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Preservation Hall

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.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

New visitors are apt to lose themselves in the Grand Guignol trappings of this French Quarter curio shop. A perfect afternoon for those who are smitten by midwife tools, exotic voodoo “love potions,” and the things that once cured the oddball ills of another time. Gout? Consumption? They’ve got you covered. 

Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum

Don’t get too tipsy at Arnaud’s French 75 in the French Quarter before meandering up a stairwell to this dimly lit labyrinth holding sequined and bejeweled Carnival costumes from the ’30s to the ’60s.

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Restaurants 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.
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Hotels 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.
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Nightlife 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.
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