Locals’ Guide to New Orleans

There is so much to see, do, eat and drink in New Orleans. Sometimes it can be tough to narrow down your options.

That’s why we prepared this handy locals guide to our favorite city. Read our NOLA-based staff picks below.

And if you’re in town, we’d love for you to visit the Lower 9th Ward and see our work. Click here for more information on tours.


Willie Mae’s Scotch House – The best fried chicken in New Orleans. – Kim

The Joint – Brisket, need I say more? – Cesar

Dante’s Kitchen – Highly recommend for brunch. – Tom

Adolfo’s – Amazing Creole-Italian inspired sauces over fish, steak or pasta. – Jordan

Seed – Our one and only fully vegan restaurant. – Taylor

Treo – Affordable, delicious food & drink, art gallery. – Craig

Café Dauphine – Stop by when for food after your tour of the Lower 9th Ward. – Tanya

Baru – Latin food with a kick of Cajun style. – Cesar

Stein’s Deli – Delicious breakfast of bagels with smoked salmon. – Kim

Johnny Sanchez – Awesome tacos! – Taylor

More, more, more:
Paladar 511 (best pizza)
Port of Call (best burgers, long lines but worth it)
1,000 Figs (order the brussels sprouts and the falafel sandwich)
Shaya (hottest restaurant in town at the moment; reserve early)
Salon by Sucré (Paris in NOLA; eat upstairs for some great views of the Quarter)
Oxalis (off the beaten path & romantic)
Mais Arepas (come hungry)
Cane & Table (eat outside if its not too hot)
Sneaky Pickle (lots of vegan options, seasonal menu, super casual)
St. Roch Market (local food stalls from traditional NOLA food to Nigerian cuisine to vegan fare. And a bar.)

NOLA standards:
Cochon / Butcher
Commander’s Palace (for brunch)

Bars / Music

Bacchanal – Great live music, beautiful outdoor setting plus great food and wine. – Cesar

Bar Tonique – Best-made cocktails in the city, hands down. – Taylor

Napoleon House – Famous for their Pimms Cup. Supposedly built for Napoleon when he was banished but he never made it. – James

French 75 – To quote Complex, “If Don Draper were alive and living in NOLA, he would be a regular at French 75.” – Taylor

DBA & Tipitinas – To see local musicians. John Boutte is a legend. – Craig

Carousel Bar – The bar is an antique carousel that turns. Serious. – James

Maple Leaf – Go on a Tuesday night to hear Rebirth Brass Band! – Kim

Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel – If you’re feeling romantic, fancy or especially pleased with yourself. – Taylor

Where we go after work:
Rusty Nail
Finn McCool’s


city park

Audubon Park – For running, walking and beautiful scenery – Taylor

City Park – All of the above plus tennis, art museum, sculpture garden, boating and more – Taylor

Armstrong Park – In the Treme, learn more about Congo Square, a historic meeting place for slaves in the 1800s. – Tanya

Crescent Park New Orleans – In the hip Bywater neighborhood and designed by our friends at Eskew Dumez + Ripple. – Cesar


frenchman art

Frenchman Art Market – Open air market on Frenchman has a variety of handmade goods and art from artists and artisans living in New Orleans. – Jordan

Magazine Street – A beautiful street that runs from downtown New Orleans and ends Uptown at Audubon Park where you find lots of boutiques, local souvenir shops and many places to dine. – Delia



Fair Grinds Coffee – Off beautiful Esplanade Avenue – Tanya

HiVolt – Hand-dripped hipsterdom. – Taylor

PJ’s Coffee  – A NOLA standard since 1978. – Kim