Even if you are not in town for the famous mardi gras parade, New Orleans is the place to part all year round. Even if joining the crowds on Bourbon Street isn’t your thing there are plenty of tasty treats, stunning sites, and history to enjoy in ‘The Big Easy’.
Join the throng at Cafe du Monde but get the beignets to go. The delicious deep-fried and sugary doughnuts are an icon of the city and an indulgent breakfast treat. Wash it down with some chicory coffee and get set for a day exploring the city.
Make your first stop after breakfast Jackson Square to see St Louis Cathedral and the Louisiana State Museums. The square is also home to an open-air market for all your souvenir shopping.
Eat some more
Creole cooking is a big part of the culture of New Orleans. The best way to learn about the flavours and fun of the city is to take a cooking class. The New Orleans School of Cooking offers an entertaining and informative class where you will hear the stories and explore the flavours of gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines.
Take a wander down Bourbon Street to check out the shops full of carnival masks, frozen slushy cocktails and beads for sale. Once you’ve taken all the fun venture further afield and enjoy the jazz and more authentic atmosphere of Frenchman Street.
Get out of the city centre today and spend some time in the Garden District. The streetcar will take you to see the beautiful parks and antebellum mansions a world away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. While on this side of town, check out the cemeteries and learn about the history and the famous residents on a walking tour.
After lunch, head out-of-town to the bayou and get up close with a gator. The Cajun Captains bring humour to the history of the area and tell great stories as you float through the calm waters.