Since 1862, the original French Market location of this coffee-and-doughnut icon has been doling out their famous powder-sugared fried beignets with chicory coffee chaser. Go there hungover at sunrise, or at 4 a.m.—it’s open 24/7—when you can truly experience its Parisian–like ambience.
Located in the artsy Warehouse District, the corner restaurant is known for its crackle-skin, whole-fish preparations, but the little things, such as smoked tuna dip with Saltine crackers, are the stuff of last-meal requests.
This modern-luxury hotel—comprised of three early-nineteenth-century townhouses and two serenely tropical courtyards—is one of the only in-the-know hostels that upscale locals recommend to savvy visitors with open wallets.
A must-stop for visitors who want some authentic New Orleans flavor, the massive Mid-City, live-music dance hall is striking. Zydeco bands squeezing their boxes dominate, but doo-wop, twang, and big-band swing, too. And, of course, there are bowling lanes and bars. Triple fun.
Don’t call it white-boy Dixieland at this purist live jazz venue, home of the ever-evolving Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who perform and record with the likes of Jack White, Tom Waits, Mos Def, and the Foo Fighters.