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The Okra Inn's Recommendation Bible

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The Okra Inn's Recommendation Bible

Drinks & Nightlife
Small club & revered local place for live jazz, roots & funk music, plus creative sandwiches.
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locals recommend
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal Street
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locals recommend
Small club & revered local place for live jazz, roots & funk music, plus creative sandwiches.
Sports on TV, pool & busy trivia nights in an Irish pub setting that can get crowded on game day.
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locals recommend
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks Street
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locals recommend
Sports on TV, pool & busy trivia nights in an Irish pub setting that can get crowded on game day.
Easygoing watering hole with a pool table & a patio offering cocktails, beer & comfort food. Popular Heatwave Dance Party frequently on Saturday nights. This place is a little hipster-ish.
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locals recommend
Twelve Mile Limit
500 South Telemachus Street
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locals recommend
Easygoing watering hole with a pool table & a patio offering cocktails, beer & comfort food. Popular Heatwave Dance Party frequently on Saturday nights. This place is a little hipster-ish.
Not the most amazing bar around, but the bartenders are friendly and it is right around the corner.*Dog friendly
Red Door
206 North Carrollton Avenue
Not the most amazing bar around, but the bartenders are friendly and it is right around the corner.*Dog friendly
Also not the most amazing bar around, but they are the easiest spot around for late night food.
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locals recommend
Wit's Inn
141 North Carrollton Avenue
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locals recommend
Also not the most amazing bar around, but they are the easiest spot around for late night food.
Removed from the glitzy neon lights and blaring cover music of Bourbon Street is a compact musical district where the locals hang out.Walking distance from the French Quarter. Its most popular section is a two-block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, which is known for its wide variety of live music on any given night of the week! With one trip around the clubs on Frenchmen, you are likely to hear anything from jazz to Latin to blues to reggae, and just about everything in between.
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locals recommend
Frenchmen Street
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Removed from the glitzy neon lights and blaring cover music of Bourbon Street is a compact musical district where the locals hang out.Walking distance from the French Quarter. Its most popular section is a two-block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, which is known for its wide variety of live music on any given night of the week! With one trip around the clubs on Frenchmen, you are likely to hear anything from jazz to Latin to blues to reggae, and just about everything in between.
Rustic, black-and-white tiled warehouse space & landmark since '77 for live music & Cajun dancing.
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locals recommend
Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Avenue
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locals recommend
Rustic, black-and-white tiled warehouse space & landmark since '77 for live music & Cajun dancing.
Established in 1961 to preserve,and protect traditional New Orleans Jazz. It's a music venue, a touring band (the Preservation Hall Jazz Band), a record label, and a non-profit organization. Preservation Hall presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans jazz concerts nightly, showcasing a musical legacy dating back to the origins of jazz itself.
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locals recommend
Preservation Hall
726 Saint Peter Street
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locals recommend
Established in 1961 to preserve,and protect traditional New Orleans Jazz. It's a music venue, a touring band (the Preservation Hall Jazz Band), a record label, and a non-profit organization. Preservation Hall presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans jazz concerts nightly, showcasing a musical legacy dating back to the origins of jazz itself.
Concerts, burlesque & comedy shows in a hipster-friendly venue & bar with a bordello-chic ambiance. Their Thursday Nigh 80's night is a personal favorite.
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locals recommend
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse Street
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locals recommend
Concerts, burlesque & comedy shows in a hipster-friendly venue & bar with a bordello-chic ambiance. Their Thursday Nigh 80's night is a personal favorite.
The lounge was founded in 1994 by Ernie K. Doe (a local jazz legend). After Earnie and his wife Ms Antoinette's passing, Kermit Ruffins (also a local legend) reopened the lounge.Great spot for BBQ (Kermit's specialty), live music, dancing and drinks
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locals recommend
Kermit's Treme Mother in Law Lounge
1500 North Claiborne Avenue
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locals recommend
The lounge was founded in 1994 by Ernie K. Doe (a local jazz legend). After Earnie and his wife Ms Antoinette's passing, Kermit Ruffins (also a local legend) reopened the lounge.Great spot for BBQ (Kermit's specialty), live music, dancing and drinks
Live music venue with a bohemian vibe is a mainstay for indie bands, DJs, burlesque & other acts.
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locals recommend
Hi-Ho Lounge
2239 Saint Claude Ave
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locals recommend
Live music venue with a bohemian vibe is a mainstay for indie bands, DJs, burlesque & other acts.
Featured on HBO's Treme,Bullet's Sports Bar offers live R&B on Sunday, line dancing on Wednesday, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers on Thursday and the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band on Friday. Food trucks park outside
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locals recommend
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A P Tureaud Avenue
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locals recommend
Featured on HBO's Treme,Bullet's Sports Bar offers live R&B on Sunday, line dancing on Wednesday, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers on Thursday and the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band on Friday. Food trucks park outside
Definitely the party that never sleeps. I can't exactly say this is an Okra Inn recommendation, most locals don't recommend it. But I do recommend guests check it out to see if it is for you! You either love it or you hate it! St Anne's in the French Quarter is a street that runs parallel to Canal Street and crosses Bourbon. Crossing St Anne's is traditionally known as entering the LGBTQ section of the Quarter. Now things are more intermingled, but there are still a number of gay nightclubs and bars right around St Anne's.
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locals recommend
Bourbon Street
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locals recommend
Definitely the party that never sleeps. I can't exactly say this is an Okra Inn recommendation, most locals don't recommend it. But I do recommend guests check it out to see if it is for you! You either love it or you hate it! St Anne's in the French Quarter is a street that runs parallel to Canal Street and crosses Bourbon. Crossing St Anne's is traditionally known as entering the LGBTQ section of the Quarter. Now things are more intermingled, but there are still a number of gay nightclubs and bars right around St Anne's.
This classic, upscale bar at the Hotel Monteleone has a circular bar that revolves like a carousel.
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locals recommend
Carousel Bar
214 Royal Street
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locals recommend
This classic, upscale bar at the Hotel Monteleone has a circular bar that revolves like a carousel.
Low-key, cash-only bar has an old-school jukebox & late-night hours.
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locals recommend
Chart Room
300 Chartres Street
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locals recommend
Low-key, cash-only bar has an old-school jukebox & late-night hours.
Grand Roosevelt Hotel cocktail bar with classic drinks, plush banquettes & elegant old-world vibe.
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locals recommend
The Sazerac Bar
130 Roosevelt Way
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locals recommend
Grand Roosevelt Hotel cocktail bar with classic drinks, plush banquettes & elegant old-world vibe.
Wine-&-cheese store featuring globally accented small plates & live music on a lush back patio.
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locals recommend
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
600 Poland Avenue
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locals recommend
Wine-&-cheese store featuring globally accented small plates & live music on a lush back patio.
Vaughn's is an iconic 9th ward bar that was established in 1959. Known throughout the years as the place to be for live music on Thursday Nights.
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locals recommend
Vaughan's Lounge
4229 Dauphine Street
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Vaughn's is an iconic 9th ward bar that was established in 1959. Known throughout the years as the place to be for live music on Thursday Nights.
A very popular bohemian swimming pool with a bar and outdoor kitchen.
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locals recommend
The Country Club
634 Louisa Street
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locals recommend
A very popular bohemian swimming pool with a bar and outdoor kitchen.
Located in a 1883 historic mansion on St Charles Ave. The beautiful front porch is is a classic spot to sip cocktails. If you are looking for a more refined, upscale experiences that harks back to old New Orleans, this is a good one.
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locals recommend
The Columns Hotel
3811 Saint Charles Avenue
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locals recommend
Located in a 1883 historic mansion on St Charles Ave. The beautiful front porch is is a classic spot to sip cocktails. If you are looking for a more refined, upscale experiences that harks back to old New Orleans, this is a good one.
Beautiful place for a fancy cocktail. Located in a former church up the street, the space is beautiful, especially when the light is coming through their giant stain-glass wall.
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locals recommend
Vessel NOLA
3835 Iberville Street
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Beautiful place for a fancy cocktail. Located in a former church up the street, the space is beautiful, especially when the light is coming through their giant stain-glass wall.
Chris McMillian is a New Orleans bartender and a co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail. Imbibe Magazine mentioned McMillian as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century.McMillian, a fourth generation bartender, has been the chief bartender at several New Orleans bars, including the Library Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton and Bar UnCommon. As a cocktail historian, McMillian is known for telling stories or reciting drink-themed poetry while making drinks. McMillian has been mentioned in many magazines such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been a public speaker at institutions such as the Smithsonian.
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Revel Cafe & Bar
133 N Carrollton Ave
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Chris McMillian is a New Orleans bartender and a co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail. Imbibe Magazine mentioned McMillian as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century.McMillian, a fourth generation bartender, has been the chief bartender at several New Orleans bars, including the Library Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton and Bar UnCommon. As a cocktail historian, McMillian is known for telling stories or reciting drink-themed poetry while making drinks. McMillian has been mentioned in many magazines such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been a public speaker at institutions such as the Smithsonian.
Food scene
Great New Orleans breakfast spot with local dishes, twists on local dishes, and breakfast cocktails.
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locals recommend
Ruby Slipper Cafe
315 South Cortez Street
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locals recommend
Great New Orleans breakfast spot with local dishes, twists on local dishes, and breakfast cocktails.
Local & Globally influenced breakfast/brunch spot. Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten Free Items. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. Wine, Beer & Cocktails too
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locals recommend
Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal Street
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locals recommend
Local & Globally influenced breakfast/brunch spot. Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten Free Items. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. Wine, Beer & Cocktails too
American & Creole Breakfast & Lunch Standards
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Biscuits & Buns on Banks
4337 Banks Street
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American & Creole Breakfast & Lunch Standards
Assortment of typical type breakfast dishes
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Wakin' Bakin'
4408 Banks Street
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Assortment of typical type breakfast dishes
Lively neighborhood spot for Creole-Italian fare like pizza & po' boys, plus a busy weekend brunch. Try their charbroiled oysters! Brunch on Sundays
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locals recommend
Katie's
3701 Iberville Street
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locals recommend
Lively neighborhood spot for Creole-Italian fare like pizza & po' boys, plus a busy weekend brunch. Try their charbroiled oysters! Brunch on Sundays
Open since 1911 a New Orleans favorite poboy spot with a great atmosphere
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Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Avenue
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locals recommend
Open since 1911 a New Orleans favorite poboy spot with a great atmosphere
Market & eatery in no-nonsense quarters with fresh and boiled seafood & oysters plus prepared foods like fancy po' boys.
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locals recommend
Bevi Seafood Co.
236 N Carrollton Ave
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Market & eatery in no-nonsense quarters with fresh and boiled seafood & oysters plus prepared foods like fancy po' boys.
Relaxed neighborhood joint serving po' boys, seafood & Creole-Italian fare since 1947
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locals recommend
Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville Street
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locals recommend
Relaxed neighborhood joint serving po' boys, seafood & Creole-Italian fare since 1947
Family-owned spot since 1957, famous for fried chicken- it really is so good! This place is further and you'll need to drive/cab.
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locals recommend
Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 Saint Ann Street
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locals recommend
Family-owned spot since 1957, famous for fried chicken- it really is so good! This place is further and you'll need to drive/cab.
A great spot for Creole & other Southern-inspired dishes & cocktails. A popular weekend spot.
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locals recommend
Neyow's Creole Café
3332 Bienville Street
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locals recommend
A great spot for Creole & other Southern-inspired dishes & cocktails. A popular weekend spot.
Easygoing Vietnamese spot featuring pho, noodles, steamed buns, and a patio. The New Orleans area has a very large Vietnamese population and it comes with great Vietnamese food. ** For really great Vietnamese head to Nine Roses or Doung Phuong. Both are outside of town. Doung Phuong is located in a Vietnamese neighborhood in New Orleans East.
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Namese
4077 Tulane Avenue
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locals recommend
Easygoing Vietnamese spot featuring pho, noodles, steamed buns, and a patio. The New Orleans area has a very large Vietnamese population and it comes with great Vietnamese food. ** For really great Vietnamese head to Nine Roses or Doung Phuong. Both are outside of town. Doung Phuong is located in a Vietnamese neighborhood in New Orleans East.
A New Orleans institution, serving big portions of classic, Creole dishes. The waiters look a little fancier in this spot, but the food is very casual.
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Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal Street
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locals recommend
A New Orleans institution, serving big portions of classic, Creole dishes. The waiters look a little fancier in this spot, but the food is very casual.
Our neighborhood Top Chef, this is Isaac Toups restaurant. Influenced by his Louisiana heritage, it is delicious, and it's a lot of meat.
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locals recommend
Toups Meatery
845 North Carrollton Avenue
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locals recommend
Our neighborhood Top Chef, this is Isaac Toups restaurant. Influenced by his Louisiana heritage, it is delicious, and it's a lot of meat.
Trendy spot for Vietnamese fare (including pho) with a Creole influence, plus bubble-tea cocktails.
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locals recommend
MOPHO
514 City Park Avenue
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locals recommend
Trendy spot for Vietnamese fare (including pho) with a Creole influence, plus bubble-tea cocktails.
New American fare. It's good, but not very uniquely New Orleans. Located in a former church up the street, the space is beautiful, especially when the light is coming through their giant stain-glass wall.
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locals recommend
Vessel NOLA
3835 Iberville Street
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locals recommend
New American fare. It's good, but not very uniquely New Orleans. Located in a former church up the street, the space is beautiful, especially when the light is coming through their giant stain-glass wall.
Set in an 1860's house, this elegant, eclectic eatery features a bar, wine list & Sunday brunch. During daylight the whole restaurant has beautiful views of the park.
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locals recommend
Ralph's On The Park
900 City Park Avenue
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locals recommend
Set in an 1860's house, this elegant, eclectic eatery features a bar, wine list & Sunday brunch. During daylight the whole restaurant has beautiful views of the park.
A health-conscious counter within Swan City Yoga serving vegan snacks, smoothies & coffee.
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locals recommend
Good Karma Cafe
2940 Canal Street
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locals recommend
A health-conscious counter within Swan City Yoga serving vegan snacks, smoothies & coffee.
This New Orleans favorite serves classic cafe au lait and beignets
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Cafe Du Monde City Park
56 Dreyfous Dr
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This New Orleans favorite serves classic cafe au lait and beignets
Beloved neighborhood snowball stand. Snowballs are similar to snow cones, but better :) The ice is more like snow and the syrups are richer with a huge variety. Try one with condensed milk on top (trust me)
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locals recommend
Pandora's Snowballs
901 North Carrollton Avenue
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locals recommend
Beloved neighborhood snowball stand. Snowballs are similar to snow cones, but better :) The ice is more like snow and the syrups are richer with a huge variety. Try one with condensed milk on top (trust me)
Coffee Shops
Breakfast & Bakery as well as coffee shop in an interesting building just up the street. Offers free wifi.
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The Station
4400 Bienville St
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Breakfast & Bakery as well as coffee shop in an interesting building just up the street. Offers free wifi.
The closest coffee shop. Offering light food too. A very comfortable place to get work done.
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Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea
4641 South Carrollton Avenue
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locals recommend
The closest coffee shop. Offering light food too. A very comfortable place to get work done.
A neighborhood staple. With coffee and light eats. And nice front porch with lots of seating.
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The Bean Gallery
637 North Carrollton Avenue
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locals recommend
A neighborhood staple. With coffee and light eats. And nice front porch with lots of seating.
Grocery Stores
Large Louisiana-owned grocery chain. In general tends to be a little nicer than The Winn-Dixie.
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Rouses Market
400 North Carrollton Avenue
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Large Louisiana-owned grocery chain. In general tends to be a little nicer than The Winn-Dixie.
Large Southern grocery chain. In general tends to be little cheaper than Rouses.
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Winn-Dixie
401 North Carrollton Avenue
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locals recommend
Large Southern grocery chain. In general tends to be little cheaper than Rouses.
A small Middle Eastern grocery store
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Mona's Cafe
3901 Banks Street
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A small Middle Eastern grocery store
A latin grocery store with a large prepared food area
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Norma's Sweets Bakery
2925 Bienville Street
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locals recommend
A latin grocery store with a large prepared food area
Sightseeing
Serving as New Orleans’ largest outdoor attraction since 1854, City Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in the country. With its iconic oak trees and picturesque moss canopies, enjoy the beautiful trails and scenery, as well as the endless amount of vendors, museums and activities within the park itself. It includes multiple themed gardens, biking and walking paths, live concerts, an amusement park and the World’s largest grove of mature live oak trees.
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City Park
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Serving as New Orleans’ largest outdoor attraction since 1854, City Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in the country. With its iconic oak trees and picturesque moss canopies, enjoy the beautiful trails and scenery, as well as the endless amount of vendors, museums and activities within the park itself. It includes multiple themed gardens, biking and walking paths, live concerts, an amusement park and the World’s largest grove of mature live oak trees.
The oldest fine arts museum in the city of New Orleans. The permanent collection at the museum features over 40,000 objects, from the Italian Renaissance to the modern era. Surrey rentals and paddle boat rentals available at Big Lake Trail in the park.
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New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
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The oldest fine arts museum in the city of New Orleans. The permanent collection at the museum features over 40,000 objects, from the Italian Renaissance to the modern era. Surrey rentals and paddle boat rentals available at Big Lake Trail in the park.
The Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art holds more than 60 sculptures collectively valued at $25 million. These incredible works of art are nestled along meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, and 200-year-old live oaks inside the garden.
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Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Circle
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The Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art holds more than 60 sculptures collectively valued at $25 million. These incredible works of art are nestled along meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, and 200-year-old live oaks inside the garden.
A historic waterway that was vital to the decision to found New Orleans in this location. Now a favorite spot for canoeing, kayaking and walks in the neighborhood. Kayak-ity-yat Kayak tours available on Bayou St John (see tour section below), And paddle board rentals available (at Nola Paddle Boards)
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Bayou St. John
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A historic waterway that was vital to the decision to found New Orleans in this location. Now a favorite spot for canoeing, kayaking and walks in the neighborhood. Kayak-ity-yat Kayak tours available on Bayou St John (see tour section below), And paddle board rentals available (at Nola Paddle Boards)
New Orleans is famous for our above-ground mausoleum filed cemeteries. The most famous cemetery is located near The French Quarter (St Louis #1) where you can see Marie Laveau's grave. It is required to be part of a tour for St Louis #1. There are a large number of Cemeteries in this neighborhood as well, and can be accessed by taking the Canal Streetcar line in the opposite direction from the French Quarter. These cemeteries don't require a tour group, and include the giant Metairie Cemetery (home of Al Coplands owner of Popeyes Fried Chicken).
Cemeteries
New Orleans is famous for our above-ground mausoleum filed cemeteries. The most famous cemetery is located near The French Quarter (St Louis #1) where you can see Marie Laveau's grave. It is required to be part of a tour for St Louis #1. There are a large number of Cemeteries in this neighborhood as well, and can be accessed by taking the Canal Streetcar line in the opposite direction from the French Quarter. These cemeteries don't require a tour group, and include the giant Metairie Cemetery (home of Al Coplands owner of Popeyes Fried Chicken).
Local hotel with a pool and bar open to visitors from the community. A very hipster ambiance.
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The Drifter Hotel
3522 Tulane Ave
15
locals recommend
Local hotel with a pool and bar open to visitors from the community. A very hipster ambiance.
A little less known than it's more infamous neighbor Bourbon Street, Royal street is a fantastic street to stroll for art gallerias, street performers and people watching. The galleries on Royal street are a little funkier than Julia St which is described below.
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Royal Street
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A little less known than it's more infamous neighbor Bourbon Street, Royal street is a fantastic street to stroll for art gallerias, street performers and people watching. The galleries on Royal street are a little funkier than Julia St which is described below.
A fantastic, elaborate museum. You could spend three days looking around here easily
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The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street
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A fantastic, elaborate museum. You could spend three days looking around here easily
A must-see with kids. A fantastic, interactive museum.
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Louisiana Children's Museum
420 Julia Street
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A must-see with kids. A fantastic, interactive museum.
Founded in 1966, THNOC has grown to include 13 historic buildings on three French Quarter campuses. Visit the new exhibition center, is at 520 Royal Street, for an ever-changing array of programs and installations.
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The Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street
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Founded in 1966, THNOC has grown to include 13 historic buildings on three French Quarter campuses. Visit the new exhibition center, is at 520 Royal Street, for an ever-changing array of programs and installations.