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Curated Crescent City itineraries for first-time visitors, romantics and history fans.
With three centuries of history to cull from, New Orleans has more than its fair share of must-dos. You’ll find hordes of folks queued up outside of (1) Café Du Monde, but don’t let the long lines deter you; the trademark café au lait and fresh-fried beignets are well worth the wait. Celebrating death may seem macabre, but here jazz funerals are a way of life. (2) Save Our Cemeteries offers guided excursions through St. Louis Cemetery #1, just outside of the French Quarter, which counts voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and (still-living) actor Nicolas Cage among its aboveground tombs. The crumbling walls at the (3) Napoleon House hint at its early age. A warm muffuletta and an icy Pimm’s Cup in the courtyard make for a picture-perfect NOLA moment.
With couples canoodling on benches and the statue of Andrew Jackson tipping his hat toward the former dwelling of his alleged lover, (1) Jackson Square has been wooing romantics since 1851. Mule-drawn carriage tours line up at its entrance, providing the perfect opportunity to snuggle together. The (2) New Orleans Museum of Art’s free, outdoor sculpture garden features more than 60 swoon-worthy works by modern masters, including Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture, tucked amid lush landscaping. Indulge in each other in elegance at the (3) Spa at the Ritz-Carlton with the “Le Charme Romantique” package, a couple’s massage that incorporates two Crescent City classics: coffee and pralines. Even sweeter is the champagne for two.
Predating the city itself, the (1) French Market ranks as the oldest active public market in the U.S. The open-air venue offers a number of food stalls, in addition to fresh produce and souvenirs. With its numerous French Quarter properties, hundreds of rare holdings and free exhibits, the (2) Historic New Orleans Collection is the perfect place for a Vieux Carré primer. Brush up on the city’s 300-year backstory in its Louisiana History Galleries. Hot southern nights call for cool jazz, and it doesn’t get much cooler than (3) Preservation Hall, which has been dedicated to preserving the city’s timehonored jazz customs since 1961. Don’t want to stand or sit on the floor? Call ahead to reserve “Big Shot” seats.