It’s pretty easy to love the Big Easy. Whether you’re exploring for a few hours or a few days, the historic charm, friendly locals and mouthwatering food and drink, you’re sure to have a great time. Here are just a few of the must-visit spots when you visit New Orleans.

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street in New Orleans

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Any NOLA trip should include at least one stroll down this street. The heart and soul of New Orleans, Bourbon Street is the premier spot to party and people watch in town. There are also karaoke bars and restaurants aplenty to wander into as well.

Cafe du Monde

Beignets

Another quintessential New Orleans stop, this cafe is famous for its chicory-infused coffee and beignets covered in powdered sugar. Pro tip: the lines get long, but you can get your fix 24 hours a day, so consider starting your day here bright and early if you want to avoid the mid-morning and late-night crowds.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

 

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It’s been named the oldest bar in the country, welcoming visitors and locals alike for drinks since the 1700s. If you’re looking for upscale, look elsewhere–Lafitte’s is a small, dimly-lit dive. Gather ’round the grand piano to join the pianist and your fellow patrons for a singalong to the classics before you go.

Preservation Hall

 

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Even if you’re not the biggest a jazz fan, Preservation Hall is worth a visit for the bare-bones ambiance alone. This intimate French Quarter club, which opened its doors in 1961, features local and world-renowned jazz musicians playing nightly. No matter when you go, you’re guaranteed to see some incredible talent.

Pat O’Brien’s

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Home of the famous Hurricane cocktail, Pat O’Brien’s is a tourist institution on Bourbon Street that’s a whole lot of fun. In addition to the rum drink that made them famous, Pat’s has plenty of other fruity signature concoctions. You can take in a piano lounge show, or sip and socialize on the outdoor patio.

Commander’s Palace

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In the mood for a fancy dinner? Commander’s Palace, located in the Garden District of the city, is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the south, and has employed a number of culinary heavyweights, including Emeril Lagasse. Lunch, dinner, and brunch are all served in a beautiful historic space–we hear that the turtle soup and bread pudding souffle are just a couple of the dishes not to miss.

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It's pretty easy to love the Big Easy. Whether you're exploring for a few hours or a few days, the historic charm, friendly locals and mouthwatering food and drink, you're sure to have a great time