The Big Easy has something for every resident and visitor. There is a vibrant nightlife in the French Quarter, especially during Mardi Gras, live performances on Bourbon Street most nights, and art and history in Jackson Square. Once you’ve hit all the popular tourist spots, you can check out some of the local restaurants, shops, and salons that make New Orleans a special place to call home.
New Orleans is a melting pot of French, American, and African cuisine and it results in some delicious dishes and fantastic restaurants. If you’re craving “real Nawlins’ food” then you need to eat at Jacques Imos. You can find local brews and favorite dishes like Paneed Rabbit, deep-fried po’boys, fried grits, and crabmeat stuffed shrimp. They are only open for dinner and tend to fill up fast, so make sure you arrive early.
The owner of Upperline, JoAnn Clevenger, says that the original meaning of restaurant was “to restore” and that’s what she hopes to do with her place. Upperline serves Creole cooking and offers serenity after the chaos of the day. You can relax with meals like fried green tomatoes, roasted duck, cheese grits, and rack of lamb. They also host special dinners throughout the year so make sure to check the calendar before you come.
If you want to eat delicious food that is also good for you Meals From the Heart Café is the perfect spot. They have vegan and gluten-free options so anyone can find something to suit their dietary needs. Some of the favorite meals here include New Orleans crab cakes and the balsamic Portobello mushroom dinner.
The Shops at Jax Brewery offer entertainment and history. Jax Brewery is over 110 years old, and while it no longer operates as a brewery, it offers a taste of local culture. You can find unique stores like Cajun Clothing Company, It’s About Time, and Victoria’s Creations. There are also dining options, and international guests can enjoy tax-free shopping.
If you’re looking for designer brands without the designer prices, you can find a ton of outlet stores at the Riverwalk. Brands include Coach, Nordstrom, Kay Jewelers, Loft, and more. There are also plenty of dining options and entertainment so you can find everything you need in one place.
The Shops at Canal Place offer you the traditional shopping mall experience. Big department stores like Saks Fifth Ave. are found here, and you can also shop at favorites like Tiffany’s, Banana Republic, and Brooks Brothers. If you want to catch a movie, there is also a theater in the mall.
You might not be ready for Southern style hair but if you do want a new look or to relax after a long day you should look no further than New Orleans salons. Salon Capri can cut, color, and style your hair as well as offer keratin treatments and waxing services. They also have a bridal package for wedding day hair and makeup.
Not only does Paris Parker have an extensive list of salon services including cuts, colors, extensions, and scalp treatments, but they also have spa services. They have massages, facials, and body scrubs to help you look and feel your best.
You will never be bored in New Orleans with new adventures around every corner. Be prepared never to want to leave!
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