Founded 1718 // The Mississippi River // French Quarter // Bourbon Street // St. Louis Cathedral // Louisiana Superdome…
48 Hours in New Orleans by Anastasia Mills Healy
One day leisurely eat and drink your way through the French Quarter, and the next spend Uptown, seeing the graceful architecture of the Garden District, riding the streetcar, and dining in two classic yet wildly different restaurants.
Day 1 - Saturday
Wake up in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Ask for a Bourbon Street balcony if
you want to watch the parade of people below; courtyard/pool rooms suit those
who prefer a more tranquil stay. Some have an in-room hot tub. I’m just saying…
Wander towards the river and grab an
outdoor table at Café du Monde for café au lait, beignets, and people-watching.
Walk down Chartres (pronounced
char-TERS) to Esplanade and up Royal Street, stopping to browse for
antiques, art, secondhand clothes, Mardi Gras masks, etc.; and to admire the
wrought-iron balconies and glimpses of courtyards and daily life in the most
atmospheric neighborhood in America.
Enter Felix’s at Iberville and take a seat the the raw bar. Talk to
the shuckers as they serve you a dozen oysters (yes, they are still safe) and
an ice cold Dixie beer.
If the weather is good, follow a different
route back to Decatur through St. Louis Square, grab a muffuletta at Central
Grocery (923 Decatur Street) and eat it on the promenade of Woldenberg
Park overlooking the Mississippi. If outdoor dining is not in the cards,
have the gumbo and jambalaya at the Gumbo Shop.
Sit in the front room at the Napoleon
House and soak in the atmosphere
while sipping the beverage of your choice.
Take a seat in the courtyard at Pat
O’Brien’s and have a Hurricane.
If you’re feeling like a fancy Creole
dinner, eat at Galatoire’s. If you are always on
the hunt for a great burger, walk to Port of Call. Whether or not you eat at the latter,
stop in for a Monsoon (lighter in color and less sweet than a Hurricane).
Cross Esplanade to Frenchmen Street and
check out the music scene at various bars and clubs. Beer lovers will want to
stop into dba.
Walk slowly up Bourbon Street (remember
that go cups are legal!), amusing yourself at the T-shirt slogans, colorful
people, and music wafting out of open doors.
Continue Uptown on the streetcar. Get off
at Riverbend for a chili-cheese omelette and pecan pie (the best on the planet)
at Camellia Grill.
Take the streetcar back to the Quarter.
Rest and change for dinner.
Take a cab (United: 504-522-9771) to Commander’s
Palace for dinner. Request a window table in the
Garden Room and order the trio of soups, veal chop Tchoupitoulas, and bread
pudding souffle. You’ll be near Tipitina’s so see
who’s playing ahead of time. Either take a cab there or back to the Quarter.