Garden District is an area of Uptown New Orleans infamous for its 19th century mansions. (Sandra Bullock owns a home in this area). There is an option for a tour taken on one of those buses that is a dead tourist giveaway. However, this is an ideal district for a scenic, laid-back stroll.
One of New Orleans’s best dive bars, the Mayfair Lounge is gowned in Christmas lights, Mardi Gras beads and masks, and classic dive bar wood-paneling. Mayfair is not only the watering hole for a good time, it is also home to the cheapest drinks in uptown.
Mayfair Lounge, 1505 Amelia Street, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-895-9163
La Nuit Comedy Theater
La Nuit is one of the better comedy theaters in the city. Offering stand-up acts, improv, and a beer lounge, La Nuit is an ideal evening activity.
La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-231-7011
Freret Street Po-boys and Donuts
Po-boys are inherently a New Orleans staple. However, po-boys and donuts together is something unique even to New Orleans. No-frills counter service, Freret Street is a one stop shop for breakfast and lunch while being the most popular joint in the area.
Around since the 1930s, Hansen’s has perfected the sno-ball. Finely shaved ice, an assortment of syrups, and with topping options like whipped cream or ice cream, Hansen’s sno-balls are the best on the block. It’s still kept simple and sold from the stand, though. Fame hasn’t gotten to their heads.
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, 4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-891-9788
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Lafayette Cemetery is one of the many historical cemeteries in New Orleans. By way of keeping record of the past and those who formed it, Lafayette Cemetery is an example of this process. These cemeteries – above ground styled tombs – are similar to those of South American stature. Lafayette is home to important historical figures like General Harry Hays and John Ferguson from Plessy v. Ferguson.
Luxury hot dog burgers topped with New Orleans twists are Dat Dog’s specialty. Frankly, Dat Dog is the only place for a New Orleans styled hot dog. Putting a little flare on the classic hot dog stand service, Dat Dog offers outdoor seating along with their creole dogs.
Dat Dog, 5030 Freret St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 899-6883
By Kate Harrington