A classic Creole dinner
Locals love their creamy shrimp Creole remoulade, spicy jambalaya and oysters Rockefeller. Splurge on a meal at Brennan’s, Galatoire’s or Antoine’s, three French Quarter restaurants set in sumptuous surroundings.
Brennan’s: 417 Royal Street, French Quarter
Galatoire’s: 209 Bourbon Street, French Quarter
Antoine’s: 713 Rue Saint Louis, French Quarter
Rollin’ on the river
Time-travel back to the mid-19th century on an authentic steamboat cruise on the Mississippi River, with views of the French Quarter. A calliope steam organ and zesty Creole staples like gumbo enliven the daytime cruise, while Dixieland jazz and a savory Southern buffet keep the boat jumping on the dinner cruise.
Cocktails in a cottage
One of the most photographed buildings in New Orleans, rustic 18th-century cottage Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop evokes the spirit of old New Orleans. A crackling fireplace and flickering candles provide a soothing spot for an after-dinner drink.
941 Bourbon St., French Quarter
Dinner at Commander’s Palace
The celebratory spirit of New Orleans’s dining heritage is perfectly captured in this grand dame of fine dining. The smells of culinary specialties like veal chops and sautéed Gulf fish fill this stately Garden District mansion. Reserve a table in the upstairs Garden Room and peer out at the giant trees below.
1403 Washington Ave., Garden District
Beignets and coffee at Café du Monde
Don’t leave New Orleans without stopping for a plate of sugar- dusted beignets (deep-fried pastries) and a cup of chicory-laced café au lait. Street saxophone players blow their tunes for the packed tables at all hours – the line is worth the wait.
800 Decatur St., French Quarter
A muffaletta and a cold beer
The Napoleon House Bar &Café might look a little faded, but its tiny courtyard with a trickling fountain is a perfect spot to dig into a meat- and olive-stuffed muffaletta sandwich. Wash it all down with a cold bottle of the local Abita beer.
500 Chartres St., French Quarter
A romantic drink at the Carousel Revolving Bar
Romantic couples come to the Carousel Revolving Bar, a stylish lounge inside Hotel Monteleone, to sip cocktails and revolve to the tinkling of ivories on the piano.
214 Royal St., French Quarter