A one-of-a-kind city with food and music at its heart, New Orleans will soon have you under its spell.
This Louisiana gem has a world-renowned musical heritage, known for producing legendary talent ranging from Louis Armstrong to Lil Wayne. This is a party city, where you can catch live quartets and gospel performances almost every night of the week, in popular hangouts like Blue Nile and The Spotted Cat. For jazz in a more historical setting, swing by Preservation Hall for an intimate performance.
There’s always something happening in New Orleans. It’s famous for its vibrant nightlife and packed calendar of festivals, from the raucous Mardi Gras carnival in late winter to the Jazz Festival in spring.
In the daytimes, one of the best things to do is stroll through the streets admiring the distinctive
architecture. It’s at its best in the famous French Quarter, with French, Spanish Creole and Colonial influences everywhere you turn. From colourful shutters to ornate Creole Townhouse-style mansions, this city is a treasure trove of photo opportunities.
Downtown New Orleans is also well worth a visit, especially with kids in tow. You’ll discover exotic animals at the Audubon Zoo, where there’s a Swamp Train running right through the Sea Lion Park. And for a moment of tranquillity in this lively city, the surrounding Audubon Park is perfect for a picnic.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, get ready for a feast. New Orleans has some of the most lip-smacking food on the planet. There are plenty of chances to try its utterly delicious Creole cuisine, whether you stop at a street food vendor or book a table at one of the city’s world-class restaurants. Make sure you’re plenty hungry, as the menu of ‘must-try’ dishes is extensive – including jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish, po’boy sandwiches and fried beignet doughnuts.
You can also head outside the city to see the wild side of New Orleans, in the swamplands of the Mississippi Delta. Hop on a boat tour to Thibodaux for fascinating museums and Cajun cuisine, or brave the alligators on a kayaking trip.
Plan your trip to New Orleans today!