New Orleans, United States
Juley, 33
Founder of Très Américain
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What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

It's hard to capture all the greatness New Orleans has to offer in one trip but first time visitors should prioritize equal parts sight seeing, culture, and food to best understand the soul of the city. No matter what you decide, your first trip should include Cafe du Monde beignets (at night so there's no lines and you can relax in cooler weather), a stroll through the French Quarter, and some day drinking. Future trips can focus more on personal interests!

Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Always say hello to strangers, tip generously since the city is made of mostly service workers, and don't let the Bourbon Street mayhem get the best of you.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a small business owner of a dessert shop located in the Warehouse District. I love creating refreshing concepts that make people happy on a daily basis!

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

The typical night out can range between $20-75 dollars depending on the type of night. I'll spend more if dinner's on the agenda and $20 or so on milder nights at a bar.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

My favorite New Orleans musicians are Robin Barnes (The Nola Songbird), Louis Armstrong, Tanya & Doris, and Jeremy Davenport at The Ritz Carlton.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Frenchmen Street has the best night life.

What’s the one place in New Orleans you think is underrated?

The outskirts of New Orleans including Old Gretna, Covington, and Old Metairie are charming small towns.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Coquette is the perfect date night spot.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New Orleans?

The French Quarter and Frenchmen Street has late night eats and booze!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Grab a cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I always take guests to Cochon for dinner and the French Quarter for the architecture and energy.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Camelia's, Willa Jean, Red Dog Diner, Slim Goodies

Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:

Dinner at Cochon, wandering Frenchmen Street, and dancing the night away at The Gold Mine.

Which local creators do you admire?

Ashley Longshore, Erin Romney, I Heart Nola, TwoMacks, Joy the Baker

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The view from Crescent Park or the Old Gretna levee...

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Lucky Dog

Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?

Relaxing with a picnic and friends at The Fly in Audubon Park or Bacchanal.

You’re meeting the mayor of New Orleans - what constructive criticism would you give them?

We need Fortune 500 companies that drive high paying jobs

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