In our first installment of our travel diary series, BOFC team member Sara is giving us the lowdown on all things NOLA. From beads to booze, New Orleans is a city unlike any other. Check out a few of Sara's favorite stops when you're visiting The Big Easy.
1. Away from the flashing lights and bead slinging of Bourbon Street, you’ll find Frenchmen Street. For two blocks, Frenchmen is home to some of the best live music New Orleans have to offer. You’ll find blues, latin music, and of course jazz as you stroll through this musical treasure trove. I’m slacking as a travel guide, because I don’t have specific places to direct you to, but I’ve never met a venue on Frenchmen Street that I didn’t love.
2. Ghost tours are pure cheese in most cities, but New Orleans isn’t most cities. It’s the town of voodoo, above-ground cemeteries, and sinister-looking wrought iron. It’s the perfect backdrop for scary stories, and you shouldn’t miss it. It’s a fun way to see the city’s beautiful architecture and learn a little about its history all with a drink your hand. The particular tour I took made a point to stop at a bar at the beginning and halfway point of the tour. Like I said, it’s not like most cities.
3. You can’t go to New Orleans without talking about the food. At the risk of making this a novel rather than a blog post, I’ll limit myself to two of my favorite places. There’s usually a line streaming out of Acme Oyster House, and it’s for good reason. Sitting just off Bourbon Street, this restaurant has some of the best oysters and classic New Orleans dishes the city has to offer. If you’re looking for something a little more polished, head to The Court of Two Sisters. You dine in a courtyard under a canopy of entwined trees. Go to their daily Jazz Brunch for great food, live music, and ticket back to the 1800s.