Dusk falls over Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
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It’s easy to love and hard to leave the Big Easy
Start your visit in the French Quarter, with its Old World spirit, infinitely varied architecture and faded elegance. Head to Jackson Square, an 18th-century military parade ground that is now a meeting place for street musicians, voodoo queens, fortune tellers, artists, historians and tourists. In a world of man-made attractions, the French Quarter is unfailingly authentic. It’s not an interpreted historic attraction – it’s 120 city blocks of the real deal. It has more buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places than any other American city.
New Orleans is the best food town in America. There’s no better place to connect with a culture through its cuisine than the Big Easy. New Orleans is home to internationally recognized culinary heroes, who are encouraged by locals and visitors alike to experiment in the kitchen and serve up some of the world's most unique and creative dishes. The city's Creole, Cajun and French signature dishes are just the tip of the menu. Don't forget to explore the offerings of other cuisines, including Latin, Mediterranean, Asian and Italian fare, which infuse traditional preparation with an amazing array of South Louisiana spices, produce and seafood.
New Orleans and music go together like riverboats and the Mississippi, fried shrimp and po’boys, beignets and cafe au lait. A music lovers’ paradise that’s home to Jazz, Zydeco, R&B and Soul, the city has produced its share of musical giants, from greats like Louis Armstrong to contemporary acts like Trombone Shorty. Explore beyond the grace and sass of the French Quarter to Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny, an original Creole neighborhood that’s a mecca for nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
From kitschy souvenirs to world-class art, New Orleans offers retail therapy for every occasion. Shop for art and antiques on Royal Street, funky fashion and collectibles on Magazine Street and souvenirs and artist-made goods in the French Market and the evening Frenchmen Art Market. The city’s iconic symbol, the fleur de lis, adorns everything from jewelry to waffle irons. You’re guaranteed to find something you didn’t know you needed. For tax-free shopping, remember to show your passport and ask for a tax refund voucher when you buy. Pick up your refund at Louis Armstrong International Airport, The Riverwalk Shopping Center or Macy’s at Lakeside Shopping Center.