Whatcha gonna do in NOLA?
We love being tourists in our own town. We’ve taken the tours, we’ve been to the museums, we go to the festivals. If you have any questions about how to get around, activities to try, or how to live like a local please ask us either in person, by phone, or email!
We are happy to make reservations for you around town, point you in the direction of a good time, and maybe, if you catch us on a good day, take you rambling with us.
United Cab @ 504 522 9771 or request a Lyft or an Uber. All are reliable and readily available. New Orleans is also a lovely place to bicycle and there are several reputable bike rentals nearby if you want a long term rental bike.
Alex’s Bikes 504-327-9248 607 Marigny St. http://alexsbikes.com/
A Bicycle Named Desire 504-345-8966 632 Elysian Fields Ave. https://abicyclenameddesire.com/
American Bicycle Rental 504-324-8257 318 N. Rampart St. https://www.bikerentalneworleans.com/
Bicycle Michael’s 504-945-9505 622 Frenchmen St. http://bicyclemichaels.com/
We now have commuter beach cruisers available to rent by the hour. They require downloading of an app and issue you a pin you can use to unlock any available bike. There is a bank of rentals across the street in front of the library and you will find banks all over town to return or pick up a bike. Please visit their website to find out more. https://bluebikesnola.com/
Please make sure you lock your bikes any time you make a stop. It is a good idea to make sure you’re riding the right way down One Way streets and to use bike lanes on busy streets.
Organized tours including the Steamboat Natchez and Creole Queen, airboat and swamp Tours, guided bus tours, walking tours, and plantations are great ways to explore the local history and landscape.
We love Gray Line tours for large groups and super organized activities. They are very friendly and responsive. They offer group rates as well as privately tailored tours around town and to plantations. If it’s in your budget definitely consider building a specialty private tour for your group. Their standard bus tours are awesome as well and a great way to see the city from the comfort of an air conditioned shuttle! Consider visiting the Whitney Plantation to visit the only true slavery museum in this area.
Ask for Ms. Lee! Tell her we sent you! https://www.graylineneworleans.com/
We really like Save our Cemeteries for walking tours because they fund clean up and repair for local cemeteries. https://www.saveourcemeteries.org/
Look up the House of Dance and Feathers. It is located in the lower 9th Ward. You will experience a private tour through a home dedicated entirely to the history and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians. http://houseofdanceandfeathers.org/
The World War 2 Museum is great but massive and will take a whole day or more to view in its entirety. The 40’s USO style stage show that the Victory Belles put on is a swinging good time. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/
The Contemporary Arts Center http://cacno.org/, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art https://ogdenmuseum.org/, and New Orleans Museum of Art https://noma.org/ are wonderful art museums and span modern mixed media to classic Byzantine art with a sprinkling of Southern Folk.
Also wandering through the French Quarter on and near Royal Street and in the Central Business District on Julia Street will give you many opportunities to visit locally curated galleries with art for purchase
If you want Live Local Music head down to Frenchmen Street any night of the week. It it adjacent to the French Quarter and runs through the Marigny to the east of Esplanade. the whole street is music venues and you can hear live music from every doorway. Consider visiting the Frenchmen Street Art Market while you’re there. It is a nightly art market that is open 7 days a week on Frenchmen Street weather permitting. The market is filled with amazing handmade oddities, fine art, jewelry, leather goods, prints, bath products, and more!
If you’re looking for music venues or bands around town check out 90.7 WWOZ both to hear all New Orleans music curated by local DJ’s and to view the LiveWire on their website which is a daily tally of every show in Orleans Parish.
Bywater Food & Drink:
Vaughan’s Lounge 4226 Dauphine St. 504 947 5562
- A fabulously crunchy hole in the wall where locals and tourists alike cram together to funk out.
The Joint BBQ 701 Mazant Ave 504 942 3232
- Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives this neighborhood spot is truly awesome. Try the brisket, the 1/2 chicken, and the ribs. You won’t be disappointed.
Frady’s 3231 Dauphine St 504 949 9688
- Neighborhood corner store featuring hot plates and excellent Po-Boys.
Satsuma Cafe 3218 Dauphine St 504 304 5962
- Breakfast and lunch spot that offers locally sourced and environmentally sound food and fresh juices.
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits 600 Poland Ave 504 948 9111
- Lovely garden patio, live local music, full menu, cheese plates, and bottles of wine with a full bar. A lovely haven that can get pretty busy so go early to secure a table for the evening.
BJ’s Lounge 4301 Burgundy St. 504 945 9256
- Local dive with pool, live music, and always a good time. Cash Only.
Jack Dempsey’s 738 Poland Ave 504 943 9914
- Seafood. Lots and lots of seafood. Fried, broiled, boiled.
Arabella Casa di Pasta 2258 St. Claude Ave 504 267 6108
- Wonderful little fresh pasta spot that shares a courtyard with Kajun’s Karaoke which is in my opinion the best karaoke in town.
St. Roch Market 2381 St. Claude Ave 504 609 3813
- Great new cafeteria style refurbished market with multiple vendors and a bar. It’s got great variety and outside or inside seating.
Faubourg Wines 2805 St. Claude Ave 504 342 2217
- Snug little wine spot in the middle of the Bywater just after the tracks. Gourmet snacks and bottle service.
Hi-Ho Lounge 2239 St. Claude Ave 504 945 4446
- Live Music venue. Eclectic with a funky cool mural on the outside wall.
Saturn Bar 3067 St. Claude Ave 504 949 7532
- Bar and Live music. Dance parties, DJ’s, Live music. Very divey.
The Allways Lounge 2240 St. Claude Ave 504 218 5778
- Cabaret bar with shows in front and a full theatre in the back.
Suis Generis 3219 Burgundy St. 504 309 7850
- Farm to table, locally sourced, funky little spot down the block. They change their menu weekly. Taco Thursdays!
Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St. 504 676 8482
- They named this spot accurately. Inside/outside seating. Select beer and wine. Delivery available by bike before 9:45pm to the property.
Bratz Y’all! 617 Piety St. 504 301 3222
- Bistro, Bakery, Biergarten. Laidback, family & pet friendly, live music.
Parleaux Beer Lab 634 Lesseps St. 504 702 8433
- Unassuming building housing awesome rotating local brews. Food trucks usually in attendance in the evening.
The Sneaky Pickle 4017 St. Claude Ave. 504 218 5651
- Farm fresh, rotating menu, with vegan & vegetarian options.
Kebab 2315 St. Claude Ave. 504 383 4438
- Delicious gyros and Mediterranean eats with beer, wine, and low key cocktails. Pinball arcade. THEY DELIVER. Try the Doner Kebab or Falafel.
Bud Rips 900 Piety St. 504 945 5762
- Right down the street. Nice full bar with Pool tables and darts. Across the street from a cool video game parlor where I can always smell Mary Jane.
J&J’s Sports Lounge 800 France St. 504 942 8877
- Snug bar with lots of TV’s and a courtyard. Sports. Pool tables. SPORTS.
Bar Redux 801 Poland Ave. 504 592 7083
- The old Joint BBQ building. So funky. Courtyard. Bar food. A PS4 you can play from the bar.
The Junction 3021 St. Claude Ave. 504 272 0205
- These burgers are out of control. The beer selection is excellent. The frozen iced coffee will save your life.
Elizabeth’s 601 Gallier St. 504 944 9272
- Open all day but brunch is amazing. Praline bacon. Prepare for a wait during brunch but enjoy the wait with amazing Bloody Mary’s.
The Country Club 634 Louisa St. 504 945 0742
- Great food, solid bar program, amazing hand painted murals inside. Eat at the bar or take a table. Reserve during brunch. Purchase a pool pass to use the pool, hot tub, and sauna.
N7 1117 Montegut St.
- French style cuisine involving lots of cured and preserved meats. Good bar program. Courtyard Seating. Beautiful and weird.
Bywater American Bistro 2900 Chartres St. 504 605 3827
- Nina Compton’s casual spot. Make a reservation. Eat everything. House bottled Negronis.
So… that’s just fast casual, casual sit down, or bars in our neighborhood. If you are looking for recommendations in the Lower Garden District, Marigny, French Quarter, Uptown or MidCity please ask us! There’s just so many restaurants to try. Our resources would be 50 pages if we listed all the ones we love.
Special Occasions and Fine Dining:
$$$ Commander’s Palace 1403 Washington Ave. 504-889-8221
- Jazz Brunch in particular.
$$$ Tableau 616 St. Peter St. 504-934-3463
- Gorgeous building, beautiful ambiance, classic fine dining.
$$$ Restaurant R’evolution 777 Beinville St. 504-553-2277
- Really cool murals inside. The charcuterie plate is heaven.
$$$ Mr. B’s Bistro 201 Royal St. 504-523-2078
- Get the BBQ Shrimp. OMG.
$$$ Antoine’s 713 St. Louis St. 504-581-4422
- Where Oyster’s Rockefeller was born.
$$$$ Doris Metropolitan 620 Chartres St. 504-267-3500
- STEAK. It’s so, so, so, good.
$$$ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen 416 Chartres St. 504-596-2530
- Try the rabbit. Trust me.
$$$ Irene’s 529 Bienville St. 504-529-8811
- Upscale Italian. Cozy and romantic with a piano.
$$$$ Muriel’s 801 Chartres St. 504-568-1885
- Classic Southern Fine Dining. Turtle Soup is divine. It’s supposed to be very haunted.
$$$$ Galatoire’s 209 Bourbon St 504-525-2021
- It’s on Bourbon but it’s worth it. Wear a jacket.
Updates will come so stay tuned!