Lived here my whole life! Wanna go to some places off the beaten path? Try these!
Fancy: Bayona, Sylvain, Herbsaint, Emeril’s Delmonico, Restaurant August, Arnaud’s, Baru (Uptown)
Casual: Drago’s, Parkway Bakery, Ignatius (Uptown), Le Crepe Nanou (Uptown), Joey K’s (Uptown), Casemento’s (Uptown)
Breakfast: Elizabeth’s (in the Bywater) or Coulis (Uptown)
Dessert: Sucre (Uptown), Angelo Brocato’s (Midcity), Southern Candymakers
Drink at: Avenue Pub (great beer selection!), Mimi’s in the Marigny, Cure (Uptown), The Columns (Uptown, and super classy!), St. Joe’s (Uptown, try the blueberry mojito)
Drink AND listen to great jazz music at: Anywhere on Frenchmen Street. Maison, Blue Nile, and Snug Harbor are usually a good bet, but be prepared to pay a cover at Snug Harbor
Celebration in the Oaks – It’s a beautiful Christmas light display complete with all the trimmings in City Park’s Botanical Gardens! Check out: http://celebrationintheoaks.com/cito10/
Visit the Roosevelt Hotel–they’re well-known for their Christmas decorations!
Also, the Miracle on Fulton St. — fake snow every half hour 🙂
That’s in addition to what was said above 🙂 Have fun! And be aware of your surroundings at all times. Also, don’t wear the Mardi Gras beads!! It signals to EVERYONE that you’re a tourist and may make you a more-likely target for pick pocketing, etc. If it looks like you know what you’re doing, you’ll less likely be a victim. And always practice the buddy system! That’s my trick…I’ve lived here 23 years and have yet to be a victim of any crime *knock on wood*
Have fun, I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂