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2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

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2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

My wife and I will be in Nola for 2 full days for the Memorial Day Weekend. Flying in Friday late night and leaving Monday during the day. This will be our first trip. What do you recommend as a must not miss.

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1. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

Where are you staying. Most visitor's stay in the FQ. Do you have a room yet. You don't have much time. to visit. Stay in the FQ a nd walk to all the attractions. Eat and shop. Visit the clubs in Marigny and the French Market. What's your budget. Do you like fine dining or casual. There are questions at the right side of this page at the top that answer a lot of questions.

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We are staying in Royal Sonesta. Location should allow for each access. Dining is probably more casual. Maybe a bit nicer dinner one night, but definitely nothing too fancy.

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I see from your contributions page that you've been to quite a few destinations. Be Careful! You could be end up like lots of us, falling in love with New Orleans and wanting to return again and again.

Generally speaking, just put on some comfortable shoes and walk in the French Quarter.

Have a Hurricane at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shoppe 941 Bourbon St. and one at Pat O'Brien's 718 St. Peter Street to see which you like best.

Try a Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House 500 Chartres St. http://napoleonhouse.com/

Visit The Pharmacy Museum at 514 Chartres http://www.pharmacymuseum.org/ $5 for a self guided tour where you'll learn a lot about New Orleans history and early medicine. Picture taking is allowed.

Visit a Voodoo shop and ask questions. There are several, but this is one of my favorites: Voodoo Authentica 612 Dumaine St. http://www.voodooshop.com/

My favorite cheap eat is the All That Jazz sandwich from Verti Marte deli at 1201 Royal St. Take out only and if you're too tired to walk there, they deliver (504)525-4767

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse right in the Royal Sonesta showcases some excellent local talent.

I would spend part of one evening on Bourbon St. just so you can say you did and for the other evening I would visit Frenchmen St. which is just outside the French Quarter. It's quite walkable from the RS, but also a quick, cheap cab ride.

That's just a few ideas to get you started.

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I like Galatoire's, Muriel's, Bayona, Stella, Irene's, Brennan's, Mr. B's and NOLA. Don't miss lunch at Galatoire's. On Friday there is a party all afternoon so choose your day as you please. Go to The Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton Hotel and listen to Jeremy Davenport's jazz on Friday and Saturday at 9 PM.

Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.

http://www.galatoires.com/

Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.

http://www.muriels.com/html/home.html

Bayona @ 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4455.

http://www.bayona.com/

Stella Restaurant @ 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 0091.

http://www.restaurantstella.com/

Irene's Cuisine @ 539 St. Phillip St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 8811.

Brennan's Restaurant @ Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9711.

http://www.brennansneworleans.com/

Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.

http://www.mrbsbistro.com/index2.php

Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652.

www.emerils.com/restaurant/2/NOLA-Restaurant/

Have a po boy at Johnny's in the FQ and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Napoleon House in the FQ is nice for drinks and lunch also. Stanley's is outstanding for breakfast/lunch. Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive.

Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.

http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/

Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.

http://stanleyrestaurant.com/

Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.

http://www.clovergrill.com/

Emeril's is my favorite restaurant in the WHD in NOLA. They have a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $19.50 Monday/Friday. Dinner is outstanding. Root is a new restaurant that just opened. Herbsaint and Iris are great fine dining restaurants in the CBD. Le Foret is a romantic fine dining choice for dinner. Tommy's is a block from Emeril's and serves outstanding classic creole Italian cuisine. Lucy’s is a great bar to visit in this area before dinner if you arrive early.

Emeril's @ 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 528 - 9393.

emerils.com/restaurant/1/Emerils-New-Orleans/

Root @ 200 Julia St, fNew Orleans, LA 504 – 252 – 9480.

http://rootnola.com/

Herbsaint @ 701 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 4114.

http://www.herbsaint.com/

Iris @ 321 North Peters St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 299 - 3944.

http://www.irisneworleans.com/

Le Foret @ 129 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 553 - 6738.

http://www.dmillanleforet.com/

Tommy's Cuisine @ 746 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 1103.

Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans/

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5. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

Stay longer.

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6. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

BEST recommendation I've EVER heard!!!

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7. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

Here are SOME of the "mustdo's" in the French Quarter alone:

-Visit Jackson Square and peruse the offerings of the artists and craftsmen there.

-Stop often and listen to the street musicians and observe the street performers.  BE SURE TO TIP THEM IF YOU LIKE THEIR PERFORMANCE. ( For that reason, be sure to bring a bunch of dollar bills, and fives too.)

-Go into the beautiful old St Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. Again, BE SURE TO LEAVE AN OFFERING to show your appreciation.

-Visit the French Market to peruse the Flea Market and the Farmer's Market and the associated restaurants and shops.

-Take a buggy ride from Jackson Square around the Quarter to get narrated history lesson.

-Eat a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.

-Eat a po'boy sandwich or some crawfish or alligator on a stick.

-Drink a Hurricane in the courtyard at Pat O'Briens.p

-Take a walk along the Mississippi River levee.

- Take a cruise down the river on the Riverboat Natchez.

-Take a FREE ride on the Algiers Ferry to get a great view of tje Quarter from the river.

-Peruse the art galleries on Royal Street.

-At nite, either watch or particpate in the spirit of bacchanalia on Bourbon Street.

-As an alternative at nite, walk over to Frenchman Street to the jazz clubs.

-EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT at many of the dozens of superb dining establishments in the Quarter.

-SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP in everything from "touristy" shops to high-end places.

-DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK if that is your wont.  Lots of places and lots of differnt drinks.

-Take a ride on fhe streetcars, which opens up an entire new set of activities OUTSIDE of the FQ!

-Take a tour to visit local plantations or swamps or a "Katrina tour" to understand the devastation and recovery from that terrible event.

And this list has only touched on SOME of the highlights.  Others will, I'm sure, add to this list.

For a restaurant, I recommend Vacherie. It has a very interesting Louisiana-based upscale menu at medium-level prices. It also has a nice courtyard to eat in when the weather is nice.

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8. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

6380, that was the first thing that came to mind when I read the Topic heading.

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9. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

thank you all for your recommendations. i wish we could stay longer, but we only have a long weekend to travel with two other long trip planned this year. We are going to make the best out of two days we have and treat it as an appetizer for a future return.

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10. Re: 2 days in NOLA. Recommendations?

You might start with a carriage ride from Jackson Square to acquaint yourselves with the Quarter. Also visit neworleansonline.com for many ideas.

What sort of music do you like?