64 Places to shop, stay, eat, do and visit in New Orleans, LA
Welcome to the magical oasis of New Orleans. “A sultry small town that lives big, New Orleans has snap,” says style maker Sara Ruffin Costello. “Though the potholes are many, the porches and stoops are super welcoming. Plus, it smells like heaven.” Check into The Chloe or The Columns, sip a potent Sazerac at the centuries-old Napoleon House, lap up a meal at Commander’s Palace and Compère Lapin, or simply take an early-morning seat at Café du Monde and watch the languid, sugar-dusted world pass you by. Enjoy our Tastemakers' favorite discoveries in New Orleans,LA — from the best hotels and restaurants to shopping and a few surprises in between. And come back to revisit the Big Easy often as our Nola finds will update frequently.
A unique spot seemingly at the end of the world, Bacchanal is truly a gem. Pass through the unassuming bottle shop and enter the lush courtyard, where you can grab a table and enjoy a leisurely afternoon sipping wines or cocktails, snacking on artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, and soaking in local live music. - Beetle Hillery
This is a sobering but enlightening museum for adults and children alike. Located on the scenic banks of the Mississippi River Road, Whitney Plantation Museum is the only museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people in the antebellum South. During your visit, you will learn about the history of slavery on a southern Louisiana sugarcane plantation by visiting memorials built to honor enslaved people; as well as original slave cabins, a freedmen’s church, a detached kitchen, and a owner’s house built in 1790. - Karina Gentinetta
Best gumbo in the city! A total winner, Liuzza’s by the Track is a trifecta of classic New Orleans fare, great drinks, and an ideal location with its close proximity to the Fairgrounds, which hosts the infamous Jazz Fest and fun races during the season such as the Weiner Dog Race.
- Beetle Hillery
If you love art and the outdoors, you will love walking and seeing magnificent art up close and personal at the Sculpture Garden. Part of the New Orleans Museum of Art and within City Park, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden centers around a lagoon to the north of the museum. The site opened in May 2019 and includes twenty-seven works by artists primarily working in the twenty-first century. Additional innovative architectural elements include the first canal link bridge of its kind in the United States, an amphitheater, a sculpture pavilion, and an outdoor learning environment. - Karina Gentinetta
The only place I stay in New Orleans and the only place I ever saw a ghost. The Smiths could not be more welcoming and their staff count not be more gracious. Every morning warm biscuits and coffee delivery to your bed side, located in the heart of the French Quarter. - Michael Bruno