Skip to content

Things to do in New Orleans

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Plan on a decent amount of time to visit this astounding museum. While there, plan on lunch in the restaurant. You will be pleased with the entire experience. ”
  • 262 locals recommend
Gift Shop
$
“You have NOT really been to New Orleans until you visit this historic beignet and coffee shop.”
  • 278 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“History and mystery, the French Quarter is filled with a million details you have to visit multiple times to even get a glimpse of. If you must see Bourbon Street, walk down one block then return to the more civilized areas like Chartres, Royal, or Decatur Streets. ”
  • 259 locals recommend
Aquarium
“This is where you can find fish of all types including octopus, sharks, sting rays and many, many more.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Jazz Club
$
“The local musicians play and live for tips-- so please be generous. you can hear Washboard Chaz or the Panorama Brass Band and other local favorites. You gotta buy a beer and now there is cover charge. ”
  • 205 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
$$$
“Old School New Orleans' Fine Dining Experience. Jackets required. Great for a weekend brunch or dinner.”
  • 272 locals recommend
Market
$$
“This place has it all...local eats, coffee shop, breakfast and an oyster bar. Grab brunch or a drink before your night out!”
  • 234 locals recommend
Plaza
“Go see all the history and enjoy all the local artists and performers that populate this age-old city square where New Orleans meets the river!”
  • 158 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
$$
“Marigny favorite...bar downstairs/ restaurant upstairs. Great small plates - really good food and fun bar”
  • 215 locals recommend
Music Venue
$$
“Check out this historic venue's calendar to see what's playing and grab the chance to see both widely known and barely known bands! ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Jazz Club
$$
“Established Spring of 2000, d.b.a. is a live music club that features local & regional acts nightly. Located at 618 Frenchmen Street in the historic Faubourg Marigny, they offer a vast selection of beer, wine & spirits in a comfortable, smoke-free setting.”
  • 168 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
$
“Stylish renovated warehouse serving elevated, pork-focused Cajun fare in a group-friendly setting.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
$$
“Do yourself a favor and go here for burgers/steak. It's been exactly the same for over 25 years! Burger, with baked potato! it's madness. No reservations, always a line outside (unless you go between 2-5pm weekday)! GREAT JUKE BOX! They sell T-shirts...Giant drinks that are potent!”
  • 172 locals recommend
Café
$
“Tucked amidst 19th-century Creole cottages and restored shotgun houses in the picturesque Faubourg Marigny, Cake Café is a family-run neighborhood eatery where customers enjoy a hearty menu of breakfast and lunch offerings skillfully created from the freshest of local ingredients. Try Chef/Owner Steve Himelfarb’s unique take on Shrimp and Grits, Boudin and Eggs, or his unforgettable Crab and Brie Sandwich served on homemade challah bread. Cake Café is also a full bakery, offering a pastry case bursting with delicious sweet and savory treats, from delectable Chocolate Almond Croissants to our popular fresh bagels. And be sure to check out the daily variety of cupcakes that can be had for just $1 with a meal. Counter style service and outdoor seating make this a fun place to soak up last nights alcohol! ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Beer Garden
$
“The bar is just a mile away and is one of the locals' favorite places to hang out and watch sports. They have regular crawfish boils during crawfish season and are adjacent to Bayou Wine Garden that serves wine on tap.”
  • 158 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Just a great museum! If you happen to be so lucky to be staying on a Thursday evening, the Ogden hosts the "Ogden After Hours" which runs from 6-8pm it features live music and a few cocktail bars. Enjoy the Art, Music and have a drink as you explore the museum. Great views of the city from the roof top veranda. Very Fun!!!!”
  • 102 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Old School New Orleans' Fine Dining Experience. Jackets required. Great for a weekend brunch or dinner.”
  • 272 locals recommend
Market
“This place has it all...local eats, coffee shop, breakfast and an oyster bar. Grab brunch or a drink before your night out!”
  • 234 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Marigny favorite...bar downstairs/ restaurant upstairs. Great small plates - really good food and fun bar”
  • 215 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Stylish renovated warehouse serving elevated, pork-focused Cajun fare in a group-friendly setting.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Do yourself a favor and go here for burgers/steak. It's been exactly the same for over 25 years! Burger, with baked potato! it's madness. No reservations, always a line outside (unless you go between 2-5pm weekday)! GREAT JUKE BOX! They sell T-shirts...Giant drinks that are potent!”
  • 172 locals recommend
Café
“Tucked amidst 19th-century Creole cottages and restored shotgun houses in the picturesque Faubourg Marigny, Cake Café is a family-run neighborhood eatery where customers enjoy a hearty menu of breakfast and lunch offerings skillfully created from the freshest of local ingredients. Try Chef/Owner Steve Himelfarb’s unique take on Shrimp and Grits, Boudin and Eggs, or his unforgettable Crab and Brie Sandwich served on homemade challah bread. Cake Café is also a full bakery, offering a pastry case bursting with delicious sweet and savory treats, from delectable Chocolate Almond Croissants to our popular fresh bagels. And be sure to check out the daily variety of cupcakes that can be had for just $1 with a meal. Counter style service and outdoor seating make this a fun place to soak up last nights alcohol! ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“The bar is just a mile away and is one of the locals' favorite places to hang out and watch sports. They have regular crawfish boils during crawfish season and are adjacent to Bayou Wine Garden that serves wine on tap.”
  • 158 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Around the corner from Dooky Chase’s. This is a famous soul food spot known for fried chicken. This place is in all the tourist guides and the lines are almost always very long. You might want to avoid this place if just want a quick bite to eat. ”
  • 142 locals recommend

Get to know New Orleans

Explore more on Airbnb