Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA Soak up the Sights and Sounds of New Orleans Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA Soak up the Sights and Sounds of New Orleans story by: Inspire Magazine Home to scores of jazz music, a plethora of history, piles of mouth-watering treats, a true melting pot of cultures and an absolutely enchanting atmosphere, New Orleans is one city you need to experience. INTRODUCING NEW ORLEANS’ NEIGHBOURHOODS One of the best ways to explore the city is to stroll the streets of the various neighbourhoods, all diverse and equally fascinating. The French Quarter, in the heart of New Orleans, exudes charm with its architectural mix of Spanish, French, Creole and American influences. Visit historical buildings, the French Markets and lap up the vibrant café scene. Wander the streets of the Garden District, filled with fountains and Greek-influenced architecture. Check out the oaks of Coliseum Square and soak up the romantic atmosphere through the laneways. Faubourg Marigny and Bywater are home to great music and scrumptious foods. Stop by jazz clubs, art galleries and the quaint restored cottages for a truly authentic experience. JIVE TO SOME JAZZ AND DEVOUR THE CUISINE Head to Frenchman Street, just by the French Quarter, for an alternative to New Orleans’ tourist hub, Bourbon Street. This is where the locals tap their toes to jazz, Latin, reggae and blues, in traditional wooden signed venues. Try all the classic New Orleans flavours you can. Munch on some jambalaya (a rice dish), muffulettas (giant sandwiches), beignets (doughnuts drowned in icing sugar), crawfish etouffee, po boys, king cakes and more. You could even take a New Orleans cooking class! SAIL THROUGH SWAMPS You wouldn’t know it while you’re wandering the eclectic streets of the town, but New Orleans is surrounded by swamp. Beautiful bayou trees coated in moss drape down over the water, which conceals lurking alligators. Hop aboard a swamp tour and experience this mysterious world. DELVE INTO DEEP HISTORY You can’t ignore New Orleans’ plantation history. Grand homes and properties that once housed wealthy owners and slaves now act as a look into the past. Take a tour of plantation homes and hear stories of tragedy and triumph from the past. HOT TIP Head to a Café du Monde for a huge plate of delectable beignets and chicory coffee. Yum! Click here to see all Inspire North America articles. What sort of jet-setter are you? Click here for HOT USA & Canada 2015 Deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.