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Oct 12, 2022
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A Local Guide to New Orleans
Jeff Aguero is a California native who spent a year living in New Orleans, Louisiana while undertaking the full renovation of a historic 1880s home in the Bywater Arts District. That beautifully redesigned Greek Revival mansion,The Mazant
, now serves as an event venue and bed & breakfast.
During his time in NOLA, Jeff dove headfirst into the nightlife, food, and culture of The Big Easy. Read on for Jeff’s personal recs for the best places to stay, eat & drink, workout, and party in New Orleans.
Where to Stay
What are your top hotels in New Orleans?
is a high-end hotel in the Central Business District from the creators of the Ace Hotel. It’s got an appealing boutique style and has excellent service.
is located in Marigny, close to a number of live music spots, but out of the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter.
Eat & Drink
What are your go-to spots to eat & drink in New Orleans?
Given New Orleans has no shortage of phenomenal eateries, this could quickly become a daunting list. Here are a few of my favorites:
is a high-end establishment serving seasonal French-Southern cuisine that includes elements of rustic Italian cooking.
is a James Beard Award winner serving up traditional Israeli dishes with a mix of Southern flavors. The menu draws inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece.
is a meat-focused restaurant bringing in locally sourced pork, fresh produce, and seafood to create traditional Cajun Southern food with all the authentic flavors of Cajun country.
is an urban food collective celebrating New Orleans’ undeniable spirit and championing a number of local chefs.
is a newer space in Bywater with cocktails, music, and feel-good food.
What’s your favorite coffee shop in New Orleans?
is my favorite place for delicious, small-batch coffee. They’ve expanded a lot in recent years, now with six locations throughout the city.
If you’re going to do some shopping in New Orleans, where’s the place?
I loveKrewe Eyewear
for stylish, handcrafted sunglasses. They have two locations: their flagship store on Royal Street and another location in the Garden District.
To get to know the culture of the place, what areas or attractions should we check out?
At its heart, New Orleans is a true live music/festival city. Here are some of the most-famous ones:
is, of course, the big one!
runs for two weekends (usually the end of April and early May).
is a smaller set of parades with a more local feeling and a lot of interesting floats – it typically goes on a couple of weeks before Mardi Gras.
is a free, annual music festival held in early April, which means excellent weather. This is a great place to find the city’s finest food and musicians.
is a multi-day music and arts festival held in City Park.
Beyond the music and dance, New Orleans is also a place that is rich with history. Here are some other sites worth checking out:
has a ton of cool exhibits and a great theater. Fun fact: New Orleans was home to Andrew Jackson Higgins, the founder of the company that built many of the boats used on D-Day.
is a museum dedicated solely to the famous drink. Cheers!
is a museum, research center, and publisher in the French Quarter offering a variety of exhibits centered around the history and culture of the area.
What is your workout of choice while in New Orleans?
I enjoy running along the Mississippi River inCrescent Park
. TheNew Orleans Athletic Club
is also a great place to work up a sweat and is very centrally located.
Where are we going to be partying in New Orleans?
In New Orleans, you never have to look far to find a great party. Here are a few of my favorites:
is a classic NOLA venue with dancing and a lively music scene that’s been around since the ‘70s.
is a classic jazz joint on Frenchmen Street.
is late-night gay club in the French Quarter with great DJs, drag shows, and go-go dancers.
If we’re going for the full spa experience, where’s the place?
I prefer to get out of the city for this.Abita Springs
on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain is a pretty funky/cool place to escape.
Where’s the best place to enjoy nature here?
is about 30 minutes from the French Quarter and is part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Of the ~10 times I’ve been there, I’ve seen (luckily small!) alligators on the trail almost every time.
Which locations are going on your Instagram highlight reel?
Check out Jackson Square, a historic park in the French Quarter, which is very famous. You can also take a ferry boat down the Mississippi. And Bourbon Street is always a classic.
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