10 Best Things To Do In New Orleans

 

 

 

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10 Best Things To Do In New Orleans

 

 

 

I am writing this post partially in response to a request from dozens thousands of people who will be attending our son’s wedding here in New Orleans, this March.

 

 

The statement usually goes something like this:

 

 

“What should we do/see/eat/drink/while we’re there? I know-Ask Cheryl!”

 

 

Okay. Okay. I’m a walking encyclopedia of travel in this town, but as I will be a bit up to my slender lily white neck in wedding events that entire week, I shall put forth here my personal Top Ten Things to do/see/eat/drink.

 

 

In the meantime enjoy your stay, I can’t wait to see you all and don’t forget to pack bail money.

 

 

Top Ten Things To Do In New Orleans

 

 

  • Hear some Jazz. My fav places are at The Hotel Monteleone in the Quarter or anyplace on Frenchmen St. in the Marigny neighborhood which is just east of the Quarter, *down river.

 

*This might be as good a time as any to explain cardinal directions in this town.

 

People use the terms East bank and West bank to indicate wether you are on the east or west side of the Mississippi river. Downtown NOLA (which includes the French Quarter, Garden District & Uptown neighborhoods) are all East bank.

 

If the cab driver asks you which side of the street the address you’re looking for is, he/she will ask you if it’s riverside or lakeside. The Mississippi river winds all over the place so you sorta need to imagine it just being south as long as you’re on the East bank (which you will be) and lakeside is to the North. Kinda.

 

If you’re up-river you’re moving in that direction. If you’re down-river, same idea. You may find yourself up/down the river without a paddle but it won’t be because you’ll need directions.

 

On some of our wider streets we have a large grassy area in-between the lanes. Sometimes a streetcar travels this path. Sometimes it’s just someone trying to find their way to a bar home. Either way we call this area Neutral ground. Long story. Ask me later.

 

 

So here we go (again):

 

 

 

  • Visit the French Quarter in the heart of the city. The smells and sights and sounds are wonderful. I like to grab a Bloody in a To Go cup at Cafe Pontalba at Jackson Square  and stroll around the art festooned iron fence. If you have a minute, step inside St. Louis Cathedral. Breathtaking.

  • Then, I like to wander over to Bourbon St. and visit Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (which is a bar) and grab a Hurricane (Which is a kind of drink). After that, I usually don’t know where I’ll end up- or how I got there.

  • However, if I’m in a gregarious kind of mood… I usually make my way to Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo, also on Bourbon St. Smells great and has all kinds of little trinkets including gre-gre potions for a variety of aliments desires. You can make reservations with the best authentic tarot card reader in town. Bet ya didn’t know you were about to do things you never imagined yourself doing get rich.

  • Next stop; Art galleries on Royal St., but, one of  my all time favorite stores is on Chartres St. one block riverside (those pesky directions again). It’s called Lucullus, and it specializes in culinary antiques. Just down the street is an antique store that is more of a museum (and without any admission charge). Enjoy M.S.Rau Antiques.

  • Now, for a legit, albeit, off-kilter museum, try the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, on the same street, or the Museum of Death on Dauphine St. I promise they’re both eye-openers- or eye-closers.

  • Take a ghost or vampire tour. Any group is good. There’s no small supply of stories.

  • As for food there are simply not many places you can’t eat well. Don’t let the look of a joint dissuade you, BUT, I do think it’s a waste of time to wait in line at Cafe DuMonde for beignets when you can just walk right in and grab a few of the most delicious pillows of sweet Heaven at Cafe Beignet. On Royal St.

  •  Ride a streetcar. There are five lines: Light Green (from Canal St. to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art), Dark Green (from Canal St. and up St. Charles Ave. full of mansions), Red (from Canal St. to many of the largest cemeteries), Blue (along the Riverfront), and Yellow (from the river bend at the end of the Green line and then along Carrolton Ave.)

  • And speaking of cemeteries, they are awesome. Since the city’s elevation is below the water table, people are buried above ground in mausoleums. Our cemeteries are like little cities with small skyscrapers. My favorite is right near our home: Lafayette No 1.

  • Shop, eat and play on Magazine St. like a local. Six miles of fabulous on both sides of the road, starting just outside the Central Business District (CBD) and ending at the Audubon Zoo.

  • Play golf at the Audubon Park Golf Course (Across from the Zoo). Public and pristine. The Clubhouse has fabulous food.

  • Of course there are the historic houses in the Quarter, but don’t forget to check out a favorite of mine in Metairie (the town next door) Longue Vue House & Gardens and the antebellum plantations along River Road.

  • If you’d like to experience the swamp and all of it’s beauty then hop on board an airboat ride.

  • Fishing can be had a little farther south on the westbank.

  • Go take a look at the Mighty Mississippi. It’s big and muddy. You can do this by walking up on the levee from the Quarter.

 

 

And finally, FINALLY, you must do the most important thing of all: Come to our house* for lunch on Thursday, March 17,  St. Patrick’s Day, to celebrate the Luck O’ the Irish (we are NOT but any excuse…), the luck of our son, and the love of family and friends. We’ll probably imbibe in a pint or two… or six. Whatever.

 

We can’t wait to see you all!

 

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  • Ellen Dolgen - I have printed this! I have not been to New Orleans! It is def on my bucket list. Thanks for the great tips.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If you EVER show up and do not call me I will ….ReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. I love NOLA and I don’t drink and still have a blast whenever I am there ! It truly is “Laissez les bon temps roulez”!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Let The Good Times Roll! Thanks Haralee!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - my favorite thing to do in New Orleans is go to Harrah’s casino and gamble!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh shit. I forgot to mention Harrah’s. Try New Year’s Eve there! What a blast!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Oh darlin. I just had to Pin this so that i can refer to it before our next trip. I know I keep threatening but…soon, soon…I can’t wait to come back!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Much to my regret I have not been to your fair city. But I’m saving your post because I know I will get there!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And when you come I’ll be there to give you the Platinum tour!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’ve yet to get there, but I will! And I’ll have vampire tours and off-kilter museums on the must-see/do list, thanks to you!

    Fun, fun, fun!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I hope to steer you in the best direction.ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I have never been to New Orleans. (Gasp!) Thanks for the tips. I would love to take a ghost and/or vampire tour. That would be really fun. All my best to the bride and groom and their family members and friends on their big day. What a great venue.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I was just in NOLA last week! If only I’d had your address then I could have popped in! Thanks for a great list for my next trip.
    Kimberly XOReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - You left out meeting you for lunch and a private tour of areas off the beaten track. Truly a highlight of my trip to New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Michelson - This is great! My daughter is at Tulane and I am visiting in the next month or so.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I wish I knew you when we were in NOLA pre Katrina. We had a great time and never had a bad meal and found tons to do. We brought our (then) young son and he learned a thing or two on Bourbon Street!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Sigh, this post makes me sorry we are not related. That way I could be there. Have a wonderful time everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - This so makes me want to go back and spend time in New Orleans! I loved it the one time I was there but I need to follow all your tips now!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - There is no better tour guide than a native. I’ve been to a lot of these places, and they are wonderful. Add in where to eat crayfish please. I forgot where I did that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Crayfish is usually added to dishes in a restaurant. If you want to attend a crayfish boil- that’s more of a family matter done at someones home. We have on every year! You’re invited.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I have never been to New Orleans but it’s on my list of places to go for sure! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos – how exciting! I’ll keep this post handy for when I do go for sure.ReplyCancel

  • abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - Thank you for the invitation Cheryl! Best of luck to you and your love birds! And wow- what a tour! I will make sure to pay you a visit when I’m in New Orleans:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’d better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - Great ideas. I’m so excited for the week. Thank you. Lots of loveReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - I am so in love with New Orleans! It is at the top of my bucket list to visit. Hmmm . . . maybe March 17 would be a good time! 🙂ReplyCancel

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