French (Quarter) fancies
It’s almost redundant to suggest stopping anywhere in the French Quarter, the world’s greatest spot for just, well, wandering. Many begin their beautifully aimless exploration of the neighbourhood from its heart in Jackson Square, where artists and tarot readers surround famous St Louis Cathedral. Make sure to shop on Royal Street, and don’t leave without catching a set of traditional, unamplified jazz at cozy Preservation Hall (if you’re there in the evening). But otherwise just wander, and wonder, getting absorbed in small surprises.
All that jazz
Since opening in June 1961, Preservation Hall has welcomed over two million people through its doors. Artists such as Louis Armstrong and Tom Waits have entertained world leaders, movie stars and music lovers in the historic venue for over 50 years.Voli per New Orleans
Eat an original po’boy
On 3 July 1929, New Orleans’ daily newspaper announced that ‘work must resume!’ and the city’s transit strike – which shut down its vital streetcars – had to end. But the strike went on so long that, in a show of support for the streetcar drivers, the owners of Mother’s Restaurant on Willow Street began giving out free, low-budget French baguette sandwiches to all those ‘poor boys’ on the picket line. These days, a ‘dressed’ po’boy comes with meat or seafood, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and nothing more. Mother’s also coined the term ‘debris’ to describe its roast beef po’boys’ sloppy gravy.
The best view of New Orleans’ most famous sights can be glimpsed from the city’s least famous riverbank, Algiers Point
Driving in quaint areas of the city, such as the French Quarter – or, more to the point, parking there – can be painful, but cycling is the best way to get around. Plus it gives visitors the most bang for their buck. Hire a bike and cycle through the French Quarter and bohemian Faubourg Marigny, past gorgeous mansions on Esplanade Avenue, with stops at cemeteries and other attractions along the way in this surprisingly compact – and mercifully flat – city.
When NOMA opened in December 1911, it only had nine pieces of art on display. Nowadays, the museum is home to almost 40,000 objects, as well as the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Park, where you’ll find over 60 sculptures dotted around footpaths, lagoons and trees.Scopra New Orleans
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Mother’s Restaurant is open daily from 07:00-22:00. It gets extremely busy at the weekend, so be prepared to queue – or visit on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtime when the crowds are thinner.Book flights to New Orleans
The popular New Orleans street was not named after whiskey. It actually refers to the Bourbon dynasty of France, whose kings ruled the country in the 16th century. Fly from London to New Orleans from:£313 returnPrenotazione dei voli
Guida ai quartieri
Not a traditional tourist hub, New Orleans’s Mid-City neighbourhood nonetheless provides the same high level of southern architecture as Uptown’s Garden District, while also somehow feeling cosy and relatable. Any visitor would be unfortunate to miss the 1,300-acre City Park – with its beignet cafe, theme park rides, and system of beautiful lakes – which is just around the corner from the equally beautiful kayaking spot, Bayou St John. After a day in this urban paradise, head back up Esplanade Avenue to take a tour of French painter Edgar Degas’ former house, followed by drinks and fine cuisine at the nearby Café Degas.
Ride a streetcar
Una corsa sul St. Charles Avenue Streetcar è un must: lungo il percorso del tram potrai immergerti nella ambientazione delle vita di strada del sud, passando dal Central Business District ad Audubon Park e per le strade di Uptown/Carrollton. Recentemente sono state aggiunte un paio di nuove linee, tra cui una dal Quartiere Francese che attraversa la bizzarra St Claude Avenue e termina nel quartiere di Faubourg Marigny. Non lontano inizia il Ninth Ward, dove nel 2005 si ruppero gli argini che proteggevano la città e dove puoi intraprendere un tour guidato attraverso i quartieri che sono stati più duramente colpiti dall'uragano Katrina.
Potresti trascorrere ore tra le gallerie di arte contemporanea indipendenti su Julia Street nel Central Business District di New Orleans. Inoltre il primo sabato sera di ogni mese, ospita la bellissima (e ad alto contenuto alcolico) "gallery hops". Il secondo sabato di ogni mese, il St Claude Arts District offre un'esperienza simile in un'ambientazione molto più sperimentale e underground.
Veleggiare lungo il fiume
The best view of the French Quarter and many other of New Orleans’s most famous sights can be glimpsed from the city’s least famous riverbank: take a $2 ferry ride across the Mississippi River to Orleans Parish’s second oldest neighbourhood, Algiers Point. You may find yourself the only tourist in Algiers’ Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum, and you’ll likely be dancing with just locals to the music at Old Point Bar, where the river breeze renders the humidity more than tolerable.
Tempo di musei
Potresti trascorrere per intero il tuo viaggio a New Orleans solo visitando i musei della città. Nel City Park, tra splendide querce, si trova il NOMA – ovvero il New Orleans Museum of Art. Il Central Business District ospita l'imponente Contemporary Arts Center, proprio dall'altra parte della strada dall'illustre Ogden Museum of Southern Art. All'estremo opposto, i viaggiatori più curiosi potranno visitare il piccolo ma straordinario Backstreet Cultural Museum, dedicato alla cultura del Tremé (il primo e più antico quartiere afro-americano della nazione) e la bella House of Dance and Feathers, che celebra la Mardi Gras Indians della città, luogo di sostegno sociale e club ricreativo e skull-and-bone gang.
Prendi qualcosa da bere
Accomodati e ordina al barman un hurricane, in questo locale alla moda dall'ispirazione art deco francese. Prova l'happy hour, dalle 4 alle 7 del pomeriggio.
Prenditi una pausa in un boutique hotel
Soggiorna in un hotel ricco di personalità, con bar panoramico elegantissimo e opere d'arte locali – tutto nel cuore di New Orleans.