Obviously the French Quarter is known for Bourbon Street. Besides Hurricane’s ( the drink that is) and heaps of multi colored beads there are lot of reason’s to head down to the famed area. These are my suggestions for exploring the French Quarter.
TAKE A WALKING TOUR
The second time I went out with Two Chicks Walking it was for a very different kind of tour then the last. The French Quarter has a scandalous and dirty past. Brothels, bordellos and ladies of the night explains everything you need to know about what you are about to embark on.Prostitution is widely known as the oldest profession in the world and it did not escape New Orleans but the world of Storyville easily comes alive thru the tales Christine tells. I love history and a great way to learn and understand it is thru walking around and absorbing it.
SPEND ONE NIGHT ON BOURBON STREET
Party until your heart is content but go to other bars off of Bourbon street as well to get a more local feel. Locals definitely do not frequent Bourbon Street but it is such a staple for tourists it is worth hanging out there for a night.Buy a Hurricane or a Hand Grenade, walk the streets and take in the atmosphere. See a live band and dance!
EAT A LOT OF BEIGNETS
Try the two most famous beignets shops in New Orleans. Sit outside at Cafe Du Monde with a coffee and people watch. Then head over to Cafe Beignets and try the competition. I did both after Christine of Two Chicks Walking recommended it. I couldn’t decide which was better but I did enjoy eating beignets multiple times.
EAT A LOT OF EVERYTHING
There is no shortage of good food. Specifically Po’ Boys. You can’t go wrong with almost any Po’ Boy shop you come across in the area. May I suggest heading to Johnny’s which is a bare knuckles Po’ Boy shop and serves other NOLA classics like Muffaletta. The sandwiches are as big as your head and taste great. If you are looking for an excellent dinner spot just head to Mother’s. It is cafeteria style seating but the food is to die for. Southern and Cajun classics.
Just walk around on your own. Experience the atmosphere. Admire the architecture. Get a little lost and find your way again. There is no greater way to explore a city then by just having no plan at all.