New Orleans Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in New Orleans
How to Burn It Off in New Orleans
WALK (& SHOP)
Getting around on foot is the best way to counter all those inevitable calories, even if you’re just walking from one end of the French Quarter to the other, over and over again. Stroll it, observe it (it’s never boring, is it?), drink it in (literally, if you wish), and check out these only-in-NOLA shops along the way: the Maskarade (630 St. Ann St., map), chock-full of gorgeous masquerade masks at all price points; Kitchen Witch (631 Toulouse St., map), a delightfully cramped indie bookstore specializing in rare, pre-owned books on food and cooking, plus new Creole/Cajun/Louisiana cookbooks; and Esoterica Occult Goods (541 Dumaine St., map), where Lady Mimi sells such hocus-pocus “positive magick” items as spell kits, tarot cards, ritual tools, potions, and the most charming little voodoo dolls in town. Note: If you’re walking at night outside the French Quarter, check with a local that the area’s safe.Read More
Where to Stay in New Orleans
Keep in mind that you likely won’t be spending much time hanging around your hotel in New Orleans—so save your money for your meals!
We enjoyed our stay at the sprawling Lamothe House (621 Esplanade Ave., map), in the well-situated Marigny district at the edge of the French Quarter. The hotel has a variety of rooms—some modern and refurbished, some ornate and antique, some out across Kerlerec Street in back of the main hotel—and a nice little pool in the center of it all. Bonus: It’s super close to the music bars of Frenchmen Street; in fact we were often treated to the strains of street music drifting over from there, drawing us near. Rooms from about $99.Read More