(Reuters) – Hospitality is king in New Orleans whether the city is hosting major sports events, the annual Mardi Gras or thousands of visitors who have dropped in for a fun weekend.
Known as the Big Easy or the Crescent City, New Orleans, which straddles the Mississippi River, is famous for its French Creole cuisine, distinctive architecture, jazz music and unique blend of influences from the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a short visit to Louisiana’s largest city.
8:30 a.m. – Stroll along the river in Woldenburg Park, at the edge of the French Quarter or board the free ferry at the foot of Canal Street and take a quick ride across and back to sense the power of the Mighty Mississippi.
10 a.m. – Head for the Garden District and Commander’s Palace restaurant for Sunday brunch. Enjoy sumptuous dishes in an elegant 19th century home, with live jazz music. (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221)
12 noon – Ride the Canal Street streetcar through Mid-City, and take the Carrollton Avenue spur to the end of the line. Step into City Park and walk the promenade past moss-draped oak trees to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, next to New Orleans Museum of Art.
Step into neighboring City Park Botanical Gardens and stroll the walkways through sprawling gardens, or view the latest exhibits and permanent collection at the art museum.
3 p.m. – Visit the Marigny District for a refreshing break at the Three Muses. Enjoy a cold beer or cocktail and snack on the Feta Fries as you wind down your weekend in New Orleans. (536 Frenchmen St., 504-298-8746)
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