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Things to do in New Orleans

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighborhood
“Take the streetcar to visit the beautiful grand oak trees in City Park! You can visit the botanical and sculpture gardens and then enjoy some beignets at Cafe du Monde. Getting beignets here is a lot less stressful than in the French Quarter but you do have to go up to the counter to order. City Park is a popular destination for photographers. Consider snapping photos for an hour to commemorate a special birthday or anniversary. We have recommendations for photographers upon request. ”
  • 563 locals recommend
Park
“Many great things to explore here in the historic Upper Audubon neighborhood.”
  • 327 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Cheese, wine, live music, food, courtyard to die for. Sunday nights are hopping and kids are allowed.”
  • 446 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a must do! It may take you more than one day to tour and be able to soak it all in! You are able to immerse yourself into a journey through WWII. The exhibits are like no others that you have ever seen. You can go online to purchase your tickets in advance to save the wait in line, www.nationalww2museum.org”
  • 268 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A great anchor for your visit to City Park! Pair with the Sculpture Garden, a picnic, and a walk!”
  • 312 locals recommend
Gift Shop
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“You have NOT really been to New Orleans until you visit this historic beignet and coffee shop.”
  • 283 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“History and mystery, the French Quarter is filled with a million details you have to visit multiple times to even get a glimpse of. If you must see Bourbon Street, walk down one block then return to the more civilized areas like Chartres, Royal, or Decatur Streets. ”
  • 262 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“This is one of the top places in NOLA to get a true New Orleans po-boy. They offer nice outdoor sitting or inside sitting. ”
  • 311 locals recommend
Aquarium
“This is where you can find fish of all types including octopus, sharks, sting rays and many, many more.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“No cover, 2 drink minimum. Local jazz every single day from the afternoon into the evening! The place is small and can get quite crowded once the dance floor gets going!!! The Spotted Cat is a local favorite of the swing dance community.”
  • 212 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Great for special occasions, and fabulous jazz brunch. Pricey and coats are required for men.”
  • 276 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Excellent pizza joint With nightly rotating specials of pasta, pizza, and salads. Plus cocktails, beer, and dessert.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Route
“Frenchman is a great option instead of bourbon for live music. Great music venues everywhere. The street vendors have great food if they are out, and we love stopping at 13 for a bite to eat as well.”
  • 235 locals recommend
Market
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“Lots of variety in food selections, there's a great coffee vendor located in the market, can be crowded on weekend mornings.”
  • 234 locals recommend
Plaza
“Go see all the history and enjoy all the local artists and performers that populate this age-old city square where New Orleans meets the river!”
  • 160 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In the Bywater. Their food is excellent. Their drinks are excellent. Their coffee is excellent. Sit outside on the lovely porch or inside in the beautifully decorated dining room is. If you want to go swimming they have a pool you can use for a daily rate. MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO USE THE FACILITY.”
  • 246 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Wine Bar
“Cheese, wine, live music, food, courtyard to die for. Sunday nights are hopping and kids are allowed.”
  • 446 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“This is one of the top places in NOLA to get a true New Orleans po-boy. They offer nice outdoor sitting or inside sitting. ”
  • 311 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Great for special occasions, and fabulous jazz brunch. Pricey and coats are required for men.”
  • 276 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Excellent pizza joint With nightly rotating specials of pasta, pizza, and salads. Plus cocktails, beer, and dessert.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Market
“Lots of variety in food selections, there's a great coffee vendor located in the market, can be crowded on weekend mornings.”
  • 234 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the Bywater. Their food is excellent. Their drinks are excellent. Their coffee is excellent. Sit outside on the lovely porch or inside in the beautifully decorated dining room is. If you want to go swimming they have a pool you can use for a daily rate. MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO USE THE FACILITY.”
  • 246 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Go upstairs and enjoy great tapas and drinks. Live music! Call ahead to find out! Welcome to the Marigny! People love it here. ”
  • 217 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“This funky spot has been slinging comfort food and breakfast classics with a twist since 1998. Their praline bacon is a star dish, but the menu has plenty to choose from.”
  • 211 locals recommend

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