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Welcome to New Orleans

The Big Easy

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You're Going to Love New Orleans

Nowhere else on earth is quite like the Big Easy. Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi, New Orleans is the home of jazz and blues, Cajun cooking, and the spectacular colors and parades of Mardi Gras. If you love a good time, there’s no better destination.

Spend your evenings on bar hopping Bourbon or Frenchmen Street hopping from bar to bar, catching some of America’s most talented musicians. Head to Treme to watch blues bands light up the local clubs, or find a spot in Jackson Square and watch the street performers.

If you love to eat, you can feast on the gourmet seafood at the Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville St) and wash it down with a Sazerac cocktail at the Carousel Bar (214 Royal St), or head to Willie Mae's Scotch House (2401 St Ann St) for some authentic southern soul food.

Wherever you go, New Orleans has something to delight the senses – so make it your next American destination.

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When to Visit New Orleans

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Obviously, whenever Mardi Gras is scheduled is a fantastic time to visit, so check the calendar and make sure to be in the Crescent City for the big day. Apart from that, New Orleans can be pretty hot and sticky in the peak summer months (July and August), which isn’t to everyone’s liking. Instead, visit between February and May. That way, you can catch the tail-end of Mardi Gras as well as fantastic events like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Christmas is also a great time to visit, with warm weather and the chance to enjoy unique Reveillon dinners, featuring seasonal Creole specialities.

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Where to Stay in New Orleans

Most tourists tend to gravitate towards the French Quarter and other central areas, which is a very good idea if you are intent on seeing all the sights. The Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St) may be the city’s most luxurious hotel but is closely rivaled by the Cornstalk Hotel (915 Royal St). The Prytania Park (1525 Prytania St) offers an efficient service at an affordable price, while India House Hostel (124 S Lopez St) is the ideal spot for backpackers.

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Shopping Streets

Magazine Street is New Orleans’ shopping center, with boutiques selling a huge range of antiques, foodstuffs, and clothing. Check out the cosmetics at Pied Nu (no. 5521), the stylish stationery at Box Paper Scissors (no. 3638) and the designer menswear at Friend (no. 2115). Elsewhere in the city, Canal Place is a great location to shop for major brands, with stores including Saks Fifth Avenue (301 Canal St) and Anthropologie (333 Canal St). Then there’s the vibrant French Market (1235 N Peters St), with its flea market and farmers’ stalls. It’s a great place to pick up souvenirs and a bite to eat at the same time.

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New Orleans has supermarkets just like any other American city, and options include Safeway, KMart, Winn Dixie and Costco. There are also local supermarkets dotted around town with their own product range. For a distinctive New Orleans shopping experience, head to Reilly’s (640 Magazine St) or Rampart Food Store (1700 N Rampart Street). For travel items, you can also try Harry’s Ace Hardware (3535 Magazine St). New Orleans tends to be cheaper than most American cities (for example, 12 eggs cost around $2.70).

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Where to Eat in New Orleans

Food is like a religion in New Orleans, and there’s a high concentration of great restaurants everywhere you look. Magazine Street and the French Quarter, in general, are the best dining areas. For traditional Creole meals and sandwiches to nibble on as you shop, Joey K’s is the place to head (3001 Magazine St). You can try Creole cooking with a Spanish slant at Root (1800 Magazine St) or go up-market by booking a table at August Restaurant (301 Tchoupitoulas St) – which serves up superb Louisiana seafood. For something different, head to Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria (301 N Peters St) or the Company Burger (4600 Freret St) for cheap but delicious burgers. Budget around $40 for a good meal and less than $15 for seafood Po’ Boys or burgers.

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