Where to Stay
Go Classic: Pontchartrain Hotel
The redone 1927 property has four spots from award-winning Louisiana-born chef John Besh. From $149 per night, thepontchartrainhotel.com.
Be a Cool Kid: Ace Hotel New Orleans
We love its eclectic art deco–inspired rooms and the oyster happy hour at Seaworthy. From $109 per night, acehotel.com.
Absorb Art: The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
The loft suites and a gallery off the lobby are filled with works by local creatives. From $137 per night, old77hotel.com.
Tune In: Troubadour
On the rooftop bar, DJs and bands play an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, and indie rock. From $148 per night, jdvhotels.com.
How to Get Around
The St. Charles Avenue streetcar line ($1.25 a ride) dates back to 1835.
What to Eat
Stop for a Sweet: Café du Monde
No visit to NOLA is complete with- out a warm beignet, available 24/7. cafedumonde.com
Book a Hot Table: Shaya
Order the curried cauliflower hummus and the slow-cooked lamb. shayarestaurant.com
An old Victorian home sets the stage for fried-oyster toast and a killer burger. cavannola.com
What to Pack
Sneakers, for a morning walk through Audubon Park.
Save the Date
The 48th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, weekends of April 28 and May 4.
Emeril Lagasse's Top Picks
The beloved spice-throwing chef recently opened Meril, his first New Orleans restaurant in 18 years. Here, he shares his hometown haunts.
Domilise’s Po-Boy and Bar
“This is one of my favorite spots for a po’boy. Fried oyster is my personal pick.” domilisespoboys.com
“My friend Donald Link creates a great atmosphere with delicious seafood.” pecherestaurant.com
Pho Tâu Bay
“I love Vietnamese food, and this family-run restaurant does it right. Try the grilled pork spring rolls.” photaubayrestaurant.com
“This Marigny neighborhood spot is great for brunch.” paladar511.com
What to Do
Honor the Past: National WWII Museum
It’s home to interactive exhibits, oral histories, and artifacts. nationalww2museum.org
Listen to Jazz: Frenchmen Street
Check out Blue Nile or the Spotted Cat Music Club—or just follow your ears.
Spot a Gator: Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
The best way to explore the wildlife-filled bayou is by boat. cajunprideswamptours.com
Buy Some Art: Jackson Square
Colorful paintings hang from the fences and line the streets.
Where to Shop
Try Handmade Eyewear: Krewe
Bold glasses inspired by architecture, plus an espresso bar and an outdoor courtyard. krewe.com
Support Indie Makers: Hattie Sparks
Seersucker clothing and plant-based beauty products from small southern brands. hattiesparks.com
Hunt for Antiques:Lucullus
1700s silver flatware, Napoleon III dinner services, and 19th-century copper saucepans. lucullusantiques.com
Stock up on Stationery: Box Paper Scissor
Luxe note cards, fancy pens, wrapping paper, and home goods. boxpaperscissor.com
A Local Says...
“My favorite part of this city is her people: There are so many rich and diverse communities, all celebrated and encouraged to be exactly who they are, without apologies.”
--Kelly Fields, chef/partner of the café and bakery Willa Jean
Before You Go...
Read: A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
Listen to: The Best of Louis Armstrong: the Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings
Watch: A Streetcar Named Desire (the film adapted from Tennessee Williams’ play).