The time has come to judge and be judged. Though it’s always hard to choose what’s best in any place, I’m presenting a list of all my New Orleans favorites.  As always, feel free to add your own favorites in the comments: New Orleans has no end of hidden gems.

FOOD

 

HOTELS

 

MUSIC

 

SHOPPING

 

And a few more personal favorites:

  • Favorite park: City Park
  • Favorite street in the French Quarter: Royal Street
  • Favorite church: St. Patrick’s on Camp Street
  • Best tailgating: Loyola Avenue before a Saints game.
  • Best house-gawking: St. Charles Avenue (Uptown), Magazine Street (Garden District) and Barracks Street (French Quarter)
  • Best people-watching: CVS on Canal Street after midnight
  • Best gym: New Orleans Athletic Club
  • Best sober fun: New Orleans Healing Center
  • Favorite runs: along the Mississippi waterfront, along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, or on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar tracks
  • Best activity for children: Louisiana Swamp Exhibit at Audubon Zoo
  • Best tourist trap that’s still worth doing: Steamboat Natchez

 

 

Best dog: a NOLA retriever that I met on St. Ann Street, French Quarter (Photo by Jeremy Braud)

Comments

  1. Jan Schindler
    N'awlins
    November 10, 2011, 10:48 am

    Best gig: being a Nat Geo traveler!

  2. Meronique Hammler
    LA Area California
    November 10, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Pretty Impressive List!

  3. sara
    granger , indiana
    November 10, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I second the Drago’s bread pudding…. OMG… just had it a few weeks ago when I visited…. hands down the best bread pudding I have had in my life… Im going to declare Drago’s roasted oysters the best and dare anyone to name a better roasted oyster.

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    November 10, 2011, 3:49 pm

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  5. Tara Phillips
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    November 10, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Best Burgers: PORT ‘O CALL!!!!

    I love this lil place right off French Quarter on Esplanade. Best burger I’ve ever had…. write that down!!!!

    Also, the Huma Huma (their special adult concoction) isn’t too bad either.

  6. Brooke
    New Orleans
    November 10, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Glad you had a good time in NOLA! Some alternatives:
    Best Brunch: Ruby Slipper
    Best Fine Dining: Bon Ton Cafe
    Best Gas Station Gourmet: Brother’s Chicken
    If you didn’t try those this time around, I recommend them for you next trip (Mardi Gras!?).

  7. JC
    November 10, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Amazing list. Will definitely use this for my next trip to NOLA – which I need to book soon! Thanks for all the wonderful adventures and inspiration to travel.

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  11. walid
    z
    November 15, 2011, 3:23 am

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  12. Helena
    New Orleans
    November 15, 2011, 1:10 pm

    My recommendations for you to try when next you pass this way is: Cowbell, Coquette, La Macarena Pupuseria

  13. Nathaniel Dang
    Houston, Texas
    November 16, 2011, 5:08 am

    Would love to try everything on that list.
    My experience in NOLA was at Yo Mama Restaurant. This place is located right inside the heart of French Quarter with attitude services.

  14. Megan Brothers
    November 16, 2011, 10:49 am

    Hello. I love reading your blog. This is a really good, easy to read and comprehend. I like that you bulleted a list of important things; I do the same thing in my blog that I am doing for school. :) Thanks for sharing, I think I would definitely be interested in traveling here :)

  15. LJohnson
    NOLA
    November 17, 2011, 11:11 am

    You forgot a few:

    Best fried chicken – Willie Mae’s Scotch House – on St. Andrews St. in Treme.

    Best banana cream pie – Was McKenzie’s, but since they ain’t there no more it would be Camellia Grill. Also best counter service restaurant too!

    Best Snoballs – Plum St. snoballs

  16. NolaGirl
    November 19, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Thanks for spelling po’ boy right :-)

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  18. David Goole
    http://www.power2battery.com
    November 21, 2011, 11:44 pm

    That’s great, I like to reading your post, I also would like to travel there in future days.

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    New Orleans
    December 10, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Best Antique Store: M.S. Rau Antiques on Royal Street

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