Guide to New Orleans

It may be called the French Quarter, but it’s home to a large Italian population—and the attendant gelaterias. The Sicilian Little Vic’s, which doubles as a rotisserie, is one of the best. 719 Toulouse St between Bourbon and Royal, (504) 304-1238

When the police tried to shut Kajuns down during Hurricane Katrina, owner Joann Guidos refused. Coupled with nightly karaoke and a wonderfully divey atmosphere, her generosity has won the bar a loyal following. 2256 St Claude Ave between Marigny and Mandeville, (504) 947-3735

A grilled shrimp po’ boy from Parkway Bakery is the best food I ever ate. Full stop. 538 Hagan Ave and Toulouse St. (504) 482-3047

People-watching over a beignet and café au lait from Café du Monde is the single most quintessentially New Orleanian thing to do . 800 Decatur Street, (504) 525-4544

The florid and colorful late-Victorian houses in all parts of the Garden District make for one of the most beautiful residential districts in the entire world. Carondelet Street, Josephine Street, both sides of Louisiana Avenue, and Magazine Street 

Want to get very tipsy very quickly? Then order Tropical Isle’s Hand Grenade, the super-sized stadium cup of fruit punch and liqueur trademarked as New Orleans [sic] Most Powerful Drink®. 600 Bourbon St and Toulouse, (504) 529-1702

Locals and tourists alike throng to Gumbo Shop for a bowl of the hearty seafood stew with a heap of rice and a loaf of bread. 630 St Peter St between Royal and Chartres, (504) 525-1486

Rosy-cheeked fairies and angels line the walls and ceilings of Royal Treasures, a feminine, magical place in the feminine, magical French Quarter. 614 Royal St. between Toulouse and St. Peter St.s, (504) 528-9769

Any Southern belle can put together a complete outfit at one of the two Trashy Diva locations, each of which includes three different shops: one for heeled oxfords, one for rockabilly dresses, and one for dainty and frilly underthings. locations vary: see here

With a first-rate tapas menu as well as a full bar, Mimi’s in the Marigny is the perfect place to end a night out. 2601 Royal St. at Franklin, (504) 872-9868

The Voodoo religion is a core part of New Orleans culture and history. Learn about it at the Historic Voodoo Museum from some artifacts of Voodoo rituals, as well as from John T., the practicing priest who staffs the reception. 724 Dumaine St between Bourbon and Royal, (504) 680-0128

An elegant (if debauched) neighborhood calls for an elegant dinner, so stop by SoBou at the W French Quarter, dimly lit and lined with perfume bottles, to sample sweet potato beignets and barrel-aged cocktails. 310 Chartres Street and Bienville, (504) 552-4095

Featuring the Botanical Garden as well as a five-acre sculpture garden, City Park is a peaceful and picturesque oasis in the heart of the already-Big Easy. between Robert E. Lee Blvd. and City Park Ave. and Marconi Dr. and Wisner Blvd., (504) 482-4888

The center of the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square is so pretty it looks straight out of a fairytale. 700 Decatur St between St. Peter and St. Anne, (504) 658-3200

Enjoy a draft beer and all that jazz. dba, 618 Frenchmen St between Royal and Chartres, (504) 942-3731

Sip on a Sazerac and watch the world go ‘round at the Hotel Monteleone’s Victorian Carousel Bar. 214 Royal St between Bienville and Iberville St, (504) 523-3341 

New Orleans is quickly becoming a culinary superstar, and Sylvain is one of the most buzzed-about names on the scene. Pair a sweetbread or bowl of papardelle here with a glass of Prosecco for a classy and satisfying meal. 625 Chartres St between St. Peter and Wilkinson St.s, (504) 265-8123

With Spanish moss, gazebos, and vast expanses of green, Audubon Park is the belle of New Orleans. between St. Charles and Magazine St.s and Exposition Blvd. and Walnut St., (504) 861-2537

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