Where In­side: New Or­leans Your Way


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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.

Lux­ury Seeker

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.

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