Get off the computer
Seriously, don’t do all your research online. In New Orleans you can find some of the best Cajun and Creole food by just walking the streets. Whether it’s po’boys and muffalettas or a 4-star restaurant you will not be disappointed if you just get out there and walk around.
Eat Like a Local
Going local means going to neighborhoods hotspots. Instead of eating at your hotel, check out Palm Court Jazz Café where you can experience traditional New Orleans cuisine and authentic jazz music.
Visit Residential Neighborhoods
Most people make the mistake of only staying in the French Quarter. But you’ll be doing yourself a favor by taking the St. Charles streetcar up to the Garden District. This area has antebellum homes and gardens worth exploring.
Make your Own Excursion
You’ll find tour operators trying to get you out to Cajun Country, but don’t follow the tourists on the weekend. Rent a car and head out during the week.
Go to local hot spots
A concierge will be the first to send you to the House of Jazz in the French Quarter, but that won’t be the local experience. Check out Bombay Club — a hotspot that the locals swear by for some of the best jazz in town.
Keep reading! Visit Like a Local books online.
For more New Orleans travel, check out:
- Peter’s Travel Detective Files on the New Orleans Road Food Festival
- Spotlight on New Orleans, Louisiana
- Ask the Local: New Orleans Louisiana
- Volunteer in New Orleans