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Top 5 things to do in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city with a unique blend of history, culture, and charm that make it a popular tourist destination.

When it comes to discovering the best things to do in New Orleans there is no one better to ask than the very talented photographer and New Orleans resident Laura Steffan. We have been very fortunate to work with Laura, when she photographed and styled our wonderful New Orleans project.

Here are Laura's top 5 recommendations for experiencing the best of New Orleans:

Visit during Mardi Gras and/or Jazz Fest

Jazz Busker
© Laura Steffan

New Orleans is arguably most famous for Mardi Gras which is always a fun time—plus, it’s so much more than just the partying in the French Quarter that is most displayed to the outside world. It’s a family-friendly, festive time in the city with so much going on between parades, Mardi Gras balls, and king cake consumption for several weeks starting January 6th every year.

The annual Jazz Fest is held for two weekends in a row at the end of April and beginning of May. Aside from the wonderful festival that it is, there are also so many great music shows at local venues around town during Jazz Fest. Locals know there is bound to be a surprise visit from a famous musician or two at shows post-festival.

See live music at Preservation Hall

Catch a lively and intimate jazz show at this historic spot in the French Quarter. Every

show is magic. I’d also recommend neighbouring Frenchmen Street’s several jazz clubs

for live music.

Grab a bite at Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Just simply the best and most iconic spot for a poboy (short for ‘poor boy’ sandwich) in

New Orleans. It’s been around since 1911. My favourite is the fried shrimp, and definitely

get it dressed!

Stroll the Garden District

Ride the St. Charles streetcar that operates from downtown at the French Quarter all

the way uptown along St. Charles Avenue. It’s the oldest continuously operating

streetcar line in the world! Hop off for a stop in the lush neighbourhood of the Garden

District to take in the stunning historic mansions (walking tours are offered). If you have

the chance to visit in April or early spring, that is truly a beautiful time with so much flora

in bloom, before it gets too hot in the summer.

Experience the French Quarter

-There’s a reason why the French Quarter is so iconic. It’s a must see and do for any

New Orleans first-timer for the architecture, history, and happenings. There are endless

places to explore, and eat and drink at—even as a local there is always something new

to experience. Jackson Square, Central Grocery for a muffuletta, Cafe du Monde for

beignets, Carousel Bar, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and art galleries of Royal

Street are just a few highlights to check out.

Thanks so much for sharing your city with us Laura!

Below are some stunning photos Laura has taken from New Orleans, please visit her website for more:


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