THE CRU­CIAL QUES­TIONS AN­SWERED IN JUST ONE MINUTE’S READ­ING...

Daily Mail - - Freeview Primetime Planner - KATE O’GRADY

WHY?

THE birthplace of jazz’s un­of­fi­cial motto is ‘Let the good times roll’ and roll they do. Hav­ing bounced back from hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina dev­as­ta­tion, the city re­tains the charms of its by­gone era. Rev­ellers sway late into the night as de­li­cious smells and soft blues linger in the air.

WHAT TO SEE?

THE French Quar­ter is the city’s spir­i­tual soul and no visit to the Big Easy is com­plete with­out in­ves­ti­gat­ing it. Wipe your slate clean at the St Louis Cathe­dral on Jack­son Square be­fore tak­ing a sin­ful wan­der up boozy Bour­bon Street. Stop for a Hur­ri­cane at Pat O’Brien’s bar, which in­vented the cock­tail.

WHERE TO EAT?

THE ques­tion is where not to eat — you’re spoiled for choice. Go for Cre­ole cui­sine. New Or­leans’ fa­mous res­i­dent Louis Arm­strong was such a fan, he signed his letters ‘red beans and ricely yours’, re­fer­ring to the tra­di­tional Mon­day dish. Tu­jagues on De­catur Street (00 1 504 525 8676, tu­jagues­restau­rant.com) is the city’s sec­ond-old­est res­tau­rant. The fresh­est food is still bought daily from the French Quar­ter mar­ket.

WHERE TO STAY? THE Dauphine Or­leans Ho­tel of­fers seren­ity among all the hub­bub, yet the red light burn­ing by the bar is a tes­ta­ment to its for­mer days as an in­fa­mous brothel. Rooms from £66 per night (001 504 586 1800, dauphi­ne­or­leans.com).

HOW TO GET THERE? DELTA flies from London to New Or­leans from £475 (0845 600 0950,

delta.com).

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CON­TACT newor­lean­son­line.com

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