New Orleans- follow me to fun

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Katy Boeder

New Orleans- follow me to fun

Food, booze and music favorites

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The Soul of the City

Image - The Maison
The Maison
Katy:My favorite place to see live music. Head upstairs for a view from above the stage, less crowds and close to a bar and bathroom
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Frenchmen Street
Katy:A street full of jazz clubs and street performers. Pick a club, grab a drink and take in those NOLA sounds
Image - Preservation Hall
Preservation Hall
Katy:An intimate venue to see some of NOLAs best musicians
Image - Fritzel's European Jazz Pub
Fritzel's European Jazz Pub
Katy:Jazz bands nightly. Located on the notorious Bourbon Street
Image - French Quarter Festivals, Inc
French Quarter Festivals, Inc
Katy:A free, annual music festival held each April in the French Quarter
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The Jazz Playhouse
Katy:My favorite brass band, the Brass-a-holics, play here on Thursdays. It’s a little stuffy, so make sure you’re prepared to get the party started!
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Places of Interest

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Jackson Square
Katy:Here you’ll find artists, psychics and musicians selling their talents in front of St. Louis cathedral
Image - Shops of the Colonnade
Shops of the Colonnade
Katy:An open air market with food, clothes and souvenirs
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Royal Street
Katy:A beautiful Street in the FQ with antique shops, bars, buskers and restaurants
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Garden District
Katy:A historical neighborhood filled with mansions of the well-to-do and famous. Residents include John Goodman, Nick Cage and Sandra Bullock
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Magazine Street
Katy:Six miles of shopping, food and fun
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Saint Charles
Katy:For $1.25 ride the St. Charles streetcar from the Quarter to Uptown
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City Park
Katy:City Park’s 1,300 acres provides access to abundant natural and cultural resources, offering a variety of attractions including an amusement park, botanical garden, golf, tennis, museums, boat and bike rentals
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Tremé / Lafitte
Katy:The oldest African American neighborhood in the US. Home to notable jazz clubs and soul food restaurants
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Louis Armstrong Park
Katy:Just steps from the French Quarter sits this public park that honors the jazz great Louis Armstrong. Look for the iconic, arched entrance. Inside you'll find sites like Congo Square (a historic meeting place for slaves in the 1800s), sculptures, duck ponds and lots of open spaces for relaxing
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Lafayette Cemetery No. 2
Katy:Resting place to notable locals and home to the above ground tombs that NOLA is known for
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Lalaurie Mansion
Katy:Now apartments, this was once a mansion where Madame Lalaurie committed atrocities. Her story was the basis for American Horror Story Season 2 “Coven”
Image - Shops At Jax Brewery
Shops At Jax Brewery
Katy:Once a working brewery, the building on the Mississippi now houses shops and restaurants
Image - Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture
Katy:A collection of Mardis Gras memorabilia
Image - Museum of Death New Orleans
Museum of Death New Orleans
Katy:Those brave enough to visit can view and learn more about body bags, coffins, skulls, morticians, cannibalism and much more. Special displays include Manson family photos, crime morgue scene photos and more. I have not been. Who wants to go with me?
Image - New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
Katy:Learn about the traditions of Voodoo
Image - Bywater
Katy:The Bywater neighborhood has taken off. With quaint restaurants, unique artwork, and laid-back nightlife, the Bywater is a must-visit for any New Orleans trip. Places to check out include Bachannal wine and cheese shop and Parleaux Beer Lab. Both have great outdoor spaces perfect for a sunny day hang.
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Audubon Park
Katy:People travel from near and far to marvel at and enjoy the ever-beautiful oak trees, lagoons, and expansive green space located within the park.


Places we love

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Café Du Monde Riverwalk
Katy:THE place for beignets and chicory coffee. The unofficial rule is if there isn’t a line when you walk by you go in. Be prepared to leave covered in powdered sugar
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Antoine's Restaurant
Katy:Americas oldest family run restaurant and where oysters Rockefeller originated. Reservations recommended but if you can find a spot at the bar you have access to the full menu
Image - Central Grocery and Deli
Central Grocery and Deli
Katy:Currently closed due to hurricane damage, they are famous for inventing the muffuletta sandwich
Image - Willie's Chicken Shack
Willie's Chicken Shack
Katy:Drunk food
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The Court of Two Sisters
Katy:One of the prettiest restaurants in town. Known for their daily jazz brunch and courtyard dining
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Acme Oyster House
Katy:The long line out the door is your first clue that this is a well know spot for fresh seafood
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Commander's Palace
Katy:A Garden District landmark, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a swanky dining experience. You can get a martini for .25 when you order a lunch entree. There is a dress code and you will need reservations
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Coop's Place
Katy:A restaurant where industry people go to eat so you know it’s good. They serve all the essential NOLA foods
Image - Brennans
Katy:Famous for inventing Bananas Foster. The Brennan family has several restaurants throughout the city
Image - Arnaud's
Katy:An upscale dining experience. Within the restaurant is the French 75 bar where I recommend you order (you guessed it) a French 75!
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Verti Marte
Katy:Verti Marte is the French Quarter’s longtime neighborhood deli, known for its breakfast, extensive menu of sandwiches, no-nonsense counter service, and 24/7 hours, a top late-night eats destination. It’s loved equally for the hot sausage po’ boy, a sloppy roast beef version made with a secret sauce, and the All That Jazz, a po’ boy stuffed with a stack of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and “wow sauce.”
Image - Ruby Slipper Cafe
Ruby Slipper Cafe
Katy:A Magazine St staple known for their brunch
Image - Camellia Grill
Camellia Grill
Katy:Known for their breakfast
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Aunt Sally's Pralines
Katy:Pralines (pronounced praw-leens) are the perfect souvenir to bring back for friends and family
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Steamboat NATCHEZ
Katy:View it from land or take a cruise that includes music and food. I haven’t done the cruise. I’m told the food is meh
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Willie Mae's Scotch House
Katy:Since 1957, Willie Mae’s Scotch House has been serving the 6th Ward and visitors from around the world. In 2005, the restaurant received the James Beard Award and has been recognized by the Food Network and Travel Channel as having “America’s Best Fried Chicken.”
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Frank's Restaurant
Katy:Central Grocery may have invented the muffuletta, but Frank’s perfected it. Trust. We taste tested both picnic style along the Mississippi and Frank’s was the unanimous favorite
Image - Port of Call
Port of Call
Katy:I haven’t been yet, but PoC is consistently voted best burger in NOLA. Maybe this next trip I can finally verify how tasty those burgers are!
Image - Bayona
Katy:Located in a romantic Creole cottage in the historic French Quarter. Chef Susan Spicer prepares her nationally acclaimed International cuisine which has given Bayona the distinction as one of the top restaurants in the United States. Reservations recommended.


Places to drink and the cocktail they’re known for

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Napoleon House
Katy:My favorite place to have a Pimms Cup. Bartender Mario is affectionately known as the Mayor of the French Quarter
Image - Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
Katy:My favorite bar in NOLA. Famous for their frozen purple drink, it is the oldest structure used as a bar in the USA.
Image - Tujague's
Katy: Known for introducing brunch to the world and inventing the Grasshopper cocktail. America’s oldest stand up bar recently moved down the street
Image - Tropical Isle
Tropical Isle
Katy:Come here for a Hand Grenade or a Shark Attack
Image - Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
Katy:Originally a speakeasy, this establishment is known for inventing the Hurricane cocktail. These are more potent than you realize!
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May Baily's Place
Katy:Technically a hotel bar, we discovered via a cocktail tour that this place has THE best Hurricane in town. Originally a brothel, this establishment is said to be haunted by a former lady of the night
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The Sazerac Bar
Katy:A classy spot to have the official drink of NOLA, the Sazerac.
Image - Old Absinthe House
Old Absinthe House
Katy:A great place for a quick drink. They have absinthe cocktail!
Image - The Carousel Bar & Lounge
The Carousel Bar & Lounge
Katy:If you’re lucky enough to get a seat at the beautiful carousel bar, take a spin and order a Vieux Carre. I’m also a fan of their Pimms Cup here
Image - Uptown/Carrollton
Katy:Outside of the Quarter in Uptown, you’ll find some of my favorite bars including Snake and Jakes Christmas Club Lounge and Cooter Browns
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Pirate's Alley Cafe
Katy:Where I had my first absinthe experience. If you’re lucky, the bartender will talk you through the process and share the history of this once banned drink
Image - Huge Ass Beers
Huge Ass Beers
Katy:When you want a beer, and you want it in a huge ass cup
Image - The Funky Pirate Blues Club
The Funky Pirate Blues Club
Katy:A place for the 30+ crowd on Bourbon street. Great live music and cheap drinks.
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The Jimani
Katy:A dive bar that was the site of a mass murder in 1973. Google the UpStairs Lounge to read about the horrific arson fire targeting the LGBTQ community. 32 people lost their lives
Image - Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
Katy:New Orleans’ hottest tiki bar

Wonderguide map

  1. The Maison
  2. Frenchmen Street
  3. Preservation Hall
  4. Fritzel's European Jazz Pub
  5. French Quarter Festivals, Inc
  6. The Jazz Playhouse
  7. Jackson Square
  8. Shops of the Colonnade
  9. Royal Street
  10. Garden District
  11. Magazine Street
  12. Saint Charles
  13. City Park
  14. Tremé / Lafitte
  15. Louis Armstrong Park
  16. Lafayette Cemetery No. 2
  17. Lalaurie Mansion
  18. Shops At Jax Brewery
  19. Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture
  20. Museum of Death New Orleans
  21. New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
  22. Bywater
  23. Audubon Park
  24. Café Du Monde Riverwalk
  25. Antoine's Restaurant
  26. Central Grocery and Deli
  27. Willie's Chicken Shack
  28. The Court of Two Sisters
  29. Acme Oyster House
  30. Commander's Palace
  31. Coop's Place
  32. Brennans
  33. Arnaud's
  34. Verti Marte
  35. Ruby Slipper Cafe
  36. Camellia Grill
  37. Aunt Sally's Pralines
  38. Steamboat NATCHEZ
  39. Willie Mae's Scotch House
  40. Frank's Restaurant
  41. Port of Call
  42. Bayona
  43. Lucky Dogs Land Based
  44. Napoleon House
  45. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
  46. Tujague's
  47. Tropical Isle
  48. Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
  49. May Baily's Place
  50. The Sazerac Bar
  51. Old Absinthe House
  52. The Carousel Bar & Lounge
  53. Uptown/Carrollton
  54. Pirate's Alley Cafe
  55. Huge Ass Beers
  56. The Funky Pirate Blues Club
  57. The Jimani
  58. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

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