New Orleans

Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is steadily picking itself up again. Although some of the buildings may have been torn down, the population’s spirit has not been broken; their determination and unity have helped to maintain New Orleans unique character and unwavering strength. Referred to by those who live there as The Big Easy, New Orleans has not sacrificed its optimistic, relaxed outlook. Unlike any other city in the United States, New Orleans was originally a French colony and still has a French Quarter today. The vast variety of ethnic groups living within the area adds variety and excitement to the general atmosphere and has determined the exciting array of entertainment, music and festivals within New Orleans.


The famous Mardi Gras occurs sometime between February 3rd and March 9th and each year adopts a new and unique theme. Featuring floats, celebrities, music and gifts, the principal parade is only one of the many celebrations occurring within the city. More can be learnt about this elaborate tradition at the Backstreet Cultural Museum.

Audubon Zoo is home to incredible animals such as white alligators, elephants and two white tigers named King Rex and King Zulu. Visitors can take a trip around a real swamp, enjoy the sea lion pool and relax on one of the many rocking chairs placed round the site.

New Orleans is home to America’s National World War II Museum. The Malcolm S. Forbes Theatre shows the stirring Academy Award nominated film D-Day Remembered; just one of the many exhibits dedicated to remembering America’s involvement in the war.

New Orleans Museum of Art features amongst its enormous collection the treasures of Tutankhamun, several works by Monet and a beautiful sculpture garden. Art lovers should also stop by Edgar Degas’ house, which has been lovingly restored in order to commemorate the influential Impressionist. Literature enthusiasts should attempt to coincide their visit with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Occurring over four days, the event includes activities such as classes with famous authors, musical and theatrical displays and wine tasting.

Those feeling lucky should pay Harrah’s Casino a visit. A unique experience, Harrah’s includes Party Gras, an area dedicated to the newest games, and Masquerade, for those desiring to add an edge of sophistication to their evening.


The antique enthusiast is sure to unearth an exciting find at one of the many antique shops in New Orleans. Largely situated in Royal Street and Chartres Street, as well as Magazine Street, those in search of something special will certainly not come away empty handed. Magazine Street in particular is famed for its diverse assortment of beautiful architecture; known locally as ‘the street of dreams’ the visitor is sure to discover something extraordinary to remind them of their magical stay in New Orleans. The French Quarter is an architectural reminder of New Orleans’ history; the French Market has been in place since 1791 and continues to sell fresh, local produce and other specialities today.

Those with a sweet tooth should visit Belle Louisiana or Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop; visitors searching for souvenirs will enjoy All That Jazz and Artichoke Gallery. Jax Brewery contains local shops and national chains, as well as a free museum detailing the history behind this unique building. Mixing modern trends with historical charm, Jax Brewery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Those with a penchant for designer clothes should stop by The Shops at Canal Place. Upmarket boutiques such as Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue and Banana Republic are situated between a cinema, food court and a four star hotel, The Wyndham Canal Place. Shopping in New Orleans offers the chance to experience local charm as well as luxury and sophistication.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Those with a hearty appetite and a love of good food will appreciate the culinary delights on offer in New Orleans. A blend of ethnicities has determined the array of local delicacies on offer. Favourites include seafood, po-boys (the New Orleans sandwich), gumbo (a traditional stew which originated in West-Africa), red beans and rice and beignets (doughnut-like pastries). Although it is untrue that all food served in New Orleans is hot, spicy foods will always be on offer and many restaurants will keep hot sauce on the tables. The Bombay Club will prove to be a home away from home for British tourists who will feel comfortable amongst the English décor. Here critically acclaimed Creole cuisine is served to the sound of live jazz music in the centre of the French Quarter. Mulate’s, The Original Cajun Restaurant, serves authentic Cajun dishes, with specialities such as Catfish and alligator po-boys. Gumbo Shop serves one of New Orleans favourite dishes in a renovated 1794 cottage in the French Quarter. A local institution, Café Du Monde makes the best beignets in New Orleans, best served with the Café’s special coffee and chicory.

However, it is not just food which New Orleans does well. Fans of the city’s own Southern Comfort, an internationally renowned beverage, will enjoy The Southern Comfort Cocktail Tour; a walking tour through the French Quarter’s most renowned bars. One such establishment is Tropical Isle, home of the infamous cocktail the ‘Hand Grenade’, credited with being the strongest drink in New Orleans. Brennan’s boasts a 35,000 bottle wine cellar and the Bayou Bar has been a favourite with the likes of Frank Sinatra since 1947. Crescent City Brewhouse serves four freshly brewed beers each month, which visitors can see being created from behind the bar.

Tourist Information

New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau2020 St Charles Avenue

Tel: 054 566 5011 OR 800 672 6124Website:


Louis Armstrong International Airport can be found in Kenner, eleven miles from New Orleans. Currently fourteen airlines offer service to and from the city, including most major American companies such as US Airways and Continental.

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