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A Full Guide To Thanksgiving In New Orleans
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A Full Guide To Thanksgiving In New Orleans

Picture of Rebeca Trejo
Updated: 23 November 2016
Maybe we are a little biased because we think New Orleans is the best all year round, but if you plan on spending Thanksgiving in the Crescent City, you may have just made one of the best decisions in your life. Why? Well, as with food, history, music, traditions and ethnicities, NOLA commemorates the holiday in its own way. From authentic dinner specials featuring some of the city’s most iconic dishes to seasonal pop-up markets and annual day parades, the Big Easy offers both local and visiting crowds plenty of options to celebrate the feasting season. Here’s our guide on how to spend Thanksgiving in New Orleans.

Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner: Where to Eat

Are you a self-proclaimed foodie? Then get ready, because you’re spending Thanksgiving in New Orleans, a.k.a one of the world’s best and most acclaimed food destinations. By blending influences from Louisiana’s past and present populations, The Port City has not only made a gastronomic metropolis out of itself, but has also created an unparalleled culinary legacy that is unmistakably New Orleans. Here, a restaurant compilation including the best spots to visit in New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend.

P.S: New Orleanians take their food seriously, so make a reservation.

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Apolline

Uptown / Contemporary American / 4729 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 894 8881

Dining room at Apolline, courtesy of Apolline

Dining room at Apolline Restaurant, courtesy of Apolline Restaurant

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Arnaud’s

French Quarter / Creole / 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 523 5433

Arnaud's exterior, courtesy of Arnaud's Restaurant

Arnaud’s exterior, courtesy of Arnaud’s Restaurant

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The Bombay Club Martini Bar & Restaurant

French Quarter / Creole / 830 Conti St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 577 2237

The Bombay Club & Restaurant, Courtesy of The Bombay Club New Orleans

The Bombay Club & Restaurant, Courtesy of The Bombay Club New Orleans

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Borgne

Seafood / Central Business District / 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA + 1 504 613 3860

Borgne dinning room, courtesy of Borgne Restaurant, New Orleans

Borgne dinning room, courtesy of Borgne Restaurant, New Orleans

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Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

French Quarter / Steakhouse / 716 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA, USA + 1 504 522 2467


Thanksgiving Accommodations: Where to Stay

When it comes to choosing where to stay in New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend, you should highly consider staying downtown. This historic neighborhood, which includes the French Quarter, Tremé, Faubourg Marigny, Bywater and the 9th Ward, is located in the heart of the city, offering visitors walking access to all of the restaurants with the best Thanksgiving specials, as well as to every Turkey Day celebration taking place in or around the area. Below, a classified list of hotel options designed to please every type of traveler.

First Class and Luxury: 4 and 5 Stars

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Le Pavillion

Central Business District / 833 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 581 3111

Le Pavillion Hotel, courtesy of the Pavillion Hotel

Le Pavillion Hotel, courtesy of the Pavillion Hotel

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Le Meridien New Orleans

Downtown / 333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 525 9444

Le Méridien New Orleans, courtesy of Le Méridien New Orleans

Le Méridien New Orleans, courtesy of Le Méridien New Orleans

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Audubon Cottages

French Quarter / 509 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 586 1516

Tourist, Standard & Comfort: 1, 2, and 3 Stars

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel

French Quarter / 717 Orleans St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 523 2222

Bourbon Orleans Hotel, courtesy of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Bourbon Orleans Hotel, courtesy of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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The Hotel Modern New Orleans

Central Business District / 936 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA+1 800 684 9525

Hotel Modern, courtesy of Hotel Modern New Orleans

Hotel Modern, courtesy of Hotel Modern New Orleans

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Clarion Hotel Grand Boutique

Uptown / 2001 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 558 9966

Clarion Grand Boutique Hotel, courtesy of Clarion Grand Boutique Hotel, New Orleans

Clarion Grand Boutique Hotel, courtesy of Clarion Grand Boutique Hotel, New Orleans


Holiday Attractions

Whether you are looking to explore the city or catch a traditional Thanksgiving event, New Orleans’ Turkey Day calendar will provide you with many opportunities to stay entertained throughout the annual holiday.

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Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to New Orleans on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

French Quarter / 700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA

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Celebration in the Oaks

Experience the wonder of New Orleans Christmas lights during our famous Celebration in the Oaks at City Park.

Mid-City / 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 482 4888

French Quarter Bike Tour

Hop on a bike and explore NOLA on two wheels!

Beautiful bikes ready to enjoy a beautiful ride through New Orleans. Look for our bikes rolling #uptown and @neworleanscitypark

A photo posted by FreeWheelin' Bike Tours (@freewheelinbiketours) on

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Broadway in New Orleans

Can’t-miss holiday show: Dr. Seuss’ The Musical: How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Central Business District / 1111 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 525 1052

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Live Music Venues & Bars

If one thing is for sure here in the birthplace of jazz, it’s that when it comes to music, New Orleans wins every single time. On any night, you can catch live jazz performances around the city’s many jazz clubs, as well as visit multiple music venues where you’ll be able to hear everything from blues, roots and funk, to R&B, country and salsa. Here are the best New Orleans bars and live music venues to visit during your Thanksgiving weekend getaway.

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The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans

French Quarter / Live Music Venue / 907 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 529 5844

The Howlin' Wolf New Orlenas, courtesy of The Howlin' Wolf New Orleans

The Howlin’ Wolf New Orlenas, courtesy of The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans

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Le Bon Temps Roule

Uptown / Bar & Music Venue / 4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 895 8117

Le Bon Temps Roule bar & music venue, courtesy of Le Bon Temps Roule

Le Bon Temps Roule bar & music venue, courtesy of Le Bon Temps Roule

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Pat O’Brien’s

French Quarter / Live Music Venue / 718 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 525 4823

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Maple Leaf Bar

Uptown / Live Music Venue / 8316 Oak St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 866 9359

By Rebeca Trejo