TRAVEL FACTS

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested -

GET­TING THERE United Air­lines has brand-new daily flights from Syd­ney to New Or­leans via Hous­ton. united.com

WHEN TO GO The best time to visit is dur­ing spring (March to May) and au­tumn (Septem­ber to Novem­ber) when the weather is at its mildest. WHERE TO STAY

• Ace Ho­tel is an über-hip ho­tel with a rooftop pool and bar plus live mu­sic venue in the Ware­house District. ace­ho­tel.com/ne­wor­leans

• So­niat House is a de­light­ful bou­tique ho­tel in a qui­eter part of the French Quar­ter. so­niathouse.com

WHERE TO EAT You can eat your weight in jam­bal­aya and gumbo, beignets and étouf­fée, but don’t stop there: the list of ex­tra­or­di­nary restau­rants of­fer­ing a wide ar­ray of cuisines just keeps on grow­ing. Here are some of the best:

• Com­man­der’s Palace: With its wide ar­ray of food and wine awards, this lol­lipop-striped in­sti­tu­tion in the Gar­den District is the guardian of Haute Cre­ole cui­sine. com­man­der­spalace.com

• Toups Meatery: This rus­tic space com­plete with pa­tio in Mid-City of­fers a menu of Ca­jun dishes plus cock­tail pitch­ers. Its char­cu­terie se­lec­tion will make your soul sing as it clogs your ar­ter­ies. toupsmeatery.com

• Dante’s Kitchen: Lo­cated near Tu­lane Uni­ver­sity, this cosy cot­tage serves up a sea­sonal menu of modern Louisiana fare such as Louisiana blue crab cakes and a su­perb chicken-un­der-a-brick. dan­teskitchen.com

• Mopho: Of­fers in­no­va­tive, rea­son­ably priced Viet­namese fare with a New Or­leans twist. mophonola.com

• Her­bSaint: This Charles Av­enue icon works with lo­cal farm­ers and fish­er­men to serve up con­tem­po­rary, sea­sonal French-South­ern cui­sine with el­e­ments of rus­tic Ital­ian cook­ing. her­bsaint.com

FES­TI­VALS

• French Quar­ter Fes­ti­val: 12-15 April, fqfi.org •

New Or­leans Jazz & Her­itage Fes­ti­val: 27 April-6 May, no­jaz­zfest.com

• Satchmo Sum­mer­fest: 3-5 Au­gust, fqfi.org/satchmo • Cres­cent City Blues & Bar­be­cue Fes­ti­val: 12-14 Oc­to­ber, jaz­zand­her­itage.org/blues-fest

• Voodoo Mu­sic + Arts Ex­pe­ri­ence: 26-28 Oc­to­ber, voodoofes­ti­val.com FUR­THER INFORMATION

• ne­wor­leans.com

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