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Things to do in New Orleans

Even a first-time traveler knows what to do in New Orleans—dine on beignets at Café du Monde, ride a horse-drawn carriage through the French Quarter, tour the grand Garden District homes, mingle with the locals over potent hurricane cocktails, and take in some of the city’s most famous experiences—listening to jazz at Preservation Hall, riding the St. Charles streetcar, and touring cemeteries. But once you’ve checked these off, there are still enough great things to do in New Orleans, at any pace you choose. This is the Big Easy, after all.

Travel + Leisure’s guide features the best insider activities and attractions in the beloved Louisiana city. Our experts take you to their favorite places, like Cochon Butcher, a wine bar/meat market in the Warehouse District; antique and vintage clothing stores in the French Quarter; and a bar named after a benevolent voodoo deity. We show you where to get a traditional gentleman’s shave, hear great R&B, and even hunt vampires. There’s no place like New Orleans, and it’s an ideal destination for friends, couples, and families, offering a little something for everyone.

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  • Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionary

    In New Orleans, ice cream is taken as seriously as any other sensual pleasure, and since 1905, Angelo Brocato has been serving up Italian delights ... More
  • Ann Koerner Antiques

    An eclectic mix of 18th- and 19th-century antiques from around the globe. More
  • Antenna

  • Audubon Park

    This lush, central city park dotted with lagoons and oak trees full of Spanish moss is an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. More
  • Bar UnCommon

    Located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, Bar Uncommon serves classic and original cocktails created by acclaimed fourth-generation bartende... More
  • Barrister’s

  • Belladonna Day Spa

    Located in the Garden District, this destination day spa offers hydrotherapy, massage, and skincare. Hidden in the back of a bright and airy retail... More
  • Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar

    The sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace, this Creole café and cocktail bar is named for the now-deceased bon vivant Adelaide Brennan. Located i... More
  • Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp Tour

    You’ll encounter alligators, great blue herons, and eagles as you slowly motor through cypress swamps on boats. If you’re looking for a more privat... More
  • Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge

    Overlooking Royale Street in the famed French Quarter is a legendary circus act: The Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar, one of the most famous wateri... More
  • Cochon Butcher

    This new Warehouse District wine bar and meat market combo from the owners of Herbsaint and Cochon brings a loving Cajun inflection to the art of c... More
  • Cork & Bottle

    Cork and Bottle offers a shopping experience that's nothing short of meditative, with a selection and layout so compelling that you'll find it hard... More
  • Crescent City Farmers' Market

    The Spread: In NOLA, a foodie town that claims the No. 3 position on our America's Favorite Cities Survey, chefs from some of the Louisiana city's ... More
  • d.b.a.

    Adjacent to the French Quarter and ensconced in an old Marigny warehouse building, d.b.a. showcases local bands pounding out traditional New Orlean... More
  • Dick & Jenny's

    Set in a mid-19th-century cottage in uptown, this neighborhood bistro combines upscale Creole cuisine with quirky touches like cocktails served in ... More

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