So you’ve finally planned your trip to New Orleans, but you have no idea to do once you arrive. Relax; after all, that’s what life in the Big Easy is about! Here are three tips to get you started exploring one of the most festive cities in the world.
Spend One Night Hanging on Bourbon Street
If there’s one place that comes to mind whenever anyone hears “New Orleans,” it’s the French Quarter and its infamous Bourbon Street. You’ve got to spend at least one night wandering around to soak in the sights, sounds, and (of course) alcohol of Bourbon Street. There, you’ll find treasures like Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, a cool bar located in a building that was built in 1732. Bourbon Street is also home to the “go-cup,” which are plastic cups in which you’re allowed to tote your booze down the street with you. Drink it up, find some great jazz music, and laissez les bon temps rouler!
Take Care of Your Hangover at Cafe du Monde
If you took our tip and spent a night enjoying Bourbon Street, you’re going to pay for it the next morning. No worries, though – we have just the thing. Head over to the historic Cafe du Monde on Decatur Street to wake up and recharge. A pile of soft, powdered sugar-sprinkled beignets dipped in honey will do wonders for your shaky stomach. Wash them down with copious amounts of cafe au lait and you’ll be good to go!
Enjoy Good Food
Finally, New Orleans is a wonderful place to discover fantastic food. If you come in the colder months during oyster season, you’ll be able to enjoy fat, briny oysters on the half-shell at Casamentos, a locals’ favorite on Magazine Street. If seafood isn’t your deal, head to Parasol’s on Constance Street for the best roast beef po’ boy in New Orleans. The place may not look like much from the outside, but it’ll have you dreaming of their sandwiches long after you’ve returned home.