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What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The notable spots of the city, like the Carousel Bar, Galatoire's, Tipitina's, the St. Charles Streetcar, and Audubon Park are all amazing landmarks of our city. But I'd suggest traveling a bit off the beaten path--go have my favorite dinner at Ye Olde College Inn (wedge salad, cup of gumbo, dirty martini), rent a Blue Bike and ride down Esplanade from NOMA to the French Quarter, catch a show at d.b.a., snack on beignets from Morning Call in City Park. There are so many little gems throughout the city that offer a true glimpse of what life is like here.
Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Don't walk around after dark, don't try and take the streetcar as a reliable form of public transportation (it's more of a tourist attraction during the day now), don't try and eat at Commander's if you're wearing shorts, don't fall for the shot girls on Bourbon Street--that stuff's mostly sugar water.
Which New Orleans shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Saint Claude Social Club, Sunday Shop, Hilltop, Katie Koch Home, Pilot and Powell.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
During the day I'd shop Uptown along Magazine Street, specifically the stretches between Washington and Napoleon and between Jefferson and Nashville. The French Quarter during the day is very fun and lively, with tons of cool shops and a less seedy feel than at night.
What’s the one place in New Orleans you think is underrated?
Bayou St. John and City Park
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New Orleans?
Camellia Grill on Carrollton--chef's omelette and a chocolate freeze!
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Laffitte's Blacksmith shop for a purple drink and try to snag a spot by the fire.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Commander's Palace for lunch--25 cent martinis can't be beat.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Paladar 511, Broussard's
Which local creators do you admire?
Amanda Talley, Mallory Page, Rebecca Rebouche
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Watching the ships on the Mississippi at The Fly
Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?
Up early, beignets at Morning Call, walk through Audubon Park, 3-martini lunch at Commander's Palace, bar hopping in the Quarter, hopefully there's a Saints game that evening to watch at Fat Harry's, dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, drinks at Henry's Bar on Magazine to end the night.