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An Insider's Travel Guide to New Orleans

Our expert's Big Easy picks are chock-full of tried-and-true spots and stylish newcomers. Tear it out, and hit the ground running on your next Gulf Coast getaway.

pontchartrain hotel room bed
Photography by: Christian Horan

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,


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,


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,


Tune In: Troubadour

On the rooftop bar, DJs and bands play an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, and indie rock. From $148 per night,

St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Nola
Photography by: Chris Granger

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.


Taste Some Cajun: Toups South
Head here for beer-battered Gulf fish and other updated staples.


Book a Hot Table: Shaya

Order the curried cauliflower hummus and the slow-cooked lamb.


Get Cozy: Cavan

An old Victorian home sets the stage for fried-oyster toast and a killer burger.



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.”



“My friend Donald Link creates a great atmosphere with delicious seafood.”


Pho Tâu Bay

“I love Vietnamese food, and this family-run restaurant does it right. Try the grilled pork spring rolls.”


Paladar 511

“This Marigny neighborhood spot is great for brunch.”

world war 2 museum
Photography by: Courtesy of the National World War II Museum

What to Do


Honor the Past: National WWII Museum

It’s home to interactive exhibits, oral histories, and artifacts.


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.


Buy Some Art: Jackson Square

Colorful paintings hang from the fences and line the streets.

eyeware new orleans krewe
Photography by: Ollie Alexander/Courtesy of Krewe

Where to Shop


Try Handmade Eyewear: Krewe

Bold glasses inspired by architecture, plus an espresso bar and an outdoor courtyard.


Support Indie Makers: Hattie Sparks

Seersucker clothing and plant-based beauty products from small southern brands.


Hunt for Antiques:Lucullus

1700s silver flatware, Napoleon III dinner services, and 19th-century copper saucepans.


Stock up on Stationery: Box Paper Scissor

Luxe note cards, fancy pens, wrapping paper, and home goods.

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).


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