Post # 1
I need to take a minute away from planning my own wedding to ask about something else. A friend of mine is getting married in New Orleans, and I’ve never been there, and I’m all of the sudden irrationally freaked about being in NOLA due to the crime. I’m a worry wart anyways, but I read that its on the top ten most dangerous cities and I’ve heard a lot of bad things come out about NOLA since Katrina hit. Frankly, I’m worried about getting mugged or raped. That sounds hysterical, but that’s what I’m fearing. Afterall, everything is in the evening, it will be dark, my group will all be in nice attire, and I’ll with a group of girls. Furthermore, the reception gets out early and a meal isnt being served, so we have to navigate finding a late-night restaurant, too. I’m embarrassed to be sharing this, but I hope to get some good tips that will help ease my fears. I know that the best you can do is to take cabs and just be aware of your surroundings, but I’m worried nonetheless. I believe it’s the warehouse district that we’re staying in, and I’ve heard very mixed reviews about its safety. Any insights from NOLA natives or travellers about what to do/not do???
Post # 3
We were just in New Orleans in November on a mini-vacay. There are definitely “sketchy” areas, and the first step of not getting taken advantage, etc of is realizing it. If you stay in a group, and get a map/AAA book, or some kind of info to where you will be staying before you go. Make yourself aware of where things are and where not to go. There are always crimes in every major city, and there are always areas you should stay away from. Try not to over-think it!
We stayed on St. Anne St. about 2 blocks down from Bourbon St. in a hotel called Place D’ Armes. We had a great time, and no problems. Just be aware, stay with your group, and have a fabulous time! It’s a really, really fun city!I think everyone should experience NOLA at least once!!!
ETA:There are some AWESOME places to eat as well! (try out Acme Oyster House & Central Grocery Co.)
Post # 4
Just stick with normal safety tips: be aware of surroundings, be aware of how you’re holding your purse, don’t go down dark alleys, etc.
There are plenty of late night eats in NOLA! Ask your friend who’s getting married there or research online now, that way you’ll have a few choices in mind once the wedding rolls around. Don’t just wander into the streets once the reception ends trying to find a restaraunt on the fly. Have a clear destination in mind so you can go straight there from the reception. That’s if your walking of course, you can certainly take a taxi to the restaurant of your choosing.
Travel in groups, make sure someone knows where you’re going, and have fun and be confident! Baddies don’t like to mess with sassy ladies with confidence.
P.S.-Beignets at Cafe du Monde are a must try!!
Post # 5
act as you would in any city. the french quarter is safe, just stick to the main streets if it’s really late at night. bring a small wristlet or cross-body bag if you’re worried about getting mugged. the warehouse district is fine.
Post # 6
@kitzy: For sure! My wristlet was my BFF while we were there!
@samsonite44: Also try Pat O’Briens, they have good food and a GREAT bloody mary with pickled green beans! If you like them of course, ’cause they’re my fave!)
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I have been bringing groups of high school kids down to New Orleans to volunteer for a week since 2008 – we have never even been spooked, it has seemed perfectly safe to me! Also, I had my bachelorette party there and again, no problems!
Post # 8
Like PPs have said, it has “good” and “bad” areas, like any other major city.
Be sure to hit Mother’s Restaurant when you’re there–the Belgian waffles are to die for.
Post # 9
I have been to New Orleans a few times, and have never had any issues. Just be careful, like you would anywhere that you are unfamiliar. I am also going back in August with a group of girls for a bachelorette party 🙂
Post # 10
I just wanted to add to this that New Orleans is like a lot of cities and it might have crime but it is in large related to drugs and gangs. It is rare for their to be tourist related crimes and even more rare if you are traveling in groups.
I know this is a week old but if you happen to check back with this I would be more then happy to give you a list of good places to eat and must do things as well as the areas to avoid. I am from New Orleans and am traveling back home for the wedding so I have created this for my guest (your friend might have also).