The closest airport is Louis Armstrong International (MSY). It is about a 35 minute drive from the French Quarter.Find a flight!
The best way to get from the airport to the French Quarter is by Taxi or Uber. Both offer flat rate service. Uber pick-up is permitted only in the Ground Transportation center. Taxi stands are located on the first level of the terminal outside Baggage Claim.Get more info from MSY!
Planning on driving? Load up on the audiobooks, it's going to be a long one.Get directions!
You don't need a car! The French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods are home to hundreds of restuarants, bars, music venues, and attractions all within easy walking distance. The historic streetcar lines can get you just about anywhere (for cheap too). If you plan to explore further, cabs are always readily available.
There is a lot that we love about New Orleans. The history, art, architecture, and southern hospitality make it a truly unique place that is easily accessible and inviting. It's the birthplace of Jazz, but there is always great live music of all genres. But for us, what's really important is the amazing food and drinks.
We are excited that for many of our guests it will be their first time visiting. We hope you are able to get out and explore the city and find something you love. We look forward to sharing this experience with all of you!
Explore some of our favorite places using the menu on the left or checkout the map.
The iconic Carousel Bar is located inside the Hotel Monteleone and overlooks Royal Street in the French Quarter. The circular bar, which slowly rotates, is a wonderful place to kill and hour or two enjoying your favorite cocktail and mingling with the other riders.
Signature Cocktail: Vieux Carre
Tim's Drink: Bourbon Milk Punch
Kimberly's Drink: Aviation
In a city famous for the availability of alcohol in excess, what often gets forgotten is the historical influence New Orleans has had on cocktails. This place feels like a time warp to an era we never experienced first hand, where white tuxedoed bartenders serve up some great cocktails.
Signature Cocktail: French 75
Tim's Drink: Creole
Kimberly's Drink: French 75
A bit of a hike from French Quarter but well worth the trip. Housed in a converted firehouse, the beautiful backbar highlights their gigantic bottle collection. Specializing in rum and whiskey, the cocktail list is lengthy, seasonal, and includes a lot of unfamiliar ingredients. Be adventurous!
Signature Cocktail: Rum Old Fashioned
Tim's Drink: Cock 'n Bull Special
Kimberly's Drink: Last Dance
Located in the open-air penthouse of the historic Pontchartrain Hotel providing some spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans. A great place to check out if the weather is nice.
A dive bar in the best way possible. Just a few steps off Bourbon street this Irish pub hosts an ecletic group of locals and tourists. Hidden in back is Killer Po'Boys, who serve some delicious modern versions of the classic sandwich.
Signature Cocktail: Frozen Irish Coffee
Converted 18th century carriage house with an lively dining room lit by street lanterns and candles. Great food and atmosphere that is different than most other places in the Quarter. Also serves brunch.
Must Try: Gulf Fish Crudo
Pan Fried Pork Shoulder, Braised Beef Cheeks
Sylvain Burger, Chick-Syl-vain Sandwich
An altar to all things swine, but the goodness isn't limited to just pork. The seafood and sides are also great and they have a huge bourbon selection. Nextdoor, Butcher offers up sandwiches and cured meats with some of the same great flavors in a more casual setting. Both are can't-miss.
Must Try: Louisiana Cochon, obviously
Wood Fired Oysters with Chili Garlic Butter
Smoked Pork Ribs with Watermelon Pickle
A neighborhood restaurant that mixes classic and innovative with a focus on local ingredients. The seasonal menu will change daily. As soon as you walk in you can smell the innovative southern goodness that's cooking!
Must Try: Gulf Shrimp and Grits with Chorizo
Half Fried Chicken with Calabrian Chili
Wood-fired pizza joint meets Chef John Besh. More casual sister to Domenica and a delicious hang out if you get that Italian craving or need a good happy hour.
Must Try: Garlic Knots
Well... pick a pizza, they're all good
The Antipasti (small plates) such as Meatballs or Cauliflower Steak
Small, mostly standing-room-only music venue. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has 3 nightly shows, lines start forming early. A really unique experience, if you only see one music venue this should be it.
Nightly shows at 8, 9, and 10
Recognized as an international destination for jazz music. Numerous movies, commercials, and print media have filmed and written about the Spotted Cat for its outstanding music and unique ambiance.
If you find yourself on Frenchman Street (and you should) also worth checking out for live music are d.b.a. (great beer list), Three Muses, and The Blue Nile. Early shows (6pm) typically do not have a cover charge.
Central Business District
Really well-executed museum that includes interactive features, personal artifacts, and restored planes, boats, and other vehicles. Allow at least a few hours to get through everything here.
Don't miss "Beyond All Boundaries", a "4D" film produced and narrated by Tom Hanks.
Everyone needs to try a Hurricane. Fountain courtyard is a nice place to enjoy the weather. Later, the piano bar gets...interesting.
Beignets and Cafe Au Lait are a morning tradition and a must have in New Orleans. Cafe Du Monde is the most famous place to get them. Open 24 hours and it will be crowded for most of them. To skip the line, try the small take-out window in back or for an alternative, try Cafe Beignet.