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New Orleans Hidden Gems + Local Tips

Unique things to do in New Orleans

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Consider our staff at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot like your most well-traveled friend who always knows the coolest under-the-radar places to go. Here are a few of our favorites off the beaten path to get you started. For more, just ask!

Things to Do
  • Ride the streetcar: The St. Charles line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. Step aboard one of the green and crimson cars, each of which is a National Historic Landmark, and head Uptown for a beautiful ride past oak-lined streets, stately architecture, and character-laden shops and restaurants
  • Visit a park: There are tons of great green spaces in the city. Try The Fly in Uptown, the riverfront Crescent Park, the mammoth New Orleans City Park, the lush Audubon Park, or the sculpture-dotted Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
  • Tour a cemetery: This may not make the top of your list in most places, but New Orleans is a whole different story. Here, visiting the final resting place of famed musicians and voodoo queens is a fascinating way to learn about the culture of the area.
Bars/Live Music
  • Tipitina’s: Established in 1977, this neighborhood juke joint in Uptown is one of the best places to go to see local brass bands.
  • Preservation Hall: Traditional New Orleans jazz is the name of the game at this nostalgic French Quarter venue, which hosts five all-ages concerts every night.
  • Maple Leaf Bar: To see blues, funk, R&B, rock, zydeco, jazz, and jam bands seven nights a week, hit up this world-renowned institution, the Monday night home of the George Porter Jr. Trio, and the Tuesday night home of the Rebirth Brass Band.
  • Le Bon Temps Roule: A no-frills bar with just beer and liquor available, this locals’ spot hosts a variety of live music, with The Soul Rebels holding it down every Thursday night, and Joe Krown (plus free oysters!) on Fridays.