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I’ve never been to New Orleans, but it’s a place my husband and I have on our “must travel to” list. Can you tell me some “must dos” and “must sees” in New Orleans?-Allison, New York

9 October 2006

That’s not an easy question, but we get that all the time.

For first time-ers, we suggest a tour of the French Quarter, a Cemetery tour, a visit to the French Market area, a walk down Bourbon Street at night, a visit to a plantation or two and perhaps a swamp or bayou trip. A river boat ride down the Mississippi can be fun too, time permitting.  Night time entertainment should include a stroll down Frenchman St. where you will find several popular Jazz clubs with nationally acclaimed performers.

You should eat a dressed oyster Po-boy at Domilise’s; enjoy a Muffluletta sandwich from Central Grocery; have some gumbo, blackened catfish, jambalaya, red beans and rice and an order of etouffet at the Gumbo Shop, bite into a snowball stuffed with ice cream on a neighborhood street; and of course, endulge in a plate of beignets at Cafe du Monde!

We would have to get your budget requirements for a few dinner selections, but we think a good start would be Upperline, K-Paul’s, Redfish Grill, Commander’s Palace, Jacques-Imo’s and Clancy’s. There are hundreds of other top choices; local’s argue about their favorites all the time, but you will enjoy your experience at these restaurants for your first visit. 

We haven’t mentioned the Zoo or the Aquarium, the streetcars or a carriage ride, but these are also great if you can squeeze them into a first visit.

Book a room at the Avenue Inn and we can help you plan your entire visit to the Crescent City, including making all the reservations for the best things to do. ?

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