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Old 12-03-2009, 12:38 PM
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Hey all. I live in Baltimore and was invited to New Orleans for the weekend coming up. It was kind of short notice but essentially a friend got a free hotel room a few blocks from Bourbon Street and all I have to pay for is flight and entertainment.

While we do like going out and partying, I don't want to just spend a weekend in the bars and surrounding areas. They have some sort of swamp tour lined up which I assume will be pretty touristy but might be cool since I'm from a different region of the states.

Anything people recommend for some tourists who would prefer a shortcut to some local gems (food, drink, entertainment, etc.) we might normally miss if we only look at the tourist fliers. I know that what I would recommend in Baltimore is probably different than what the average tourist would run across so maybe some folks here can do the same for me.

I will be flying in Saturday afternoon (December 5th) and flying out Monday afternoon (December 7th).

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Old 12-03-2009, 02:27 PM
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30 seconds off the top of my head, things to do in the quarter, close enough to walk:
napoleon house (bar/restaurant)
central grocery
café du monde for café au lait and beignets

walk along the river

the museum of the presbytere next to the cathedral
st. louis cathedral
jackson square
a show at preservation hall
royal street antiques and print shops
historic new orleans collection exhibit
walk bourbon street once to see how stupid and touristy it is, on your way to preservation hall, next to pat obrien's, a tourist bar worth checking out, as long as not too crowded
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:31 PM
Location: Mostly in my head
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The swamp tour is actually very interesting, even for locals! I took it more than once when I lived there.

Take the streetcar up to Audubon Park, walk through to the zoo, then take a boat back down to Canal St.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:25 PM
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Go to the WWII museum and the new Insectorium on Canal Street
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:33 AM
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Luckily a good friend of one of my local Baltimore friends is head bartender at Arnaud's French 75 bar so hopefully he can give us some pointers as well.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:50 PM
Location: Da Parish
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Off the beaten path a bit? Try Rock n Bowl http://www.rockandbowl.com/storePAGE/storePAGE/rocknbowlSTORE2.htmor (broken link), Tipitina's Tipitina's - New Orleans, Louisiana, or Magazine Street Come See: What's on Magazine | MSMA. Also head over to Frenchman St. and check out The Apple Barrel, DBA, and The Spotted Cat.

Honestly with only 48 hours I'd recommend a basic city tour on a Grayline type tour, a ghost tour(always fun for me), and hitting some of the museums in the Quarter like the Cabildo or Presbytere. Then there are tons of cool shops on Royal St. You will probably find that you won't have much time for the further out stuff. For good and reasonable eats hit Johnny's Po'boys, Cafe Maspero and Coops. Make time to get a mufalatta and a coke from Central Grocery; sit at the Moon Walk and watch the ships pass by on the river while you have lunch. Most likely there will be some guy playing music while you eat there, (nice).
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:33 PM
Location: Way up north :-)
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I know it's touristy, but a carriage ride is also a nice way to orientate yourself with the city. Deja Vu on Dauphine is a good diner/bar frequented more by locals than tourists, as is Coops on Decatur, mentioned by Drouzin. I actually think a good idea is also just to stroll around and partake of whatever takes your fancy. There is such a wonderful variety of eating/drinking/music/museums/shopping...you'll find plenty to oooh and aaah over. You lucky things!
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