Look beyond the New Orleans’ party scene and you’ll find that its diverse, historically rich and culturally vibrant….
We spend 24 hours in New Orleans and share our experience with you.
7AM :- Early start as there’s alot to fit in. Start your day at ‘Toast‘, a small breakfast and coffee shop that offers great service at reasonable prices. Try the breakfast sandwich of bacon, egg and cheese all served on a biscuit.
8am :- You would have undoubtedly heard about the regions mossy swamplands. Tour companies offer swamp / bayou tours on boats where you can see or even feed the alligators and other wildlife. The Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park is the easiest to get to from downtown New Orleans.
11am :- New Orleans is a city surrounded by water and built below sea level. That is why their departed spend eternity entombed above ground. Take a tour of St Louis Cemetery 1, where you’ll learn how the bobies are ‘cooked’ in their crypts and see ‘voodoo Queen Marie Laveau’s tomb.
1pm :- For a taste of local cuisine, head to one of the many po-boy delis or restaurants to sample one if New Orleans’ most famous sandwiches. Why not eat your take out po-boy al-fresco in Jackson Square or on a bench facing the nearby Mississippi River.
2pm :- Carry on exploring the French Quarter, where there are street performers, art, shops, restaurants and bars. Its also home to Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral.
4pm :- The French market is a bustling tourist delight of flea markets, food stalls and artist kiosks – some of which sell genuinely fascinating souvenirs. Whatever you want to buy as a keepsake of your time in New Orleans you will find it here – and its often accompanied by great live music performances.
6pm :- Take a well earned rest on the always lively patio at Pat O’Brien’s and enjoy a legendary Hurricane cocktail.
7.30pm :- Experience a true locals restaurant for dinner such as Katie’s – one of New Orleans’ most popular gathering places. The waitress will recommend you to try the catfish meuniere and the blackberry and jalapeno ribs which are the most popular dishes.
9.30pm :- After dinner head back downtown and check out Frenchman Street for its bustling live music scene. If your a night owl you’re in luck as most bars stay open past 2am.
Midnight :- Not to be missed are the beignets at Cafe du Monde. We are told no trip to New Orleans is complete without trying these cloud like donuts. This cafe is open 24hrs so a late night stop before going back to the hotel is a must!