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Paris of the South: 9 Things to Make Your Visit to New Orleans Unforgettable

New Orleans has a spirit unlike any city in America. Rich with French influence and a storied history, New Orleans treats its visitors to European-influenced architecture, unique food, an array of art and culture exhibitions, and lively entertainment. There is so much to see, experience, taste, and learn while visiting New Orleans that you may want to visit many times just to see it all! Here are some things to do, see, and taste to kick off your time in the Paris of the South.

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Things To Do


It has been said that the best time to visit New Orleans, weather-wise, is spring and fall. During spring, the weather is cooler and less humid, and the lively Mardi Gras season is in full swing. On the other hand, in fall there may be less hustle and bustle so those seeking less crowds may want to plan a getaway during that time. Whichever time you choose, you can rest assured there will be plenty of attractions to keep you busy because there are so many things to do in the “Paris of the South.”


The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery

Well known to the world as children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Suess, Theodore Seuss Giesel also created other artwork not featured in his books that is on display in a small gallery located on Bienville Street. The gallery, curated by his wife Audrey, beautifully highlights the private works of the beloved artist.

Oh, the places you’ll go in the Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery


New Orleans Ghost City Tours

If we forget the air of mystery, tales of voodoo magic, and haunts of New Orleans, there is always the New Orleans Ghost City Tours to remind us. Encounter thrills and chills on one of four tours in the French Quarter of the city – The Ghosts of the LaLaurie Mansion, The Sultan’s Palace, Ghosts of Jackson’s Square, and The Haunted Andrew Jackson Hotel. These walking tours will deliver the chills of what is considered the “most haunted city in America.”

Have spine-tingling fun with Ghost City Tours


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St. Louis Cathedral

Overlooking Jackson Square is the beautiful and historic St. Louis Cathedral whose bells still toll daily. Built in 1794, it is one of the most historic buildings in Old New Orleans, and buried in crypts below it are past bishops and archbishops. Visitors can request a tour ahead of their trip by contacting the diocese online.

Encounter the beauty and historic significance of the St. Louis Cathedral


New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

If your aesthetic leans toward antique apothecary bottles, vintage medical instruments and equipment, and learning about the history of Louisiana medicine, then take a guided tour of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Learn about the first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho Jr., and how flimsy the early pharmacy regulations were, all while viewing the displays of implements and apothecary items.

Take a tour of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and call me in the morning


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Local Eats

One of the most satisfying aspects of a trip is finding wonderful places to dine and enjoy the local atmosphere. New Orleans stands out as a city with a diverse array of cuisine choices that honor both cultural traditions as well as creating new culinary delights.


Willa Jean

If a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meal is what you are after then check out Willa Jean, a contemporary café/bakery located in the business district of New Orleans. With a rustic décor feel, from the mixing bowl whisk light fixtures to the counter piled high with breads, cookies and pastries, the atmosphere is just as inviting as the menu. You’ll find traditional biscuits & gravy, croissants, and home fries, as well as unique fare like pastrami smoked salmon, a “hangover bowl” that features short rib and cheesy grits, and BBQ shrimp toast.

Get egg on your face at Willa Jean


Café Degas

Lunch with a classic French ambiance? Oui! Café Degas has the feel of a sidewalk café in Paris and gives a nod to the French artist Edgar Degas. There is a romantic air to the café, and it boasts a tree growing right through the dining room, which adds to the chic and cozy atmosphere. Start out with a cup of French onion soup (La Gratinée d’Oignon), or a fruit and cheese board (Le Plateau de Fromage), peruse the salads for options including roasted quail or beets, then dive into entrees featuring a quiche with sauteed Louisiana crawfish (La Quiche Maison) or a seared hangar steak (L’onglet de Bœuf).

Make a French connection at Café Degas


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Commander’s Palace

Visiting the Garden District? Then do not miss a dinner at Commander’s Palace, which is known for the upscale Creole cuisine – Creole gumbo, pecan crusted gulf fish, Louisiana heirloom pepper shrimp curry, Prosecco poached Louisiana blue crab – just to name a few. Plus, the day wouldn’t be complete without something sweet, and the desserts are something to look forward to with selections such as Creole bread pudding soufflé or “Piety & Desire” dark chocolate devil’s food cake. It should be noted that there is a dress code which details business attire as the guideline with no shorts, flip flops, or ripped jeans allowed.

Report for delicious at Commander’s Palace


Luvi

Luvi is a must if you are looking for Japanese fusion cuisine. The setting is intimate with a quirky vibe, and it presents dishes full of flavor for the eyes as well as the palette to feast upon. Selections titled Monkey Snack (salmon & sesame crusted banana with sweet & sour sauce), Mala Holla (spicy beef shank with cilantro garnished with ghost chili oil), “Feed Me” (a chef’s chosen selection of dishes – sure to impress), and Magnolia Black Tea ice cream grace the menu.

Test out your chopstick skills at Luvi


Pêche Seafood Grill

Peche’s Seafood Grill pays homage to the sea and earth by working with local farmers and fisherman who practice sustainable harvesting to bring rustic, flavorful dishes to the table. Using open hearth and live-fire methods of cooking, the menu items are a delight for the senses. Menu favorites include raw bar seafood platter, grilled tuna with okra and pickled papaya, grilled zucchini with capers and feta, whole grilled fish for the table, and hushpuppies.

Savor the bounty at Pêche Seafood Grill

We hope this inspires you to plan a trip to New Orleans! Have you ever visited the Big Easy? If so, tell us about it by emailing WinniWanderer@winni.com. Hearing from you will make our day!

 

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