and really amazing history. (also happens to be my dream wedding venue)
Aaaaaand now I’m starving.
Post # 13
I recently just moved here!! My SO grew up here and moved back after he finished college out west with me (that’s how we met although we didn’t start dating until a couple years AFTER he moved back to NOLA)!
I would reccommend Stanley’s for brunch/breakfast! SOOOOOO YUMMMY!! I crave it! And don’t forget some CRAWFISH!!!!!
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2013 - Canal St Inn
Definitely second PPs about Drago’s, Deanie’s, Bachanal’s, and Frenchman Street. And I’d also add on the Clover Grill on Bourbon, past the gay bars. They’re open all night and have great diner food if you want a break from all of the Cajun goodness. Muriel’s in Jackson Square is another good one; the menu is good, but not very wowing, but the history and architecture of the building is amazing.
Airboat tours are awesome, as are the cemetary walking tours and the garden district tours. A lot of history there. If you’re into animals, the zoo and aquarium are HUGE. Very few cities in the US have similar attractions of that size (I think San Fran and San Diego are all I know of). Other than that, you will always find something to do just wandering the city. I don’t really have any recommendations for hotels in the city, FH and I always rent a car and stay in Metairie, so good luck with that, and have fun!
Edit- Whoops someone snuck in the Clover Grill already. My bad.
Post # 15
I don’t know what your tastes are but we love little manhattan type punk bars. The Erin Rose is PERFECT for that. I’m not a huge seafood fan but I did have the best chicken parm (and I’m from NY!) at Pierre Masperos. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shoppe is amazing. No electricty and the best purple voodoos EVER! At Hotel Montelione, make sure you stop in for a drink at the Carousel Bar. (Start your night there!). One-eyed Jacks is a music club that is awesome. At Deanie’s Seafood I had the BEST steak (go figure). Go to Pat O’Briens and have a hurricane while watching the dueling pianos. And you can give them any song request you want. We also did a haunted pub crawl which was so cool. Fritzel’s has amazing jazz. Clover Grill for late night drunken burgers and tator tots. And also Krystal burger. Don’t forget a garden tour, swamp tour and cemetary tour. But I prefer my cemetary tour be given by a homeless guy. They are WAY more entertaining. The cemetaries are in bad neighborhoods so they close at like 3pm. We also ventured to the abandoned Six Flags that is there. CREEPY! We LOVE it there and debated having our wedding there. But alas, due to my sister having cancer and no money to travel, we decided to stay home. Good luck and have FUN!!!!