Sure, here in New Orleans it might be difficult to find a hill with a decent view, or reasonably claim “it’s a dry heat”, but there are still a few things you can do here and only here. These are the things the Crescent City stakes sole claim to...
The 22 things you can only do in New Orleans
1. Sing and dance... at a funeral.
2. Head to Miss Mae’s after a Saints home victory for a chance to buy defensive coordinator Rob Ryan a beer (or have him buy one for you).
3. Attend your own wake, dressed in your favorite hat and feather boa, cocktail in hand.
4. Hang out with some seriously freaky-looking white alligators at the Audubon Zoo (where “dey all axed fo’ you”).
5. Explore the intoxicating exhibits at the one-and-only Museum of the American Cocktail.
6. They call it the National WWII Museum for a reason. There's only one, it's great, and it's here.
9. Three words: drive-through daiquiris.
10. Get some fresh fruits and vegetables from the inimitable Mr. Okra himself.
11. Work your way through an entire stick of Roman Candy. Okay, technically you could do this somewhere else, but you couldn't BUY it there.
12. Get in on some authentic traditional jazz (or “trad jazz”) at Preservation Hall, with one of the best house bands in the country. Sorry: THE best.
13. Take a drink wherever you go. Hence the name “Go Cup”.
14. Enjoy a breakfast of cafe au lait and hot, sugar-coated beignets at any time of the day or year, because outside of a major natural disaster or WWIII, Cafe Du Monde literally does not close.
15. Go to church on Sunday. (And “church” of course means “The Superdome”.)
16. Chill out with a frozen treat from Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, the oldest continuously operating sno-ball stand in America.
17. Bourbon St. For good and/or ill, there’s nothing like it in the world.
19. "Fest". Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Creole Tomato Fest, Satchmo Summer Fest, Essence Fest, Gumbo Fest, Oyster Fest, Seafood Fest, Po-boy Fest, Greek Fest... Nowhere else will you find such a concentration of celebrations, it becomes a verb.
20. Enjoy the original “Vietnamese po-boy” at Dong Phuong Bakery.
22. Watch a Minor League baseball game from a swimming pool (yes, there’s a pool in the outfield at Zephyr Field).
1. The Club Ms Mae's4336 Magazine St, New Orleans
2. The National World War II Museum945 Magazine Street, New Orleans
3. Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel123 Baronne Street,, New Orleans
4. Arnaud's French 75 Bar813 Bienville St, New Orleans
5. Preservation Hall726 Saint Peter St, New Orleans
6. Café Du Monde800 Decatur St, New Orleans
7. Hansen's Sno-Bliz4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans
8. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans
This legendary 24hr dive bar doles out cheap drinks under dim lights and if you're in the sporting mood, they have pool, air hockey, video poker, and foosball for your enjoyment.
Here's to the history buff in you -- err, or the part of you that just wants to see cool planes! Visit the numerous exhibits and attend a film screening or dinner lecture to brush up on your WWII knowledge.
Renowned for teaching Northerners how to drink a gin fizz, The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel recreates old southern charm with elegant wood and pincushion furniture, and has a knack for hand-crafted cocktails. A favorite of Huey P Long, Sazerac still serves its former charismatic governor's old standby, the Ramos Gin Fizz, along with 20 other creative cocktails. The dim lighting and leather upholstery gives this cocktail bar a highly sophisticated atmosphere.
Originally designated as a "gentlemen only area" in NOLA's early days, this cocktail bar located within Arnaud's Restaurant features cocktails like the Pisco Derby (that's pisco, lavender honey syrup, lime, and grapefruit) and bar snacks like Oysters en Brochette (translation: oysters wrapped with bacon and deep fried). Feel fancy as you sip your drinks that are served to you by white tuxedo-wearing bartenders. In addition to the more inventive drinks, you can't go wrong with the killer Old Fashioned or Sidecar.
Founded in 1961, PH has established itself as one of the hallmarks of the New Orleans' traditional jazz scene by holding nightly concerts enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Originally established in 1862, Café Du Monde is the place to go for a quintessential pick-me-up in the form of a now world-famous beignet and a cafe au lait. The patio lined with a striped green and white awning is the perfect place for people-watching in the French Quarter. It can get busy during peak lunch and dinner hours, but because it is open 24 hours, you have plenty of opportunities to hit up this New Orleans landmark. There is also a quick-service window for take-out orders, but make sure to take some napkins because powdered sugar from the beignets can get everywhere.
Ernest Hansen designed the ice-shaving machine, his wife Mary created the syrups, and Hansen's Sno-Bliz was born. Now, 74 years later, it's that same ratio of homemade syrup layered with shaved ice that makes Hansen's snoballs a must-have on any trip to New Orleans. Add condensed milk for a sweet treat unlike any other NOLA snoball.
This eastern New Orleans Vietnamese standby might not amount to much from the outside -- with a mixed brick exterior and fading eggshell awning greeting diners -- but the signature bahn-mis here have drawn accolades from the country over. In addition to functioning as a casual full-service restaurant, the venue comes with a bakery that turns over equally excellent pastries like coconut rolls, egg tarts, and strawberry shortcake.