Things to Do

Things to Do

We know you are visiting New Orleans for business, but you can’t make a stop in the Big Easy without some pleasure as well! With the city’s upbeat spirit and unique cultural landscape, there is so much to see, do, and eat. Here are some of our recommendation for your stay. And make sure to check out The New York Times 2018 article about visiting New Orleans.

 

Places of Interest

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking visitors inside the story of the war that changed the world.

Garden District

The Garden District is a neighborly and charming community in Uptown New Orleans. It’s a short drive or streetcar ride from the French Quarter, Central Business District and the universities. The best way to experience the Garden District is by way of the historic street-car down St. Charles Avenue. Enjoy your ride as you ogle at all the 19th century mansions along oak lined streets.

City Park

The 1,300-acre park is a magical outdoor oasis. Stop and smell the roses in the Botanical Garden. Enjoy art in the open-air sculpture garden. Stroll through the sprawling green space or get active on the park’s biking, jogging, and walking paths. Practice your serve on one of 26 tennis courts or hit the links on City Park’s new 18-hole golf course.

Laffite Greenway

The Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor connecting neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park.  If you are on bike, this is a great way to get from the French Quarter/Downtown to Mid City/ City Park.

Frenchmen Street

If you are seeking some good live music, check out Frenchmen Street instead of the more-popular Bourbon street. It’s  just walking distance away from Bourbon and the French Quarter. With one trip around the clubs on Frenchmen, you are likely to hear anything from jazz to Latin to blues to reggae, and just about everything in between.

 

Shopping

Julia Art Galleries

Looking to take home a piece of original New Orleans art? The Arts District of New Orleans (ADNO) offers art galleries, museums, performance spaces, bars, and restaurants. Here you’ll find over a dozen art galleries featuring the works of local and nationally known painters, sculptors and mixed media artists.

Magazine Street

For shopping, dining or just a casual stroll, no place in New Orleans is quite like Magazine Street. This six-mile-long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.

The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk

Featuring over 75 retailers and restaurants on the majestic Mississippi River in New Orleans.

 

Restaurants

Mr. Bubbles
1441 Canal St. #1 New Orleans, LA 70112

Located, right inside our very own bio-innovation center, this casual Vietnamese lunch spot specializes in bánh mì, boba teas, boba smoothies, coffee, and wraps/salads.  A perfect option for a quick lunch.

Pho Tau Bay
1565 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Traditional Vietnamese cuisine served in a contemporary space lined with exposed-brick walls. A more full-featured menu than Mr. Bubbles and a short walk from the building.  Counter service for a quick lunch.

Ruby Slipper
1005 Canal Street, New Orleans 70112

A cheery cafe serving signature omelets, Southern brunch fare and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere.  A local favorite, so watch out for long lines at lunch time.

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Lively New Orleans-based chain offering its famous oysters, po’ boys, gumbo, fried seafood, boiled seafood & other Cajun-Creole classics.

GW Fins
808 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Upscale seafood restaurant with a  creative, ever-shifting seafood menu featuring fresh catches in a stylish updated warehouse space.  Perfect spot for an after-group meeting.

 

Nearby Upscale Bars

Sazerac Bar
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

Grand Roosevelt Hotel cocktail bar with classic drinks, plush banquettes & elegant old-world vibe.

Carousel Bar
214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This classic haunt at the Hotel Monteleone has a circular bar that slowly revolves like a carousel.