Stuff to Do in New Orleans

Here are some suggestions to make the most of your time in New Orleans:

Museums

The National WW2 Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Entrance on Andrew Higgins Drive
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Don’t miss Beyond All Boundaries, the spectacular 4d film narrated by executive producer Tom Hanks and featuring first-person accounts from the trenches to the Home Front read by Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Gary Sinise, Patricia Clarkson, Wendell Pierce and more.

The Cabildo
701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. Built between 1795 and 1799 to replace a structure that burned in the 1794 fire, the Cabildo served as the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period and is the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.

The Backstreet Cultural Museum
1116 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
At The Backstreet Cultural Museum, visitors can find an amazing assortment of memorabilia indigenous to Mardi Gras, jazz funerals and other traditions found only in New Orleans. The museum houses the city’s largest collection of brilliantly colored and elaborately designed Mardi Gras Indian costumes hand made by local artisans costing upwards of $10,000 a piece. In this simple setting, the museum also houses an enormous collection of still photos and video footage of Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals and second lines.

Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Description: Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. of New Orleans became America’s first licensed pharmacist. Today, Dufilho’s 1823 apothecary shop on Chartres Street in the French Quarter houses what is widely believed to be the largest and most diverse pharmaceutical collection in a single location in the United States, containing old patent medicines, books, and pharmaceutical equipment dating back as far as the early 1800s.

The Presbytère
751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
Description: The Presbytere houses an elaborate and exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia. The story of New Orleans’ extraordinary Mardi Gras tradition is dynamically told in a high-tech, interactive, permanent exhibition titled “Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana.” The exhibit traces the celebration from its ancient origins to the 19th century emergence of New Orleans’ parades and balls to the present-day celebration that attracts millions of visitors each year.

Restaurants

You’ve heard of Commander’s Palace, Galatoire’s, and Antoine’s. Here are a few restaurants you might not have heard of, but we strongly recommend:

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine Street
Executive Chef and Owner: Justin Devillier
At La Petite Grocery, Devillier puts his creative spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine with dishes like Turtle Bolognese, Panéed Rabbit, and Blue Crab Beignets. He has been named a James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: South for the past four years (2012 – 2015), and was also awarded “Chef of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine in 2014.

Shaya
4213 Magazine Street
Executive Chef: Alon Shaya
Shaya is an innovative restaurant with a warm and welcoming approach to the dining culture inspired by Chef Alon Shaya’s Israeli upbringing.  Chef Alon sees modern Israeli food as a grand mosaic, drawing influence from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece.

Carrollton Market
Executive Chef: Jason Goodenough
8132 Hampson Street
Exquisite Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Expertly Prepared. Southern fare with a sophisticated yet simple approach: fabulous food in a comfortably posh environment plated, and served without an ounce of pretentious­ness. Carrollton Market is a thoroughly modern Southern bistro located in New Orleans’ historic Riverbend neighborhood.

The Company Burger
Two Locations: 4600 Freret Street | 611 O’Keefe Ave, Unit C7
Executive Chef: Adam Biderman
The burgers here have appeared on numerous “best of” lists, including Esquire magazine, Food & Wine, Thrillist, and Eatocracy, to name a few. “It’s my deathbed burger,” [Chef Biderman] says. “It’s the classic American cheeseburger, made with the best quality ingredients. We make as much as we can ourselves in-house. We grind and patty our meat; we make the pickles; make our own mayo and sauces; and bake the bread. Everything is seasoned individually and made to order.” (livingneworleans.com)

Willa Jean
611 O’Keefe Avenue
Besh Restaurant Group Executive Pastry Chef Kelly Fields and Pastry Chef Lisa White (of Domenica and PIZZA Domenica) are collaborators in the bakery and restaurant, which is named after Fields’ grandmother. The bakery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, allowing the two chefs to show off their savory sides. The playful fare include items like: pigs in a blanket with apricot mustard; grains and legumes salad with almonds and zesty vinaigrette; fried chicken biscuit with serrano slaw and poirier’s cane syrup and key lime somethin’, to name a few signature items.

MoPho
514 City Park Avenue
Chef: Michael Gulotta
Food & Wine named Chef Michael a Best New Chef for 2016: “He’s turning out awesome, Delta-inspired Vietnamese food—like pho with oxtail and mustard greens—in a casual strip-mall restaurant that explores the seafood traditions around both Southeast Asia and the American South.” (Food & Wine)

Tours

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour
Save Our Cemeteries – the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. A portion of your tour ticket price will benefit Save Our Cemeteries’ education and restoration efforts. Tours depart at the front entrance of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – International St. Jude Shrine, 411 N Rampart St. Please note that under the rules set by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, ALL visitors to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 MUST be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

Tours: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Sunday at 10 am. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Dramatically shown in the 1969 film, Easy Rider, the cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. It is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs & traditions of New Orleans. Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.

New Orleans Magical Musical History Mystery French Quarter Walking Tours
Chris Rose, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of One Dead in Attic
For private or group bookings – or further information – please contact Chris at chrisrose504@gmail.com or call him directly at 504.352.2535.
Chris now offers a Rock and Roll themed French Quarter walking tour, featuring tales of madness and extravagance involving Led Zeppelin, the New York Dolls, The Animals, The Kinks, LeAnn Rimes, the Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffet, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lenny Kravitz, Emmylou Harris, the GoGos, REM, Fats Domino and many, many more. A more general catch-all omnibus French Quarter tour also covers history, architecture, literature, true crime, politics, the movies, celebrities and pop culture.