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A Hedonist’s guide to…

New Orleans

Congo Square
Where African rythms took root in American music.
One of the best restaurants in New Orleans, ideal for imaginative Creole cuisine or sumptuous brunches.
La Boulangerie
Mouth-watering French pastries and breads.
Meet your meat. Not for vegetarians.
Airboat Adventures
Adventures deep in the heart of a Louisiana swamp.
Bombay Club
Make mine a martini.
Polo Lounge
A den of luxury for the rich and famous.
Steamboat Natchez
Perfect for a romantic night-time dinner cruise.
Rib Room
For the carnivore in us all.
Omni Royal Orleans
An historic French Quarter hotel, for party-goers and families alike.
Traditional po' boys - a local and family favourite.
Maple Leaf Bar
A New Orleans landmark with great music acts.
Supposedly, the best restaurant in America.
Claiborne Mansion
Luxurious, elegant and historic Creole mansion close to Frenchmen's music scene
Fair Grounds Race Course
Set your bets here in the local tradition.
Hotel Monteleone
The epitome of old-school New Orleans: a bit of a faded grandmother you can't help but love...
The Blue Room
A Sunday morning musical treat.
The city's oldest stand up bar and a strictly prix-fixe menu.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Famous fried chicken in Willie Mae's tradition.
Sazerac Bar
Dapper bar for those with manners and a smart style.
Jazz and Heritage Festival
12 stages of soul-stirring music, spread over 2 weekends.
Lafayette Hotel
An historic inn that bursts with old world charm while remaining tranquil and somewhat exclusive...
Madewood Plantations
A living, breathing (and slightly modernised ) 1848 plantation.
Eleven 79
Classic Italian-American.
Evergreen Plantation
With National Historic Landmark status and regular tours, this is a great place to visit to absorb some local history.
Carousel Bar
Inside Hotel Monteleone, this bar was voted best in the city.
Oyster restaurant which doesn't do summer.
Celebration Distillation
Witness the rum distilling process - then have a taste or two.
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
Nice ices on a summer's day.
Maison Dupuy
A plush hotel in the heart of the French quarter.
M.S. Rau Antiques
A nearly century-old antique emporium.
Pere Marquette
Jazz, style and the best cocktails in town.
Palace Cafe
Musical and original, with one scrumptious savoury cheesecake.
Exclusive, high-end food.
Degas House
French 75
Proper cocktails in a plush bar.
Ye Olde College Inn
A new take on an old favourite.
New Orleans Literary Festival
Authors and playwrights, both aspiring and renowned, gather to swap stories, share techniques, and perform their works
Aquarium of the Americas
Come for a look at one of just eighteen white alligators ever found in the swamps of Louisiana.
Bon Ton Cafe
Good place for a lawyer's lunch - or anyone who fancies some Cajun fare.

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