I love the French Quarter as much as anyone else. I love working here and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. However, there is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter. If you’re visiting for an extended period of time or if you’re coming for a second time, take a look at these things to do outside of the French Quarter, so today let me be your hotel conceirge and tell how you to explore New Orleans like a local.
Just a short distance from the French Quarter is Frenchmen Street, a section of the city in the Marigny that’s filled with live music, food and much more. When you’re in town, plan to spend at least one night here eat (check out the Marigny Brassiere) and exploring the various jazz clubs. Right on the street, every night there’s live performers with talents ranging fire eaters to jazz musicians. There’s a nightly art market featuring arts and crafts by local artists every night at 7pm to 1am, except Sundays which is 6 pm to midnight.
A great way to spend the afternoon is browsing the shops along Magazine Street. There’s all sorts of shops there – antiques, art galleries, boutique clothing and many others. For a break, stop at Reginelli’s or Byblos for lunch. When you’re ready to head back to the French Quarter, head towards the nearest street car stop on St. Charles Avenue. Even as a resident here, I can’t resist riding the streetcar through Uptown and the French Quarter, and exploring the city’s beauty and history.
Deanie’s – Love seafood, then you have to check out Deanie’s. They have a French Quarter location now, but I’ll bet there’s a lot of residents here who can remember eating at their Bucktown location twenty, even thirty years ago. Either location is sure to be filled with locals and good food.
Pascal’s Manale – A favorite Uptown, just off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line on Napoleon Avenue. If you love shrimp, check out their BBQ Shrimp., it’s what they’re known for since 1913. They also have an Oyster bar, a wide variety of Italian dishes, steaks and more.
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