New Orleans: A Guide to The Big Easy

Known as the Big Easy, New Orleans is a melting pot of French, African And American cultures, situated on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico. Vibrant and diverse, live-music accompanies daily life on every street and an around-the-clock nightlife scene make this Lousisiana city a must see destination for this year. A truly unique experience, find joy and unwind in great Creole food or in the beautiful scenery around you.

 

What to do:

-Mardi Gras: a must-see event, try your hardest to fit your trip to New Orleans around this wonderful carnival. Normally around February or early march, take part in the collecting of festive beads from the crazy and colourful floats on Fat Tuesday at the finale parade.

-Shopping on Magazine Street: the six-mile long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown provides a wealth of shops, restaurant and entertainment to get lost in for hours. The historic architecture of this street houses some of the best antique stores, art galleries and boutiques. 

-Jazz fest: New Orleans wouldn't be the Big Easy without Jazz. This annual celebration of the city's music and cultural heritage has been held since 1970 all around the city in nightclubs and bars on every street. 


Where to eat:

-GW Fins: this gorgeous seafood restaurant will have your tastebuds tingling. Selecting only the best fish from around the globe, this special place is a hit with foodies in the culinary capital. Based on the fish they receive daily, the chefs attention to detail has allowed them to create a killer menu. Reserve in advance. 

-Upperline: aiming to sooth their guests with great Louisiana food and wine, Upperline provides a great array of classic New Orleans dishes, inspired by the buzzing Creole culture outside. Relax in the cosy restaurant interior covered wall to wall with hand-painted pictures representing the vibrancy of the city.

-Muriel's: (local) perfectly located on Jackson Square in the French Quarter for a lunchtime break, Muriel's will provide you with a great atmosphere. Each room is uniquely decorated as a perfect backdrop for lunchtime cocktails. While there, find out about their friendly ghost...

-R'evolution: boasting a 10,000 bottle wine cellar, this reimagined Creole menu in the French Quarter is a must. We recommend the Jazz Brunch on Sundays for an atmospheric New Orleans experience. 

 

Where to stay:

-The Ritz-Carlton: set in the French Quarter, this opulent hotel is a short work from many major attractions. The large rooms are furnished is a neoclassical style but with all the modern accessories you'll need, as well as featuring marble baths and spectacular views of the city.

-Windsor Court Hotel: with an air of exclusivity, we definitely recommend this hotel. The luxurious interior style is held within a high rise building, giving great views. Only a 3-minute walk from The Shops on Canal Place, you can relax in the private lounge or on your own balcony after a busy day shopping. 

-Royal Sonesta Hotel: this hotel will keep you busy, offering guests an oyster bar, Cajun & Creole restaurant, jazz club, cafe and cocktail lounge. Not only this, the hotel, situated in the French Quarter on Bourbon Street, is a short walk from Jackson Square and other popular attractions. The grander of the hotel is continued in the suites with hot tubs, spiral staircases and canopy beds. 

New Orleans: The Edit