New Orleans – one of the cities that never sleeps. Known for Mardi Gras, swamps, fine creole/ Cajun cuisine and jazz. New Orleans is surely different to other big U.S. cities and can proudly call itself unique at the same level as Las Vegas or San Francisco.
On a cab ride in the city, the driver convincingly told us that due to so many different culture ‚owning‘ the city, it developed an own unique culture within mainland US. When you see the French colonial style buildings in the French quarter, or the plush villas in the garden district, you can feel the New Orleans vibe.
What you should do in New Orleans:
– check out the French quarter. It is surely a tourist hole, but the buildings themselves make it up. And you still have lots of good restaurants and bars in this area.
– go to a jazz bar. Fritzels is a known one in the Quarter and hosts live jazz music 7 days a week.
– check out the luxurious Garden District where Hollywood bigs like Sandra Bullock own one of the villas.
– eat the cities finest Po-Boy ( sandwiches) in uptown. Domilise’s is the ONLY place. Be prepared to smell like fish and grease days after…
– do a swamp tour. We decided to go with Cajun Encounters as we couldn’t see a big difference to the other providers. It was by 50% cheaper than the others though. Be prepared to pay 25 USD for a 2 hours tour if you drive up yourself.
– watch a Pelicans or Saints match at the superdome complex!
A quick hotel review:
We decided to stay at the Homewood Suites New Orleans. Location (CBD) was good, very close to most attractions while not in the epicenter of the parties.
The hotel has huge rooms, but it is nothing special. A typical chain hotel in the US. The service is, well, a big easy;) but who wants to stay in their hotel room all day long on such a trip!