I’m In New Orleans, Now What? Ask the Experts
Big & Easy Recommendations from Experienced Concierges
Welcome to New Orleans! Home of the tastiest food, lively bars, and best attractions and museums in the world. We know all of this can be overwhelming, so we’ve asked our veteran J Collection concierges for their best recommendations for New Orleans first-timers.
“We all know the French Quarter has unprecedented fabulous restaurants, but I enjoy showing our visitors some jewels in other parts of New Orleans.”
The Boil House – This eatery will introduce you to old school seafood boils in the midst of a wonderful shopping district.
Atchafalaya – If you are looking for that unique New Orleans culinary experience set in a rustic Creole cottage. Check out their famous brunch and Bloody Mary Bar!
Katie’s Restaurant – Because The Jung is on the streetcar line, I will often send our guests to the mid-city neighborhood, the streetcar stop is Telemachus Street where they will find Katie’ Restaurant for a family style experience and the largest Oyster / Shrimp / Catfish Poboy in the city (a 3 foot loaf!)!
Bourbon “O” Bar – The only bar in New Orleans to have a machine that will shake a Ramos Gin Fizz in six minutes! Stay for the unique cocktails and live jazz every night.
May Baily’s Place – Formerly a Storyville Bordello, May Baily’s is located in the heart of the French Quarter and has creative cocktails and beers on tap. Look for the red light outside!
THINGS TO DO
Pharmacy Museum – We are so fortunate to have the best Museums in the South, but if you are looking for something a little different I will point you in the direction of the Pharmacy Museum dating back to 1823.
The House of Dance and Feathers – Stop here to learn more about the history or our Mardi Gras Indians.
Flooded House Museum – If you’re interested in learning more about Hurricane Katrina and what we experienced here in New Orleans, look no further than the Flooded House Museum.
New Orleans Film Festival (October) – This fest provides an opportunity for new and established storytellers to premiere their latest works. You can sometimes see great feature films before their official release!
Poboy Festival (November) – A chance to try classic and unique poboys from talented chefs around the City while listening to live music!
Bayou Boogaloo (May) – Held in Mid-City, this music & arts festival features some of the best bands, food, and crafts along the bayou. Bring your own watercraft for a truly unique experience!
Felix’s – Go here for the best oysters & poboys! Enjoy fresh Louisiana oysters on the half shell plus seafood and creole Cajun cuisine. Don’t miss the lobster dumplings and scalibut!
GW Fins – My go-to dinner recommendation; the menu changes seasonally, but always has the best fresh catches and seafood.
Pêche – Home to the most-talented local and regional chefs, Pêche is the perfect modern lunch spot with amazing seafood and cocktails.
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane – You’ll want to visit 21st Amendment for the speakeasy atmosphere and craft cocktails in a cozy setting that was once a playground for New Orleans’ mafia. Make sure to get the Sazerac! Located at Hotel Mazarin.
Patrick’s Bar Vin – Also part of Hotel Mazarin, Patrick’s Bar Vin feels like a world away from the bustle of Bourbon Street, while just being half a block away. Choose among 54 wines and 12 ports by the glass.
THINGS TO DO
Cabildo – You can’t pay a visit to Jackson Square without checking out the Cabildo – this building was the seat of Spanish colonial city hall of New Orleans and now houses many rare American artifacts
French Quarter & Cemetery Tour – Let a French Quarter specialist take you on a walking tour throughout the Vieux Carre and ancient cemeteries. Don’t miss the Voodoo Queen’s tomb at St. Louis Cemetery #1!
New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festival (April / May) – A two week music and culture festival hosting the best national artists! Come hungry and try the amazing food options, especially the Crawfish Monica!
French Quarter Festival (April)– French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter and still remains a largely popular festival with live music, food, and art! Don’t forget to check out all the food booths in Jackson Square!
Oyster Festival (May)– A FREE festival with local performers, arts & crafts, and of course, Louisiana’s best oysters.