Top ten in New Orleans

Apr 19th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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Top ten in New Orleans

Travelling from Australia in early January and staying six days. (we are middle age but reasonably game) What do you suggest are the best ten things to do?

Much appreciate any input.

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Apr 19th, 2005, 05:28 PM
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everyone must try a hurricane at Pat O'Brian's once, the coffee and beignets at the Cafe DuMond, walk around the French Quarter, so much good food in N.O. - but I would research good places to eat depending on what type of food you want, must walk Bourbon Street just to say you did, may look into a haunted tour - it's the most haunted city in America.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 06:20 PM
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The New Orleans School of Cooking was really fun. They provide alot of Louisiana lore along with the recipes. We went a couple of years ago and the price was very reasonable considering it included a meal. Here's their link: The haunted tour looked like alot of fun. We missed out on that but did a Garden District tour. Look into a swamp tour also.

I agree there are alot of good restaurants. We ate at NOLA (one of Emeril's) and it was awesome. There's a great little sandich shop on the corner in the Garden District. I can't remember the name but the muffaletta was delicious! Maybe someone from NO will know the one I'm talking about. It was the one the kids on Real World went to all the time just down from their house??

On our next visit we plan to try out Commander's Palace.

I would also recommend touring an antebellum mansion.

Hotels in the Garden district are considerably cheaper than the French Quarter. The streetcar runs between the Garden District and Downtown. Passes are relatively cheap. If you stay in the Garden District and travel downtown you will want to take the Streetcar. Parking is very limited downtown.

There was also a neat little market (similar to a flea market) we visited downtown. The riverboat cruise would be fun too.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 06:46 PM
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Walk all around the FQ. And walk around the Garden District. Take the street car from one end to the other. Take a cemetary tour. Drink a Pat O'Brien's hurricane. Have a muffaletta sandwich in Central Grocery. Buy cheap (but fun) things to bring home (beads, hot sauce, etc.) at the market (the name escapes me - French Market perhaps?). Take a tour of a Mississippi plantation (Oak Alley is fabulous!!!)!

I've only been to NO once, and I still dream about it. I have so much unfinished business there!

Have a great trip!
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Apr 19th, 2005, 07:04 PM
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Resonably game means your still in for a beer. You can carry them in public down Bourbon Street. No Crown or VB but you will do just fine!

What part of AUS are you from.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 07:14 PM
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You might want to check out for more ideas. There is lots to do and lots of history. You'll love New Orleans!
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Apr 19th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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Eat breakfast at Mother's and lunch or dinner at Acme Oyster Company. If you want to splurge, make a reservation at Commander's Palace where the martinis are 25 cents, but the rest of the food is a bit pricey.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 10:50 PM
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I think everybody has covered everything. There isn't a whole lot to see and do in N.O. if you have 6 days! One thing that a lot of people do is a swamp tour. You might get lucky and see some alligators. The plantation tours are very interesting.
There's also a Harrah's casino there now if you want to do some gambling.

I totally agree with going to Nola's, Acme, Mother's, Cafe Du Monde.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 01:43 AM
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Order a copy of the Good Times Guide for some coupons (you can also download them to your computer but I like to look at the book and get ideas).
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Apr 20th, 2005, 02:43 AM
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I second the suggestion for the New Orleans Cooking School. There's a lot of entertainment plus the good food. I overheard a woman say to bad her husband stayed behind, he would have liked it but they thought it was going to be just cooking lessons. Bring a good pair of walking shoes. Walk around the French Quarter more than once because it was different everyday. Different street performers. Found shops we missed the first time. On Sunday morning last November we left the lavish breakfast buffet at Court of ? Sisters to discover the police blocking off the streets. The Ferrari club was going to drive thru the Quarter ... and they went pretty fast, too. Hope you have a great trip.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 03:23 AM
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Don't bother with the hurricanes at Pat O'Brians. There are much better drinks at more charming places throughout the FQ.

Things I would not miss: Cafe DuMond; a visit to the Faulkner House book store on Pirates Alley; galleries and antique stores on Royal St; walking through the Garden District.

Other places I've enjoyed: Music at Tipitina's, cocktails (and music) in the Marigny area, Coops for great drinks (here's where you should try the hurricane) and food, Casemento's for great shrimp sandwiches.

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Apr 20th, 2005, 04:21 AM
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Better have some pralines, too!
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Things I especially enjoyed: Jazz and blues bars of course! The Aquarium is excellent, and you can take the ferry to Algiers back and forth for free afterwards and see the skyline. The best plantation is San Francisco but it is a bit out of the way and may be harder to get to. Art galleries on Julia, a Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House, dinner at NOLA (sublime and much better than Emeril's I think), cemetery tour of St. Louis #1 (one company includes a visit to a vodoo temple to finish off the tour which you might find interesting). Ogden Museum of Southern Art is exceptional, and you may want to add some more museums like Backstreet Cultural Museum (Mardi Gras artifacts, blues funerals, etc.) since you will be here in January and the weather may not be conducive to being outdoors all day long.


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Apr 20th, 2005, 06:24 AM
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We enjoyed a swamp tour, the aquarium and also the jazz museum in the old US Mint, also by that French Market. If I had all that time in NO, I would be so fat! Mostly we enjoyed eating. Breakfasts at Cafe du Mond, lunches at Petunia's and Acme Oyster House, dinners at Arnaud, Stella! Also great bars, a really fun time. We weren't Commander's Palace fans, but maybe we had an off night; people do love it.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 06:36 AM
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I forgot!....yes!, go for the all you can eat brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. Outstanding! Pralines are also a must. There's quite a few praline places in the FQ.

A friend of mine asked me this, but what would you guys recommend to do at night besides Bourbon St.? I didn't really have an answer for him!
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Apr 20th, 2005, 06:41 AM
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ALso, take the trolley to City Park where there is a very nice art museum, sculpture garden, botanical garden and some recreations facilities (tennis, golf, etc.). ALso just walking around listening to the various musicians and other entertainers, partciularly near Jackson Sq. and on ROyal Street (several blocks are closed off from vehicles for the street performers).

We also liked the aquarium and us mint/jazz/pottery museum.

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Apr 20th, 2005, 06:42 AM
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Of course you know that you will be traveling from summer at home to the middle of winter in Louisiana. Lots of suggestions have been made about where and what to eat, but I'll just add that I think you really shouldn't go out of your way to eat at any particular restaurant, except perhaps for one nice dinner at a place of your choice. Everywhere you eat in New Orleans will be a treat; you can't really go wrong.

As for places to see or do, I have read the previous suggestions and I think they have covered almost everything. My list of the ten best things to see or do (other than eating) is as follows:
-River Walk Shops
-Antique and art shops on Royal and Magazine streets
-New Orleans Museum of Art
-Streetcar rides
-French Market shops in French Quarter
-D-Day Museum
-St. Louis Cathedral and Cabildo
-Garden District homes
-Ferry ride across the Mississippi River from the Canal Street wharf to Algiers on the other side, and return

Other than that, just wander around the French Quarter and eat whenever you are hungry. As one who has spent a lot of time in New Orleans and grew up near there, I know you will enjoy it.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 06:53 AM
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If you'll be here for 6 days, I would definitely recommend getting out of the City for a day at least. I posted a lot of information on Lafayette, Thibodaux, Houma, etc - "Cajun Country". Click on my name to find the posting. This would require renting a car, though. If you aren't planning to do that (it's not really necessary in the city), definitely take a tour of a plantation home or two!

I have never been on a swamp "tour" but I go through the swamp regularly! January isn't the best time for that. I'm not going to complain about it being cold down here, but in an open boat - it could be a little chilly! Also, the animals are still hiding out at that time. You might want to do some research to see how it would be for that time. Although, just seeing the trees growing in the water and Cypress knees sticking out can be beautiful, too!

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Apr 20th, 2005, 02:38 PM
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Located in a 200-year-old Creole cottage. Located 430 Dauphine. In the French Quarter....Had lunch there it was very nice. Bourbon street is good to walk down once.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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My favorite New Orleans activities:

*beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde
*watching the action in Jackson Square
*prowling the shops on Chartres Street
*window shopping the antique shops and galleries on Royal Street
*looking for bargain souvenirs at the flea market/French Market
*riding the St. Charles streetcar out to the Carrolton area for a burger at the Camellia Grill
*eating a muffaletta on the Moonwalk and watching the boats on the river

Some other places that we have visited and found interesting are the museums on either side of the St. Louis Cathedral. The Cabildo is mostly dedicated to Louisiana/New Orleans history, while the Presbytere is set up as a Mardi Gras museum. You might consider a trip to the National D-Day museum, if you have any interest in World War II history. You might make a trip over to Algiers to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, if you are interested in seeing how all the huge floats are made for Mardi Gras.
New Orleans is such a great city, that you can definitely fill 6 days there without any outside trips, although you might look into a plantation tour, as there are several within an hour or so of New Orleans.
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