By: Hannah Krupa
New Orleans – Its moniker “Big Easy” says it all. New Orleans is a place where people from around the world come to experience its unique culture. Traditional and modern cuisine, music, and art is a way of life. The options are endless. With such an overwhelming list of sights to see, Wear We Went has put together a few suggestions for making your trip easy.
Known for its ethnic Cajun/Creole cuisine, our mission was to find a place that serves up the NOLA traditions with a modern twist. Kingfish, located at 335 Chartres Street, does just that. Nestled in the French Quarter, Kingfish is where Louisiana native chef Nathan Richard serves a variety of local dishes as well as an award-winning cocktail menu. Kingfish features modern flavor while remaining true to local tradition. The mouthwatering gumbo- a must have.
Another must-see on Wear We Went’s list is The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located at the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street. The Butterfly Garden in New Orleans is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to 900,000 plus species of insects. If you are ready to come into close contact with many beautiful and rare butterflies, this is an incomparable up-close-and-personal experience. The exhibit also includes a beautiful Japanese garden.
While touring NOLA we needed a caffeine fix. The great café options are endless, but we ultimately decided on Café du Monde. French for “Café of the World”, Café du Monde is a historical gem located at 800 Decatur Street. Dating back to the 1800s, it features Civil War era coffee recipes. The menu is simple, yet spot-on with café au lait and French-style beignets being the most popular. With ample outdoor seating, this is a great place to immerse yourself in the street scene of the French Quarter - and it is open 24/7.
Preservation Hall located at 726 St. Peter Street is a landmark venue on our NOLA list. Recognized as one of the most famous music venues in the French Quarter of New Orleans, it is known for the many famous jazz artists that launched their careers there. The venue was a long time favorite of the legendary Louis Armstrong. With concerts seven nights a week, the venue is a great place to catch the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, celebrate, and preserve the authentic jazz culture of New Orleans.