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Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

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Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

Hi All,

I have recieved some great tips on my last question so i thought i would try again.

At the risk of offending NOLA supporters i have heard and read that there may be a seedy element to some of the NOLA tourist areas.

I would never visit during Mardi Gras just to avoid the whole bead throwing thing.

Are there other areas and things of this nature that my wife and i can avoid.

Trying to avoid things like the "porn slappers" in Vegas and things like that

Maybe i am worrying over nothing

thanks for your help

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1. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

Most of the seedy businesses, (like strip clubs), with signage that can be offensive are located on the first 3-4 blocks of Bourbon Street. It is very easy to avoid. When you are walking from Canal, use Royal, Chartres or Decatur down to at least St Louis and even better to Toulouse before crossing over to Bourbon Street.

Having said that, if you can simply not pay attention to it, there are a couple of wonderful restaurants on upper Bourbon, (closer to Canal). Bourbon House and Red Fish Grill are two that I think are well worth walking past some businesses that you don't want to see. I am not easily offended so I do visit upper Bourbon for the music clubs and restaurants, although I really don't like very late at night.

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2. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

perfect that is the kind of info i need.

i am only there 4-5 days i am sure there is enough to see and do without having to see those 3-4 blocks.

that sort of stuff always offends the feminist in my wife and puts a damper on the evening.

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3. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

KCk has described the rough spots on Bourbon for you. The best advice is don't pay attention to the rough places. You will encounter jerks trying to sell you something or get you to go to places just don't pay attention. Go to the places you want to on Bourbon and avoid the rest. I think you are worrying over nothing. NOLA is a great city. Enjoy your visit.

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I speak affectionately, as a native:

New Orleans isn't the white-gloved Protestant South. It's a freak among American cities, a renegade place. On the one hand, it's kind, gorgeous, exuberant, cultivated, and deeply soulful. It's also excessive, violent, sad, and eternally coming apart at the seams. New Orleans is everything great and terrible about the USA, writ large and honestly.

Although the contrasts are extreme, the trick to "getting" New Orleans is simply to be easy when you're there. Take what you like, and let go of the rest. Enjoy the smells, feel, and vibe that are like nowhere else on earth.

Oh, and eat! Eat and drink!

Galatoire's aside, I don't like Bourbon Street. But there's more to the Quarter than Bourbon, and more to New Orleans than the French Quarter. I would encourage any visitor who has the time to venture further afield.

Can't remember who said that New Orleans gives back what you put into it, but it's really true. Approach the city with an open heart, and it will repay your generosity in triplicate.

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5. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

Good question, thanks for thinking of asking it.

Toronto,Canada
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6. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

Good advice Slate!

Believe me i am still very much looking forward to the trip.

I can take pretty much anything in stride.

My wife has a little more difficulty in doing that

It is appears that with a little care i can easily avoid what i need to avoid.

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7. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

Slate said it best!

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8. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

Slate said it best!

Edited: 25 January 2012, 20:58
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9. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

I hope you're not bothered by excessive alcohol consumption :)

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10. Re: Is there a seedy element that i can avoid?

There are other places to see or dine at in the first 4 blocks of Bourbon in addition to those mentioned; Royal Sonesta Hotal with its Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Legends Park with Cafe Beignet, Arnaud's Restaurant. In addition Felix's Oyster House and Acme Oyster House on Iberville are just a few steps from the corner of Bourbon St.