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What to do with 2 days in NewOrleans

  • Cindy
     asked this on November 04, 2011 at 09:33 AM
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What to do depends on your age and what you like to do. Some definite must do's: take a walk along Bourbon Street and Royal Street, ride the streetcar down St. Charles Ave, visit the French Market, eat beignets at Cafe du Monde, walk along the Mississippi River on the Moonwalk, see the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. If you are staying in the city of New Orleans; all these are within walking distance. Other things to do: visit the aquarium, insectarium, or any of the museums. (pick up a visitors guide at the airport or a hotel for a small map and list of all things to do). A walk around the French Quarter......the small streets, balconies, and interesting architecture will relax your soul. Interesting restaurant Sylvain at 625 Chartres. Take a short trip to Magazine Street for shopping and lunch. Enjoy......



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I'd steer clear of hanging out on Bourbon Street, although it's worth a stroll just to get a sense of the scene. Head two blocks over to Chartres Street and it's like a different world in a different century. My favorite spot for cocktails here is the patio at the historic Napoleon House. Just up the street, there's an excellent Olde Worlde bookstore called Crescent City Books, where you can pick up quirky tomes and wall prints. Cafe du Monde is fun for the New Orleans culinary rite of passage, as is Arnaud's and Commander's Palace. Other touristy but must-do attractions (IMHO!) include the sweaty jazz sessions at Preservation Hall, Voodoo Museum, Cajun swamp tours, and a stroll around Louis Armstrong Park. Talking of music, head over to Bridge Lounge on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, where you can join the locals for mojitos and live music!
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I was down there for Jazz Fest two year's ago and have to say, it's a pretty overwhelming place to visit. Bourbon Street is a must for drinking. If you're not the hard-partying type, then it's still worth a walk down. If you are, I suggest avoiding the Slurpee-style Hurricane shops, and go into one of the live music venues to have a bartender make you a real Hurricane. One is all you'll need. Out of the French Quarter, I was really impressed by Magazine Street. Plenty of good eats there. If you're attending a festival like Jazz Fest, the food you get at the booths is excellent, with lots of local flavor (think Alligator on a Stick). Also, don't skip on a creole brunch and beginets. Cafe du Monde is the most famous, but there are lots of good options.
  • Pieter
     answered this on November 04, 2011 at 11:03 AM
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If you want true live music then I would suggest going to Frenchman Street which is a staple hang out for locals looking for good live music instead of touristy Bourbon Street. If bars aren't your thing, then the Garden District boasts gorgeous stately mansions from the 19th century. It is only a short streetcar ride down majestic St. Charles avenue to the Garden District and Uptown Areas. New Orleans also has interests directed towards youngsters too with one of the countries top zoos, a impressive aquarium, a educational 5 story IMAX theater, a children's museum, and a new Insectrum with a butterfly exhibit. If you are looking for a more artsy feel, Julia Street in the arts district as well as Chartres and Royal Streets in the quarter host numerous antique and art galleries. If you are looking to do a little shopping, Magazine Street running from the Garden District to Uptown is a must see. They are filled with Ice Cream parlors, Upscale Boutiques, Vintage Stores, Antique Stores, and tons of restaurants
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