1. French Quarter
The oldest and most visited hood in New Orleans is also, we firmly believe, the best place in New Orleans to eat and drink, hands down. You want old and glorious grande dame Creole restaurants? Try Antoine’s, Galatoire’s, Broussard’s, or Brennan’s. Cocktail bars that invented some of the classics like the Brandy Crusta, the Vieux Carre, and the Grasshopper? Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, The Carousel Bar, and Tujague’s, respectively. If you’re after beautifully shucked oysters, you have Acme and Felix’s, 4am beignets at Cafe Du Monde, quick (and amazing) jambalaya and po-boys at Verti Marte, balcony dining overlooking Jackson Square at Tableau... and that’s just getting warmed up. For sheer concentration of fantastic places to fill your belly and warm your soul with food and drink, the Quarter is, unsurprisingly, impossible to beat.