Expert Advice from a NOLA veteran

February 13, 2023

Enjoy the uniqueness that only New Orleans offers. If you're planning a trip to the Big Easy, there are a few things you should know before you go.

Preparing for New Orleans

First off, let's talk about getting from the airport to the French Quarter. The French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans and where you'll want to spend most of your time. It's just a short taxi ride from the airport, but if you want to save some money, you can also take the airport shuttle which will drop you off right in the French Quarter.

Now, let's talk about what to pack. New Orleans has a warm, humid climate, so pack light, airy clothes that you won't mind getting a little sweaty in. Also, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes because you'll be doing a lot of walking in the French Quarter. And don't forget to pack a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun! Visitors feel like they are in a European medieval city, an American southern city, and sometimes the northernmost Caribbean city. There is no other city like it.

Do not wear a dark suit to Café du Monde!

The famous bakery in the French Quarter, rightly, attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Louisiana-style beignets are made from leavened dough (as opposed to yeast dough used in France). But be warned, don't wear a dark suit to this bakery in the French Quarter. The powdered sugar from a beignet is best consumed, not worn. Trust me, you don't want to leave Café du Monde covered in powdered sugar!

overhead view of two coffee cups and beignets on a cafe table in Cafe du Monde Cafe in New Orleans French Quarter

Next, eat right at Acme Oyster House.

Another must-visit spot for dining is Acme Oyster. Located in the French Quarter, this place is a must for NOLA visitors. If you're hesitant about trying raw oysters, this is the place to do it! Countless tourists had their first raw oyster here and were pleasantly surprised. Make sure to try the char-grilled oysters with hot sauce, cooled off with an Abita Turbodog. You'll feel like a local in no time!

Finally, dare to be scared!

Check out Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. It's reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States - built between 1732 and 1738 - and one of the most haunted places in New Orleans. In this town, that actually means something! The bar is located in the French Quarter and is a must-visit for those looking for a little bit of history and a whole lot of spookiness.

Et n'oubliez pas laissez les bons temps rouler. This saying perfectly sums up the vibe in New Orleans. So, grab some good food, enjoy some live music, and let the good times roll!

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