(Closed) Don’t leave New Orleans without…?

posted 8 years ago in New Orleans
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d love to know this too.  We are headed to NO for a wedding this weekend, and I have NO idea what to see.  We are staying in the garden district I believe!!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s been a little while now that I’ve lived in NOLA but maybe this will still be helpful to you!

  • visit the garden district
  • landmark restaurants: Antoine’s, Brennan’s, and Arnaud’s
  • see the plantations outside the city
  • There’s a few historic homes in the city you may want to see, like the Buregard-Keyes house and the Degas house
  • Crescent City Brewhouse is a microbrewery that’s pretty good
  • go to the cemetary, they’re not like normal cemetaries because NOLA is so far below sea level everyone has to be buried above groud….you may catch a funeral procession too!
  • Take a ride on the Natchez
  • Eat: po boys, crawfish, beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, pralines, gumbo, and jambalya

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Great suggestions!  Im copying those down right now!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A Hurricane at Pat O’Briens- it’s a tourist spot but a must see in NO!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

The funnest thing we did in New Orleans was to take a ghost tour.  We did this one with “Chaz” who is a vampire.  ๐Ÿ™‚  It sounds cheesy, but it was actually a ton of fun!  The guides are awesome storytellers and really keep you engaged and entertained.  Plus, there’s plenty of bar stops along the way.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 8
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Newbee

We just got back from a trip to New Orleans.  Here are some things you must check out:

 

Cafe Du monde for Beignets…we went there everynight

In Jackson square, if you’re looking at the church on your left hand side is a restaruant at the corner that is amazing! We ate there twice. 

Ride the st. charles streetcar to the garden district to see the pretty houses

Check out the St. Louise cemetaries and the lafayette cemetery…they’re really creepy but also pretty in a strange way.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Preservation Hall one night for Jazz…

Cafe Du Monde, of course. 

Trolley Ride to Audubon Park/Zoo

Daquiris in a to-go cup

We really enjoyed the tour at Laura Plantation (a little outside the city)

Mardi Gras World

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Everything I was going to say is already mentioned. The food is amazing. Please eat some for me!

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ditto on Cafe Dumonde for beignets, have a po boy at (is this right?) corner grocery, eat at Commanders’ Palace, tour Lafayette Cemetery no. 1, see the garden district, have a daquiri at Pat O’ Briens, and of course, do the ghost tour (did one in 99′ and it was spooky fun)!

I always stayed at either the Hyatt or the Flamingo Hilton (still called that?) which was directly on Ol’ Man River ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Newbee

edit:  WOW this is embarrassingly long…see I get a leetle carried away…

 

Everyone’s made really good suggestions, here are some more…I’ll try to keep it short but I get super excited telling people about my gorgeous hometown….

In the Quarter, check out Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (dive bar, not actual blacksmith, ha), Napoleon House, Donna’s.

For really great live music, head to Frenchmen St.  I cannot stress this enough.  The Blue Nile, The Spotted Cat, DBA, Checkpoint Charlie’s, Snug Harbor, Dragon’s Den, Balcony Music Club…

If you’re going to be there on a Tuesday, Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf is an amazing experience.  

If you make it out to the Degas house (which is beautiful), check out Cafe Degas nearby…awesome French food and there’s an oak tree growing through the dining room

I’ve never seen it, but Fleur de Tease is a well-regarded burlesque show 

As for food…

Cafe du Monde is a must-do (and open 24 hours), so stop by after a late night out and skip the morning crowds

Pat O’s is touristy, but I still go there all the time because I loves me some Mint Juleps and the courtyard is huge and has a cool fire-fountain

Crawfish season will be ending soon, but whether you like raw oysters or not, charbroiled oysters are a revelation (hot, buttery, salty, delectable).  Po boys are a NOLA staple (fried shrimp, fried oyster, roast beef…).  I love the fried green tomato & shrimp remolaude po boy from Jaques’imos.  

All the above-mentioned restaurants are wonderful…

My personal favorite for fancy dining is Galatoires – Creole/French food, tons of seafood, lively and gorgeous dining room (eating there is a never-forget experience…I go every year for my birthday and I could literally list every dish I’ve ever had there…so delish…)

Arnauds is wonderful – but for the same great food in a more casual/affordable atmosphere, check out Remolaude (next door – the two places share a kitchen and the food is amazing in both places (my faves are turtle soup and shrimp arnaud) 

@bd1234 I think you’re talking about Muriel’s?  Which is awesome.  

If yall can’t tell, I’m a little obsessed with food…when I was in New York during undergrad I used to read menus online when I was homesick…

Anyway, I hope some of this helps!  Yay for visiting New Orleans!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

OMG, I cannot emphasize enough how much (non-vegans) should make it a priority to eat chargrilled oysters!!! We had them at Drago and they were to die for! They’re chargrilled in a buttery garlic sauce that you can then sop up on bread. Literally heaven. Even my oyster squeamish Fiance LOVED them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

ABSSSSOLUTELY pay to go on an alligator swamp tour!!! And make sure you view Oak Alley Plantation. It’s incredibly beautiful! I also recommend a ghost tour.. cheesey fun!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Now back in the day I used to go down there alot and went to see Harry Connick Jr. sometimes at a blues club…what is the name of that club?  Having a hard time remembering????

Also, for the poster who did the ghost tour, was your tour guide a guy with eerily blue eyes?  I could’ve sworn this guy was the inspiration for all of Anne Rice’s books! 

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