Put on your comfy walking shoes and start your day with a café au lait and beignets (say ben-yays) at Café du Monde right next to the river. No reservation is necessary. Stroll a little further to the French Market and pick up fruits, vegetables, and cool gifts for the folks back home. Then take the Riverfront Streetcar to Jackson Square and watch the artists at work or have your tarot cards read.
Visit the art galleries and antique shops on Royal Street. You don’t have to walk – New Orleans has bike share. They’re blue – just pick one and go. Go where? To the Aquarium, Piazza d’Italia, or shopping at the Riverwalk Outlet Mall. You could spend an entire day at the World War II Museum. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is right across the street.
Have a fragrance blended exclusively for you at Hové Parfumeur – an 18th-century shop in the French Quarter. Or visit Meyer the Hatter on Canal Street – fedoras, derbies, straw boaters, berets, and every kind of gentleman’s hat imaginable. Take the ferry boat across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point and amble along the levee in New Orleans’ second-oldest neighborhood. Historic homes, huge oak trees, neighborhood eateries, an authentic English tavern complete with Dr. Who’s Tardis, and a glass-blowing studio.