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Curated Crescent City itineraries for first-time visitors, luxury seekers and romantics.
With three centuries of history to cull from, New Orleans has its fair share of must-dos for first-time visitors. Laid out as a military parade ground in 1721, (1) Jackson Square is one of the city’s most historic—and most popular—sites. Given its location in the heart of the French Quarter, it’s hard to miss the square’s signature statue of general Andrew Jackson. Breakfast at (2) Brennan’s is a Big Easy rite of passage that’s best experienced as a leisurely, multicourse affair… complete with cocktails. Due to its positioning, many visitors leave New Orleans without ever catching a glimpse of the Mississippi River. The (3) Natchez steamboat provides the perfect opportunity with daytime excursions and dinner jazz cruises.
Tiffany & Co., Coach, Michael Kors, Brooks Brothers, lululemon, Saks Fifth Avenue—luxe is the key word at (1) The Shops at Canal Place, where the nine-screen movie theater offers in-seat dining. One state-of-the-art kitchen, two nationally celebrated chefs: That’s the recipe for success behind tony (2) Restaurant R’evolution. Take the “Caviar Staircase” before diving into “Death by Gumbo." After dessert a lacquered jewelry box arrives at your table, filled with bonus bites. How to cap off a luxurious day? With a nightcap at (3) Patrick’s Bar Vin, of course. Don’t let this elegant wine bar’s steps-from-Bourbon location fool you. With its moody lighting and cozy, clubby vibe, the sophisticated spot oozes European class and charm.
If the world’s largest collection of live oaks doesn’t make you swoon, (1) City Park’s Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden will, along with the circa-1907 Peristyle, a popular wedding venue. “I don’t want you to sell food,” restaurateur Joe Fein reportedly told staff when he purchased the (2) Court of Two Sisters in 1963. “I want you to sell romance!” That tradition continues daily in the restaurant’s famed courtyard, where it is said more proposals have been made than anywhere else in the U.S. A little night music? With its dim lighting and comfy couches that call for cuddling, the Ritz- Carlton’s (3) Davenport Lounge helps set the mood, with live jazz, classic cocktails and sexy small plates made for sharing.