The historic pastel city on the bayou is a place where the tropics meets the American South, where Creole meets Cajun, Haitian meets African, and everyone eats, drinks and dances. The city is teeming with refreshing new energy, and is a destination infused with a French joie de vivre.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in the French Quarter at the Soniat House
  • Experience…century-old traditions of fine dining at the classic Galatoire’s
  • Splurge…calorically, on warm beignets and café au lait from Café du Monde
  • Eat…Sunday brunch at Commander’s Palace, a touristy spot but must-do
  • Drink…a Sazerac at the historic Napoleon House in the heart of the French Quarter
  • Savor…the music at Preservation Hall or one of the clubs on Frenchman’s Street
  • Visit…the World War II Museum and see the 4-D experience Beyond All Boundaries
  • See…the French Quarter’s historic architecture
  • Shop…for antiques on Magazine and Royal Streets
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team to arrange for a tailored itinerary and access to expert guides who can bring the city’s history to life

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Lay of the Land

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”
~Mark Twain

With Lake Pontchartrain directly to its north and the Mississippi River to its south and west, New Orleans is a city surrounded—and defined—by bodies of water. The Big Easy was originally built on the high ground along the Mississippi River but has since grown.

The French Quarter or “Vieux Carré” is the cultural, historical and social hub of the city. While it is often known for the raucous nightlife on Bourbon Street, once off the thoroughfare, the French Quarter offers a glimpse into the city’s unique French-Creole architecture and history.

The Central Business District (or CBD) sits southwest of the French Quarter and is home to the famous Superdome. The adjacent Arts/ Warehouse District, home to many of the city’s best restaurants, sits just beyond the quarter. Further to the southwest is the Garden District and Uptown, where many old New Orleanians live in grand, historical homes along oak-lined streets. Uptown attractions include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Commander’s Palace and Tulane University.

To the east of the French Quarter are the famous neighborhoods of the Bywater and the Ninth Ward, which were so tragically impacted by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

Getting Around

Despite the sprawling nature of the city, New Orleans’s neighborhoods are very walkable. Taxis are recommended at night, for longer distances and if you are heading uptown. Streetcars are also available along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street. While slow moving, they are a charming way to see the city.

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