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New Orleans Off the Beaten Path

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Despite its compact size and age-old popularity as a destination, there are still plenty of hidden gems to discover down in NOLA!

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

1850 House

Speciality Museums

Adolfo's

Restaurants

Canal Street / Algiers Ferry

Ferries

La Boulangerie

Restaurants

Frenchmen Street

Flea & Street Markets, Neighbourhoods

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Speciality Museums

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

Art Museums

Voodoo Authentica

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chris O's City Tips

  • Many of the attractions and activities you’ll want to experience are within walking distance of each other, but cabs and public transport are handy when time is tight!
  • Lots of locals work in the service industry and rely very much on your gratuity to earn a living wage. Be kind and aware when you tip.
  • If you hope to do it up at one of the city's more notable restaurants, plan ahead and make a reservation.
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    1850 House
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Louisiana State Museum's 1850 House is an antebellum row house furnished to represent life in mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans. Located on the edge of Jackson Square in the French Quarter, there is perhaps no better setting to learn about the Crescent City’s idiosyncratic and often troubled history. For architecture and design fans and history buffs, a visit with a guided tour is a must!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The house’s gift shop offers a great range of distinctive souvenirs and gifts, many of which are crafted by local artisans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 333 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Neat view of mid 1800's life in NO 20/01/2017
    • An inexpensive stop to see New Orleans in the past! 19/01/2017
    • 1850 House
    Address:
    523 St Ann Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Phone:
    +1 (504) 524-9118
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    Adolfo's
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood)
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    Chris O Says:

    Set above the live music venue the Apple Barrel, this cozy candlelit Creole/Italian eatery exudes charm and offers huge helpings of flavor for a much more budget-friendly price than many better-known restaurants in the nearby French Quarter.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Hungry? Go for the trout stuffed with crab, shrimp and crayfish.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 1,421 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Porkchops! 20/01/2017
    • Go Early 15/01/2017
    • Adolfo's
    Address:
    611 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-2001
    Phone:
    +1 504-948-3800
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Canal Street / Algiers Ferry
    Ferries
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    Chris O Says:

    Crossing the river to the community of Algiers is a fun and free way to 'cruise' the Mississippi, and get a great look at the New Orleans skyline. Once on the other side, be sure to spend some time roaming around Algiers, one of the New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera and be on the lookout for pelicans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 333 things to do in New Orleans
    • Fun way to cross the Mississippi 18/01/2017
    • Cheap way to cross the Mississippi 17/01/2017
    • Canal Street / Algiers Ferry
    Address:
    1 Canal St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1152
    Phone:
    +1 504-376-8100
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    La Boulangerie
    Restaurants (French, Cafe)
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    Chris O Says:

    La Boulangerie is an uptown artisanal French bakery offering some of the finest patisserie outside France — all served with a laid back attitude and ample amounts of southern hospitality. Here you'll find one of NOLA’s best coffees, too! Whether getting it to go or having a sit for a spell, this is a great place to start your day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • La Boulangerie does an excellent range of homemade gelatos, too.
    • Like the paintings on the wall? Most of the art is for sale and created by simply named local folk artist, Simon.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #262 of 1,421 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gettitng Better 17/01/2017
    • Comfortable meeting with friends 07/01/2017
    • La Boulangerie
    Address:
    4600 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    +1 504-269-3777
    Hours:
    Sun
    06:30 - 16:00
    Mon
    06:00 - 18:00
    Wed - Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Frenchmen Street
    Flea & Street Markets, Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    Frenchmen Street is known as the locals’ 'Bourbon Street.' But don’t worry, non-Nawlins folks are nevertheless welcome. The nightlife here is guaranteed sultry fun, with a beguiling choice of restaurants and top-rated live music venues to select from.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visitors are carousing Frenchmen Street all night, but keep your wits about you when traversing some of the side streets – or just take a cab from a trusted company.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 333 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best of Nola night! 21/01/2017
    • Nightlife and Local Artists 21/01/2017
    • Frenchmen Street
    Address:
    Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA
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    New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    'Bloodletting, leeches and questionable medical practices' are among the features of this museum, set in what was once a mid-19th century apothecary shop.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
    • Guided tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 1pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 333 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun, informative, and quirky! 19/01/2017
    • Interesting history 18/01/2017
    • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
    Address:
    514 Chartres St
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-565-8027
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Artfully residing within five of the City Park’s prettiest acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden yields an exquisite opportunity to enjoy some time outside and admire an impressive range of contemporary art.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The garden is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias, and live oaks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 333 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing and fun to spend an hour going through the gardens 20/01/2017
    • So Many Pieces, all within a short distance 16/01/2017
    • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
    Address:
    1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
    New Orleans, LA 70124
    Phone:
    +1 504-658-4100
    Other:
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    Voodoo Authentica
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Chris O Says:

    Providing a 'complete line of locally handmade' Voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags, potions, oils and more — alongside spiritual work and consultations by an 'experienced team of in-house practitioners' — Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans is a friendly one-stop shop for all your esoteric needs (whether they be of the kitsch or keenly observant variety).

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Visiting New Orleans around the end of October? Check out the shop’s Voodoofest celebrations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 333 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Voodoo Shop in French Quarter 15/01/2017
    • Just a shop 14/01/2017
    • Voodoo Authentica
    Address:
    612 Dumaine St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3211
    Phone:
    +1 504-522-2111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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