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Top Choice Jazz in French Quarter

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall, housed in a former art gallery dating from 1803, is one of New Orleans' most storied live-music venues. The resident performers, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, are ludicrously talented, and regu…
Top Choice Creole in French Quarter

Galatoire’s

Friday lunchtime is the best time to visit this revered institution for its traditional Creole cuisine. That’s when local ladies in big hats and gloves and men wearing bowties (without irony) buy copious bottles of …
Top Choice Square in French Quarter

Jackson Square

Sprinkled with lazing loungers, surrounded by sketch artists, fortune tellers and traveling performers, and watched over by cathedrals, offices and shops plucked from a Parisian fantasy, Jackson Sq is one of America…
Top Choice Clothing in Uptown & Riverbend

Yvonne La Fleur

They don’t make them like this anymore – neither the clothes, millinery, lingerie nor Yvonne herself, a businesswoman who has outfitted generations of local ladies for weddings, debuts and race days. She makes her o…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in French Quarter

Bar Tonique

'Providing shelter from sobriety since 08/08/08', Tonique is a bartender’s bar. Seriously, on a Sunday night, when the weekend rush is over, we’ve seen no fewer than three of the city’s top bartenders arrive here to…
Top Choice Louisianan in Uptown & Riverbend

Jacques-Imo’s Café

Ask locals for restaurant recommendations in New Orleans, and almost everybody mentions Jacques-Imo's. We understand why: cornbread muffins swimming in butter, steak smothered in blue-cheese sauce, and the insane ye…
Top Choice Historic Site in Plantation Country

Whitney Plantation

The Whitney is the first plantation in the state to focus on slavery, and in doing so they've flipped the script on plantation tours. Whereas before the story told was that of the 'big house', here the emphasis is g…
Top Choice Asian in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Marjie's Grill

In one word: brilliant. Marjie's is run by chefs who were inspired by Southeast Asian street food, but rather than coming home and doing pale imitations of the real thing, they've turned an old house on Broad St int…
Top Choice Southern US in Uptown & Riverbend

Boucherie

The thick, glistening cuts of bacon on the BLT can only be the work of the devil – or chef Nathanial Zimet, whose house-cured meats and succulent Southern dishes are lauded citywide. Savor boudin balls with garlic a…
Top Choice Live Music in Uptown & Riverbend

Tipitina's

'Tips', as locals call it, is one of New Orleans’ great musical icons. The legendary Uptown nightclub, which takes its name from Professor Longhair’s 1953 hit single, is the site of some of the city’s most memorable…