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Ace Hotel in New Orleans features a French Deco-inspired lobby bar decorated with artworks and trinkets.
You’ll find modern Israeli cuisine at chef Alon Shaya’s eponymous restaurant; Ace Hotel boasts a wide range of events spaces, including a live music venue called Three Keys; Seaworthy restaurant is known for its fresh seafood dishes (right) and stylish interior (bottom right); at Ace Hotel, guests can dine alongside the rooftop pool (below) or at Josephine Estelle restaurant (left), which specialises in Italian-meets-Southern cuisine. With 234 spacious rooms designed by New York decorators Roman and Williams, Ace Hotel is a must-visit destination for design lovers.
In the cosy upstairs dining room, expect distinctly Cajun dishes by chefs Kerry Heffernan and Daniel Causgrove that make use of the city’s abundance of fresh seafood. seaworthynola.com Shaya If you like modern Israeli cuisine, chef Alon Shaya’s restaurant offers small plates such as fresh labneh and lamb kebabs with tahini that will make you forget about shrimp and grits. Provided it’s not too humid for outdoor eating, Shaya is home to a cute courtyard that is considered one of the best dining destinations in the city. shayarestaurant.com
DRINK & LISTEN
Bacchanal Wine This is your hot ticket to the coolest backyard party. Don’t be put off by the unassuming building – walk through the wine shop and on the other side you’ll be met with a sprawling back garden with tables, string lights and folks bopping their heads to live music. Grab an empty table, buy your wine from the store, order seriously good Mediterranean dishes from the hatch, then kick back and listen to some fine music. bacchanalwine.com The Spotted Cat Music Club Heard of Bourbon Street? Skip it. It’s iconic, but today you’ll find more drunk students than authentic music venues there. Rather head to Frenchman Street, the less touristy version, where locals will tell you to visit The Spotted Cat Music Club. At first glance, it looks like a ’90s dive bar, and inside you’ll find a host of excellent musicians playing everything from blues to funk and modern jazz. spottedcatmusicclub.com Preservation Hall Founded in 1961, Preservation Hall is a NOLA icon. It has a wellfounded reputation as one of the best jazz venues in the city, and it hasn’t lost its edge. The space remains small, hosting intimate performances by some of the city’s best jazz musicians. To secure a seat, you can book tickets online, but if you’re willing to wait in line, entrance is cheaper at the door. preservationhall.com