The locals’ guide to New Orleans

New Orleans

Make no mistake: there’s really no better place in the South to let your hair down than in New Orleans. While it’s almost impossible not to have fun while exploring the city by day and by night (and by late-night), we recommend taking the locals’ advice on how and where to laissez les bons temps rouler.

Euclid Records – Bywater
“Located in one of my favorite parts of town – the Bywater – is Euclid Records, one the most colorful spots for record-hunting. Their floor-to-ceiling windows, painted in bright pink and yellow, flood the super-organized and well-stocked floor with huge amounts of light. Specializing in rare vinyl, CDs and other music collectables, Euclid is the place to scratch that audiophile itch when you’re looking to go beyond the French Quarter.” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Scott Simon

Euclid Records, New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur
Euclid Records, New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur

Bouligny Tavern – Touro
“Bouligny Tavern’s got a lounge-y, modern vibe, great food and craft cocktails. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating and they always have good music playing, too.” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Keely Lauber

Bouligny Tavern, New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur
Bouligny Tavern, New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur

New Orleans Museum of Art  – City Park
“As the oldest fine-arts museum in the city, New Orleans Museum of Art exhibits amazing pieces of French and American art, photography and African and Japanese artifacts. Outside of the museum is a five-acre sculpture garden with over 60 sculptures. Situated in City Park, NOMA is a centerpiece to a beautifully landscaped section of New Orleans.” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Cady Barrett

New Orleans Museum of Art, photo courtesy of Localeur
New Orleans Museum of Art, photo courtesy of Localeur

Bacchanal Wine – Bywater
“I could spend every Sunday here outside with friends, eating cheese plates, drinking wine buckets, ordering plates to share and listening to live music. What I love about Bacchanal Wine, aside from everything I’ve just said, is the fact that it feels as inviting as a friend’s backyard every single time.” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Megha Upadhyay

Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur
Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur

Morning Call – City Park
“The real DL on beignets is Morning Call. Produced in the traditional fashion, a serving consists of three naked fried puffs – meaning you can dress them lightly or pack on the powder like Sugar Mountain. They go down best with an au lait, by the way, ideally after an order of gumbo or jambalaya – and this cash-only joint stays open 24 hours a day (at both locations).” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Jhesika Menes

Morning Call in New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur
Morning Call in New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur

Dante’s Kitchen – Uptown
“A quaint antique cottage nestled in a quiet corner in Uptown, Dante’s Kitchen is a godsend for anyone looking for playful twists on classic Creole dishes. Marked as one of the first NOLA restaurants to master a culture of in-house crafting and local sourcing, the restaurant feels like a rustic farmhouse hosting a farm-to-table feast with its brightly-painted walls and mason jars filled with local vegetables. Brunch is big at Dante’s, and while the ingredients are clearly local, flavors have a wide range from the “debris and poached eggs” – Dante’s version of the traditional eggs Benedict with foamy hollandaise sauce – to sweet options like the bread pudding french toast. Expect perfectly buttered, fluffy biscuits and interesting cocktails like house-made banana bourbon. The way to put Dante’s through its paces for brunch is to order a few things and share, so grab a date on a lazy Sunday morning and cozy up on the porch under interlocking umbrellas.” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Annabelle Baskin

Dante's Kitchen in New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur
Dante’s Kitchen in New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur

Carousel Gardens – City Park
“With 16 rides (for all ages!) including a beautiful antique wooden carousel, the Carousel Gardens at City Park is the perfect place to meet up for a date. Your tickets include admission to the Botanical Garden and Storyland, and there are concessions onsite to order wine and snacks. Even if you’d rather not ride, the park is a wonderful place to take a stroll and have some nice conversation. They’re open seasonally, so check the website for specific hours.” – as recommended by New Orleans Localeur Chanel Ward

Carousel Gardens, New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur
Carousel Gardens, New Orleans; photo courtesy of Localeur