With its irresistible mix of French, Spanish, African, and American influences and a spirit that no flood can quash, there is no place on earth quite like New Orleans. The musical pedigree of the city has produced legends like Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino, Randy Newman, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and so many more. Everything in New Orleans is done with joy, and that includes eating. Whether you’re out for a crawfish po’boy, the oft-imitated muffaletta from Central Grocery, or a bit of Creole fine dining at any number of world-class restaurants, you will taste and smell the indomitable spirit of the Big Easy.
The word “Cajun” is a nickname for French-speaking Canadians who migrated from Nova Scotia in the 18th century.
Since a big swath of the city is below sea level, everything must be above ground, even graves. And the dead get an unbeatable send-out—with a parade and marching band.
The very first American cocktail came from the French Quarter. It’s called a Sazerac, and in New Orleans, you can get it to go.
Coffee cut with chicory got New Orleans through the Civil War, and stuck around. Taste it in this classic open-air cafe in their house special au lait. And you’ll need some beignets with that: think fresh made donut holes with plenty of powdered sugar.
Great music, lively decor, and a homemade, Southern-inspired menu, this is a great stop for catching local acts and having a blast. For a real treat, try the gospel brunch, voodoo shrimp, and bottomless mimosas.
Nowhere on earth looks or feels like the Vieux Carré. The oldest part of New Orleans is rife with history, colorful street performances, the best food and drink in town, and the world’s biggest Mardi Gras celebration. #bourbonstreet