Best things to do in New Orleans

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
600 Poland Ave
302local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “Wineshop with live music in a cozy courtyard. The courtyard is pretty wonderful in the evening with ...” ·
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2. Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur St
252local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “Not really just a coffee shop -- it's iconic in our culture - from a stop for beignets and cafe au l...” ·
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3. City Park
419local recommendations
Sean
Sean says “City Park is one of my favorite places to visit. Its unique and magical just like the city of New Or...” ·
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4. Pizza Delicious
617 Piety St
205local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “New York style pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts with a frequently changing menu and day-to-day s...” ·
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5. The Spotted Cat Music Club
623 Frenchmen St
185local recommendations
Dan
Dan says “Frenchman Street is a live music buffet. This isn't Bourbon. It is about the music. You can drink, o...” ·
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6. Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St
205local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the g...” ·
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7. The Country Club
634 Louisa St
179local recommendations
Kimberley And Tom
Kimberley And Tom says “We feel guilty even putting this on our list...it's a New Orleans insider secret and we'd like it to...” ·
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8. Mimi's In the Marigny
2601 Royal St
176local recommendations
Jessica
Jessica says “Mimi's has bars both upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs it's drinks and pool and a chill environmen...” ·
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9. commander's palace
1403 Washington Ave
178local recommendations
Sean
Sean says “Commander's Palace was established in 1890, and is located in the Garden District of Uptown New Orle...” ·
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10. Satsuma Cafe
3218 Dauphine St
177local recommendations
Charlie
Charlie says “Satsuma Café satsumacafe.com OMG YUM! Fresh juice, delicious coffee, & the breakfast/lunch is unbeli...” ·
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11. d.b.a.
618 Frenchmen St
152local recommendations
Russell
Russell says “Smooth offshoot of an NYC pub pours craft beer & hosts an eclectic lineup of nightly live music. Che...” ·
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12. Elizabeth's
601 Gallier St
157local recommendations
James
James says “Just two blocks away, Elizabeth’s restaurant – very popular for breakfast, lunch and brunch - their ...” ·
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13. Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave
142local recommendations
Betsy
Betsy says “Get their namesake drink. I assure you, you'll only need one. There's also the Monsoon, but, again...” ·
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14. New Orleans Cake Café & Bakery
2440 Chartres St
138local recommendations
James
James says “I almost did not add this to the list - in order to keep the secret! I love Cake Cafe so much. My ...” ·
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15. St. Roch Market
2381 St Claude Ave
146local recommendations
Kelsey
Kelsey says “Take the time to check out the beautifully restored piece of history that is the St. Roch Market. S...” ·
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16. Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St
142local recommendations
Heather
Heather says “Located in the Carrolton neighborhood of Uptown, the Maple Leaf is one of the longest continually op...” ·
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17. New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir
259local recommendations
Doreen
Doreen says “My happy place. In the beautiful City Park.New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fin...” ·
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18. Cafe Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave
140local recommendations
Kimberley And Tom
Kimberley And Tom says “Charming little place with all outside (under tent) dining. It's not cheap but the food is pretty so...” ·
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19. Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave
244local recommendations
Melinda
Melinda says “Best Po-Boy in the City Enjoy a poor boy in a nostalgic setting at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, which i...” ·
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20. Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Ave
134local recommendations
Doreen
Doreen says “Tipitina's began as a neighborhood juke joint, established in 1977, by a group of young music fans t...” ·
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21. Jacques-Imo's
8324 Oak St
136local recommendations
Tim
Tim says “A monumental uptown restaurant that serves rich New Orleans fare in a unique, busy setting. Prices a...” ·
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22. Morning Call
56 Dreyfous Dr
135local recommendations
Louis
Louis says “Nestled away in beautiful City Park, Morning Call is open 24 hours a day. A great place to have a qu...” ·
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23. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St
126local recommendations
Doreen
Doreen says “Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter Audubon Aquarium of the Americas imm...” ·
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24. Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
1751 Gentilly Blvd
130local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “Horse races from Thanksgiving day through mid April; budget friendly in that it is cheap to get in (...” ·
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25. Fair Grinds Coffeehouse
3133 Ponce De Leon St
125local recommendations
Derek
Derek says “Cozy coffeehouse with pastries, vegan snacks & fair-trade brews, plus outdoor seating.” ·
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26. French Quarter
203local recommendations
Doreen
Doreen says “Every street in the French Quarter has something to offer from classic restaurants, music venues, st...” ·
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27. Hi-Ho Lounge
2239 St Claude Ave
119local recommendations
Mark And Gilly
Mark And Gilly says “Want to dance on Saturday night? DJ Soul Sister brings her mix of "underground disco, rare groove, o...” ·
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28. Bayou Beer Garden New Orleans
326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
115local recommendations
Catherine
Catherine says “Amazing patio space that is great both rain or shine - it's also dog-friendly, so your furry friends...” ·
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29. Lola's
3312 Esplanade Ave
113local recommendations
Cale
Cale says “This is not 'touristy' but well known by the locals so plan on a bit of a wait. No problem, as you c...” ·
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30. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
941 Bourbon St
112local recommendations
Leonardo
Leonardo says “Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Arguably the oldest bar in New Orleans, this building dates back to 1772, ...” ·