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 Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets in New Orleans. Despite the damage inflicted by Katrina in 2005, NOLA hasn't lost any of its charm, spark, magic, and its people's inextinguishable joie-de-vivre–none of what makes it a unique city in the U.S. and the world. From the ever-lively Mardi Gras to the eclectic mix of cultures to the rich cuisine reflecting its Cajun, Creole, and French roots, New Orleans is a constant celebration of the human spirit.


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New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau
2020 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
+1 800 672 6124


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The City

History leaks from every corner, brick, and building in New Orleans. The Crescent City has undergone transformation upon transformation to become the hub of tourism and culture it is today.

With a history of Spanish and French dominance, European influence is still seen along most of the architecture in the French Quarter, from the courtyards to the multi-storied buildings. Historically, thousands of Americans, Germans, Sicilians, Irish and Haitians have made New Orleans their home, and this melting pot of cultural differences often reached boiling points. The Americans therefore settled in what is now known as the Central Business District, seeking reprieve from the tense proximity to the Creoles of the French Quarter. Interestingly, city medians are still referred to as "neutral grounds," referencing the Canal Street median that was used as a neutral business point for Americans and Creoles. It seems natural that "New Orleans" and "culture" are uttered in the same breath, as the city is awash with passion, verve, and history.

Nicknamed "The Big Easy" possibly to contrast life in New Orleans against that of the hustle and bustle of "The Big Apple," New Orleans has not strayed from its tranquil persona. The multitudes of parks, preserves, bayous, and waterways make New Orleans a natural, relaxing escape for both locals and visitors. Cozy cafés and restaurants are always ready to serve a friendly beignet and café au lait, and live jazz is always the theme of the night.

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Immerse yourself in Louisiana’s musical, culinary and cultural heritage at one of more than 400 festivals celebrating everything from crawfish to cotton and Blues to barbecue. Don’t miss the biggest festival of all, Mardi Gras, with its spectacle of parades, music and food events, held in nearly every community in the state.

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Mardi Gras (January–February)

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April–May)

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French Quarter Festival (April)

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New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (June)

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COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month (August)

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Satchmo SummerFest (August)

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VooDoo Music + Arts Experience (October)

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Christmas New Orleans Style (December)

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Do & See

New Orleans has the uncanny ability to combine fun and excitement with its endless historical elements. Mardi Gras attracts millions of people each year, and the city's famed streets and districts will fill your itinerary. The sounds of jazz seem to follow you everywhere, and so do the welcoming, wide smiles of the New Orleanians.

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Mardi Gras Carnival

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French Quarter

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Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter


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St. Louis Cathedral


New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA)

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Jackson Square


City Park

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Canal Street

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Garden District

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National WWII Museum

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

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New Orleans School of Cooking

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Louisiana Children's Museum

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Audubon Zoo


Audubon Aquarium Of The Americas

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New Orleans Ferries


Ogden Museum of Southern Art


Backstreet Cultural Museum

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In Louisiana, you’ll find a lively and unforgettable melting pot of cultures and cuisines. People around the world are drawn to Louisiana to enjoy flavorful Cajun and Creole dishes and then dance the night away in the birthplace of American Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco music. With countless opportunities for fishing, biking, birding, paddling and golfing, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all who love the outdoors.


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Much of Crescent City's appeal lies in its fantastic cuisine. Southern, Cajun, Creole, and French fares are the most common, and each restaurant puts its own spin on these traditional favourites, making the dining experience from one venue to another completely unique.

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Acme Oyster House

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Antoine's Restaurant

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Company Burger


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Commander’s Palace


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Zea Rotisserie & Grill


Clancy’s Restaurant

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Bennachin Restaurant


Hoshun Restaurant


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Boasting of style, character, quality, and history, the cafes of New Orleans never cease to satiate even the most distinguished palates. Traditional French beignets are freshly baked at the famous Café du Monde, and chicory coffee is brewed daily. No matter where you go, you'll find delicious food around every corner.


Café Du Monde

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Napoleon House

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Jacques-Imo's Café


Café Amelie

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Ernst Café

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Mammoth Espresso


Tout de Suite Café

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Café Envie

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Bars & Nightlife

Standing boldly against the vivacity of New Orleans' world-famous streets are its nightclubs and bars. New Orleans holds its own amongst the nation's most popular vacation destinations, and its nightlife venues are no different. The king of New Orleans nightlife, however, is undoubtedly jazz, which is heard it seems from every bar, cafe, restaurant or hole-in-the-wall. From grand orchestras to new young trios, jazz is the air this city breathes, so indulge and take a deep breath.


The Elysian Bar

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The Bombay Club

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The Spotted Cat Music Club


Preservation Hall


Fritzel’s European Jazz Club

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NOLA Brewing

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The Sazerac Bar


Tropical Isle

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Rock 'n' Bowl

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Jimani Lounge & Restaurant

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Crescent City Brewhouse


Parasol's Restaurant & Bar


The Metropolitan

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Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits


Arnaud's & the French 75 Bar


Maple Leaf

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Whether seeking familiar retail brands or hoping to browse through authentic New Orleans galleries, shopping options never fall short in this city. Independent boutiques, antique stores, souvenir shops, and outlet malls offer visitors a vast mix of selections. Some areas feature original artwork from local artists.

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Royal Street

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Jackson Square

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Oakwood Center

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Louisiana Music Factory

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Lakeside Mall

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Tourist Information

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.





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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

The airport is 19km west of the New Orleans central business district.

The New Orleans metropolitan area is serviced by LANO International Airport (airport code MSY). It serves the following airlines: Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, AirTran, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Vacation Express, and Air Canada. There is nonstop service to 39 destinations, with approximately 136 daily departures.

Ground transportation is available via the Jefferson Transit bus service between downtown New Orleans and the airport (The Airport-Downtown Express - E-2 Bus). The bus journey is approximately fifty minutes and runs seven days a week. You will find the E2 Airport bus stop on the upper level of the airport. There is also the Airport Express bus 202 that runs from the airport to Elk Place at Cleveland and the Union Passenger Terminal Bus Bay 2.

Another option is to use shuttle service from the airport to your hotel or various other locations in New Orleans. Tickets can be bought at the Airport Shuttle ticket booths placed on the first level throughout the Baggage Claim area at the airport.

The taxi booths are situated on the first level of the Terminal, outside the Baggage Claim Belts 1 and 14.

If you want to rent a car, there is a rental car facility (CONRAC) situated only a short walk away from the main terminal.

Address: 1 Terminal Drive, Kenner, LA


Phone: +1 504 303 7500


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New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW)

Lakefront Airport is located 7km from the central business district. It is a general aviation airport with charter and private flights to Destin, Gulf Shores, Memphis, Oxford, Mississippi and Panama City Beach. Cabs may be hired outside the baggage claim area. There is a public transit bus stop not too far outside the airport.

Address: 6001 Stars & Stripes Boulevard, New Orleans


Phone: +1 504 243 4010


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Best Time to Visit

New Orleans is a happening city, which means there is something going on regardless of the time of year. That being said, the months from February through May are when the city is at its busiest, and many arrive for Mardi Gras as early as January. Temperatures rise throughout the summer (June through September), while October through January are moderate in temperature and less crowded than spring.





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Public Transport


NORTA (New Orleans Regional Transit Authority) operates 40 bus routes throughout New Orleans. The new, bio-diesel buses have great windows for a scenic ride. Learn more about routes and maps at the website below.

The Regional Transit Authority Bus Lines (RTA) offers different ticket types such as: One-Way Fares, 1-day, 3-day and 31-day Jazzy Passes. Theses tickets can also be used on the Streetcar.

You can buy one-way tickets and one-day pass directly from the bus driver with cash (use exact change). You can also buy your tickets with GoMobile App, just download the app and buy the right pass on your smartphone and ride instantly. The third option is to get your pass online with MyRTA and have them delivered to your doorstep. There also numbers of stores across the city that sells 1-day, 3- day and 31-day Jazzy passes. The last option where to buy tickets are from the Ticket Vending Machines (TVM). There are four TVMs along the Canal Streetcar Line.


Streetcars are the marquee method of transportation in New Orleans. There are four lines in operation - St. Charles, Canal Street, the Riverfront and the newest line, the N. Rampart line - each originating downtown.

Streetcar fares (one-way tickets and one-day pass) may be paid with exact change upon boarding. There is also 3-day and 31-day Jazzy Passes which can be bought on the GoMobile App, online with MyRTA, from numbers of stores across the city and from Ticket Vending Machines.

Alternatively, bike rentals are available throughout the city.

Address: 2817 Canal Street, New Orleans


Phone: +1 504 248 3900


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The following are a selection of the taxi companies serving the New Orleans area:

Alliance: +1 504 872 0221
American Taxi: +1 504 299 0386
Checker Cab: +1 504 207 7777
New Orleans Carriage Cab: +1 504 207 7777
United Cabs, Inc.: +1 504 522 9771
White Fleet: +1 504 822 3800





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Sending parcels and letters in the US is a relatively straightforward process. The most common method is through the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS offers a variety of services for sending mail, including First-Class Mail for letters and postcards, Priority Mail for packages, and Priority Mail Express for overnight delivery. To send a parcel or letter, you will need to take it to a USPS post office or use a USPS blue collection box. If you are in New Orleans, you can use the USPS website to find the nearest post office or collection box to your location. Additionally, you can also use private couriers such as FedEx and UPS, which often provide a wider range of services and faster delivery times, but generally at a higher cost.

Address: US Post Office, 701 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans


Phone: +1 504 589 1706


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In New Orleans, the primary pharmacies are national chains Walgreens and CVS, but there are also independent retail stores such as Castellon Pharmacy, Carr Drugs, and Esplanade Pharmacy.

CVS Pharmacy
4901 Prytania Street, New Orleans
Open 24/7
+1 504 891 6307

Walgreens Pharmacy
4110 General De Gaulle Drive, New Orleans
Open 24/7
+1 504 433 3297





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Area Codes in New Orleans: 504, 225, 985





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