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Affordable Must-Dos in New Orleans, Louisiana?

I'm planning on visiting New Orleans for 2 or 3 days with my parents over spring break in a few weeks.
What are must see/must dos while there?
My family and I love to experience the culture (food, history of the city, music, etc.)
Hole in the wall places would be great to know about, too! 

Also, any knowledge of value hotels around the area would be greatly appreciated, as well.

Thanks y'all :)

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  • Jim Gerace

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    One big tip is to walk. New Orleans is pretty spread out, but the biggest "attraction" are very walkable. Go to any touristy spot and pick up a free tour map. It'll have easy self guided walking tours in The French Quarter , Garden District and Street Car for info on how to move from one to the other. Must-do highlights are: Beignets at Café du Monde in The French Quarter ; Muffuletta from Central Grocery Co. for lunch (go early and stand in line no matter how long it is--it's worth it); do a walking tour around Jackson Square , Moon Walk (Mississippi Riverside plazas), and the shops all through "the Quarter". One one of your days, buy an all day streetcar ticket that will let you jump on and jump off anywhere during the day. Take it down to the Garden District and St. Charles Ave to see all the beautiful Victorian homes. Jump off at one of the cemeteries and look around at the above ground graves. It's like going back in time. Jump back on the streetcar and jump off at Audubon Park . This may be a good place to have a picnic lunch under one of the many ancient live oaks. If you start your streetcar ride early, take it down to the end of St. Charles and jump off at The Camellia Grill for waffles (it's also good for lunch). Then make your way back to the Quarter and catch the highlights in reverse. If you like zoos, Audubon Zoo is a nice compact place to see exotic as well as native Louisiana animals in a lush tropical setting (on the river side of St. Charles across from the park).

    General Trippy MediaFor food, anywhere is going to be great. I suggest you stay away from the touristy places and look for restaurants a little off the beaten path. Mother's Restaurant is a really good example of a hole in the wall that's gained lots of popularity with tourists and locals alike. Get something with roast beef. You can thank me later. Grand Isle Restaurant toward the warehouse district is walkable from the Quarter and has an excellent shrimp po boy. For a nice dinner with a sleek modern yet casual collegiate atmosphere, check out Capdeville also in the warehouse district. Great food; great atmosphere and not too expensive. If you want to splurge a little, there's always the a fancy famous places like Commander's Palace in the Garden District and Brennan's Restaurant in the quarter or any of the John Besh restaurants. But for a uniquely New Orleans experience, do the Sunday jazz brunch at Muriel's Jackson Square right across the street from St. Louis Cathedral --FANTASTIC! And if you want to not spurge but feel like you did, go to Brennan's after dinner just for their Bananas Foster. It's one of those things you must do before you die. Put it on your bucket list.

    All of the places I mentioned have websites. Check them out. Hope this helps.

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  • Justin Court

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    Café du Monde is the go to place in New Orleans. They serve french doughnuts called Beignets and they are delicious. The cafe is right in the heart of the French Quarter, is open 24/7 and accepts only cash. The place is almost always packed, especially in the morning.

    Johnny's Po-Boys is a well known lunch spot but is also off the beaten path. It is a very small shop with a line usually out the door. They offer numerous different options but my favorite is the shrimp po-boy.

    Be sure to check out the flea market in The French Quarter for vendor style food and souvenirs.

    Royal Street is my favorite during the day and Bourbon Street at night. Beware you will see some interesting stuff on Bourbon street. It is like the Vegas strip of the French Quarter.

    If you have a car I would suggest visiting Haydel's Bakery to grab a King Cake.

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      Johnnie's po-boys is the absolute best. The roast beef is CRAZY good. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Mel Verges

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    Neighborhood Restaurants.... Enjoy seafood at Deanie's Seafood on the lakefront. Go to Mandina's Restaurant on Canal for local dishes. Best poor boys are in Metairie at Short Stop . Make sure you go to Mother's Restaurant on Poydras for a Ferdi Debris. It's the best sandwich in the world!

    Lots of fun things to do in New Orleans. Visit The National WWII Museum . They have great food there, too. Love the hamburgers! Go to Mardi Gras World and just walk The French Quarter and uptown Garden District .

    Enjoy music in the Faubourg Marigny area.

    You will fall in love with one of the world's great cities!

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      I have to take your suggestion for Mother's restaurant even further by recommending the grits with butter! · (0 likelikes)

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    Ok... 3 days... here we go....

    As a New Orleans native who indulges in the hidden gems of the city I think I might be able to steer you in the right direction. New Orleans is rich with culture and hole in the walls. Depending on your age you might enjoy two of the top 20 dive bars in America. One being Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge and the other being Saint Bar & Lounge . The first one is further uptown near Carrollton Street. I prefer The Saint and it is at 961 St Mary.

    As far as food goes you have so many options. If you want a poboy you cant go wrong with Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar . If you really want to know what to stuff yourself you should check out Jacques-Imo's Cafe . It is on Oak Street and right next door to the Maple Leaf Bar where you can find some of New Orleans' best brass and funk acts playing. Other music venues include One Eyed Jacks, The Parish, and the famous Tipitina's.

    I would check out bourbon street for a second but it is a giant tourist trap. If thats what you want then check out Pat O'Brien's Bar and get a hurricane. You won't find many locals hanging out there, we tend to go further down to Frenchman street which is just past the quarter and is in walking distance. Lots of bars here D.B.A , Blue Nile , The Spotted Cat Music Club , (all have music) and my favorite Royal Street Inn & Bar .

    During the day you could stand to walk around and explore the quarter. Royal street is a great place to start. Decatur is another good street, pop into Molly's Irish Pub and Restaurant and get a frozen Irish coffee. Hold the sprinkles on mine please, thanks. Then go check out the french market, they have the best real fruit daiquiri at The Organic Banana Daiquiri shop. You are just going to have to trust me on this. It is so good. Go get a pims cup at the Napoleon House at 500 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. It was built for Napoleon himself. Grab a beer at the Chartres House (601 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130) and people watch.

    Lets talk about nice restaurants (not crazy expensive). I'll start you off with my favorites. Cochon , Lilette (3637 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115), Peche (800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130). Sylvain (625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130). If you could eat at all of these then you're doing alright for a three day trip.

    As far as hotels, I'd check out some places in Uptown, Lower Garden District, Warehouse District and The French Quarter on airbnb.com. You will probably be able to get more bang for you buck! Also check out whats going on in the city. New Orleans loves a reason to have a festival. You might be there during French Quarter Fest which is a free festival and is a total locals thing... Needless to say it's pretty awesome. One last thing, anybody that lives in New Orleans is so proud of their city, point being, don't be scared to ask a stranger for a recommendation cause we all see ourselves as our own little tour guide.



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    In short the previous answer was probably read on yelp and pasted here. I'd avoid mothers. It's on the cooking channel, but the line is not worth it.

    Dive bar amazing restaurant: Coop's Place .

    They have probably the best local/Cajun fare food wise and won't break the bank. I took my parents there and my picky mother loved it.

    Another hole in the wall with amazing food is Cafe Rose Nicaud . It's also in the quarter situated in the back of a bar. The chef recently won some sort of new and up coming chef award in New Orleans . It's basically po-boys only.

    Green Goddess is another great lunch spot. Very eccentric, fresh local ingredients and a great staff.

    The best sandwich shop in the southeastern US is called Butcher House . I take everyone I have visiting there. My brother makes me take him twice.

    Things to do: the above answer basically covers it. When they wrote fauberg- they ment Frenchman steet.

    Best live music and dancing I've ever heard. No cover charge at at The Spotted Cat Music Club and Maison .

    Hope that helps.

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      FYI...My comment was not copied from yelp. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Elah Thompson

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    I would definitely recommend eating at Muriel's Jackson Square. Just about every time me and my family go to New Orleans we have to eat there. Try the bread pudding ( I think they only serve it during dinner hours) I promise you won't regret it!

    For brunch i always opt for coffee & beignets (ben-yays) at Café du Monde

    Anyway, those are my fav places that came to mind. Hope I helped and I hope you enjoy your trip!

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    Stay in The French Quarter at the Hotel Monteleone , Loews New Orleans Hotel or the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel or New Orleans Marriott on Canal St (less expensive).

    Spend the day soaking in the artistry of the "French Quarter" and it's Spanish architecture. It was burnt to the ground and rebuilt with mostly Spanish influence. Put on your walking shoes and wonder into all the little shops. Make your way toward the Mississippi River toward Jackson Square (its not far). There is a mall, aquarium, and market in that area. Snack on some beignets at Café du Monde . As evening comes, experience your first cajun dinner at the Gumbo Shop . Get the combination plate, it is sooo good! You can experience Bourbon Street that night if you are into that. Don't miss the "Hand Grenade" drink from Tropical Isle. It is very strong so be cautious ... or get two. I do. Go watch the dueling pianos at Pat O'Brien's . If you want live jazz, go to the Bourbon Street Blues Co bar.

    If you get tired of Burbon, you can visit the The Carousel Bar & Lounge (it actually moves like a real carousel) or find the The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans hotel where they usually have a fun band to listen/dance to in the Davenport Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

    Day 2: St. Charles Ave . The most famous, charming street in New Orleans. You can catch a trolly from Canal St in the French Quarter and ride it the entire way down St. Charles, but dont! Get lunch at The Grocery Then trolly or walk to Audubon Park . Explore and maybe go to the Zoo. Spend the day in that area and prepare for the best meal you ever had at Jacques-Imo's that night! My favorite restaurant in the city. Split the alligator cheesecake appetizer. I liked the RedFish main dish. (Highly Recommend. Get there early, its usually an hour wait but there is a bar next door to get drinks). Ask the locals what bar is the go to bar that night

    Day 3: Options:

    Walk down Magazine St. Get lunch and shop

    Go to The National WWII Museum . If you are into that, it is one of the best. You'll want to reserve at least 4 hours

    Explore French Quarter some more

    Extra:

    Best Fried Chicken: Willie Mae's Scotch House

    Look to see if any bands are playing at the house of blues: http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans/

    I lived in Louisiana for 30 years. Hope you enjoy. The people are the most friendly bunch you will ever meet

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    i can strongly suggest two places for you in NO - one is called Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar - no doubt the finest day grub you can find in the city - it's a classic

    secondly (and maybe even more strongly!) i suggest going to dinner at Irene's Cuisine in The French Quarter - great piano bar seating area while waiting for your table and simply the best soft shell crabs over homemade pasta you have ever put in your mouth!!!

    try taking the family on a New Orleans Ghost Tour through the french quarter one night - reasonably priced and you can get a really fun guide.

    hope this helps!

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    You definitely have to go to Café du Monde..maybe more than once. :) To listen to great music head to Frenchmen Street. Also a fun thing to do is to do a walking tour. Tours By Foot are pay what you want. I did the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1St. Louis Cemetery #1 tour the last time I was there. It's a bit of a sketchy area, so going as a group is better. Here's the link to the tours they offer.. http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/new-orleans-tours/

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    I also agree that Coop's Place is a great place that is affordable and fun- try the (crawish etoufee). Must eat the BBQ shrimp at Mr B's Bistro for a splurge, if you can manage just one. Walk, eat, drink, and enjoy the amazing music.

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