Introducing the city

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About New Orleans

A city rich with history and unique culture, New Orleans is known for its vibrant nightlife, live music scene and its heritage of diverse foods.

Affectionately nicknamed 'The Big Easy', New Orleans is a city of simple pleasures with a laid back vibe that makes it the perfect destination for a relaxing city escape. The crescent city is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, straddling Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne near the Gulf of Mexico. Although the city has struggled with flooding, that hasn't dampened the spirit of the locals as New Orleans is dubbed as one of the friendliest cities in the world.

From voodoo to Mardi Gras and everything in between, New Orleans has a number of weird and wacky traditions. With origins in France and Spain, New Orleans' roots are firmly planted with European influence. The city is also the birthplace of jazz music, giving it a pretty impressive claim to fame (and a pretty impressive jazz festival too).

So whether you're visiting for the exciting history, the musical heritage, or you're just after some fantastic Creole cuisine, there's no doubt you'll feel right at home in the Big Easy.

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When should you visit?

Whenever - New Orleans is fairly warm all year round, so the only thing you need to watch out for is the rain.

Sitting at an average of six feet below sea level, New Orleans is prone to rain, hurricanes and flooding.

Whilst July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, it's also the wettest month. The months of June and July can also get pretty humid. With mild winters seeing averages of 13 degrees Celsius, you're pretty safe that your visit will be a warm one even if it is a little wet.

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Travioor top tips

Bus
Shopping
Go Nola App

Insider Info

  • The bus or streetcars are the best way to travel around New Orleans.
  • There is plenty of shopping to be done in New Orleans. In the French Quarter alone you can choose from more high end shops in Canal Street, to the marketplaces of the French Market District.
  • New Orleans can be a little tricky to navigate for new visitors, so it's a good idea to plan your route. The Go Nola app allows you to not only plan your journeys, but also serves as a handy guidebook.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.51 | $17.00

3-Course Meal £44.10 | $55.50

Cappuccino £2.91 | $3.67

Beer £1.99 | $2.50

The Scene

Food in New Orleans takes its roots from Cajun, Creole and French cuisine, serving up a diverse selection of offerings. Whether you're trying the Creole favourite Jambalaya or the 18th century Gumbo, there are a lot of New Orleans specialities to choose from. With over 1400 restaurants lining the New Orleans streets, you won't be short of enticing dishes to excite your palette.

Home to America's first cocktail, New Orleans is also a great destination for drinking. The city's official cocktail is The Sazerac, containing sugar, herbsaint and Sazerac whiskey. If this doesn't tickle your fancy there are plenty of other New Orleans cocktail options on offer too, like the Hurricane or a Creole Bloody Mary. New Orleans is also one of the few places that allows drinking in the street, so grab a go cup and join the party.

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History

New Orleans’s Story

Founded in 1718 by the French, 'Novelle-Orléans' as it was then known, has a diverse cultural history. New Orleans found itself under Spanish rule in 1763 after Britain won the Seven Years' War, and stayed under Spanish control for 39 years. The city was returned to France in 1800, but only until 1803 when Napoleon sold the Louisiana territory to the United States. Much of the original architecture in the city is of French origin, though some Greek and Creole styles can be found throughout, following rebuilding that took place after the Great Fire of 1788.

In more modern times, New Orleans' history is tied to its devastating floods. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 saw a catastrophic loss for New Orleans, with a death toll exceeding 1800 people. Many people took years to return to the city after Katrina, but the population is now growing again.

Language

English

English is the dominant language in New Orleans, and despite the city's French roots, French is rarely used in daily life. If you want to connect with the locals, why not learn some of the local lingo/slang such as the phrases below:

  • Where y'at?: How are you?/What's going on?
  • Brah: Shortened form of 'brother' used by a man to address another man.
  • Make dodo: Go to sleep.
  • F'sho/F'true: A response of agreement.

Need to know

+1 504 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • 15-20% tip is customary when dining in restaurants.
  • Streetcars are $1.25 per ride, or you can get an all day pass for $3. You pay for your ride when you board using cash or coins.
  • The nearest airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, a 20 minute taxi ride outside of the city. A shuttle bus also runs and is cheaper, but will take much longer.


VISA INFORMATION
Find out about the visa requirements for the United States here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. The Singing Oak

Located in City Park, the Singing Oak not only provides shade in the summer, but is filled with chimes that produce a melody when the wind blows.

2. St. Louis Cemetery

The three St. Louis Cemeteries make for an interesting trip, as all the dead are buried above ground in mausoleums.

3. The Sazerac Bar

With New Orleans being home to America's first cocktail - the Sazerac - it would be rude not to visit the place where it all began: The Sazerac Bar.

4. Jazz

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is rife with jazz clubs to visit. Many of these are in the French Quarter, and most are open multiple nights during the week.

5. Audubon Park

Take a walk through the labyrinth at Audubon Park to enjoy a little downtime. Provided for meditation and healing, the Labyrinth is the best place for a quiet stroll.


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